Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves lives in Brooklyn with a single small bedroom closet that she shares with one husband, one vacuum cleaner, and one infant daughter.
So we wanted to know – how does she not go nuts?
Erin shared her 4 favorite tips for sharing a closet space, so you can still keep your wardrobe (and sanity) intact. Read on to learn how!
1. Separate, separate, separate.
One closet, two people, plus all of their cleaning supplies mean that it’s necessary to have specially designated spaces for different things. My husband and I split the closet rail down the middle and make sure that we don’t crowd the other person out. We’re also in the habit of always returning our things to the same spot. Whether it’s our jackets or our clothes drying rack, putting everything back where it belongs makes keeping things tidy much more doable.
2. Protect special things.
Since we need to store appliances like the vacuum cleaner right alongside formal suits and dresses, we’ve made use of simple garment bags to protect our special occasion items from getting caught or snagged. My husband’s wedding shoes get a box all to themselves.
3. Invest in beautiful cleaning supplies.
When you have to share a small space with cleaning supplies, investing in beautiful ones is a lovely luxury. A wooden ironing board, a simple hand broom and an enamel dustpan all blend seamlessly into the space.
4. Contain and conquer.
I tend toward the philosophy that the fewer specialized storage containers in a home, the better, especially for renters. We keep a small collection of versatile baskets and bins to help wrangle things like our shoes, our collection of canvas shopping bags, our cleaning products, the vacuum attachments and even our unruly baby carrier. Even though they’re usually hidden in the closet, investing in baskets that are pleasant to look at increases the likelihood that we’ll be able to put them to use even if we don’t have the exact same closet setup in our next apartment.
Erin Boyle is the Brooklyn-based founder of Reading My Tea Leaves, where she blogs about apartment life, kids, and the objects she loves. Her first book, Simple Matters, is on the way. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.