Ah, wedding season. Couples happily say their vows, excitement abounds, and romance fills the air. But for newlyweds moving in together, the honeymoon can be over as soon as the groom lifts his bride over the threshold. For many couples, the transition from having a solo closet to a shared space isn’t an easy one. However, there are simple ways couples can live happily ever after without breaking up with their beloved closets.
1) Figure out what to toss before you move in
Moving provides a great opportunity to go through your wardrobe and figure out what stays and what goes; but, it’s especially important to do so before moving in with your significant other. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in over a year, then you probably won’t wear it again. Label three large bins “Keep,” “Donate” and “Toss,” and separate the items in your closet accordingly. This will give you a chance to go through everything before the unwanted items reach the dumpster. For couples who already live together, this can be a perfect partner project. Instead of throwing out something on behalf of your spouse without his or her knowledge, sift through everything together.
2) Keep your closet tidy and it won’t feel so tiny
Keeping a closet clean and organized is an easy way to make it feel larger. Small storage solutions, such as sliding belt racks and jewelry drawers, provide simple opportunities to stash loose items. Adjustable shelves, cubbies and baskets m
ake it eas
y to store away articles of clothing, rather than allowing them to pile up on the floor. When everything has a place, there may be more room inside your tiny closet than you realize.
3) Create hiding spaces
No one needs to air their dirty laundry in public. Consider placing tilt-out hampers into custom closets to stash away laundry or keep dry cleaning items separated. Cabinet doors are also a great way to hide whatever doesn’t need to be out in the open but may be too large for a drawer.
4) Establish closet boundaries
Like it or not, you can’t share EVERYTHING — even if you are sharing a closet, you don’t have to share every shelf and every drawer. Dividing a closet into sections allows each partner to feel like he or she has a space of his or her own. Even if one person’s wardrobe takes up more than half the closet, drawing a line can help keep you both in check.
5) Partner up for a dream project
You might not already have your dream closet, but who says you can’t turn it into one? Whether your closet is a large walk-in or a small reach-in, Closets by Design’s Everyday, Classic and Regency Collections provide numerous styles and options. Creating a custom closet that’s the right fit for you and your spouse will prove beneficial in the end — and this is the perfect project for newlyweds learning how to live (and work) together. After all, two heads are better than one. But of course, in this case, it’s three heads since you’ll have the help of a Closets by Design consultant.
Learn more about Closets by Design, and creating custom storage solutions, by visiting closetsbydesign.com.