One of my most pinned and most viewed posts is of turning a spare bedroom in our house into my “dressing room”. Our master closet is pathetically small and easily filled by my husbands clothes and shoes. Considering my wardrobe is much more substantial this his, this was our solution! I genuinely enjoy getting dressed up and styling outfits, and buying and selling fashion has become a money making hobby for me. To have one big pretty room where everything is easily accessible makes it all the more enjoyable. Recently I went through and purged a bunch of older clothes, or clothes I just don’t wear a lot. I really try to abide by the rule that if you haven’t worn it in the past year, you should get rid of it. Of course, sometimes I put something on I haven’t worn in a long time and just can’t bring myself to sell it or donate it, but it’s a still a good rule to try to abide by.
I was able to clear out enough room to finally make room for shelving for my shoes. Prior to this they all had happy homes in their boxes (for the more expensive pairs), or lined up alongside a wall. My handbags all mostly lived in their dust bags too. I decided to put them out in the open for two reasons. First, because I truly love my shoes and handbags! Seeing them on display every day makes me happy. Second, I find that if things aren’t in front of my face I won’t wear them as often. I’m definitely not one of those people who only brings their expensive shoes and handbags out on a special occasion. For all we know, we could die tomorrow, therefore I’m wearing my Christian Louboutin heels and Chanel handbag every opportunity I get!
I take special care to condition the leather on a regular basis, and I have my shoes taken to a cobbler to have protective soles put on them and to be repaired as needed. So I do take really good care of my things. That being said, the one concern about not having them tucked away is how they’ll fare being exposed all the time. I did quite a bit of reading, and while many leave their expensive goods in dust bags and boxes, still many others have them out on display as well with no problem . So I decided to just see how it goes. I invested in a feather duster to dust around them regularly, and I plan on obviously doing a more thorough cleaning and inspection on a regular basis as well. My feeling is everything will be just fine out of their dust bags. Relying on intuition has yet to fail me, and this new set-up really makes me a happy girl. I also got some other organizing done as well.
I keep all my designer boxes in case I ever went to resell, so I repurposed a lot of them to store the dust bags, receipts, and any other accessories they came with. I labeled each box so when we travel I can easily find the proper dust bags to go with whatever items I’m packing. Any extra boxes went into storage. Also, I finally found a solution for scarves. This pretty pendant comes in two different colors and shapes – a brass square, or copper triangle. You can hang it next to your clothes, on the wall, or as I did behind the door.
My hat wall isn’t that new, but I never got around to sharing it so here it is. A copper pipe (which probably needs to be shined up again), and some rope tied around it to hang hats from with clothespins. Cheap, easy, and fits with my whole “I need to see it to wear it” mentality.
I (kind of) wish I could say my dressing room was done, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in owning our home for the past three years it’s that nothing is ever complete. And that’s part of the fun of being a homeowner I think. Next I’d like to find a nicer desk for my vanity and makeup area. I’d also like a darker chair because I’ve discovered I can be a bit messy with my makeup, and the poor light upholstered chair has suffered many stains. Lesson learned, at least it was cheap. I have a couple more ideas floating in my head as well (what’s new). so we will see how my dressing room continues to evolve!