It’s no secret that women and men are different. Which may have you wondering, how can one closet serve the needs of both genders? We’re here to talk about a women’s closet vs men’s and help you figure out how to make your closet needs work in one space.
Closets on Mars and Venus
Bella Ella Boutique recently did a study on the closet habits of Americans. We were fascinated by some of their findings.
It’s not much of a surprise that men own less shoes than women. According to this study most men own 5 or less pairs of shoes. Women own…more than that.
While men own less shoes, they are willing to spend more on a single pair of shoes. Sounds to us like men value quality over quantity. Women however, are all about the quantity of shoes. No surprise there.
Now here’s where it gets really interesting to those of us that love organizing closets. This study showed that men and women are very similar when it comes to how they organize a closet. Whether you live on Mars or Venus your closet is probably organized by type of clothing. Men are slightly more likely to organize by season and women like to organize by color.
Where to Begin
The first step is to decide on the division of space. While the running joke is that women have far more clothes than men, many times that simply isn’t the case. Our clothes and accessories may look different, and have different storage needs, but both genders need adequate space in the closet. Do an assessment and decide how much space is right for the woman and man using your closet.
One thing that is true across genders is that we all have far more stuff than we actually wear. If your closet is getting an overhaul it might help to start with an purge of your wardrobe. An easy way to assess what you truly wear is to hang all of your clothing with the hangers pointing out, or backwards. When you wear an item, wash it, and return it to your closet you can hang it like normal. After a few months, any items still hanging backwards are clothes that you don’t wear. Give yourself official permission to get rid of those items. They are not clothes that make you happy, and are simply taking up valuable space.
Now that you have decided how much space each person gets, and you’ve purged the clothes you don’t wear it’s time to start designing the perfect closet.
Make it Work
When it comes to designing a his and hers closet Tim Gunn would say “Make it Work.” The good news is, we believe it really is possible to design a closet that works wonderfully for both men and women. What you need to think about is what different clothing and accessory items need in terms of storage.
How Stuff Works has this to say:
So, how is space in a his and her closet fairly divided? How do you recognize where and when to increase the vertical heights of closet rods and shelf heights? A significant, though subtle, factor is that space can be used more efficiently on the man’s side of the closet. All his space can be double-rodded since nothing is longer than a suit coat or shirt, and the height of the shoe shelves need not extend above the height of his dress shoes or cushioned running shoes. A woman’s half of the closet must have sufficient space to hang dresses, as well as shelf space designed to fit high-heel shoes, knee-high boots, or wide-brimmed hats.
If the male side of your closet is slightly smaller than the female side it could be because men’s clothes are more efficiently organized. Since men’s clothing fits easily on double rods more clothes can be hung in less space. Dresses and skirts have more length which means that they need more space in the closet.
Both men and women can make use of pull out drawers and open shelving to store a variety of items. Versatile storage for versatile clothing. That’s one thing the genders can agree on.
Still unsure how to make your shared closet work? We at Closet Envy are happy to help with whatever your organization needs. We understand the organization needs of Martians and Venusians. Set up your free consultation today!