A Magic Fix For Even The Tiniest Closet

Fiona Byrne's gorgeous mini-walk-in closet inspires envy in us for two reasons. First, there's her neatly hung and stacked clothes, all within a united color scheme of red, black, and white. Second, there's her organization system, which makes getting dressed a dream. But, we know it didn't always look this way. The founder of lifestyle blog The Byrne Notice and editor-at-large for The Debrief had lived in her Lower East Side apartment for 10 years — enough time to create a messy, overwhelming closet space (even for a self-professed OCD person).
So, she went straight to the pros and hired The Container Store's organizational service Contained Home to give her closet a floor-to-ceiling shakedown. And, she presented them with a real dilemma: She didn't want to purge that much. She loves (and wears) all of her prized pieces frequently. The solution was to organize upward and place the right clothes and accessories in the most access-friendly spot. Whether your own wardrobe is large or small, ahead are the functional tricks to steal.
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Photographed by Erica Gannett.
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Fiona's main gripe with the space was how packed in everything was. "My shoes were all over the floor, and the shelves didn't accommodate heels very well," she says. "I also found it challenging looking at hot-pink hangers every day."
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The key here is using all the space to the ceiling. The floating shelves on the back wall allow her to store her items super high. Fiona also purchased a tiny step stool that stays in the space so she can actually wear those hard-to-reach pieces.
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Here it's difficult to see what shoes she actually has in the corners. And, the miscellaneous items in that hanging pouch contraption? It was just a dumping ground for things she didn't use.
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Now the wall becomes a display case for her incredible bag collection. And, the containers used here are actually kitchen trays for spices!
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Ready and kissable.
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We have to give it to her for this smart, tight arrangement.
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Her sneakers and heels are much easier to spot hung on a wall.
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If you're looking for a very affordable fix, simply switch out your plastic hangers.
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A little color-coding can create a lot of visual peace.
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With the hanging pieces in the center, the whole space seems crammed and claustrophobic.
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Hanging Fiona's jeans and shirts on the side and in the corner considerably cut down on the bulk factor. Above the hanging items are two bins that hold seasonal pieces she might want to access from time to time.
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Sunglasses get their own shelf above the bins.
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A spiked jewelry wall was cool but cluttered.
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This gorgeous felt case with several layers keeps bracelets and earrings organized and still on hand.
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And, last but not least, hatboxes stay on the ground to keep stray pairs of shoes from finding a home there.
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