I have a "walk-in closet" which is really a guest room that is full of my ridiculous mountain of clothing, shoes, and accessories. I suppose any kind of cursory examination of this blog could tell you that there is an ungodly amount of fashion accutrement that I must somehow harbor. This is the story of that cavern of crap.
For a long time, I had a sizeable dresser in which I kept most things. Well, I meant to keep most things there. I actually ended up keeping them in a pile on the floor.
Pros: Easy access, easy to see what I have, and easy for the cats to find a place to nap.
Cons: Shit gets dirty and clothes get pummelled. I irrevocably destroyed a bra (and seriously harmed my foot) when I stomped on its front-closure clasp.
Out of the blue, I decided that I wanted a wall of shelves on which to store this stuff. The plan came into action when I went to Target and found shelves on sale for $16. I'll take five, please.
After spending a week assembling and arranging the shelves, this is what the room looked like. The pros of visuality and easy access without the cons of dirt and destruction.
And the cats can still nap in a basket, if they need to.
Organizing everything at first was a pain. I sorted everything by type (here are the tank top and short-sleeved shirt shelves) and then color. Though the color thing isn't working out too great, everything else is awesome. I can get inspired by something I see, easily scout out pieces that go together, and keep it all pretty neat. I find that it's really easy to keep clean. The room hasn't deteriorated into filth once since I set up the shelving system.
I totally recommend it.
Runner-up names for this post: Shelf Life, Nice Rack, Containing My Excitement