If you've grown accustomed to the relative luxury of a closet space that belongs to you and you alone, it's often a reality check when you move in with a new spouse. Many times, your former sanctuary of neatly hung dresses and perfectly aligned heels is interrupted by the need to share that closet space with your honey's stinky sneakers and college sweatshirt collection. If closet space is at a premium at your home, and you're suddenly splitting one closet's space between two people, there are still ways to get around the possibly distressing mess that this closet can become.
To see my tips,
- No matter what, try to keep things neat. Don't let clothes collect on the floor of the closet. If one of you is the repeat offender, start fining a quarter per messy item, or better yet, create a system of rewards related to keeping your joint closet clean.
- Invest in some organizing systems. Ikea has some simple and effective closet systems, and I also love this one.
- Matching hangers really make a difference, as does organizing them!
- Figure out what you really wear! Donate all of the clothes you haven't worn in the past year to a charity of your choice. This will free up needed space in your closet, while also benefiting your community.
- Rotate seasonal clothing. Put Winter clothes in storage, along with some cedar balls to keep away the moths.
- For some inspiration, check out Haze's closet remodel.
- Keep stinky shoes (such as you or your honey's running sneakers) in another area, where they won't overwhelm your closet.
- Consider using a multipurpose piece of furniture for additional storage, such as a Brighton bed, which has coordinating storage drawers that slide underneath.