Closet Case: Closet Storage Solutions

As part of 2011's "operation declutter", I have been doing a "once around the house" looking for problem areas. I realize that the armchair in my bedroom has become a second closet. I never sit on my lovely chair as it holds piles of clothes waiting to be squeezed into a too-full closet. Having your own closet mishaps? 3 steps to solve your closet mayhem after the jump!

The perfect closet in within reach! Here are 3 simple steps to get you started.

Step 1: Find inspiration.
Here are some of my favorites:

Photo One: I adore the idea of bringing your clothes out of the closet. Personally, I like having a headboard to rest against, but this concept could work on any wall of the bedroom. However it may mean investing in a more festive wardrobe!

Photo Two: This closet makes me wish I had a small nook to hold my goods. The rough chunks of wood are a great way to add earthy appeal to often "sterile" off-the-shelf closet organizers. This could also look great on a exposed wall in your abode.

Photo Three: This invisible closet DIY idea from Jaboopee is a very cool small space solution. Love the way she styled it out with wallpaper samples!

Step 2: Research.
Find a wardrobe system that meets your space requirements and budget. IKEA's PAX series is a nice affordable solution with a wide range of sizes. Check out Good Housekeeping | Hands-On Review of Closet Organizers for more possibilities.

Step 3: Edit & Style.
Use the age old rule: If you haven't worn it in a year, release it. Or my more aggressive rule: Everytime you bring home a new pair of shoes/top/dress, you must release an older version.
Invest in wooden hangers and hang clothing in groups of like colors. This simple solution helped my closet go from gloom to glam in one day.

Images: 1: Decor 8 ; 2: Country Home via Desire to Inspire ; 3: Jaboopee