2.08.2010

Out of the Closet

our old clothes that is...

This weekend, I cleaned out our closets. All 1.5 of them. Yep, bet you didn't know that we only have only 1.5 closets in our entire house! One of which we installed ourselves. Apparently in 1940, closet space was not a home buyer's top requirement. This is also the reason why I have become such a basket freak. When I say, "It's in the basket!", I have to clarify which corner of which room and which color basket I am referring to. I'm obsessed.

To be honest, 1.5 closets has worked out okay thus far. Mostly because Chris's wardrobe consists of very few essential items and furthermore, he is willing to fold most of them in the dresser. That and the fact that we currently have an unoccupied basement for anything that does not quite fit.

But, times are a changing folks. Not only do I have an entire new season of clothes to add (it's called "maternity season"), the third member of our family will need his/her self some closet space! Miss (or Mr.) thang is going to need some room to sprawl out those new duds.

Anyways, I have been looking at California Closets (wow - pricey) and Container Store's ELFA sale for ideas to make the most out of what we have. Any other ideas are much appreciated!

In the meantime, I scored $40 bucks for my old clothes. I highly recommend trying to find a resale store in your area rather than heading straight to Goodwill or the like. I think $40 bucks is $40 bucks more than I had at the beginning of the day - all for clothes that have sat for who knows how long on my shelf. Be prepared, however, that most resale stores will only give you about 30% of what they buy the item for and sometimes 50% if you are willing to trade it for another item in their store. I personally like the instant gratification of cash more than trying to sell for a few weeks on ebay or Craigslist...

With the few extra dollars, I am pondering the purchase of this frock (spotted during my daily blog dose) - good for maternity, good for regular, good for in between, don't you think?

Collective Concepts Top

4 comments:

Kate said...

Check out Ikea! They have great wardrobes! And that top is really cute!

Tiffany and Chris said...

Ikea - that's a great idea!

Russ and Kara said...

I was going to recommend IKEA also...

Tyler's baby room was little, with a big closet. I ended up putting his bookshelf in the closet and all his clothes in a dresser. I only kept the ones that would fit him in the drawers and rest were sorted by size in tubs in the basement. It worked out great! I was able to keep all the sizes organized so that as he outgrows them, they go back in the tubs and they are ready for the next one (not yet)!

You are going to LOVE folding and hanging up baby clothes...They are SO teeny and first!

Kasie said...

Not sure how I found your blog but I've been a total lurker... congrats on your news!!

I recommend dresser with lots of storage (as opposed to some changing tables with open shelves) and just set a changing pad on top. I keep Lily's pajamas in our room b/c that's where she gets a bath. And, try to find a crib skirt that touches the ground so you can take advantage of the under-the-crib space. Not sure your kitchen situation but be thinking of that, too - baby stuff will take over a shelf.

Good luck!