Monday, May 9, 2011


What's a stylist to do when she finds herself confronted with limited closet space available for her many fashion finds?

She gets creative. 

That would be the case for me. I live in an apartment with small closet space (perhaps more tiny than small at least for my standards hahaha). God bless people that have the privilege to enjoy huge walk-in closet spaces!!! I declare that soon I'll be joining the "Big Closet People Club", meanwhile I must do the best I can with what I have (thank God for that). 

Anyhow, the other day I decided to install a roller rack in my room and bring out all of my day dresses out of the closet and organize them on the rack in the middle of my room, it was just starting to get a little bit too crowded inside my closet and really hard to actually visualize everything I have. Now my room officially looks like a fashion/vintage boutique, it's actually pretty decorative and easier for me to find the things I'm looking for. 

What did I leave inside my closet? Well everything else.

1. Evening dresses.
2. Cocktail dresses.
3. Shoes.
4. Jeans, trousers, shorts.
5. Skirts.
6. Sweaters and cardigans.
8. Jackets, capes and coats.
9. Accessories (sunglasses, necklaces, rings, bracelets, headscarfs, headpieces).
10. Tops.
11. Pijamas.
12. Clutches and bags.
13. Scarfs.
14. Gym Clothes.
15. Beach clothes.
16. Belts.
17. Pantyhose and tights.
18. Hats.
19. Bikinis.
20. Underwear and undergarments
21. And some miscelanea. 

Perhaps I'm missing something, yeah most likely I am. 

Here's how everything looks now.

Roller rack with all my day dresses except maxi dresses, those I left inside the closet, too long for the rack.

A closer look of some of my day dresses.

Et Voliá!!! My tiny closet. Ok!!! Maybe bigger than most European closets and I guess Japanese people must have some small closet space too, whatever I still think it's small. 

I wish I had more space available to display my shoes but I don't so I chose to keep them like this at least they don't get all ruined and I also take them to my shoe repair guy quite often to get fixed, some of them where pretty expensive so they deserve to be taken care of. There's nothing more terrifying than going to some persons closet and look at all their shoes one on top of the other, it just makes me want to SCREEEEAAAAAM!!!

To the left I keep my longer skirts, maxi dresses, cocktail dresses and evening dresses.

I bought this tie-belt hanger, I don't what the hell it is for but I saw it and thought it was perfect for hanging all my necklaces. It's so much more effective like this, you can see clearly all you have and they don't get all tangled and ruined. I highly recommend that you try doing it this way.

Next to the necklaces I keep my skirts, chunky sweaters, v-neck's, cardigans, vests, night time tops and day time tops. 

Underneath I keep my shorts, jeans, trousers, jackets, capes and coats. This is Guatemala so the one and only heavy coat I have (Gabriele Strehle amazing long black belted coat!!!) for when I travel to countries with much colder climates I keep it in another closet, next to my dad's English trench coat I keep for remembrance.

And last but not least, on top I have the rest of things that didn't fit underneath (because basically I have no drawers) all neatly kept inside labeled plastic containers. I think it's a very organized and effective way to keep things you don't have more space for. Things I keep inside this labeled plastic containers:

1. Clutches.
2. Scarfs.
3. Gym Clothes.
4. Underwear and undergarments.
5. Beach clothes.
6. Bikinis.
7. Belts.
8. Tights and pantyhose.
9. Hats. 

There's no more space available for one more labeled plastic container. 

Do you have limited closet space? I'd love to hear some of your own closet solutions, you're not alone there.

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Marysolina said...

Hi Maria Cristina, I wanted to ask where do you send your shoes for repairing here in Guatemala, i have some pretty expensive shoes that need some repairing here and there but have been in the closset unattended for a while since i don't trust anyone with my shoes haha. Hope you can help me out! And great post!! We coincided in the shoe organizer winner, i'd love to have mine that way! Great job with the blog, it keeps getting better!

Best regards


Maria Cristina Acquaroni said...

Hello Marys, of course I can help you. There's this little shoe repair place inside Plaza Futeca where the gym is. Almost in front of the gym there's a tiny local where they repair shoes and bags and almost whatever, the man there is really good, I've even taken my very expensive shoes to repair there and the results where incredible. I highly recommend it.

Good luck!!!

Marysolina said...

Thank you so much!! I'll give it a try!!

Pamela said...

Thanks for this wonderful post!!! It would help me organize my own things!! This blog rocks! :)

Maria Cristina Acquaroni said...

Always glad to help!!!

Joe said...

Your room looks so beautiful! Your closet is huge, although it looks like the way the doors fold out is a little bit awkward. I was just talking to a friend who is an interior designer and she told me that a cloth door/curtain is one of her favorite closet solutions. I like the look of your boutiquey room as it is, but maybe this would help a little bit.

Maria Cristina Acquaroni said...

Thank you Joe for the advice. I'll definitely look it up!