Violet’s Wardrobe Storage Ideas

Mar 10, 2011 by

I get a lot of storage related questions in my email, at least one a week and they are usually along the lines of “how can I store X without shoving it in a drawer?”. So this post is majorly overdue and I feel quite guilty in letting it drag out this long but I have been trying to think of a way to do this as well.

I’m always a little wary of how much I share on the internet because my house is a very personal place, only my absolute best friends have ever visited and even then I invite people over sparingly because I like my privacy very much.

The way my apartment is set up I have very limited storage space so every little bit has to count. In the bedroom we have a large mirrored built in wardrobe but even though there is lot os space it’s 50% useless because one of the door opens to a wall which hides the water heater and another of the doors opens to a hanging space which isn’t wide enough to actually hold coathangers -_-’ I swear whoever designed this apartment had never actually lived inside an apartment.

So once all of that is blacked out, my wardrobe space is effectively reduced to this:

Storage Ideas

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  • http://AMortalDothApproach.blogspot.com Ashlee

    I understand your reluctance to do these kinds of posts because of privacy, but this post rocks. It would be awesome if it was made into a series – I’m always looking for ways to organize my stuff and save space.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hearing you say that is such a relief! I was worried that it wasn’t a very good post >_< Thank you very much for the reassurance, I will definitely consider doing some more of these if I can work out a way that it's not completely invasive <3

  • http://iheartxen.blogspot.com Xen*

    I just stumbled upon your blog today and I am in love!! No honestly!!! It has been a while since I came across a great DIY blog which is girly, fun and an enjoyable read :D

    I’ve always wanted to make the pompom things (my sis made me one before but misplaced the instruction booklet) and that heart pompom post seems sooo easy! Thank you for sharing!!

    By the way, you should def turn this into a mini-series (: I think it is very interesting to see how someone makes use of the space available in their home.

    P/s I see a little Sylvannian family living there. hehe ^_^ Have a good weekend!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Aww thank you Xen! That’s very sweet of you to leave such a lovely comment! Haha yep I collect Sylvannian families :D

  • http://thefashionatetraveller.com Leanne

    Having seen your wardrobe space myself, I think you do AMAAAZINGLY well to store all the stuff you do. Even though I have 3 wardrobes to myself, (well 2 halves of one, and one half of another), I still have stuff strewn and piling up everywhere.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Seriously it’s improved so much since you came XD I actually have couches and furniture now mwahahaa!

  • http://melissyjn.com Melissy

    Thanks for this post!! ^__^
    My room is tiny so I’m always trying to fit in a lot of stuff/hide my belongings while trying not to make my room look cluttered! XD This post definitely reassures me that it’s possible to do it~ Thanks!! :D

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I’m very glad you found it useful :D It is possible, I haven’t completely figured it out but I swear it is possible!!

  • http://thisisrosie.ca Rosie

    Ack, so jealous! I wish I had a nice closet like that :( I love how you display your pretties in the same place you store them, it makes it all seem so much more extravagant and fancy.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks Rosie! It’s a pretty impractical closer but I think I’ve been able to make most of it work :D

  • Aunty Leroy

    Dear Ms LeBeaux,

    I live in a 1957 post war house which we are renovating at a glacial pace. Storage space is valuable real estate and Mr Aunty Leroy has threaten to incinerate, bury, detonate or donate my shoe and bag collection if I don’t exercise responsible shoe/bag husbandry in the very near future. Cluttered space does make my brain ache and with 2yo & 4yo Weewoys launching round the clock raids on my gear its dispiriting and overwhelming. Having read your account on ‘wi l e coyote storage techniques has given me the impetus to push back with ‘Operation Autumn Organising Sans- being 2 Anal wish me luck coupled with less perfectionism and more performance.

    Once again thank you for your generosity of spirit, your good self and Mrs Super Kawaii Mama help keep my brain cell count away from the single digit.

    If I may prevail on your good nature, cld you please do a blog on resurrecting lipsticks that have been trashed by my Weewoys – oh woe is me, I’m digging out compacted remnants of lipstick with the name ‘vintage pink’ with a bobby pin and applying it laboriously with a brush! Should I just bite the bullet and buy some more lipsticks – Aaagh why didn’t I put my handbag in a higher place!

    Fondest regards

    Mrs Aunty Leroy

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Dear Aunty Leroy,
      I can completely understad your fear of Mr Leroy incinerating your collection! I hope you have luck with Operation Autumn, my cleaning and organising kick seem to come and go so cross your fingers that I can get it all done this time XD as for your lipsticks I suggest scraping them out of the tubes and melting them into new containers like lip balm, take a look at these posts and you can use the same general idea:

      Have a lovely weekend :)
      <3 Violet

      • Aunty Leroy

        Dear Ms Lebeaux,

        Many thanks for your advice on my trashed lipsticks. Your advice was not unlike Mrs SKM – decantering and compressing. This procedure has collateral benefits: solve original problem, cuts down on space within make up collection and also I can get rid of the original containers which will no longer remind me of what used to be. Brilliant!

        Operation Autumn Organising has stalled as I have been derailed with ‘flu and am trying to shake it before next weekends The Eighth the Way We Wear Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fair out at Mt Gravatt Show Grounds. Have no idea what I am going to wear – keep changing my mind.

        Thank you once again for weighing in on my lipstick dilemma.

        Kind wishes to you

        Mrs Aunty Leroy

        • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

          Dear Aunty Leroy,
          I’m very glad to hep, Way We Wear sounds like a lot of fun! I hope you have a lovely time and a wonderful week :)
          <3 Violet

  • http://riechanster.blogspot.com Riechan

    Wonderful post! I did the same thing to my bags, bigger bags I only use on large trips are filled with smaller bags which I rarely use, like in the summer they carry my wintertype bags ^^
    I’m sharing my closet with my mum so we need every spot in there. Think I’m going to take some of your tips and attack it! Thanks!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      No problems, I’m very glad you found it useful :D

  • http://smoldering-rose.blogspot.com beatrixx

    Thank you for sharing with all of us! I have similar living space dilemma XD
    One thing I like to do is use certain pieces of clothes and accessories (esp hats, my big straw ones that don’t have hatboxes in particular) as wall art. I can’t paint my walls, but I am allowed to hang paintings and use push-pins, so it kind of solves two problems at once.
    The other thing which I’ve seen but never done is to use wire mesh and a cool frame to wall-mount your earrings in a diy holder likethis or the whipped cream one you made <3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I wanted to use my hats as wall art too but we’re not allowed to put pins in the walls :( That jewellery frame is really cool, thanks for the link!

  • Holly

    I love storage posts! I don’t live in a tiny apartment any more, but when I did, here were some of my favorite tips:
    -I didn’t have shelves in my closet, so I kept jewelry on a jewelry tree and on a tray on my regular bookshelf (like yours)
    -I took shopping bags from stores I like and hung them on the walls, then filled them with trinkets and other stuff I didn’t know where else to store. (I still do this, because I like the look of it!)
    -Over the door purse hanger (Not a groundbreaking idea, but very useful!)
    -Keep unmentionables in a cheap fabric covered “chest” since I don’t have a dresser.
    -Some nicer purses I put on display on my bookshelf ^_^

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks for the tips Holly! The shopping bag idea is really cool :D

  • http://theasylumpantry.blogspot.com Raayvhen

    This was VERY helpful! I’m always looking for ways to store things in my closet. Even though I have a considerably large amount of space, I don’t have any shelves in my closet other than the ones above the racks. I’ll definitely be using some of these tips though!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I’m very glad you liked it! Not having shelves can be very frustrating, in one of our other cupboards I added in my own shelves :D

  • Lady Connie


    It’s true it’s tricky to take photos like this, but I found this post very helpful ^^ I’m going to take a few notes from it and clean my closet ^^

    Thanks for this (and don’t worry, closet is private, but definitely not as much as girls taking photos of their new underwear)

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Ah yes I would never show picture of my underwear XD I’m glad you found it useful though, I think I will do more :)

  • Mandy

    Your closet is cute! I’m going to college in 2012, and the dorms at the college I want to go to are not only small, but they don’t have doors! So my idea was to make a 100% removable, dorm-proof curtain rod with those 3m command hooks (expensive but godly), a dowel rod that I’ll paint pink, and a ruffly pink curtain. Then I just have to figure out where to put my deco stuff! xD

    • Lady Connie

      No doors?

      That sounds sooo weird!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks Mandy! Oh they don’t have doors?! I would want a curtain too, the idea to use command hooks is awesome, I might have to think about that for our living room :D

  • http://www.benjibox.com.au Penny Cheung

    It’s a credit to you that you manage to fit everything you do into your wardrobe! If you need a couple of benjibox clear shoe drawers to help out please let me know and I’ll send a few your way! You can see them here at (link removed, see comments policy -Violet)

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha thanks Penny ^_^ Those boxes sound like a great idea, I’m always on the look out for more storage supplies so drop me a line at violet AT violetlebeaux.com and we can chat about it :)

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