Pinterest Meets Practical: Creative Closets

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Not everyone is so lucky as to have a closet like the one pictured above. Most people don’t have that, which I’m quickly learning as the hubby-to-be and I house hunt. One of my non-negotiable criteria is a decent sized closet and, house by house, that dream is slowly disintegrating.

Apparently, it’s hard to find a Carrie Bradshaw-worthy closet without an unlimited budget (sigh, remember that penthouse closet she almost had?). Enter Pinterest. What I’ve found is that closet space has the most potential out of any other space in the house for transformation. With a screwdriver and a bit of man- or woman-power, you can take out any wire shelving and aluminum rods and create blank canvas to work with. Read on for some Pinteresting ideas on how to renovate without the steep price tag of a remodel.

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The first thing you can do to up the fancy-factor in your digs is to invest in a quality mirror. This is how you see yourself first thing every day, and it shouldn’t be anything dinky or taped to the back of your closet door. I’m a big fan of this leaner mirror from Z Gallerie; it opens up the space and adds a hint of luxury to the room. On the more budget-conscious side of things, I am obsessed with this Ikea hack. These Vittsjo shelves are inexpensive yet modern and trendy, and with a coat of your favorite color spray paint (I’m going for the metallic gold), they can be totally transformed.

If you have the space or are able to remove wire shelving to make some room, the glass shelves make a sophisticated solution to handbag or shoe organization and display. If you still have some room leftover, a mirrored dresser is a great way to not only hideaway your T-shirts and under-things, but a beautiful way to display your perfumes and add some decor (like picture frames and a great lamp).

The final step is to clean out that closet! Yes, that means to throw away those capri pants that you’re sure will come back in style and the True Religions you spent way too much money on but wouldn’t be caught dead in. Store out of season clothing in vintage hat boxes and step back and enjoy the view.  Seriously though, sometimes I just hang out in my closet just to look at it.