How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Creating a kids capsule wardrobe for our toddlers has simplified our lives in so many ways. Now we spend less time and money on our kids’ clothing and have more outfits that work together. Here’s how to create a capsule wardrobe for your little boy or girl!

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Why I Created a Capsule Wardrobe for Our Kids

After creating my first capsule wardrobe last fall and experiencing how it simplified everything from shopping to getting dressed every day, I decided it was something I wanted to do for our kids as well.

I mean, if there’s anyone who needs simplicity when getting dressed, it’s a toddler. Am I right?

I created capsule wardrobes for our kids because I was spending way too much time on their clothes — shopping, returning, exchanging, washing, drying, folding, coordinating — all of it, and they were wearing pretty much the same thing every day regardless!

Kids clothing is different from adult clothing in that every season, every size, you’re pretty much starting from scratch. I grew tired of trying to mix and match clothes between brands with drastically different sizing. I can’t tell you how many evenings I’ve spent hovered over my laptop in bed, tabbing back and forth between Gap, Target, Zara, and Carters shopping carts only to “X” out of all of them because I had carts full of clothes, none of which actually went together.

Now I buy all of the kids’ clothes for the new season in one or two shops, from one or two stores. I spend less money and have more outfits that work together. Plus, getting our babes dressed in the morning takes almost no effort since everything coordinates.

Benefits of Creating a Kids Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are perfect for kids! Here are some of the benefits we’ve experienced first-hand.

  • Shopping for your kids’ clothes is way easier.
  • You’ll likely spend less on clothing.
  • Having fewer pieces of clothing minimizes decision fatigue.
  • Kids can choose their own outfits that (almost) always coordinate.
  • Having fewer clothes means smaller, more frequent loads of laundry and less laundry overwhelm.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

How to Create a Kids Capsule Wardrobe

Our toddler capsules have simplified our lives in so many ways. Want to simplify your kiddo’s clothing, too? Here’s how to do it:

1. Start with a capsule planning checklist.

Get clear on what you need for the upcoming season before you start shopping. I created some free checklists to help you figure out what you need (and what you don’t) for your kiddo’s next capsule. My free printable checklist will help you determine exactly what you need (and what you don’t). It’s a huge time- and money-saver.

The best time to create a capsule for your kiddos actually need new clothes, either when the seasons change or when they’re about to go up a size. Both seem to happen every three months these days #amiright, mamas? Shop early in the season for the best selection and size options.

Want those free checklists? Drop your email below and I’ll get them right to ya!

2. Find 1-2 brands that fit your kids, budget, and style.

Kids clothing varies dramatically between brands: sizes, cut, but also color palettes. Buying from one brand means consistent sizing and colors that work together.

I get almost all of our toddlers’ clothes at Zara. I love the quality, style, and muted color palettes. Their basics are super affordable and comparable to what you’d pay at Target. I’m a fan of H&M for basics and inexpensive fashion shoes, and Saucony, Zappos or Nordstrom Rack for cute, comfortable sneakers.

3. Pick a color palette.

Let the brands you choose guide you. Neutrals plus 2-3 colors per capsule is plenty. An easy way to pick a color scheme for your capsule is by using the colors in a few “foundation” pieces you love — like a shirt, jacket, or dress.

4. Start with 10-12 pieces of everyday clothing.

Our toddler capsules contain five to six different tops and bottoms — excluding onesies and undershirts.

When I look at it together, this still doesn’t seem like enough, BUT IT IS. As you might imagine, toddlers rotate through their capsules pretty quickly, so we do a load of laundry almost every day. We don’t let it pile up or spend hours folding on the weekend — it just fits into our daily routine and takes 10-15 minutes tops.

Here’s our standard kids capsule formula:

  • 5-6 everyday tops
  • 5-6 everyday bottoms
  • 1 nice outfit (dress or romper, button-down & pants/nice shorts, etc.)
  • 5-6 onesies or undershirts
  • 4-5 shoes (1-2 pairs of “play in the dirt” sneakers, 1 pair of nicer sneakers, 1 pair of fashion sandals or shoes)
  • 5-6 socks
  • 5-6 underwear/onesies
  • 1 pair of rain/snow boots
  • 2 coats or jackets

Kids, especially toddlers, wiggle, run, jump and climb A LOT. They also love picking out their outfits. Buy pieces they will be comfortable being their busy little selves in, and that are complementary in color and style so they look put together even when they dress themselves!

Pick tops and bottoms that can easily be mixed and matched. I’m a fan of soft cotton tops and joggers or leggings for bottoms.

5. Buy everything in 1-2 shopping “trips.”

Your capsule will be more cohesive, and the one-and-done mindset can help deter you from impulse purchases in the coming weeks and months. I say “trips” because I only shop for my little ones online. It’s just more pleasant for everyone and try-ons can be done over several days or a week. Look for stores that offer free shipping and returns, or with local locations where you can return items in-person for free.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Other capsule wardrobe posts you might like:

  • Kids Capsule Wardrobe Essentials
  • How to Start a Capsule Wardrobe
  • How and Why I Created a Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

Thanks to our kids’ capsule wardrobes, dressing our toddlers has become a lot more pleasant and less overwhelming. I hope you find it does the same for you and your family.

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is how to create a minimalist wardrobe; and boy, do I love to answer it! I devoted an entire chapter of my book, The Joy of Less, to the topic; however, some readers have expressed the desire to see my tips in action.

Ask, and you shall receive –- in this post, I’ll illustrate some key strategies using items straight from my own closet.

(Men, don’t stop reading; although the clothes pictured are my own, the tips are gender-inclusive!)

What I’ve done is selected my core, or capsule wardrobe: ten items that can get me through the majority of my daily activities, in every season.

I didn’t include socks and unmentionables (we’ll take those as a given), or exercise/specialty wear (in other words, I don’t go hiking in my little black dress).

Furthermore, these items are particularly tailored to my urban, business-casual lifestyle, and work from office to dinner to weekend. If I were a construction worker or cabaret singer, my choices would be entirely different.

Okay, here we go — pictured below is my 10-Item Wardrobe:

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Miss Minimalist’s 10-Item Wardrobe

First row: burgundy sleeveless top, plum ¾-sleeve top, slate blue long-sleeve top, black cardigan, black dress.

Second row: black skirt, black pants, black coat, black bag, black ballet shoes.

(Wow, you guys were right –- this is a lot more fun with photos!)

So what can you learn from my minimalist wardrobe? Here’s a brief overview of some of the techniques I elaborate upon in my book:

1. Choose a base color. Pick a neutral like black, brown, navy, or khaki for your “foundation” pieces (like pants, skirts, and suits). As you can see, mine is black –- it works with my skin tone, travels well, and hides stains brilliantly (important if you spend a lot of time on-the-go).

2. Choose accent colors. Select a handful of shades that flatter you, and complement your base. I’ve chosen burgundy, plum, and slate blue, but you have a world of pastels, earth tones, primaries, and jewel tones at your disposal.

3. Limit accessories to one color. My bag and shoes are both black; they go with each other, and everything in my closet. I love not needing footwear and handbags in multiple colors!

4. Dress in layers. I’m accustomed to a four-season climate, hence I’ve included everything from a sleeveless top to a winter coat. A cardigan is perfect for those temperatures in between. I find layers to offer much more versatility than heavy sweaters or season-specific clothes.

5. Mix and match. Needless to say, everything in your capsule wardrobe should go with everything else. You should be able to get dressed with your eyes closed, and still look fabulous!

6. Dress up and dress down. You’ll notice that there isn’t anything overly formal or casual about my ten items –- no sequins or sweatpants here. I can wear any of these tops, for example, to the grocery store or a cocktail party. The same goes for my bag, my shoes, and pretty much everything else.

7. Choose classic styles. Avoid anything that’s too trendy or dated, or that calls attention to the outfit rather than you. I stick to simple, timeless silhouettes: my pants are straight-leg, my skirt is A-line, and my dress is a classic shift.

8. Make sure it fits. When you have a minimalist wardrobe, no item can hang around waiting for you to diet into it -– everything should fit now. A little trick: choose forgiving fabrics with a little bit of stretch, to accommodate minor weight fluctuations.

9. Make sure it flatters. Be honest here –- you know in your heart whether or not you look good in skinny jeans, cropped tops, or muumuus. Stick to the items that complement your figure, and you’ll always feel confident in your clothes.

10. The feel-good test. When considering an outfit, question whether you’d feel comfortable being photographed, or running into your ex, while wearing it. Sure, that may sound a little shallow; but pride in your appearance goes a long way towards minimizing your closet.

Well, I hope you had as much fun reading this post as I had writing it! I’ll be exploring some of the specific items in-depth as part of my 100 Possessions series (I’ve already covered my black dress and black bag).

But for now, I’d love to hear about your capsule wardrobe: if you had to discard everything but ten essentials, what would they be?

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

When you come to my house you will see a lot of empty space.

In fact I realised that I’m a bit of a minimalist when a new neighbour once came to my house and exclaimed: Wow, I’ve never been to a minimalist house before!

Mind you that house was spacious, so for someone that had always lived in smaller houses before, it was no wonder that there was so little furniture!

Still, my current living room only contains essentials like a few low cabinets, tables and chairs and does not have any display cabinets, book shelves or other decorative items. I control my clutter and can easily store away most items I own in cupboards of other rooms.

Minimal wardrobe?

However, I’m not so good with clothes.

One of the reasons for that, is that I currently have ample storage space so I was not forced to get rid of clothes. Add to that that I get very tempted by each season’s new trends and all the beautiful clothes and accessories in the shops, and clothing cupboards quickly fill up. So when it comes to clothes, I’m definitely not a minimalist.

Yet, it’s possible to live well with only a few clothes. Leo babauta, for example, is a known advocate for minimalism who sticks to a wardrobe of jeans or slacks with a T-shirt or polo shirt and sandals or Docs.

Another famous example was Steve Jobs who usually wore his ‘uniform’ look of jeans and Issey Miyake black turtle necks.

Although I admire these people for getting by with minimal wardrobes, I know that I could never be happy with so few clothes myself.

However, I do believe there are great benefits in getting a wardrobe that is versatile, yet is kept to a small size. One way to do that is through creating wardrobe capsules and editing your wardrobe after each season.

Building your minimal wardrobe with capsule wardrobes

The key to creating a wardrobe that is minimal, yet gives you lots of variety, is to work with capsule wardrobes.

What you are trying to do, is to buy clothes that you can all mix and match with each other, therefore giving you lots of variations with a minimum amount of clothes.

I gave you examples of wardrobe capsules earlier this year when I showed you my brights wardrobe capsule and Nola Johnson showed you a wardrobe capsule for work.

Later I added a whole series on my capsule wardrobe for winter.

In general you would want to create wardrobe capsules for work, leisure time, sport and special occasions.

How many pieces would you need for each capsule?

Now this is where it gets interesting of course. You don’t actually need very many items.

2 pants and 5 tops already give you 10 outfit combinations. Most of us would find that too basic though and need more variety.

What you will have to find out for yourself is how much you really need to make you happy and keep your closet in a manageable state.

You could start your journey by looking at:

As for me, I’m not ready to have a minimalist wardrobe yet.

I like variety and want to have lots of options for various moods and occasions.

But I DO want to edit my wardrobe since it’s getting too full. I want more visible space for my shoes, get rid of boring t-shirts that I never wear anyway and create an overall wardrobe that is more fun to shop in.

A wardrobe that contains only items I love and feel amazing in. I have already started giving you shoe storage ideas, but expect more articles on this topic coming up at 40+Style and let’s all do some wardrobe editing, organising and wardrobe shopping and look even better in the process!

(Don’t worry, I will still be sharing lots of fabulous fashion and shopping ideas as well!).

p.s. to get clear on your essentials you also need to get clear on your style personality. Find out your style personality here.

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I love reading about what other people do about downsizing their wardrobes. I’ve been simplifying mine for years. I’m over 40 (way over 40!), and my entire wardrobe now fits into a carry on bag. That is, if I wear the bulkier items and shoes. For my last 30 day trip across country, via Amtrak, I left the coat behind and relied on layers. I even had “formal wear” in my carry on bag for two formal nights on the Alaska cruise–a fancy gauzy tunic to go over my black pants and cami, dressed up with jewelry.

I own 1 coat, 2 cardigans, 3 pair of shoes, 1 purse, and 1 tote. I do sort of wear a uniform of skinny ponte pants in black, ankle boots, some very pretty long sleeve tees, some short sleeve tees with bold graphic prints, one button up overshirt in lightweight black, the 1 sweater/cardigan in red, and a thigh length windbreaker. Then I have my small collection of handmade costume jewelry, an assortment of scarves, and 2 belts. I’ll often wear a long sleeve tee in a solid color that almost exactly matches the base color of the graphic tee I wear over it. Or, I’ll wear a tunic length tee over merino wool leggings with a belt and the overshirt. I may be 60, but don’t have any wrinkles or grey hair. My face is very babyish, so it’s fun to rock a NY style biker chick look with metallic accents on my ankle boots and purse. Either that, or I’ll put on full makeup and channel KISS. It’s fun to be old and eccentric!

I am aiming for “48 by 48”, to have only 48 clothing items in my wardrobe by my 48th birthday next month. This is very liberating, and I enjoy donating anything that isn’t perfect on me. I am now down to about 63 items including only 5 pairs of pants. I hate scarves and funky accessory necklaces, so I’m actually discovering my own sense of style in the process. A boring basic won’t do. Boxy tops and tunics are highly unflattering, and jump into the donate box. I look for flattering clothing, and own a few dry clean only items that fit perfectly and match everything. I will probably build on a brights capsule, as I have always loved neon green and purple, and they still flatter my light olive complexion.Two LBD, one for summer and the second for winter, and an amazing tea length lined white linen dress, that makes me feel like a princess. Shoes are difficult to find in my size, and I’ve never been able to find a comfortable pair of flats. Thanks for the article to motivate me on my journey!

wow, I’m impressed Jake. I could never take it that far..

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How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.” – Richard Halloway

The minimalist life holds benefits for all.

Numbers of parents think a minimalist lifestyle is simply out of reach because they have children—as if the two are somehow incompatible. But that is not the case. As I explain in Clutterfree with Kids , the principles of minimalism are completely within reach no matter how many children you have or where you live.

And not only is minimalism completely possible with children, it is a lifestyle filled with benefits for them! Since becoming minimalist, I have been continually amazed at some of the lessons my two young children have learned. Over the past years, they have learned:

  • That we don’t need to buy things to be happy. We own far fewer things than we did years ago. We purchase far fewer things than we did years ago. Yet, we are far happier than we were years ago. Go figure.
  • That we don’t need to live life like everyone else. Even though they are not quite old enough to understand all of the intricacies of our minimlist life, they completely understand that we have made a decision to live different than most people in our neighborhood. Our lifestyle has given them permission to live a counter-cultural life.
  • That we live within our means. Although our children are not balancing our checkbook, they do hear us speak often about debt, the joy of not being in it, and our desire to stay out of it.
  • That we think carefully about our purchases. Because we believe in giving them ample opportunity to find/grow in their interests, we still need to buy things like toys, school supplies, art supplies, and sporting goods. We just think through our buying decisions more carefully. This is an invaluable lesson for children to learn as they get older. We no longer buy something just because we have the money, we buy things because we truly need them.
  • That we gladly share with others. Since we became minimalist when they were young, they have grown up watching us donate many of our belongings to others. They have seen generosity in action.
  • That clutter is a drag. They have seen how minimalism creates a home where clutter is scarce. And when it does show up, it can be quickly remedied—and usually is.
  • That we love spending time with them. Our minimalist home has allowed us the opportunity to spend less time purchasing, cleaning, organizing, and sorting things. We have gladly replaced that time managing stuff with spending time with them.
  • That we are in control of our stuff. Not the other way around.

Minimalism with children is entirely possible. However, it does require a little more effort, a little more thoughtfulness, and a lot more patience. As you embark (or continue) on the journey, here are some practical steps to consider:

1. Explain your decision. Your children are thinking human beings. Therefore, no matter their age (our son and daughter were only 5 and 2 at the time), sit down and explain your decision to them – include the reasons why you are choosing to become minimalist and the benefits you are hoping to receive from it. And because teenagers typically jump to far-reaching conclusions, assure them that your decision does not mean you are no longer going to buy anything … it just means you are going to intentionally think through your purchases in the future.

2. Begin minimizing your possessions first. Minimize your personal belongings first and your shared family belongings second. It would be unfair to ask your child/teenager to thoroughly adopt the lifestyle until you have done it personally. Also remember, you will learn valuable lessons when you remove your personal clutter – valuable lessons that will put you in a better place to help your son or daughter navigate their journey.

3. Remove the items they do not use first. Minimalism is about paring down to only the essentials. It is about removing the things in our life we don’t need so we can focus on the things that we do. And while most homes are filled with things that are not needed, they are also filled with things that are not even used . Start there. You can begin by removing the clothes they no longer wear, the toys they no longer they play with, and the other things they no longer use. That’s an easy first step. As you begin there and talk them through the process, they may begin to naturally start asking themselves the question, “How much of this other stuff do I really need anyway?”

4. Focus on the positives. As you begin to see the benefits of minimalism in the life of your children/teenagers, point them out and focus on them. Just because you are observant enough to notice them, doesn’t mean they see it quite as readily as you. Does their room appear tidier? Do they spend less time cleaning? Is it easier to find things? Can you notice less stress or less distraction? Are you more relaxed as a parent? Encourage each other with the positive benefits that you notice.

5. Treat them to fun experiences. One benefit of minimalism is that you spend less and have more time on your hands – so you should have some extra disposable income and the time to do something with it. Use it to create fun, family experiences. Do something new that everyone will enjoy. Take a trip to the beach, the amusement park, or a weekend in the city. You don’t need to spend all of your new found savings on one trip (especially if you are trying to get out of debt in the process), but a practical experience that highlights the benefits of your decision can go a long way in helping your children understand your minimalist decision.

6. Choose your purchases carefully going forward. You will still need to buy things going forward. Children will outgrow their clothes, their toys, their school supplies, and their sporting goods. They are not going to stop growing and developing. You are absolutely still going to buy things going forward… you are just going to put more thought into your purchases than you did in the past. Replace “Do I want this?” with “Do I need this?” And help your son or daughter ask the same question. It’s one of the most important lessons they will ever learn.

7. (A word about gifts). We have taken the approach of still allowing our relatives the opportunity to buy gifts for our children. It is an expression of their love. They desire to show their love by giving gifts and our children feel loved when they receive them. We did not want to take that away from our family. However, we have tried to communicate with our family ahead of time and offer them a suggested gift list of things they need prior to birthdays and holidays.

8. Be patient. Be patient with your family. Offer them plenty of time to adjust to minimalism rather than being pushed into it. Minimalism is a lifestyle that needs to be believed in and adopted. Show them plenty of patience. And after all, if it took you 30 years to adopt the lifestyle, it would be foolish to assume they will fully adopt it in 30 minutes… or even 30 days.

Let me assure you. Minimalism is completely achievable and beneficial for you and your family.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

I was blown away by your response to last week’s post about building a timeless capsule wardrobe— I’m enjoying all the emails and shares on Facebook, thank you. The shift from ‘fast fashion’ to a more classic investment wardrobe has saved so much time and money, and I’m glad you connect with that idea as well. Something I’ve been asked to create time and time again is a printable clothing inventory to help declutter, organize, and optimize your wardrobe. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on this, and I’m so happy to offer you the free printable capsule wardrobe checklist today!

or on the image below to download the free printable checklist

Obviously take the suggestions with a grain of salt because it will vary according to your climate, activity level, and lifestyle. I’m a work-at-home mom who works out 3-4 times a week, so that skewed it a bit towards casual, comfy-yet-stylish clothing that I can dress up or down as needed. Someone who works in an office will need more suits, whereas teachers trend towards more of a ‘business casual’ wardrobe. If you work out 6 times a week, up the ante on the workout gear, and if you live in Florida you can probably skip the winter boots.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kidsnecklace // booties // distressed jeans // cuff bracelet is no longer in stock, here’s a similar one

Of course, if you invest in your clothes you want them to last. A few items I’ve found super helpful in keeping my clothing in great shape are slim velvet hangers, mesh laundry bags for the gentle cycle, and a sweater shaver de-fuzzer that is my new favorite toy. Those inexpensive items were worth it to keep my clothing looking new.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

However with the obvious tweaks aside, this checklist will help you build a timeless capsule wardrobe a little at a time. Here’s how to use it!

How to Use the Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

Step One:

Begin with a massive closet cleanout. Take out every. single. thing, clean the shelves and vacuum. Now, unless you are wearing it weekly which gives it a free pass, try on everything. Make two piles, keep and donate. Donate anything that you don’t love, that doesn’t fit or make you feel good, or brings up negative feelings. Chances are you aren’t reaching for those pieces anyways, why have them cluttering your closet?

Step Two:

Print out the capsule wardrobe checklist. As you put the pieces back into your closet, take an inventory of what you already have by checking them off the list.

Step Three:

The unchecked boxes give you a blueprint of what you need. Start by adding in seasonally appropriate items (ie, spring is coming so you can probably wait to get those winter boots.) Be wary of getting things just because they’re on sale. Yes, this is a good strategy to save money but often we’re tempted by pricing rather than our love for the item and end up convincing ourselves that we like it rather than actually needing it. Remember, one pair of great shoes you love is better than 3 pairs that pinch your toes!

Step Four:

Continue to evaluate and build seasonally. If you’re anything like me, you will soon be able to walk into your closet and immediately grab a few things that stick out like a sore thumb because they don’t fit with the others– donate those! Soon, your closet will be infused with only the pieces you love, and you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

If you’re looking for a good place to start, check out our recommendations for timeless items to help build your capsule wardrobe. I’m thinking of doing this seasonally (like, 10 favorites for your summer capsule wardrobe), would you find that helpful?

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

I’m working on building my personal spring/summer wardrobe, so be sure to follow me on Instagram for up-to-the-minute try-on sessions and favorites as I find them! Let me know of any great items you find, too!

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

I have to admit, I have never considered myself a minimalist. In fact, until we made a move from Central Indiana to Southwestern Montana, minimalist living wasn’t even on my radar. We would collect things, store them in boxes, shove them onto shelves and not give any of it a second thought.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

But, when we went to make that 1,300-mile move and squeeze our belongings from a 3,000 square foot home into a 1,000 square foot apartment? Yeah, it was time to let go and learn to live with less.

Not only did we have a 3,000 square foot house, but we also had two 2-car garages full of stuff. Tools, decorations, knick-knacks we never unpacked. You name it, it was all shoved into the massive amount of space we had. And we would spend weekend after weekend organizing the clutter. And I was tired of it.

If you find yourself spending all of your extra time and money trying to organize your things? You need fewer things. It’s that simple. It took me a long while to embrace that fact. It actually took my husband a little longer to embrace it. But, once we both got on the same page, and I talked my husband into minimizing our things. It was absolutely amazing.

What is Minimalist Living?

You know, people ask me this a lot. And the answer? It’s whatever you want it to be. For some, it means living with only the absolutely essential items. For others? It’s just letting go of things you do not love.

If you have an outfit you haven’t worn in 8 months and you’re not pregnant, it’s time to let it go. If you have an outfit that you haven’t worn in 2 months but it’s one of your favorites and was hidden behind all of the crap you never wear? Get rid of the junk and keep your well-loved outfit.

Some think that minimalism is getting rid of absolutely everything that doesn’t serve a purpose. I’m not that kind of minimalist. I like my house to feel like a home. I like to add photographs, signs, I have knick-knacks that are well-loved that my mother gave me. I add pieces of furniture simply for their beauty and add things to them. I have holiday decor that does get stored away.

I believe minimalism is about finding that balance. You have to decide if you want that old meat grinder to take up space on your counter or if you’d rather have perfectly clean counters. It’s up to you to decide if the hutch full of heirloom pottery is what you want to fill your home with. If that old farmhouse sign is a beautiful addition or an extra thing to dust.

I choose to have things hung on my walls, decor sitting on my console table and coffee table. To fill my bookshelf with old, well-loved books and pieces of decor. I feel like making my space beautiful and cozy. A place I actually love coming home to and feel proud of calling my own is minimalism. Filling it up with clutter that doesn’t bring a smile to my face and serve a purpose (even if that purpose is only to make my home cozier) isn’t.

32 Tips on Becoming a Minimalist

This is a list, albeit not complete, on things that you should seriously consider getting rid of in your home. As I said, if it serves no purpose, if it doesn’t bring you joy, if it doesn’t make your space feel like you want it to feel… get rid of it.

These are the things we got rid of while we were preparing for our move to Montana. We had a huge downsize to tackle because of the space constraints of our apartment. We did put a few much-loved items in storage. Why? Because we weren’t ready to part with them and had no intentions of staying in such a small space. We did wind up moving back, so it worked out in the end anyway…

How to Minimize Your Closet Clutter

  1. Toss anything that is torn up. If it has huge gaping holes, it isn’t doing anyone any good, get rid of it.
  2. Pick out anything you haven’t worn in a year and donate it or sell it on a local garage sale group (or eBay). I actually went with 6 months, aside from seasonal clothing, but this is a good starting point.
  3. Sell or donate anything that doesn’t fit. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t belong in your closet! I’m bad at this because I recently had a baby and had just bought clothes that fit right before I got pregnant, but it’s time for those things to go, too.
  4. Decide how many clothes you really need. How many shirts do you really need? Pants? I find that I only wear a handful of outfits, truth be told and the rest is just taking up valuable space inside my closet.
  5. After you decide, keep only enough hangers to accommodate the amount of clothes you need. If you think 5 short sleeve shirts, 5 long sleeve shirts, and 3 pairs of pants is enough, then you need 13 hangers. I do always keep a couple extra hangers around for each person. Hangers break, or you have visitors that need to hang their coat. But don’t go overboard. You don’t need 100….
  6. Go through and pick the clothes you can’t live without. Keeping in mind that you limited yourself to x amount of shirts and pants.
  7. Shoes. Shoes are insane. Decide what you really need and donate or sell the rest. You honestly don’t need 25 pairs of shoes…. Think 1 pair of boots, 1 pair of yard shoes, 1 pair of workout shoes, 1 pair of dress shoes. Only shoes you will actually wear! If you don’t dress up, don’t keep 5 pairs of heels, ladies.
  8. Keep enough undergarments to last one week. Socks with holes, underwear that should have been thrown out with last weeks trash… yeah, toss those. Any more than a weeks worth, get rid of that too.

How to Minimize in the Kitchen

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How to Minimize Bathroom Clutter

  1. Toiletries. Donate any extras. Keep only what you use. Don’t keep a bunch of extras. If you don’t use it and love it, give it to someone who will.
  2. Medicines. Make sure you go through and check all of your bottles. If they’re expired, call your county government office to see what regulations your area has, if there is a local med disposal program, take them there. Otherwise, here is how to properly dispose of them.
  3. Towels. Keep a few, of course. Just don’t go overboard. Honestly we use extras as shop rags/outdoor rags. Anything beyond that, donate.
  4. Appliances. Hair dryers, curling irons, straightening irons. If you don’t use them, donate them. If you do, one will suffice.
  5. Makeup. If you don’t use it, toss it. If it’s ancient, probably time to replace it.

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These are just a few tips on how we are decreasing our possessions. It’s a work in progress, but I feel confident about it! Every time I donate something or sell it, it’s such a liberating feeling. The best tip I can give any of you on how to minimize your life is to take it slow. We don’t have a lot of time to get used to the idea, but we’re making it work.

And if you want to know more about minimalism and how to shop like a minimalist so your belongings don’t just start collecting all over again check out this article from my friend Heidi over at the Healing Harvest Homestead on How to Shop Like a Minimalist!

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How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

The most frequent criticism I hear about minimalist homes is that they’re “cold,” “sterile,” or “uninviting.”

Of course, such criticisms usually come from people who aren’t minimalists; and in the end, it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks about your home but you.

However, sometimes our decluttering efforts can suck the warmth out of our space. We’re so focused on elimination, that we forget about our aesthetic needs—those little visual cues that make us (and our families) feel comfortable in our homes.

Never fear: your living room doesn’t have to look like Pottery Barn to have charm and character. Here are some ways to cozy up your space without adding more stuff:

1. Choose natural materials. When your furnishings and décor are few, natural materials convey a wonderful sense of warmth. For example: a reclaimed wood table, a wool area rug, beeswax candles, linen napkins.

2. Add texture. This is a great way to add visual interest, especially with a monochromatic color scheme. A chunky handknit throw, nubby wool upholstery, or hammered metal bowl are subtle, elegant alternatives to chintz and frills.

3. Decorate with nature. Skip the home décor stores, and decorate with a plant, vase of flowers, cluster of branches, or unusual rocks you’ve gathered on a hike. They’re inexpensive (or free!), and add a beautiful, organic look to your space.

4. Use light as décor. During the day, throw open the curtains or blinds (or consider letting your windows go naked) to maximize natural light. In the evening, a few candles or string of white lights can create a romantic, magical glow.

5. Use color. A coat of paint is the easiest way to liven up a room without adding stuff; even a single wall of color can have a dramatic effect. However, if (like me) you’re a devotee of white walls, you can still benefit from a splash of color—simply choose fun hues for your practical stuff, like pillows, placemats, towels, or upholstery.

6. Choose vintage or recycled materials. Not only are upcycled items more eco-friendly; there’s just something infinitely more charming about stuff with a patina or history.

7. Use glass jars. Longtime readers know I’m a big fan of mason jars. Maybe it’s just me, but I think some of the consumable stuff in our homes—spices, beans, coffee, pasta, cotton balls, bath salts—are pretty enough to serve as décor.

8. Use personal items. Stuff with meaning—like personal photos, artwork, or travel souvenirs—are so much more interesting than store-bought décor. The key is editing: highlight just a few important pieces, to give them the spotlight they deserve.

Remember: adding warmth isn’t about adding stuff. An empty room with weathered wood floors and a single vase of flowers can be absolutely delightful. Rather, it’s about choosing our stuff with care, so that our homes are welcoming havens for our families, our guests, and ourselves. When you come home at the end of a long day, your space should always make you smile. 🙂

According to an expert

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

When a new year rolls around, we often get the desire to simplify our lives and get things in order – and this may include an overflowing wardrobe.

Perhaps you ended 2021 with more items than you really need, having given in to a few impulse buys last year when the world opened up and we started getting dressed up again after endless months spent at home, or maybe it’s just time to sort through some pieces that have been hanging in your wardrobe, unworn, for far too long. If getting dressed feels more chaotic than you would like it to right now, it might be a good time for a wardrobe re-set.

Our outlook on certain things has shifted over the past few years, including our fashion needs. For many of us, our relationship with fashion changed dramatically as we spent less time curating office-appropriate looks or attending different social events – and we may now be looking to re-prioritise where we invest our money, while also considering how much we want to consume. With sustainability playing an increasingly important role in fashion, many are focusing more on quality over quantity, adopting a curated wardrobe and investing in pieces that will last.

If this sounds like you, but you feel that you need a little help with the process, let us introduce you to TBC (To Be Created), a styling service that aims to simplify our wardrobes with just an edit of just 27 key pieces.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

TBC’s founder, Charlotte Warburton, makes the transition easy by offering a personal styling service for clients. “I’ve always been such a fan of the creative industry and what it produces,” she explains.

“However, for us real women, what we wear day-to-day is the basics – yet so many of us struggle to build the foundations of the essential wardrobe and are drawn to ‘trending’ items. I’m trying to take a more sustainable approach to the shopping process and help women create a more wearable wardrobe that can be worn time and time again.”

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How does TBC work?

“Firstly, I organise a consultation with my clients. Meeting them face-to-face is super important to gauge their character and start to build a relationship,” Warburton explains.

“Then I explain our aesthetic and the 27-piece edit we work on together to see if there are any ideas to adapt. Next, I ask them several questions about what style they tend to go for, who their style icons are and what they are looking to update in their wardrobe.”

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

“This means I can gauge what package they want and whether they feel they’re just looking for a few pieces or a full wardrobe detox.”

She then works with her clients through mood-boarding to build the 27-piece wardrobe. With sustainability in mind, TBC photographs everything that’s no longer wanted and then sells it online to produce a budget to go towards the new wardrobe to cut down on the clothing cycle. The service offers three packages that showcase a mix of designer and high-street pieces, so the service is affordable at all levels.

“If you were to choose the full package, I would start by coming to your home and beginning the full wardrobe cleanse, no matter how long it takes. Once this is done, I would then produce a new style direction that relates to our aesthetic.”

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Tips for curating your own wardrobe

  • Allowing yourself a new item every now and then still gives you that option to feel like you can indulge.
  • If you can’t remember the last time you wore the item, it probably should go.
  • Take the edit as a guideline and stick to it – you will save money.
  • Don’t buy an item just because it looks great on someone you admire or follow on Instagram. Really think about your shape, size and whether their lifestyle relates to yours.
  • The detox process allows you to gain a new approach to shopping. Your head won’t be turned so easily when you have a structure.
  • The more sustainable you are with your purchases, the more likely you will heavily invest in an essential staple, allowing you to have the budget for that designer piece, which trust me, you will wear for 10 years.
  • Having a style icon/reference point allows you to be more selective when shopping. If you are aiming for a certain aesthetic, when shopping, question whether or not your style hero would wear a certain thing. If not, then move on.

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While there’s a sweet and dreamy quality to the notion of designing a nursery, the practical work of creating a safe, comfortable, beautiful, serene room for a baby can feel overwhelming. Here’s a step-by-step guide filled with expert advice to help get you started.

Meet the Expert

  • Naomi Alon Coe, of Little Crown Interiors, is an interior designer specializing in nursery and child design.
  • Cathie Hong is an interior designer at Cathie Hong Interiors.
  • Justin Segal is the Director of Product & Brand Management at Storkcraft.
  • Mel Bean is an interior designer at Mel Bean Interiors.
  • Stefania Skrabak is an interior designer at AHG Interiors.

Plant a Seed

Naomi Alon Coe of Little Crown Interiors, an interior designer specializing in nursery and child design, says that many clients come to her with a single item that inspires the overall design. “Sometimes it’s a wallpaper pattern they fell in love with, other times it’s just a crib or another piece of furniture,” Coe writes in her comprehensive how-to book Your Perfect Nursery: A Step-By-Step Approach to Creating the Nursery of Your Dreams. “I’ve even had a client show me a photo of her tropical vacation that she wanted to base the whole nursery around. I call this the ‘seed’ item—it’s the item from which the rest of the design grows.”

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Don’t Go Overboard With a Theme

Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors cautions against overdoing the modern trend of having a theme for your nursery. “I like to start with a neutral base for the furniture, then build on it with accent lighting, wallpaper, artwork, rugs, textiles, toys and books,” she says. “So even if tastes change, the accent pieces can easily be changed out while keeping the large investment pieces the same. Even if a nursery has a specific theme, I try to keep the color palette soft and minimal to create a calm and non-stimulating environment for both mom and baby.”

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Map Out Your Floorplan

A successful nursery design of any size has distinct zones for sleeping, changing, nursing, and playing. Measure your space, and make practical decisions about the best and safest areas to locate the room’s essential furniture: the crib, changing table, and a comfortable rocking chair or glider for nursing. Spend on big ticket items first to keep your budget on track and allow the proper lead time for online orders and assembly.

It’s not always necessary to buy new or baby-specific furniture that will have to be replaced in a few years. A vintage dresser can double as a changing table, and your favorite rocking chair can be moved into the nursery in lieu of purchasing a brand new glider. However if you are short on space or starting from scratch, Justin Segal, Director of Product & Brand Management at Storkcraft, suggests considering multipurpose nursery furniture with added storage, such as a crib with a built-in drawer, chests with built-in changing toppers, or cribs with an attached changing table and storage.

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Color Palette and Décor

While it’s perfectly fine to go old school with pink or blue, today many parents are opting for gender neutral nursery designs. Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors suggests choosing calming colors such as white or pastels for the walls, then having a little fun with the ceiling.

“Wallpaper applied to the ceiling brings playfulness without being over the top,” Bean says. “Babies are on their backs a lot, and it’s more interesting for them.” If you like the idea of going bold and whimsical but fear the commitment, think about installing removable wallpaper or wall stickers that you can change out as the baby grows. And whatever color you choose, be sure to opt for no or low VOC paint.

Above all, keep in mind that the nursery should harmonize with the rest of your décor and can be as contemporary, vintage, boho, minimalist, modern, rustic, or simply eclectic as any other room in the house. Don’t forget to add plenty of soft textures, easy to maintain natural materials, and baby-friendly plants. Resist the urge to overdecorate or accessorize to keep the room calm for baby and easy to maintain for you.

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Light, Air, and Noise Control

The main goal of the nursery is getting your child on a sleep schedule, so it’s crucial to have options for blocking out light, mitigating sound from other rooms, and controlling temperature and air flow. Use thick pile rugs and drapes to help absorb noise. Layer solar shades, black-out shades, interior or exterior shutters, and/or curtains to control and filter light.

“Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting in a nursery,” Bean says. “Choose window coverings and lamps that can mimic night time even during the day, and choose dimmable options when possible.”

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Design a Room That Will Grow With Your Baby

While you want to create a beautiful room for your baby’s arrival, be sure to keep the design flexible enough to be easily adapted throughout childhood. Bean says that means “choosing ageless elements in draperies, wall coverings, and lighting so that with a few changes in furnishings, art, and accessories the room can still work for tweens and teens.”

Interior designer Stefania Skrabak of AHG Interiors. says that she designs nurseries with two guiding adjectives: whimsical and transitional. “Whimsical because it’s kids, we want that visual excitement while still being conscious of not overstimulating the environment,” she says. “Transitional because we want to design a room that will grow with the kid, and you don’t even know your kid yet.”

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All In the Family

A nursery symbolizes a fresh start but it’s also about continuity. “I’ve always been a fan of incorporating a family heirloom into a kids bedroom,” says Segal, “so there’s always a strong sense of family history present in the room. Whether that’s accomplished by hanging something on the wall that used to belong to grandpa or dad, or by framing something special that’s been passed down through the family from generation to generation, I think that incorporating a family heirloom is a personal touch that carries meaning, and will never go out of style.”

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It can be hard to get a good night’s sleep in a crowded, cluttered bedroom. You’ll sleep much better when you’re not worried about folding all that laundry piled up by your closet, and it’s easier to get out of bed when you aren’t tripping over the mess on your bedroom floor. When it comes to small bedroom organization, the space constraints can make it difficult to stay tidy. But that just means you need to get a little creative in your organization methods.

Here’s how to organize a small bedroom and create the serene space you need to recharge.

Think Like a Minimalist

Much of what’s sold as bedroom furniture isn’t really necessary. For instance, a bench at the foot of the bed, a vanity table, or a large armoire might look nice in a magazine, but in the average home all that furniture can make a space feel cramped. If you have a small bedroom, take a minimalist approach and only include the essentials. All you really need in your bedroom besides the bed likely is a bedside table and a spot to store your clothes. You even can make furniture pull double duty, such as using a dresser next to your bed for clothes storage and to serve as your nightstand.

Keep Your Nightstand Clear

In a small bedroom with minimal furniture, it’s easy to create clutter by piling various items on your nightstand. To avoid this, use a nightstand with drawers for hidden storage. Limit the surface space to just two or three items—maybe a lamp, a box of tissues, and a small dish to hold jewelry. You can even mount a bedside lamp on the wall next to your bed to free up nightstand space.

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Use the Space Under Your Bed

If your bed allows for storage underneath, this is a great place to keep off-season clothes. This will help to declutter your floor and closet. Just make sure to keep the space under your bed neat and free of dust. Consider using wide, flat plastic storage boxes with lids to keep everything clean and sorted. Besides clothing, some other items to consider storing under your bed include luggage, gift wrap, toys, linens, and books.

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Establish a Decluttering Routine

After you’ve cleared all of the unnecessary furniture and items out of your bedroom, the organizing still isn’t over. The smaller the room, the faster it’s going to become messy, even if you don’t have much stuff to begin with. So it’s important to get into a regular organizing routine. Go through your bedroom at least weekly to put away clothes and remove clutter such as receipts or food containers that might have accumulated there.

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Use Vertical Space

Small bedrooms typically have small closets and few other storage spaces, so you’ll have to get a little creative with how you store items. Aim to take advantage of vertical space using shelving, hanging organizers, and other similar items. If you don’t already have a shelf above the clothes bar in your closet, consider adding one for folded-clothes storage. You can even attach hooks to the backs of your closet and bedroom doors for more hanging storage.

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Keep Shoes in One Place

You don’t have to store shoes in your bedroom just because the rest of your clothing is there. In fact, if you have a hall closet or other storage space closer to your front door, it’s often more practical to keep your shoes there. This frees up precious storage space in your small bedroom. But if you want to keep shoes in your bedroom, store them neatly and in one place, rather than scattered across your floor. Consider using a shoe organizer than can be hung on the back of a door. Or place shoes in a plastic bin that you can easily slide out of sight under your bed.

The Ikea Pax is an Ikea hackers dream product. It is so versatile in its configuration and is totally plain, ready for an Ikea Pax hack!

There is so much you can do with the Pax wardrobes and we are going to show you 15 amazing versions of it. Each Ikea Pax hack is unique and stylish and I think you will find loads of inspiration for your own project.

All of these ideas are great ways to add stylish storage to your bedroom, kitchen or living room.

Stunning Faux Wall Built In Pax Wardrobes

A great way to add storage in your bedroom is to create a false wall with built-in wardrobe space. This creates the illusion of not actually taking up space in the room. The ceiling appears higher and you adjust to the room being a new size.

This has been done beautifully by Helsingo in this bedroom, with the added bonus of being cheap to do by using Ikea Pax wardrobes.

The doors are custom made by Helsingo and match the decor perfectly.

Beautiful Scalloped Door Fronts

Another company that provide custom doors for Ikea furniture is Superfront.

We love these scalloped patterned doors for the Ikea Pax wardrobe.

They bring an element of fun elegance to the room!

Expensive-Looking Pax Wardrobe Hack

This stunning, expensive-looking dressing room closet is from Huizedop on Instagram.

They have added some detailed trims to the doors to make it look custom made.

The gorgeous leather pull handles are the perfect match for the look and the whole room is beautifully styled.

Simple and Elegant Kitchen Pantry Hack

This is such a brilliant solution to having the much sought after pantry in your kitchen. At Jenna Sue Design they have used Ikea Pax carcasses built-in against an unused wall in the kitchen to provide a shallow but really useful pantry.

We love the minimal look of the pantry, with tiny knobs so that the whole thing does not impact the space too much.

Stand Alone Walk In Wardrobe Hack

If you have the space for it, this stunning walk-in wardrobe solution from Een Goed Verhaal is a great idea.

They have lined up Pax units opposite each other to create an enclosed closet without having to build walls.

The macrame door cover is a fantastic way to finish it off with a bit of texture.

Awkward Shaped Built In Wardrobe

Loft spaces can be tricky when designing storage space, but this brilliant hack from Design Sixty Nine makes great use of a Pax system to fit into an awkward space.

You do need to make adjustments, but you are not starting from scratch with the Pa wardrobe.

The genius part is the use of colour to tie it all into the room.

Stylish Minimalist Pax Wardrobe Hack

We love the minimalist style of the doors on this Ikea Pax wardrobe hack from Style Juicer.

The doors have a very simple raised edging that gives them a bit more character, but not too much!

They have the feel of Japanese screens and really work well in this space.

Stunning Coloured Pax Wardrobe Doors

These gorgeous Ikea Pax replacement doors from Reform are an incredible way to upgrade your Pax wardrobes.

There is a range of styles, but we love the mixture they have gone for here.

Gold and dusky pink are a match made in heaven!

Misty Forest Mural on Your Wardrobe

If you want something a bit more interesting to adorn your wardrobes, this misty forest mural from Around the Houses, featured on Domino, is perfect!

You can find so many different murals to do this with on Etsy or Amazon, just search for large wall murals and make sure they are large enough to cover all of your Pax doors.

Then you just stick them on!

Stylish and Practical Coat Storage Hack

This is such a simple idea and treatment from Driven By Decor. They have created coat and shoe storage, ideal for an entranceway, with Ikea Pax wardrobes and a bit of DIY finishing.

We love the little touches of brass and white handles. Even if it’s quite a practical piece of furniture, there’s no need to hold back on the style!

Floor to Ceiling Mudroom Hack

Turn any wardrobe into a floor to ceiling closet and you will look at it in a completely different light.

This mudroom/entranceway closet hack from Bright Green Door does just that.

By sacrificing a bit of room space they have actually made their entranceway look bigger because all the clutter can be hidden away!

Walk In Wardrobe that Looks Bespoke

This is one of the best Ikea hacks we have ever seen. Erin Kestenbaum has taken the Ikea Pax to a whole new level by making it look completely bespoke.

By widening the gap between Pax units and using trims and crown moulding all over the place they have created a sumptuous walk-in wardrobe to be proud of.

We love the green colour they have used to finish it. It goes so well with the brass handles.

Ikea Pax with Pops of Colour

For a little bit of extra colour in your bedroom, this fantastic Pax hack from Livet Hemma is ideal.

They have used various colours in the panels of the wardrobe doors to create a vivid grid of pattern colour.

You can obviously play around with colours of your own choice to get the right look.

Gentleman’s Dressing Room Pax Hack

This is a gentleman’s dressing room to be proud of, and yet they have used Ikea Pax wardrobes to achieve it.

Featured on Style at Home, this closet has been cleverly built-in and painted.

The best part is the positioning of the brass knobs in the middle of the door like a grand Georgian house front door!

Multi-Function Walk In Closet Hack

We adore this bright and airy walk-in wardrobe from Crazy Wonderful.

They have built-in the Ikea Pax wardrobes and added baseboards and cornice to elevate the look.

The use of several different functional parts within the wardrobes is brilliant and provides a solution to every storage need.

The Ikea Pax is a brilliant starting point for everybody’s perfect wardrobe, pantry or closet. There is no need to spend thousands on bespoke carpentry or specialist bedroom storage designers.

We hope you have seen enough here to be able to go forth and create your own perfect wardrobes and closets at home.

Good news: you have more space for storage than you think! With nifty wardrobe shelving, you can make the most of those tricky little nooks and reach-in closets. These wall-hanging wardrobe shelving units, with smart features like extendable clothes rails, are just perfect for small spaces.

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Are you tired of searching through your wardrobe for your favorite pair of shoes or your cosiest sweater? No wonder. It’s never fun to have a wardrobe or walk-in closet in complete disarray. Clothes stuffed in, shoes piled on top, and why not a box of Christmas decorations in the middle of the mess?

So, trust us when we say that a neatly organized wardrobe would make your life easier and more efficient. That is especially true in the morning hassle of getting ready for the day. That’s why clever wardrobe shelving is a storage necessity. Or at least a convenient solution to a common problem.

With our large selection of shelving and storage options, the wardrobe you deserve is only a few clicks away.

Create your own wardrobe shelving units

Many of our shelving units for wardrobes are suggested combinations. You get shelves, baskets and clothes rails in different fixed widths and heights. This gives you a good starting point when planning your own wardrobe. But, if none of our ready-made combinations fit your ideal setup, you can create your own combinations. That way, you can adapt the shelving specifically to your space.

Combine sections from the same series to create a frame for your wardrobe. Then you can attach shelves, baskets, and clothes rails to fit your needs. For instance, the BOAXEL wall-mounted storage system is easy to mount according to your needs. The interiors are effortlessly clicked onto, or removed from, the brackets. This makes it possible to quickly customize, change or move your solution whenever you want or need to.

If you can’t find the sections you want for the inside of your wardrobe, you can always add some additional free-floating shelves and build your own shelving. And why not combine it with clever storage boxes for a very neat and organized look?

Mounting advice

Remember that some shelving units for wardrobes need to be fixed to the wall. And when you do so, be aware that different wall materials can support different loads of weight. And different wall materials also require different types of fixing devices.

Since the fixing devices suitable for the walls in your home vary, they are sold separately at IKEA. If you are uncertain about what type of fixing devices to use, please contact your local hardware store.

Also note that some of our shelving solutions are suitable for humid bathroom areas, such as the series JONAXEL, while some are not – such as the series BOAXEL.

Paring down to focus on what’s important.

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The voices in your head reminding you of the Friday deadline. Your spouse saying there’s a last-minute get-together with friends. Your kid crying because the book report is due, and he needs help.

Most of us live with some form of mental chatter or another. But how do you mentally declutter? In short, clear your mind of the obsessive thoughts which can overwhelm you and keep you mired in avoidance, indecision and procrastination. The extreme example is OCD, although more commonly, we struggle with mindless, automatic, negative thoughts, which cause brain drain. Either way, too many of us are living our fears and not our dreams.

The problem is exacerbated by mental hoarding. Or when every third negative thought, bad memory, and personal slight fills the memory bank, collecting interest.

Accumulating unhealthy thoughts takes a toll. Your mind is a mental battlefield, your days wasted with one psychological arm wrestle after another. Compounding the problem is physical exhaustion.

Regardless of your situation, or DNA, your mind will not become calm, confident, and clear if you do not pay attention to paying attention:

  • You can’t stop boredom from creeping in if you don’t realize you’re checking out in the first place.
  • You can’t overcome avoidance if you don’t recognize you’re dreading reality this very moment.
  • You can’t practice steps to feel calm if you don’t listen to your body’s stress signals.

Awareness is everything to anxiety. Too often, energy is squandered between two mental states: rehearsing the future or rehashing the past.

While no shortcuts exist to get rid of unwanted thoughts, the following minimalist mindsets can help set the tone for a cleaner psychological slate.

’Tis Better to Donate Than Accumulate

When stuck in rumination, it’s helpful to get out of your head and emphasize helping others. Focus on creating meaningful experiences, and remember that whatever you’re struggling with, there is always someone fighting a greater battle.

During my 20s, I volunteered for various HIV and AIDS organizations. I spent Sunday mornings delivering meals to homebound people too ill to cook for themselves. Months later, I switched course and visited the terminally ill, who chose to live out their remaining days at home. Sometimes I was asked to read aloud, other times it was a gentle foot massage. The most memorable experience was the sweet man with a simple request: “Please don’t talk. Just hold my hand. That is all.” Sitting at his bedside, gently clasping his frail hand while pictures of his vibrant, healthier days stared back at me, stopped me in my self-absorbed tracks.

Like the saying goes, “One smile can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life.”

Love People, Not Things

We know money can’t buy happiness, yet we still buy into the hype. Every generation of holidays, family events, and Black Fridays in-between hasn’t convinced us that consumption doesn’t work.

What does work is defining the following:

  1. What do you care about?
  2. What makes your life meaningful?
  3. Who are you connected to?

If it all ends tomorrow, what will your last memory hold? The beautiful Craftsman bungalow which was the envy of the block? Or the time you drove 75 minutes in traffic to catch the last quarter of your son’s basketball game, and saw the spring in his 12-year-old step when he spotted you rushing in, two bleachers at a time?

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Physical clutter begets mental clutter. The minimalists who pare their wardrobe down to 33 items are onto something smart.

Energy spent doing laundry, folding laundry, and picking up laundry adds up. Just as buying a new kitchen appliance, unwrapping it, breaking down the packing materials, storing the instructions, and finding space on the kitchen counter comes with a price.

Every day you see that shiny new purchase, your mind is distracted, because it has to register another thing. What would your life look like if your mind had less things to process?

Minimalist Mental Health

Most people come to therapy to get rid of unhealthy habits—negative thinking, indecisiveness, dysfunctional relationships, over-drinking, over-spending, and over-doing in general.

Slowing down is everything to creating mental peace. “Brain breaks” are supported by deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness. With a calmer mind and body, negative thoughts are stripped of their power one sentence at a time:

Be more with less.

We have a finite amount of mental energy every day. Unused minutes do not roll over to the next month. Choose your thoughts, actions, and relationships wisely.

Working in a profession with too many card-carrying members of the mental hoarding club, I say let’s end our obsession with mindless distractions and embrace simplicity, instead. Incorporating a minimalist mindset means the difference between “I’m busy” and “I’m free.”

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Elizabeth Larkin is a professional organizer with a strong interest in productivity, time management, and process refinement. She used her organizational skills and effectiveness to pen articles with helpful information on cleaning, organizing living spaces, and decluttering.

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How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

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If you don’t have a closet—or simply need more closet space—you still can create a functional spot to store your clothes. When you’re lacking closet space, it’s important to pare down your wardrobe as much as possible. Some of these DIY closet storage solutions involve keeping clothing out in the open, so you’ll want it to look as neat as possible. And having a minimal amount of clothing to keep nicely hanging or folded can help.

Here are nine clothes storage solutions for spaces that lack closets.

Use a Combination of Dressers, Rods, and Shelves

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

A combination of a small dresser, hanging rod, and shelving can turn an empty wall into an organized closet space. There are countless ways to mix and match these products to fit your space and storage needs. A low dresser will allow for hanging room above it for dresses, slacks, and coats. And the dresser surface can be used to store handbags, shoes, and other clothing and accessories.

Contain Clothes Storage With a Curtain

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

If you installed a clothes rod in a wall nook but don’t necessarily want to see your clothing all the time, hang another rod for curtains to hide your clothes storage. It can be beneficial to select light-blocking curtains to prevent sunlight in the room from fading your clothing. Plus, you can pick a fabric color and pattern that goes with your room decor.

Employ Clothing Racks

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A clothing rack is a simple way to create a space for hanging items, including blouses, jackets, dresses, and even handbags. The racks come in many sizes to suit your storage needs, and they are fairly easy to put together. Invest in a quality rack and not something that feels flimsy if it will be housing most of your wardrobe.

Put Baskets Under the Bed

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

The space under a bed is excellent to store a variety of items out of view, including clothes and shoes. Simply find baskets or other low-to-the-ground containers that will slide under your bed. Because these containers won’t be as easy to access as drawers or hanging storage are, this is a good option for off-season clothing, as well as shoes and accessories you don’t often use.

Install Pipes as Closet Rods

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

For a creative DIY approach to a makeshift closet, you can use pipes as your clothes rod. One benefit to using piping is that it’s relatively inexpensive, and you can cut it to any size you need. For this project you will need the piping, a pipe cutter, a measuring tool, and a way to fasten the piping to the wall unless you plan to build a freestanding unit.

Try Racks at Different Heights

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

If you need to create storage space for a variety of items, try clothing and shoe racks at different heights. Keep shirts and jackets on a lower rack, and set up a taller rack for dresses and other long items. This will help to give everything a neater appearance, which is ideal if the racks are out in the open and not behind a closed door.

Add Clothes Storage Behind the Bed

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Along with the space under your bed, the area behind your bed also is excellent to keep clothing out of the way but still accessible. For this makeshift closet, pull your bed and nightstands forward, and set up a clothes rack or rod behind the bed. Leave a space that is just wide enough for you to walk through to reach your clothing. If you add a tall headboard to your bed, you can create even more separation between this closet area and the rest of the room.

Cut Down on Visual Clutter With White Walls

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Clothes storage that’s out in the open can make a space look busy, even if you keep your clothing organized. To limit visual clutter, a design trick is to paint your walls and trim white. Also, try to keep the rest of your decor in the room fairly simple. This will create a sleek modern look and make the space feel calm in spite of your open closet.

Hang a Shelf Near the Ceiling

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

If you’re short on closet space, make sure to use all the vertical space you have. Install a shelf-rod combo close to the ceiling. This will allow for storage on the shelf, along with hanging space for even your longest articles of clothing. Plus, you’ll still have room to keep shoes or other items below the rod. Just be sure to measure the items you want to keep on the shelf, so you can install the shelf-rod combo at the appropriate distance from the ceiling.

Achieving iconic style status as a woman in her seventies is easy to do with the right foundational pieces—basics that are anything but basic. As we age, our style naturally evolves. But that doesn’t mean that our options decrease, or that we enjoy fashion any less. If anything, we get to be more choosy.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

5 Tips For Dressing in Your 70s

1. Fancy up your flats

Just because a shoe is flat, doesn’t mean it can’t be dressy. Gone are the days of boring, “sensible” flats. Today, there are endless options, from embellished and rhinestone-encrusted to laser-cut and brightly colored. Build a fun collection of flats to add interest and pop to classic looks.

2. Try new collar shapes

Blazers and structured jackets will never go out of style. But one way to make them feel current is to play with different collars. Make this wardrobe stable ooze subtle sophistication by trying a Mandarin collar, a standup collar, or forgetting the collar entirely.

3. Make an understatement

Personal style takes time to cultivate and requires the kind of calm confidence and self-awareness that women in their 70s are famous for. Flawless style doesn’t have to be flashy, edgy, or fussy. Sometimes the simplest looks are the chicest.

4. Carry the newest trends

Handbags are one of the easiest and most fun ways to perk up your wardrobe each season, without replacing half of what you own. Look for structured styles with trendy details, like wood handles, woven sides, bright colors, or oversized hardware.

5. Embrace the eclectic

In your 70s, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid looking too prim, too girly, or preppy. However, it’s the perfect time to experiment with arty styles like tailored sweater coats, wide-leg pants, unusual clutches, and colorful patterns. As a younger women, these looks can “wear you” but the older you get, the easier they become to pull off.

Items to Buy in Your 70s

The name of the game is curation. In your 70s, you know exactly what styles work for your personal taste and body type. By adding a few key items, you can extend your wardrobe and freshen up your look.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Waist-defining Pieces

From a light summer trench to a warmer wool style, this is a must-have style for any woman in her 70s. The belt adds structure and style while accentuating the waist and creating a long, lean silhouette.

Mid-rise bootcut jeans

A slightly relaxed (but not baggy) fit is both classic and comfortable. Dress your denim up with a blazer, or down with a white button-down and a fun statement necklace. Stick to medium to dark rinses for maximum versatility.

White pants

Nothing is more refreshing than a crisp pair of white pants on a warm summer day (or a pair of winter white wool trousers in January). For an easy-breezy look, reach for linen in a wide leg style. Dial up the chic factor in white denim. Mix shades of whites and juxtapose textures for a look that’s as cool as it is elegant.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

A breezy dress

Perfection never goes out of style, and there’s a good reason that this dress fit became instantly iconic. Flattering on almost every single body type under the sun and incredibly comfortable, every woman in her 70s should own at least one of these stretchy wonders.

A polished cardigan

Cardigans are perfect for adding a pop of color, layering over your wedding guest dress, and adding a touch of class when paired with a crisp button-down. Fun details like metal buttons quickly elevate this versatile staple.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

A featherweight knit turtleneck (or ten)

File this item under basics that are anything but boring. Find a light cotton or merino knit that hits at the hip, and then buy it in a few different colors. Pair with a knee-length skirt for a lunch date, a fitted jacket for chilly evenings, and your perfect white jeans for a finished look that can go anywhere.

Donate These Items Before Your 80s

Some of the most stylish women alive are in their 70s right now: Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, and Iris Apfel to name a few. What do they all have in common? Consistency, impeccable tailoring, and individuality. Take a cue from them and leave these items behind in your 70s.

  • Heels over 2 inches : As you approach your 80s, you’ll want to make sure to opt for low, square heels for extra stability.
  • Plunging necklines : Opt for collarbone-bearing styles instead.
  • Black leather : Suede is more forgiving and less edgy on more mature skin.
  • Drab greys : Embrace color and ditch the lackluster tones that can wash you out.

Are you ready to embrace your age while elevating your look? Our expert stylists are here to assist with all of your fashionable wardrobe needs. Take your style quiz , order a Fix and don’t forget to ask your stylist for iconic pieces to fit your style and body shape. Sit back, relax and receive five curated pieces right at your doorstep that you can try at home. Keep what you love, and send back the rest. Shipping and returns are always free, giving you even more peace of mind.

Knowing your personal style will help you create a wardrobe you truly love.

“Personal style” is a term that gets thrown around a lot—as if it’s just something we automatically have. The reality is that personal style takes work. Even the most fashion savvy need to reevaluate their styles. This should come as a relief to anyone who’s struggling to create a wardrobe that reflects who they are and their lifestyle.

But where do we even begin to discover our personal style? Do we simply take to the mall and start buying everything that looks semi-interesting? Before you take action (or take out your wallet), there are several key questions you can ask yourself. These questions will help you learn about yourself and, ultimately, bring your personal style to life.

01. What words would you use to describe your style?

(Examples: quirky, polished, bold, experimental, cheerful, comfortable, sleek)

Take a moment to think about the overall vibe of your style. What are some descriptive words that come to mind? For example, if Zooey Deschanel were to answer this, her answers might look like this: “quirky, playful, colorful, feminine, and slightly retro.” These words will help you recognize an overall theme or feeling of your style, allowing you to take the first step in curating your look.

02. What do you want your style to say about who you are?

Style is a form of self-expression, but it is also a means of communication. The way we dress gives everyone around us information on who we are. So, what do you want people to see when they look at you? Do you want them to know that you’re professional, innovative, expressive, straightforward, or confident? Or maybe boldly feminine, strong, and pulled-together? Writing down the qualities you want to express to the world will help you pinpoint your major identity traits while also helping you become conscious of how you’re actively communicating those traits with how you dress.

03. Who inspires you, and why?

Many incredible women have come before us, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to emulate their qualities and style. Think of the women who you aspire to be like and the outfits they wore. This could be your mother, sister, friend, a modern-day celebrity, style blogger, or any influential woman. If Jackie O. inspires you, think about the overall look of her style and the specific items in her trademark ensembles. Noting who it is that you define as a style icon will help you recognize what you subconsciously see as being truly stylish.

04. What is your favorite store to shop at, and how would you describe the overall vibe of the store?

What stores do you find yourself drawn to? Every brand has a look that it is known for. How would you describe the overall vibe or look of your favorite stores? All brands have a target audience and specific woman in mind for whom they make their clothes. Who do you think that woman is, and do you fit into that description? For example, the Gap woman is in her mid- to late twenties and early thirties; she works for a living in a business casual office space and enjoys wearing her polished yet relaxed basics in her free time. Her clothes are more traditional and simple, but she loves to experiment with colors and prints.

05. What are the first items you gravitate toward when shopping?

Upon walking into your favorite store, what items do you look at first? Do you feel a pull toward those flouncy floral dresses? Or maybe that smart tailored blazer is calling your name? Noting the natural gravitation toward one type of clothing versus another can help you understand which styles you actually like and will most likely wear. If you always find yourself in front of the jean section, you might enjoy a more relaxed or comfortable style. Look for other casual or street wear–inspired clothes that emulate the same laid-back vibe of your go-to jeans.

06. What items do you repeatedly wear?

It’s one thing to want to wear a certain style and another thing to actually wear it. Being practical about what you will actually wear will help you stay true to your personal style rather than getting carried away with an idealized look that isn’t comfortable or doesn’t suit your everyday life. Most of us wear the same outfit formula every week, consisting of the same five to ten items. To save yourself from buying a bunch of things that will sit in the back of your closet, think about the clothes you wear all the time. Make a list of those key pieces. Now, think of practical ways in which you can add some variety to those outfit formulas. For example, if you love comfy boyfriend tees and skinny jeans, consider trying French-inspired button-ups and boyfriend jeans.

07. How does your style fit into your lifestyle?

Similar to the previous question, this one is about practically incorporating your style into your life. Your lifestyle greatly impacts your style, and you want to make sure that your wardrobe matches your everyday activities. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you know that comfort is key. If you’re a partner at a law firm, you know that looking polished and professional is a must. Make sure you keep your lifestyle in mind when defining your style because you want to create a wardrobe that reflects reality.

08. If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be?

We’ve all been guilty of fantasizing about whose closet we would rob. For legal purposes, we will say borrow. Thinking about whose wardrobe we’d ransack tells us a lot about our tastes. Think about what items you’d first go for. If we’re hypothetically going through Amal Clooney’s wardrobe, would you pick her professional statement pieces or her iconic dresses? This will tell you if you like classic items better versus more feminine pieces. Do you want to emulate a more polished persona or a more expressive, fashion-forward look?

09. Picture yourself in three years. What are you wearing?

Picture yourself three years from now. Are you going to a party, walking to work, or relaxing in your free time? Allow yourself to mentally create this scene and take note of what you’re wearing. How has your style developed? What does your outfit reflect on how you’ve grown? Envisioning the future version of ourselves reveals who we really want to be now, so why wait? Clothes can help us become the person we want to be and to feel more confident in a new role. Write down what it is that your future self is wearing: the styles, the colors, the silhouettes, and the key pieces. Start incorporating these items into your wardrobe now.

10. Now, based off your answers, what’s the best name for your personal style?

After answering the questions above, you should have a better idea of what your style is and how you want to develop it. Naming your style is hugely helpful to defining your trademark look. Even fashion designers name their runway collections in order to mentally maintain a cohesive flow to their looks. So, what would you name your style? Bohemian Biker Chick, Preppy Meets Retro, Casual Girlie Girl, 1940s Street Style, Futuristic Minimalist, Menswear-Inspired Uptown Glamour, Parisian Chic Meets Athleisure, Understated Elegance? Get descriptive, and start shopping and dressing with purpose.

To start mentally defining your style, feel free to print and fill out the guide here.

You’re proud of your clothes, right? (Most of them at least.) You wouldn’t buy them if you didn’t think they looked good. So why hide them away behind closed wardrobe doors? Therese, our interior designer, came up with these tips for putting them all on display.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Forget the bookshelf. a hanging clothes rail makes a way more stylish room divider.
What she used: a curtain rail hung from the ceiling with some canvas fabric, and a few hooks and clothes hangers.

You can even hang folded clothes, you know.
What she used: hooks, rails, baskets, and some twine to tie it all together.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

Go shopping every morning (among your own clothes).
What she used: upside-down shelf brackets and some clothes hangers.

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

A new take on a walk-in wardrobe: the entire bedroom is your wardrobe.
What she used: wall racks with hooks, on all four walls.

Gone are the days where clothing and accessories hide behind closed doors. These functional and stylish wardrobe options are perfect storage solutions for homes that are short on closet space.

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Bright and Fresh

Want to pare down your wardrobe but don’t know where to start? Store all your clothes in the open, like this open-closet concept from blogger Holly Marder of Avenue Lifestyle. Shelves and racks help you become selective about the things you own.

Boutique Style

Stuck with a tiny closet? Expand your wardrobe space using a rolling clothing rack seen here from blogger Kat Tanita. This inexpensive solution adds boutique style to the bedroom.

Design Your Own

In her Victorian home, blogger Christina Orleans of Little Victorian ditched furniture in favor of an open closet design. Keep the wood shelving simple and splurge on brackets and hardware that you love.

Little Black Box

Take advantage of the space under your bed with these sleek Vardo storage boxes from IKEA. Wheels allow easy access to shoes and other items. A fabric lid snaps in place to keep dust away.

Minimal and Chic

Less is more when it comes to displaying your clothes with style. Grab the instructions to make your own chic clothing rack by bloggers Nomita and Richard of Your DIY Family.

DIY Ladder Wardrobe

We love wooden ladders for adding storage and style, and this DIY wardrobe is no exception. Blogger Geneva Vanderzeil of A Pair & A Spare has easy instructions to make this unique open closet.

Mix It Up With Mesh

Keep clothing storage simple and in sight with mesh basket storage. These Algot mesh baskets from IKEA provide lots of folding storage space, especially for difficult-to-hang clothes.

Floating Shelves

Practical pipe gets an industrial-style upgrade when fixed to a chunky floating shelf. This solution from Teslin Doud provides ample storage for clothing, accessories and shoes.

Plastic Bins Begone

These Romskog rattan baskets from IKEA are a serious upgrade from plain plastic bins. Zippered canvas covers keep the dust out of your necessities.

The Planter Closet

This clever DIY wardrobe design by Katleen Roggeman doesn’t just stop at function. Pair a plant with your pretty things for a design statement in the bedroom. The complete instructions are on Katleen’s website.

Transform a Nook

Turn any bedroom nook into a custom closet solution with the PAX wardrobe system by IKEA. Ready-made configurations take out the guesswork and stress of where to store your clothes and accessories.

Modern Aesthetic

Ready-made wardrobes come in all shapes, sizes and designs. These from Dokter and Misses — seen in blogger Angie Batis’ home — include shelves and a hanging rod to accommodate all types of clothing and accessories.

The humble wooden clothing rack is a design-worthy addition to your entryway or boudoir: here are 10 we’ve bookmarked recently.

Above: A rack with storage shelves, the made-to-order Blonde American Ash Garment Rack is a collaboration between New Zealand design shop Douglas and Bec and Sam Orme-Gee, a young Auckland-based furniture-maker who specializes in pieces that make subtle statements. Prices start at $1,190 NZD (about $1,015 USD) for a two-shelf rack (shown) from Douglas and Bec.

Above: Is there anything Ana Kraš cannot do? Best known for her sculptural hanging lamps made from thread and wire, she’s equally versed as photographer, model, and artist’s muse. Her inspired take on the clothing rack, the Ksilofon (Xylophone in Serbian), is made from “oak sticks” and colored plywood panels. Kraš came up with the design to satisfy friends’ requests for an easy-to-assemble, well-made clothing stand–a foil to the “bad quality and complicated plastic/steel stands on the market,” says Kraš. Contact Ana Kraš directly for availability.

Above: A celebrated Japanese designer living in London, Tomoko Azumi has become known for her rule-breaking sensibility and knack for marrying beauty with functionality. Her exceptionally lightweight Tra-ra Coat Rack is constructed from beech, a wood selected for its flexibility and strength; €159 from The Collection.

Above: The Tent Pole Clothing Rack, as its name suggests, was inspired by military tents. Created by LA-based designer Stephen Kenn, it’s made of four military-issued tent poles with a welded steel shelf covered in vintage military canvas; $650 directly from Stephen Kenn.

Above: The Danes do it again: Nordic design house Nomess Copenhagen (not to be confused with Norm Copenhagen) specializes in household organization solutons. Unlike other wooden options, the Nomess Dress-Up Garment Rack has no base, and is pared down to the essentials. Constructed from ash with an aluminum bar on top, the rack is available in multiple sizes and colors (it’s shown here in natural and orange). Contact Nomess for pricing and ordering information.

Above: The Servus (Latin for Servant) is a modern, minimalist rack by German designer Florian Saul. It leans against the wall supported by two small rubber feet; the black leather pocket at its base is for storing small accessories. For more space, Saul suggests combining two frames to create a more traditional upright rack shape; €399 through Bolia.

Above: From Japanese company Cosine, the basic maple Dress Luck Rack has a vegetable-tanned leather strap holding its A-frame in place; $266 through Rakuten Global Market.

Above: Meet the new Mr. T: Kieser Spath’s Mr. T Clothes Rods consist of two T-shaped wooded strips jointed together by a metal rod in white or black; contact Kieser Spath directly for pricing and information.

Above: The Toj Clothes Rack is a product of Danish design favorite Normann Copenhagen. Created by Simon Legald for the company, the rack is made of ash with a steel shelf and bar that lend an industrial feel. Available in several sizes and colors, the large coat rack is €375 from the Finnish Design Shop (the small size, in gray, is $400 through Normann Copenhagen).

Above: We are, admittedly, a little jealous that the Natural Children’s Clothes Rack is sized for kids. The four-foot-tall, hand-finished rack from Such Great Heights is made from West Australian Karri, a hardwood, and is also available in color dips of white, yellow, blue, and pale pink; $190-$210 AUD.

Prefer the traditional closet? See our post on 10 Modular Closet Systems from High to Low and Architects’ 10 Favorite Closet Picks. On Gardenista, see how our team pared down excess clothing in Out of the Closet: The Essential Minimal Wardrobe Revisited.

Whether it’s a bedroom, small alcove, nook, fireplace, or TV wall, our custom wall units have your needs covered. Crafted to fit nearly any space, our wall units are some of our most versatile designs, so feel free to let your imagination run wild when creating a space for your home theatre, display cabinet, wardrobe, or library storage. We understand that for most homes, the entertainment and media center tends to be a hub for leisure, and our wall units are specifically designed to fit the space with a compact, innovative design that incorporates your home’s architectural features while concealing unsightly wiring. Our custom wall units combine beauty and function to create the ultimate organization and storage space in almost any area of your home regardless of whether it’s a bedroom wall to house a Murphy Bed, a home office, a closet, or a kid’s playroom.

Whether it’s a bedroom, small alcove, nook, fireplace, or TV wall, our custom wall units have your needs covered. Crafted to fit nearly any space, our wall units are some of our most versatile designs, so feel free to let your imagination run wild. Our custom wall units combine beauty and function to create the ultimate organization and storage space in almost any area of your home. Cabinets and shelves can be combined to create storage for any use you require and look incredibly attractive so they blend in seamlessly.

Wall Units:

  • Maximize your home’s square footage
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  • Become a focal point in any room
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Built-in Wall Units Create Stylish Storage

Whether you’re interested in establishing a more modern look and feel, or you just want to transform a wall with a window into an artful alcove, there are hundreds of ways to customize every detail of your wall unit. Our designers will help you establish a built-in storage solution to fit any bedroom, wardrobe, or stairway wall for entertainment items like TVs, stereos, clothing, fine wines, books, and more. Custom cabinetry and shelving can turn a bedroom wall into a personal boutique with hidden shoe shelves, folding space, and much more.

Textures Accentuate Your Cabinet Design

With some of the best techniques in media center design, our designers will collaborate with you to curate a wall unit that combines beauty and functionality to transform a wall into an inspired space for your personal treasures and memorabilia. You can optimize your space for a modern or contemporary design with LED strip lighting, or create rich texture by mixing materials like metal, wood, and glass. There are an endless number of ways to truly create the style you desire while still staying within your budget.

Trade Your Full Closet for a Full Life

How to create a minimalist wardrobe for your kids

NOTE: The topic of this post has been revisited in an updated December 2016 post. To read my updated and expanded thoughts on the topic of a “normal-sized” wardrobe, please CLICK HERE.

Last week, I received my March issue of Oprah Magazine, with the theme of “De-Clutter Your Life… And Discover the Incredible Lightness of Less.” One article which caught my eye was “The Closet De-clutterfest for Couples.” This article profiled a couple who helped each other purge their closets of old and unwanted items.

Husband Mike’s Closet Audit

Inspired by what I read, I suggested to my husband Mike this past weekend that we do some closet de-cluttering ourselves. Since I regularly review the items in my closet and had done a “mini purge” not long ago, I recommended we tackle his wardrobe first. He didn’t think we would find too many cast-offs in his closet, but when all was said and done, we had filled two large bags for donation and one large bag of garments to be tossed. In contrast to my situation, some of Mike’s clothes were actually worn out enough to hit the trash heap instead of the Goodwill.

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Husband Mike’s closet – over 100 shirts in there!

Mini-Audit of My Closet – Aiming for 8’s or Higher!

I did a mini-audit of my closet and designated 11 more items for donation (in addition to the 8 items I released at the end of January). I’m finding myself becoming more and more ruthless in reviewing my over-crowded closet. I always tell my wardrobe consulting clients that they should aim for 8’s or higher on a scale of 1-10 and I know I need to hold myself to the same rigid standards. With the overabundance of garments I have, I definitely need to be disciplined and diligent to have any hope of curating the minimalist wardrobe I so deeply crave.

Normal Size Wardrobe? Let’s Look at the Numbers

After finishing Mike’s closet audit, I asked him if he thinks he has a “normal-sized” wardrobe. When he quickly replied in the affirmative without much thought, I had an impulse. I decided to inventory his closet, much like I had done with my wardrobe in late January (chronicled in my “Cold, Hard Facts – What I Have” post). Surprisingly, I discovered that Mike has almost as many shirts as I do! Here’s a brief comparison:

  • Mike’s Shirts: 112 (I now have 124 after the recent purge)
  • Mike’s Pants/Shorts: 20 (I have 48 bottoms – skirts/pants)
  • Mike’s Jackets: 10 (I have a whopping 73 coats/jackets/cardigans!)
  • Mike’s Shoes: 12 (in contrast to my 53 – eek!)
  • Mike’s Grand Total: 142 (154 including shoes)
  • My Grand Total: 262 (including dresses), 315 with shoes

As you can see, I have about twice as many items in my closet as Mike does. No big surprises there… We all know that my wardrobe is far too large, but is Mike’s wardrobe “normal-sized”? Is it normal to only wear your shirts an average of three times per year (with 112 shirts, the average number of yearly wears for each is 3.3 times)? What is a “normal” amount of times to wear your wardrobe pieces? What is a reasonable number of shirts for a person to own?

Optimal Frequency of Wear and Wardrobe Size

I know that there are no absolute right answers to my questions, as the answers are very individual. In my wardrobe goals, I set 8 times per year as the frequency of wear to which I aspire for my garments and shoes. With that goal in mind, an optimal number of shirts for me would be 45 (perhaps even fewer if I wear dresses on a regular basis), roughly one third the number of shirts I currently own. The same number would hold true for outerwear, shoes, and bottoms (pants, skirts, etc.), but I would likely need even fewer of those items since they usually receive more wear. A good rule of thumb is to have 2-3 times as many top pieces as bottom pieces, as the tops are generally what give our outfits their variety and personality.

In truth, I feel that my ideal frequency of wear number would be 12 or higher (at least once per month on average), so my optimal number of shirts would more likely be around 30. But I’m taking this one step at a time… If I can end this year with absolutely no “wardrobe benchwarmers” (as opposed to my 2012 number of 146!), I will consider myself to have made amazing progress with my wardrobe.

It’s a Matter of Simple Math…

Just doing the simple math I’ve done in this post has been extremely enlightening for me! In the past, I wondered why I wore many of my garments so infrequently. I knew I had too much, but now I have a much better idea of how many too much (awkward phrasing, but you get the point…). Basically, my eventual goal is to have a wardrobe of approximately 120 pieces (counting clothes and shoes), virtually one third the amount I have today.

I may have to keep to my 2013 shopping rules for a few years in order to get there, but I believe it can and will happen! For now, I will focus on wearing and loving what I have, buying very little, and releasing everything that doesn’t suit my body, lifestyle, or personality. One day at a time, I will reach my idea of a normal-sized wardrobe!

Recovery Tip

Decide how often you’d ideally like to wear the items in your wardrobe. Then do the math to determine how much you really need. The numbers will likely surprise you!

For example, if you want to wear everything in your closet 10 times per year on average, you will only need 36 of each category (tops, bottoms, shoes, outerwear). You may opt to select different wear frequency goals for your various wardrobe categories (i.e. wear shoes, bottoms, and outerwear more often than tops since we generally have fewer of those items).

I encourage you to try this exercise. I wish I had done it sooner… If I had, maybe I wouldn’t have over 300 items in my wardrobe!