An Organized Closet Makes A Happy Home

For today’s post you have a two for one… an In Style + Nest Designs post, lucky you!  I love this blazer I got from a local boutique and I just don’t wear it often enough. Pair it together with my striped boyfriend button down I got from a shop in Vancouver and I have a Jeans Day Friday look, or Casual Fridays as some companies call it.

Button Down: Aritzia, Blazer: Amelia’s Boutique, Jeans: Seven, Necklace: Forever 21. Shoes: Steve Madden

And when we had that snow you see up there, I was all cooped up in the house and felt like organizing our closet space.  And of course I wanted to take some pictures to share my progress!!  🙂  Since our house is an older home (1970s) we don’t have the luxury of super big walk-in closets (hopefully we’ll have that in our next house), so we actually use two closets in two rooms as well as two dressers.

Closet #1, which is in the master bedroom, is basically where we put our work clothes… the ones we wear 5 /7 days a week!

I love that the light switch has some vintage charm with a heart at the end of it separating the his and hers side.  And yes, that’s a full-length mirror on the door right there that gets a lot of use!

Opposite the door is actually a ladder that goes to the attic (we’ve never been up there), but I use the rungs to hold my belts!

Here’s a closer look!  I actually just bought a few more skinny ones this past week that  I can’t wait to add to the collection!! 😉

And look at how neat Marvin’s pants are, all lined up, light to dark, no wrinkles.

Here’s a look at Closet #2, it’s where all our summer clothes go.  On the left we have Marv’s collection of polos that I arranged by color haha.  And on the right is all my pretty dresses that I’m dying to wear.  I love having an organized closet, it totally makes the morning routine so much easier and creates a happy home.

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What does your closet look like?  Do you have a walk-in?  Do you use dressers?



  1. March 7, 2011 / 9:40 am

    what a great post, and as a florida gal so intrigued by the two closet things. Have my own walk in; long sleeves on top right, short sleeves/tanks on bottom right. LOL, no need for major seperation. Just a winter coat in guest room!

    So fun to see this, and great outfit post. Cute as always!!


  2. March 7, 2011 / 9:46 am

    You look like a model on those photos…great shoes! My closet at the moment is well…non existent! We live in an old house and even though our bedroom has 4 closets, they aren’t mmade for clothes…only storage, so we have a makeshift closet at the moment until my hubby can build a walk in! I hope your day is lovely!

  3. March 7, 2011 / 10:02 am

    Ugh I wish we had a walk in! But I make do with the one we’ve got 🙂 Keeping ours organized is pretty easy though, so that’s good!

    p.s. Cute pumps!

  4. March 7, 2011 / 10:05 am

    I’m dreaming of a walk in. in fact it’s the no1 thing on my list while we are house hunting right now. Love these photos of you great look.

  5. March 7, 2011 / 10:08 am

    first off i LOVE your blazer!!!! this is one of my fave outfits yet, friend!! also your closet is so organized. no you do not want to see mine. im working on that particular area of my life at the moment. 😉

  6. March 7, 2011 / 10:17 am

    I love your Casual Friday look – that blazer is great! I hate blazers on myself; whenever I see other women rocking them, I feel a bit jealous. Perhaps I should try again?

  7. March 7, 2011 / 10:29 am

    I love the outfit! Professional, but still girly and cute. And I really really wish my closet was even big enough to be organized. I have a bunch of craft supplies stuffed in there, so there’s not as much room for clothing, hahah.

  8. March 7, 2011 / 10:36 am

    I love Aritzia! We have several locations here in B.C. (I can’t remember if it started in B.C. or in Toronto.) Anyways, their blazers are awesome-fits!

    I wish I had a walk-in closet! We don’t have an extra one to store our summer clothes, so they go in a huge Rubbermaid container! Great use of your ladder rungs!

  9. March 7, 2011 / 10:54 am

    Whoa! That is one clean closet!
    Love that outfit. So fun and chic.

  10. March 7, 2011 / 10:55 am

    My closet is a walk-in and I’m lucky to have my own, which is actually in my office lol, and my boyfriend uses the master closet in exchange for my getting my own room 🙂 I wish it were neater, but it’s busting at the seams!

  11. March 7, 2011 / 10:58 am

    my closet is pretty organized – i LOVE just walking in and looking at all my stuff :o)

  12. March 7, 2011 / 11:00 am

    I love that grey balzer with those pumps… especially with all the pretty snow in the background!

    My closet is so tiny in my current flat that it’s almost difficult to mess up! I’m hoping to build an extra closet onto it this year because there’s literally no room for anything else!


  13. March 7, 2011 / 11:02 am

    I organize my closet from light colors to dark colors! I kinda obsess about everything having a perfect spot, I know this is probably not normal – but it looks nice at least 🙂

  14. March 7, 2011 / 11:13 am

    aw thats a really cute outfit! i love the blazer, defiantly a piece that i need to add to my wardrobe!

  15. March 7, 2011 / 11:29 am

    Those shoes are HOT lady! And please come do my closet next…HAHA!

  16. March 7, 2011 / 11:30 am

    You weren’t kidding when you said back to the cold, look at all that snow!! WOW, but atleast you look fabulous!

  17. March 7, 2011 / 11:32 am

    I have the worse closet in all history! : (
    I want to move just with somewhere that has a better closet!

    PS Love your blazer & shoes!


  18. March 7, 2011 / 11:39 am

    love the grey blazer on you.. and you seriously rock those grey pumps!

  19. March 7, 2011 / 11:49 am

    Yay for organized closets!!

  20. March 7, 2011 / 11:55 am

    You are so brave showing your closet to the world! I would never open my closet for anyone, it’s a shambles. A wreck. An eyesore. lol. You are rockin’ that outfit!

  21. March 7, 2011 / 12:09 pm

    I WOULD be happy if my closet was organized! For starters, I would only ever be able to fit my dresses in the closet I have. There are stacks of pants, shirts, skirts, etc, all around my apartment! I’m litterally saving up for a house so I can get myself an enormous, walk in closet. I dream to have all my clothes organized and hanging in one room….

  22. March 7, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    I have a dresser, but I don’t use it as a dresser. I use it as a place to store my junk [art work, hair stuff, stationery paper, etc.].

    I have a walk in closet and this spring break I am planning on revamping it T_T It is so cluttered I can’t find anything in there anymore.

  23. March 7, 2011 / 12:33 pm

    Sandy babes.. thanks for a sneak peek into your closet… 🙂 I love that blazer of yours.. the lining is so cute. Oooo and I can’t wait to see you rock the blunt fringe. I’m sure you’re as pretty as ever!!

    xx Love & Aloha
    Swing by to enter my Orient Watch Giveaway!

  24. March 7, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    I love your outfit!! That blazer is so classy! I use a dresser/closet combo. I wish one day to have a walk in closet!! *sigh* agirl can dream!! 😉 Have a wonderful day love!! xoxo

  25. March 7, 2011 / 12:40 pm

    I couldnt agree more about the organized closet! Oh and skinny belts rock, I think they look much better on me than thicker ones….

    Aesthetic Lounge

  26. March 7, 2011 / 1:08 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  27. March 7, 2011 / 1:36 pm

    I love how you organized your hubby’s clothes by color!! 🙂

  28. March 7, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    oh Sandy, if anyone ever complains about having a small closet, send them my way. I have about 1 1/2 feet of hanging space. with a single shelf above the rod. we also have 2 smaller sized dressers. I just took everything off the shelve and refolded it, created two piles, dresses, everyday tops and fun tops. I also recently bought an over the door shoe rack that has done wonders! I would like some extra light by my closet though. not sure how to do that one with no outlet near by. I also screwed in 2 hooks on the inside wall to hang purses and belts. I also have a few boxes under out bed filled with summer clothes, workout clothes, shoes and purses. i can’t wait to have a house, with real closet space!


  29. March 7, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    oo LOVE the blazer! it fits you so well. ive been on the search for a cute one for months..i just feel so boxy in them. ah well. love the closet pics too! the bf and i have seperate closet rooms (they are tiny but i like that we have our own area). mine has a small closet and i use a dresser to store my clothes. he has most of his stuff on shelves on the wall and in an armore. it works! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  30. March 7, 2011 / 2:59 pm

    The blazer and that button-down shirt together look absolutely perfect! As for closets, mine is much emptier (there’s more stuff back in NJ at my parents’ home), and I don’t use a dresser because my closet here has build in drawers and shelving. It’s kind of a dream.

  31. March 7, 2011 / 3:02 pm

    ahhh an organized closet makes me so happy. can you please come to my house and organize mine? ; ) love your outfit too!

  32. March 7, 2011 / 3:22 pm

    love your ensemble 🙂 and a clean closet! WOW – I’m afraid of that task on my to-do list. It’s been there for a while, but I desperately need to conquer it! Though my tops are hung in ROYGBIV order 🙂

  33. March 7, 2011 / 4:13 pm

    The grey and black really make that purple pop! Great color pairing (and such nice classic heels!)

  34. March 7, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    what a great blazer!! and i love the chic look. and your closet looks very well organized as compared to my cluttered mess. 🙂

  35. March 7, 2011 / 4:31 pm

    I LOVE your blazer! Especially the little floral detail on the sleeves. Your closet is very organized! I am currently working on a little closet makeover myself.

    I’d love for you to check out the giveaway I am hosting this week. I think you’d love it 🙂

  36. March 7, 2011 / 4:42 pm

    Love this chic and sassy look girl!
    So cute! And yes, if eel so much better when my closet is organized and dresser top clean:)

  37. March 7, 2011 / 5:00 pm

    i’ll have to admit that i’m THAT person that organizes their shirts by color. dresses and skirts, too.

  38. March 7, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    When were you in vancouver ?! we shoud have meet up!

  39. March 7, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    I love your business meets casual look–what a great blazer!

    And I’m envious of your closet space! My husband and I don’t share a closet (I pretty much take up our whole spare bedroom!) because the closets in my house are TINY. So I have a small and a regular size dresser too. Basically, I store my clothes wherever I can!

  40. March 7, 2011 / 6:01 pm

    We have a walk-in that was awkwardly built in my opinion. Maybe that’s because I’m short and can only reach a very little portion of the closet itself without having to get a chair out. But it works for us since I’m short and he’s very tall. I hope to have many more closets in a house we buy though. Living in an apartment for so long has been tough on my wardrobe!

  41. March 7, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    that outfit is SO cute!! i love the blazer and those shoes – eee! 🙂

  42. March 7, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    Your gray blazer is so pretty 🙂
    I love your outfit!

  43. March 7, 2011 / 8:08 pm

    i love your closet! the place i live now has small closets, i miss my big closets!

  44. March 7, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    love the post… my closet these days needs major work… been so busy that half of it is all messed up and the rest is folded but disorganized… ugh!!!

  45. March 7, 2011 / 8:31 pm

    LOVE that blazer and I could definitely use those shoes in my life. 🙂 And your closet puts mine to shame. It needs some serious TLC… hahaha 🙂

  46. March 7, 2011 / 8:47 pm

    You look beautiful, Sandy. The blouse is just as fabulous as the blazer!! I would love to hunt through your closet try on some of those dresses I see peeking out, lol 🙂

  47. March 7, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    I am so jealous that you have a full length mirror I so need one but keep putting it off. But your closet is so organized, mine never stays that way.

  48. March 7, 2011 / 8:54 pm

    My closet is actually very neat! But I still tend to wear the same things over and over :o/ Maybe if I had a wardrobe of pretty dresses like you, I’d switch it up a bit more!

  49. March 7, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    You look so cute and loving the blazer with heels!!! I need to organize my closet again, taking out the winter stuff and putting it in the basement. I too organized my clothes with colors, its a lot easier to find something that I need lol

  50. March 7, 2011 / 10:19 pm

    I have a walk-in that still doesn’t hold all my stuff. Winter clothes are so bulky…

    Anyway, I love your casual friday look! 🙂

  51. March 7, 2011 / 10:46 pm

    Your closet looks awesome! I’m jealous.

    I actually just did a post about my friend’s new closet and the best movie closets of all time. Stop by if you get a sec 🙂

    Ski Petite

  52. March 7, 2011 / 11:17 pm

    Maybe one day I’ll post my closet. When I moved last I downsized from a walk-in and it’s been interesting. Made me part with a lot of clothes I never wore though just so I would have room!

  53. March 8, 2011 / 12:24 am

    i think i’m pretty organized when it comes to my closet. but for whatever reason… and i’m blaming the hectic chaos that has been 2011 so far… my closet ALWAYS looks like a bomb went off. It’s getting as bad as filtering out into the bedroom now. AH!

  54. March 8, 2011 / 12:24 am

    Can we please just trade closets? Like seriously even for a day. Gosh It shouldn’t even be allowed for someone to have that many cute clothes, you’re making everyone else jealous! 🙂

  55. Elisa
    March 8, 2011 / 9:13 am

    awww… this post makes me really nostalgic in growing up together with you as my big sis when I felt like I always came over and went “shopping” in your closet.

    love it.

  56. March 8, 2011 / 9:37 am

    My closet is an organized mess! ;] I should seriously get it cleaned up, tho!! Thanks for reminding me. =) xo.

  57. March 8, 2011 / 7:30 pm

    my closet is a mess too…hubby’s is very organized.

  58. March 8, 2011 / 9:00 pm

    If there is one thing that is ALWAYS organized.. it is my closet. My room may be a complete disaster, kitchen may need work, but my closet is nicely organized. Now if only closet space in Los Angeles were easier to come by!! Mine is SO tiny and cramped that I had to “create” a second closet by putting a clothing rack in a little niche I had in a hallway. Oh well.. it keeps my sweaters and dresses all nice and pretty!

    Love your blog – just found it and already loving it!


  59. March 8, 2011 / 10:04 pm

    My closet is organized. I’d like to say it always is, but when you share one with a sister it’s easy to let things become unorganized and scattered about. 😉

  60. March 9, 2011 / 12:54 am

    I love love love your blog.
    I can’t wait to catch up on more posts!

  61. March 10, 2011 / 12:45 am

    I LOVE that blazer. seriously. a lot. and your pictures. awesome.

  62. March 10, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    I am loving that outfit on you!!!

  63. March 16, 2011 / 2:22 pm

    Honey, my closet is a hot MESS! And it makes things soooo hard for me in the morning. One of my resolutions was to organize it but it’s currently the middle of March and….yeah, I still have’nt done a thing. I had an outfit picked out this morning and could only manage to find ONE shoe among the heaping piles of thrift store purchases so needless to say I looked a hot MESS this morning as well. But your closets are fab!

    SIDENOTE: I wish we had a ‘casual friday’ at my work:-(

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