So the closet in my new apartment is pretty much amazing. It is the biggest closet I've ever had and really, I don't know if I can ever go back. When I think about the postage-stamp sized closet I had in my freshman dorm room, I cannot fathom how I fit all my stuff in there. Although now I probably have way more stuff. This closet used to hold a murphy bed, which is part of the reason for its size and shape. The girl who lived in the apartment before me actually fit a twin-size mattress in here and slept in the closet. I suppose if I really wanted to, and if I didn't have so many clothes and shoes, that I could fit my full-size mattress in there too. But people, the clothes and shoes. My gawd I have a lot of clothes. First of all, I've been the same size at least since high school, if not longer. Yes, I still have clothes from high school, mainly dress pants, skirts, and an occasional jacket that are classic cuts and still in good shape. Second of all, I like to thrift shop a lot. It was a serious hobby of mine when I lived in Austin, which is the Thrift Store Capital of the World. So I got some great stuff for really cheap. (Favorite finds include a pair of Banana Republic winter white wool pants with the tags still on them for $6.99 at the Lake Austin Boulevard Goodwill. It cost more to get them hemmed than to buy the pants themselves. The original price of the pants? Nearly $80!). Third, last summer my friend Monika, who has more clothes than even I do, got rid of three trashbags full of clothes and let me paw through them before she gave them to Goodwill. It was like Christmas. It was *better* than Christmas. She cleaned out literally every section of her closet, from swimsuits to evening dresses to designer jeans. And I got first dibs on all of it. I got so much awesome stuff that a year later, I haven't even had the chance to wear it all. And almost every time someone compliments me on something I'm wearing, it is a Monika hand-me-down. So without further ado, the closet:
As Megan noted once, yes, I color code my clothes. Kind of. I've been doing it for a really long time and it helps me to put away my clothes once I've done a load of wash and it really helps to put together an outfit quickly. Also? I think it looks cool. So to the left of the picture are my tops, color-coded, from light to dark. On the lower level are my skirts and pants. I keep all my pants out at all times but I rotate out summer and winter skirts and tops as the seasons pass. Further down are my blazers and jackets, including my hideous black poofy down-filled knee-length jacket that I wore every stinking day last winter. Ugh I'm not looking forward to putting that jacket back on in a couple months. Below that is a tupperware drawer of shoes on top of a tupperware container of winter sweaters. Next to that is a crate of shoes. On the shelf above the jackets are more shoes. At the very end of the closet are my dresses because I wear dresses the least often. Next to that is my dresser, full of under-here-type-things, workout clothes, an extensive t-shirt collection that probably needs some serious purging, and pajamas and stuff. Not pictured are an over-the-door purse/bags hanger-type-thing and a tie rack that I have re-purposed as a necklace/belt/scarf holder. So! Not that anyone cares but now you've had an extensive tour of my closet, my favorite room in my tiny little apartment.