As newlyweds, moving into your new home is an exciting step towards building a life with your partner. However, it can also be a major source of stress. After all, you’re merging two full lives together, so there’s bound to be some friction. One pain point could be the closet situation, especially if one or both you have a tendency to hoard items. Instead of fighting over who gets how much space, take a step back and commit to working together to maximize your closet space.
- Purge your closet of items that you no longer wear or no longer fit well. When both of you hauled your belongings to your new condo, chances are, neither of you didn’t have time to go through them. Now that you’re starting with a blank space, it’s the perfect time to edit your clothes and accessories. Be honest with yourself: if you haven’t worn an item in years, you’re most likely never going to. For items that you’re not sure of, try each one on to see if it still fits or if you still like it enough to have it altered. If not, it’s time to donate them. It may be tempting to keep clothes for when you lose or gain your desired weight, but again, be honest with yourself. They’re just taking up valuable real estate in your closet and sneakily spiking up your stress levels. If in doubt, you can always ask your spouse for a pep talk to keep you focused on the task at hand.
- Assign a his and hers section.To make it easier to stick to your assigned space, follow a system that works for both of you such as the KonMari way of folding and storing. Marie Kondo, the best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and host of the series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, suggests neatly folding clothes and storing them upright in easily visible stacks. This applies to everything from shirts and pants to underwear and socks. This way, they take up less space and you can easily find what you need.
- Prioritize prime space. Have a tall but narrow closet? Put your frequently used items in easily accessible sections. This could mean different sections if, for example, one of you is much taller than the other. As a general rule, set aside the floor space and hard-to-reach areas for special occasion clothes and accessories that you rarely use. As for suitcases, you can store them in the extra space underneath your pressed clothes. You can also use suitcases to store special occasion items or bulky winter clothes, which are best vacuum-sealed to save space. You may also fill up clear plastic boxes and other small storage and tuck them under the bed. For easy access to higher areas, simply keep a small stool or foldable stepladder inside or near the closet.
- Make a game out of it. Challenge each other to come up with storage solutions. For instance, you can put all your jewelry in one container and then use the boxes they came with to organize hair ties, safety pins, and other small items. Utilize the back of your closet door and hang scarves, belts, and other small accessories using racks or organizers. Use shelf dividers to avoid spillage and remember exactly what goes where. Store shoes in long, narrow cloth organizers or in clear stackable boxes. Even just opting for thinner hangers can make a world of difference in your closet space.
- Think forward and change your perspective. The great thing about maximizing your closet space together is that it gives you a clear idea of what each other has. In the future, you’ll know better than to give each other items that you already have enough of. Don’t think of it as limiting yourselves but expanding your wardrobe. You may have had to let go of many things, but you have also doubled your wardrobe in a sense. Think about it—you can borrow items from each other like towels and linen, yes, but also jackets, pajamas, shirts, and so much more.
It may take you and your partner some time to maximize your closet space, but it will be worth every bit of effort once you see the fruits of your hard work. By maximizing your closet space, you make your new condo more organized and more pleasant to live in.
At Acqua Private Residences, every inch is maximized to make the lives of residents more enjoyable, dynamic, and streamlined. Located in Mandaluyong within close proximity to Makati and other CBDs, the real estate property is hyper-amenitized to promote a work-life balance. Its riverfront clubhouse called The Pebble has an expansive gym with TRX area, cardio area with views of Makati, indoor garden, lap pool, lagoon pool, jacuzzi, cafe and juice bar, basketball/volleyball court, movie room, and library. In this condo for sale, you have practically everything you need to start a new life with your partner.
Even its façade is maximized for the enjoyment and relaxation of residents. The condo in Manila has a rainforest-inspired theme, and five of the six towers are named after famous waterfalls. Two towers, Livingstone (Missoni Home) and Iguazu (yoo inspired by Starck), have their own rooftop amenity floors.
You can make a real estate investment and Move In Now for a MINimum of 2.5% down payment. Alternatively, experience #condogoals for yourself with a Siglo Suites staycation in the residential property.
Photos courtesy of Unsplash and Pexels.