New house, new closet

I know. Who moves in the middle of an order to "shelter in place." But what are you going to do? "Move" was my word of the year, after all. Ironic, or what? ;) 

We have been in our new house now for just over 3 weeks and finally we have all our stuff. So I spent yesterday organizing my closet. What a great feeling it is to be in control of something! I can't wait to get to work on our bathroom cupboards next, although I'm going to need to purchase a few storage containers for those. 

I have most of our relatively spacious bedroom closet for my clothes. Mr. Suz is going to store his "off season" trousers in this closet, and we have our iron and supplies here, but he is keeping the bulk of his clothing in the guest room because he likes the layout of that closet better. Did I luck out, or what? 

The rental house in Vancouver had a HUGE closet, so this one, while generous by most standards, actually feels "just right" for my stuff. Fortunately, the house as a whole has a massive amount of storage, so even if we have to keep things a little differently than we did in the past, there is still going to be plenty of space for everything. 

First, Photos 1-7 are the "dresser" (actually an antique cabinet -- some of you might remember this from my house in Kingston -- I haven't had it for 2 years!) 

Outside looking in -- baskets are useful! The top drawers contain bras and camis and sports bras. The baskets have workout tops and cotton sweaters, Kondo style. The bottom shelf is for jeans. 

Next, the closet, photos 8-15. Jackets on lower rack, blouses/ shirts on top. My bags are hung in the back of the closet on a scarf hanger (!) with a small Ikea container for smaller bags/ clutches, etc. 

Ikea containers hold knit tops/ tees, and other items. Accessories/ scarves on middle shelf, rolled. The top stores most of my winter items that won't be in use now -- heavier knits, warmer trousers, etc. I have winter footwear in the basement for now. And we also have a separate place for coats. 

I definitely need a shoe rack but don't have one at the moment, so dressy shoes are in plastic bins up top and just a few pairs that I'll be wearing regularly on the ground. It's not perfect, but at least I have my things and know where they are. 

Thanks for looking! 

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  • Gaylene replied 10 months ago

    Welcome to Victoria, Suz!  Once this COVID-19 thing gets sorted, we’ll have to meet for a coffee. 

    Oh, and great looking closet!

  • Suz replied 10 months ago

    Thanks, Gaylene -- and you bet! I can't wait to get out into the world a bit!! Fortunately I can still walk. That is a blessing. Discovering all kinds of trails and pathways all over the place. :) 

  • Angie replied 10 months ago

    OH! WHAT A GREAT FEELING, Suz. My toes are tickled looking at this gloriously organized and stylish neatness! 

    I recognize many of the items. Sooo fun! Also spot some things I have too.....


    Soooooo comforting to have ALL your stuff in one place, finally. The move and getting this in ship-shape was essential.

    A necessary and effective therapy for the body, mind and spirit. 

    Nice armoire! Well done. 

  • Sal replied 10 months ago

    This looks great Suz.  Nicely done:)

    It must be a relief to have it all and get things sorted.  One stress you did not need.

    We have relatives in Victoria so a trip there in the future is on the cards........... it was likely to happen this year but of course not now. 

  • Elizabeth P replied 10 months ago

    Wow, looks great, Suz.  Makes me wish for a more organized closet...

  • kkards replied 10 months ago

    Moving is sooo stressful under the best of times.  I can’t imagine moving now. But at least unpacking and setting stuff up does give a sense of control.  And nice job setting everything up

  • JAileen replied 10 months ago

    I love seeing organized closets and other storage.  Yours is lovely!   Moving, of course, is horrible.  I can’t imagine doing it during a pandemic.  I hope you enjoy your new home.

  • pil replied 10 months ago

    Nice! I can’t even imagine moving again, what a chore.

  • rachylou replied 10 months ago

    Ooh! It’s decorating and organising time!! So satisfying! :D

  • Joy replied 10 months ago

    You look so organized and efficient. Enjoy exploring Victoria when you are able to get out.

  • taylor replied 10 months ago

    Looks great.  Sorting the closet and finally putting your things In their proper place is so cathartic!  Nice job!

  • Cee replied 10 months ago

    Island Queen !!

  • Barbara Diane replied 10 months ago

    Congratulations on getting settled and organized.

  • Jenni NZ replied 10 months ago

    Suz that looks fantastic! Your armoire is very beautiful. I enjoy furniture like that a lot, though I don’t really have much now in my 2018 house. Some has been kept in our 1957 house which our daughter DD2 is now living in. I sold some, except my very favourite pieces.
    Everything looks beautifully organised, and it’s fun to recognise some of your items!
    Re Victoria, we have only been there once, a day trip from Vancouver with Neil’s parents and grandfather in 1989, on our way to travel to Saskatoon for his brother’s wedding. It looked very beautiful and I especially enjoyed the Buchart Gardens.
    Speaking of travel, when had your trip to Wellington NZ been planned for? I’m guessing that might be off?

  • lisa p replied 10 months ago

    What a beautiful piece of furniture ! You must have missed it a lot . Sounds like a satisfying way to spend the weekend !

  • shevia replied 10 months ago

    How wonderful! Congratulations! It must be so nice to feel in control of something right now. And it looks perfect. I'm so happy for you!

  • Suz replied 10 months ago

    Thank you all! 

    I did miss our furniture. We are really enjoying having it back. We have a lot of Quebec pine. But this particular piece is beech, I think. We worried that it would look really weird in this modern house -- our Kingston house was built in 1860 and 1910 (2 parts) but this house was built in 1992! But it seems to work okay. We like the juxtaposition between modern lines and older furniture. 

    Jenni -- sadly, you're right. They've cancelled the conference (which was to be in December 2020). The hope is to do it in December 2021.I really want it to work out. I've missed SO many great professional and travel opportunities as a result of the pandemic. That's such  a tiny insignificant issue in comparison to what has been happening to people's lives and livelihoods (although it's sure put a dent in my own livelihood, come to that). But even so -- I do need to acknowledge the loss. :( Oh well. Let's hope we meet in 2021. :) 

    Thank you all for commiserating about the move at this time. We were actually lucky in that we moved our big furniture and most of our things in November. So it was just the odds and ends (kitchen stuff, books, clothes, a few pieces of furniture) on this trip. PHEW. 

    Sal, I would LOVE to see you in Victoria. (And NZ too!!) 

    Angie, yes, it's super cathartic and therapeutic to get it all sorted. Mr. Suz feels much more settled and that is a big help to me. He was a bit anxious with the back and forth and no wonder! 

  • Cee replied 10 months ago

    Ohhhh, Cannnnadaaaaaah....

  • Liesbeth replied 10 months ago

    Nice, Suz! We're in the market for a new closet but it looks like this year our budget will need to go to other renovations... still, it's inspiring to see other's organisation.

  • anne replied 10 months ago

    Beautiful spacious closet.

  • Style Fan replied 10 months ago

    Your closet looks very well put together.  I love your dresser.  Victoria is a lovely place.  Very pretty.

  • Helena (Torontogirl) replied 10 months ago

    Looks like a magazine! That's a beautiful dresser. Enjoy your lovely new home!

  • nemosmom replied 10 months ago

    It must feel amazing to have it all sorted, Suz! Your furniture is lovely, and how lucky to have the closet all to yourself! 

  • Bijou replied 10 months ago

    Your uncluttered and organised wardrobe is lovely. I feel for you on the lost conferences and travel opportunities. Whilst I love my study / dressing room, I have spent way too much time there in the last 3 weeks, the thought that this may be the reality for the next 6 months is sad.

  • Kyle replied 10 months ago

    Glad to hear you are moved in and getting settled. What a good feeling! 

  • Joyce B replied 10 months ago

    Nicely organized closets. Enjoy your new home.

  • lyn67 replied 10 months ago

    Beautiful closet and great storage ideas-love the box in the box style!:-) 

  • Laura replied 10 months ago

    Beautiful work, Suz! It must feel satisfying to be putting things in order in your new place. (We too are moving in the midst of a stay-at-home order. Crazy stuff, but what can you do?)

  • Elizabeth P replied 10 months ago

    Suz, have you now left Kingston for good?  Or is Victoria another temporary spot?  Just curious because you moved furniture. 

  • suntiger replied 10 months ago

    Looks great- but what a time to be moving!

  • Jenn replied 10 months ago

    You know, once all the physical work is done, it actually doesn't seem like a bad time to be stuck inside, organizing and unpacking. I'm sure it makes it harder to acquire all those little things you didn't know you needed before you got into the new home (shower curtains, storage organization, window coverings, etc.), and definitely harder  to get to know your new neighborhood, but I always think of moving as one of those "time out of a time" life events, like international vacations, bringing home a new baby, the illness/death of a loved one..or, we now know, a pandemic.

    Your closet looks great! I'm always soothed by matching hangers, and I use the basket system too. I love how you have a dedicated nook for your iron and clothing care items. Enjoy having all your things in one place!

  • Jane replied 10 months ago

    How lovely Suz, wow, though, what a time to move. Your clothes look happily settled and tidy - how super. I love it when furniture becomes old friends.

  • Mainelady replied 10 months ago

    Congratulations on your move and on making your new house into a home!  Oooh your closet and storage solutions are so soothing to view. I love to see things looking neat, tidy and intentional. Thank you for sharing.

  • Angie replied 10 months ago

    Mr. Suz, can rest now! All DONE. Extra cuppa and cake all round...

  • Firecracker replied 10 months ago

    Wow, how exciting!

  • Janet replied 10 months ago

    Congrats! It all looks fantastic. So organized and neat. That must be such a pleasure. 

  • Suz replied 10 months ago

    Angie, we did have cake last night! Delicious olive oil and orange peel cake. :) 

    Jenn, that's exactly right. I'm exploring the neighbourhood on foot (lots of paths and trails here) and while it's weird not to have many friends here (and not to be able to see the ones we do have) and not to know our neighbours and not to be able to contribute much to the community, and yeah, there are a lot of little things it would be nice to do/ have that we don't be doing /having until restrictions relax a bit, the house is liveable as is and it's nice to get it sorted. I have to remind myself that I still need to work, though -- I have more work than I can deal with right now and so I'm actually juggling quite a lot -- it's not really a quiet time for me here. 

    Elizabeth P, yes this is the new home. We sold the Kingston house last spring, moved most of our furniture in November, and made the final move from Vancouver a few weeks ago. 

  • Cardiff girl replied 10 months ago

    That is a great looking closet.Happy unpacking!

  • April replied 10 months ago

    Total closet organization nirvana!  Congrats on your move, Suz.

  • Brooklyn replied 10 months ago

    Looks very well organised! Congratulations on getting settled in. A move is stressful at the best of times. Now at least you can enjoy your @home time a bit more.

  • Angie replied 10 months ago

    OOOH, yum! Can I can have the recipe for the olive oil and orange cake? 

  • unfrumped replied 10 months ago

    Love closet organizing! Good work!

  • Suz replied 10 months ago

    Angie, alas, I did not bake it! It came from a bakery in Vancouver and it is beyond delicious. I know that part of the secret is the candied orange peel on top. :) I think they also use orange flour water, some cornmeal in the batter, and a very good olive oil. 

  • Becky replied 10 months ago

    Oh, thanks for sharing! It's always inspiring to see photos of beautifully organized closets. Such a satisfying accomplishment.

  • FashIntern replied 10 months ago

    Congrats on the new house and thanks for sharing the lovely; soothing pix

  • RobinF replied 10 months ago

    I bet it feels nice to be settled and now you can enjoy your new home! Congrats!

  • Eliza replied 10 months ago

    Welcome home, Suz. Once the wardrobe is organized, one feels more settled. It looks terrific and there is a thrill in having it all visible. Happy settling in.

  • karen13 replied 10 months ago

    Lovely! Congrats on the move and a nicely organized wardrobe. Victoria is one of my favorite places (I’ve vacationed there 4 time in the past 17 years). I remember it as wonderful town for walking (and eating!j. So glad to hear you are safely settled in a beautiful  place.

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