Monday, December 29, 2014

Cubin' It

Happy Monday Everyone!  We are less than a few days away from 2015, can you believe it?  This truly is one of my favorite times of year!

One of the things that I try to minimize is clutter, though, since the decorations and gifts come out during the holiday season.  Living in a smaller shared space has posed a new challenge for me and I think I have found just the solution for it.  So you may remember in some of my earlier blogs (you can find here), I talked about how easy it is to use storage cubes and how you can customize them to fit your decor.  Well, I decided to do just that and it worked perfectly.  I figured that the hallway was long and narrow and a storage cabinet may just have been too big to really be useful.  So I went with the cubes I already had and loved the results (you can find the cubes here and here).  By using the fabric drawers, I was able to hide all of my hair and bath products, as well as some other miscellaneous items that I didn't really have a home for.  You can find these collapsible drawers here.  I picked 2 colors that went with our theme, but they have some many options to chose from, just take your pick!

Now lets talk about these gorgeous storage containers on top of the cubes!  I have been collecting these for a few years and have found so many variations of the boxes in the same print (which means it must have been meant to be lol).  I normally find them at stores like Marshalls, TJMaxx and Burlington (look at this one or this one), but I am noticing that some large retailers have them now too.  If you don't find a set you like, why not try customizing your own; check out my blog about that, you can find it  here.

As always, thanks for reading and sharing and if you have any questions or wanna share your storage solutions, feel free to leave a message below!  Also, if you haven't already, follow me on Instagram @cosmopolitanclosets or on pinterest @mcarene

The front view

The side view 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

His and Hers

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Can you believe that Christmas is next week?!  Where has the time gone?

As I mentioned in my last post (in case you didn't see it, you can find it here), I now live in NJ with my bf and I want to share some of my best tips with you on how to maximize a smaller shared space.  With that being said, I really thought long and hard about how to set up our bedroom. 

As you may remember from some of my previous posts (you can find one here), I own and adore pieces from the Pier 1 Imports Hayworth Collection (which can be found here).  However, when I moved to NJ, I was a little worried that my furniture wouldn't quite fit in the shared space, so some quick decisions had to be made.  After careful thought and deliberation, we decided to buy another Hayworth dresser for my bf, making our set complete.  Now, when space is limited, you would think that too large dressers just wouldn't work, but because of how the apartment is shaped, they work perfectly! 

Another option from the collection that we considered was the Armoire (check it out here and the pic below), but it was just too large and awkward in the space with the furniture that I had already.  His and hers dressers are not always easy to pull off, so some other options if you are limited with space, are under-the-bed storage (or boxsprings with built-in drawers, we just got one and its fab!) and just letting HER have all the closets and dressers, lol!

Check out my pics and let me know how you and your significant other organize your space! 



(Plus my lovely Hayworth Jewelry Armoire)

The Hayworth Armoire!  Love it, but its way too big for our space :(



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Jersey, New Life

Hello Friends!  Long time, no blog and for that, I am truly sorry.  Life got so ridiculously busy this summer and then I moved!  Can you believe that, I moved out of the city.  Something I never thought that I would do, but here I am, in New Jersey...well Jersey City to be exact.  I don't even know where to begin, but long story short, I decided to move in with my boyfriend as we continue to move forward in our relationship and NJ just made more sense for us. 

With that being said, boy o boy has it been an adjustment.  I went from having my own spacious apartment in Harlem to having a shared, smaller (less expensive might I add) space in Jerz!  So all in all, it was a no brainer.  However, it left me with the huge task of merging our furniture and belongings and maximizing the space!  In addition to all my "things", I also brought over my cat (Mr. Big) and my plethora of plants.  I hate to say it, but I quickly took over the space and realized that letting go of some of my things and putting others in storage was a must.  After a grueling month and a half of moving, unpacking and storing, I think I have finally figured out the best set up for us.  Stay tuned for some of the best tips I have thus far on how to merge, organize and keep organized, a smaller space for 2! xoxo, Maya

My couch and cat in the new space!  Changed the color theme to chocolate, cream and deep turquoise and found all these pillows at Pier 1 Imports.

This tiny nook is perfect for a mail and key center.  I used my old keyring holder and added a dark brown wood organizer from Target to keep mail organized. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cosmopolitan Closet Makeover #3: A Brownstone Boudoir

In April, I had the pleasure of cleaning out and reorganizing my bf's mom's closet, which is inside a beautiful brownstone. I had no idea how much space the closet had and the pictures don't do it justice. On top of a bi-level hanging space, there is a chest of built-in drawers and a side closet with shelves perfect for linen, toiletries and accessories.

Cosmopolitan Closets Spring (or maybe summer) Cleaning Chronicles: The Big Changeover

Every season we go through this rigmarole, packing summer clothes away in the fall and bringing them back out in the Spring.  If you are smart, you try not to do it all at once like me or otherwise, you are in for a treat like the one below.

This was a disaster of my making - HELP!

So I set out to change my winter and summer clothes in one afternoon and when I think about it now, I definitely would break it up over 2 days going forward; one day for the closet and one day for everything else!  Check out my pics below and let me know how you change your clothes over season to season!  Feel free to leave a comment or send me pics to post on here (email is

Skirts and dresses hung by arm length and color (sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve)

Blouses hung the same, by arm length and color! 

Another view of the blouse side!

Colorful cardis rolled in the drawer!

More pics to come later, but I store my clothes under the bed in long, flat totes, as well as in the closet in larger totes, that house winter skirts, sweaters, shirts, boots and accessories! 

Remember this cube from my blog post on customizing the cube for your home?  Well before it was stuffed with sweaters and wool pants. Now it houses my summer skirts, jeans and cotton ankle pants (which I have in every color thanks to Old Navy lol). The little boxes on the top have headbands and the drawers hold pjs!

Stuffed with winter clothes (boooooo!)


Cosmopolitan Closets Spring (or maybe Summer) Cleaning Chronicles: The Great Down Under

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  I must say, I am so sorry for my absence, life gets in the way sometimes.  However, I am back and have so many things to share!!

So, I am super excited about the change in weather and I think that summer is upon us.  Nonetheless, Spring cleaning is still in full effect, perfect for recharging, reflecting and of course, organizing!  With that being said, one area that I know that could use some attention, is the area below my kitchen sink which is often neglected.  I tried to come up with the quickest, least expensive option for me (since I rent and cannot install racks) and it involves the Dollar Tree and some good ol' fashioned organizing.  Take a look at the pics and let me know what you think.  Also, I attached a few pics from Pinterest (of course) for inspiration!  Happy Cleaning!

Here is a link for the plastic storage baskets  that I used from the Dollar Tree (my second favorite store next to Marshalls lol)!

Here are a few pics from my sink area where I have used simple storage baskets to house cleaning supplies and other household/kitchen items. Nothing fancy, just quick and easy storage to help reduce clutter and confusion. Sometimes that's all it takes. :-)

From Pinterest!

From Pinterest, perfect for those that rent, easy to remove shelves and baskets are the best option to keep things organized!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Junk Drawers and Dollar Stores

In honor of Spring, I want to share my latest and greatest organizing project. Lol. Well, not really, but it's super easy to do. I have the typical kitchen junk drawer and I have been meaning to organize it for a long time. This past weekend I was in the Dollar Tree and came across these little wire drawer organizers, so I grabbed a few. I mean, for a $1, why not?  Check out my before and after pics and let me know what you think!!!!

BEFORE: This junk drawer was a mess. No clue what was even in there. 

Found these at the Dollar Tree (obviously for a $1 lol)!

AFTER: The finished product! Took all of 20 minutes to clean out my drawer and organize my menus, matches and mints!


Friday, March 14, 2014

Cosmopolitan Closets Top 5 Closet Tips

Happy Friday Everyone!  As we approach the weekend (some of us may have already started lol), I thought that I would share my top 5 organizing tips in case you want to tackle that closet you have been putting off!  So before you get overwhelmed, check out my tips below and let me know what  you think!  Also, don't forget to sign up to follow my blog, follow me on IG (link is on the side or @cosmopolitanclosets) and check out my Pinterest boards for organizing and decor inspiration :-)

Its very hard to organize if you have a bunch of stuff jammed in there!
I always pair tops, bottoms and dresses together.  Then I make sub-categories in each, by length, color and season.  You may not have enough space to have everything hung at the same time, so stick with one season.
Nothing is worse than trying to organize with mismatched hangers.  Get rid of all wire and dry cleaner hangers and if you do not want to invest in the slim hangers, buy all one color plastic hangers (trust me, it makes a difference).
By doing this, clothes hang flat and don't get bunched on something hanging in the opposite direction.  You will be surprised by what a difference this makes.  When something has buttons or zippers, button or zip it!  I know its annoying, but it will allow the garment to hang flat.
Letting things go or purging, is one of the hardest things for people to do and I must admit, I am recovering from being a bit of a clothes hoarder myself lol.  But honestly, let it go!  Clear your space, clear the energy and donate it to someone less fortunate.  Organizations like Dress for Success are great place to donate lightly worn clothing. 


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Linens-N-Things - Part I (BEFORE)

Hello everyone!  Ok.  Lets just get into this.  lol.  Linens are a pain in the a$$!  Most ppl don't have the space or time to bother with organizing them, so I decided to write a post that I hope can make it a bit easier for you to organize yours.  No matter the amount of towels, sheets and washcloths you have, the more organized they are, the easier they are find and the less of a mess you will have.  Take a look at my ideas below and let me know if it helps!!  BTW, after looking at this picture, I am going to do a before and after post because I can definitely reorganize!

Ok, so there is a lot going on in this picture, so let me break it down!

1st SHELF:   The top shelf has towels (all folded in the exact same direction) on both sides, hand towels in the middle and washcloths in front on the towels on the right hand side.  I stuck my iron on the shelf for the time being.

2nd SHELF: This shelf has sheets on the left, more towels on the right and pillowcases and misc. washcloths in the middle.  I have way too many washcloths

3rd SHELF:  This shelf is filled with hair and body products.  I bought baskets from the Dollar Tree to make sure they didn't fall all over the place.  They can be pulled out for easier access to the products :-)

4th SHELF:  This shelf has a bunch of miscellaneous things.  The large basket on the right houses all my candles.  Much easier to consolidate them in one location.  The middle wooden basket has thread and buttons (I have 2 of the same basket, one is behind the first one you see).  The left side has candles in glass jars and some other canisters.

The bottom drawers house even more products!  The first drawer has all my craft supplies; ribbons, glue sticks, glue gun and more.  The second drawer has all my combs, brushes, curling irons and blow dryers.  The bottom drawer has extra toiletries and travel-sized items.  The purple-lid containers have hair accessories like hair ties, headbands, rollers and I have my wrapping paper propped up on the side. 

I think thats everything.  Look out for the Part 2 - AFTER once I reorganize it this weekend.  Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Touch of Polish!

Happy Hump Day everyone!  I am a bit late with this post, been swamped at work. Anyway, I have been looking for a solution for my plethora of Essie polishes. Currently, I have them in my makeup cube and in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, but I really want them in one place.

Since I have tried to maximize all the surface space in my bedroom, I decided to research a wall unit to house them. I found an acrylic nail polish rack  on Amazon for $3.95 (check the link, I think the price went up to $20)!  Yes, $3.95!  But don't be fooled, the shipping was $30!  In any event, the total price was less than the alternatives. It arrived a couple weeks ago and I was so shocked at how big it is, I mean I think it really belongs in a nail salon. Nonetheless, I wanted to share it with you while I continue my search. Maybe I will decide to keep and use it after all.

Check out pics below and let me know what you think. If anyone has any other ideas for nail polish storage, drop me a note! 

My makeup cube, with my Essie polishes on top!  Doesn't fit all my polishes though. 

An empty acrylic rack, seems a bit too big :-(

WOW!  Didn't realize I had this much polish lol. 

It's pretty slim, so maybe it will work! 


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Three's A Charm

Happy Wednesday Everyone!  I am very excited to share my latest organizing project, something super simple and easy to do.  If you know me or can tell by my posts, I love glass; glass furniture, decorations, jars, vases, whatever!  In the past, before I had my amazing Clear Cube acrylic makeup organizer, I used apothecary jars to organize my makeup, nail polish and accessories. For some reason, I always use glass jars in sets of 3, not sure why, but that seems to be the magic number!  Please take a look at the various ways I have organized my kitchen and bathroom using glass jars of some sort and let me know what you think!  If you haven't already, please check out my page on Instagram @cosmopolitanclosets and on Pinterest, the button is located on the right side of the page :)

This is my little kitchen counter (counter space in NYC is scarce, lol).  I found these jars at Marshalls, they were about
$4.99-$6.99 each.  I think they are perfect for storing candy, teas and coffee, as well as the basics like rice, flower and sugar.

I absolutely love these apothecary jars for storing bathroom necessities.  I think I got these from Sears in a set for $29.99, but honestly you can find them anywhere.  Check your local Homegoods and Marshalls for a great, low cost selection.

These mirrored canisters and tray are from Homegoods and go perfectly with my other bathroom accessories.

These canisters still hold the same amount of qtips and cotton balls as my apothecary jars!


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tiny Closet, Big Possibilities

Hi Everyone!  I am super excited to share my latest post with you via video!  I just don't think pictures alone will do it justice.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Ok, now that  you have seen the video, let me explain.  First, all of those items came from Marshalls and are part of the Cynthia Rowley home collection.  In total, I think I paid $60 for all of them, but I bought them 2+ years ago and cannot find them anywhere online.  With that being said, I wanted to find a way to maximize the small amount of space in that closet and what better way than hanging organizers.  In total, there are 47 pairs of shoes, over 65 scarves, 23 purses and countless amounts of earrings!  Now if that is not maximizing space, then I don't know what is!
The middle organizer holds my scarf collection!  There about 15 scares (rolled) on each shelf.
The left organizer holds my flats (9 pairs) and a couple of clutches.
The right organizer holds miscellaneous wallets/wristlets and cold weather accessories like mittens and hats.  The bottom cubes have larger purses and travel toiletry bags.
This over-the-door shoe rack holds 10 pairs of shoes.

I have 28 boxes on the top shelf, all purchased from the Dollar Tree.  I'd prefer the fancy boxes in the Container Store, but they are too expensive to buy 30 of them! lol

These accessory bags are hanging on the right side and have a plethora of earrings and bracelets.



Pinterest and Instagram!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Hump Day!  Check out my new social media pages with just one click of the icons on the side!  My IG name is @cosmopolitanclosets  and my Pinterest page is mcarene!  Hope to see you there!  As always, thanks for the support!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy 1st Blog-iversary To Me!

So I just realized that its been 1 year since I started my little blog about organizing, my life's passion!  I want to thank all my friends, new and old, that have been supporting me and spreading the word about my chic tips!  I hope to one day turn this into a full time career and this is the first step!  Hope that I keep surprising you with fun and inexpensive ways to create order in your life and your boudoir!  Please drop me a note with any organizing requests and I look forward to sharing more of my ideas with you!! xoxo- Maya


Saturday, February 1, 2014

All About Bangles, Bracelets and Bling!

Every now and then, I like to subtly switch things up with my organizing.  In my last post, I was super excited to see all the acrylic organizing items now available at HomeGoods.  Well, during that same trip, I came across an acrylic bracelet holder and I thought that by adding a few of them to my dresser, then I could display and organize my bracelets instead of digging for them in their current containers. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HomeGoods Has it All

Hi Everyone!  Happy Hump Day!  I just have to share a few of the items that I came across this past weekend in HomeGoods!  The first store I went to is located in Seacaucus, NJ and is a Marshalls and HomeGoods combined, a savvy shopper's haven!  After not having much luck in the clothing department, I went thru the HomeGoods section with a fine tooth comb, delighted with all of the organizing items they had in stock.  Check out this link to find a location near you! Also, I checked out the manufacturer's website, U.S. Acrylic and while they don't have an e-commerce site set up, they do offer assistance with finding products through a retailer and they have a great catalog to view other organizing options.

With that being said, please check out some of the organizers I spotted and let me know what you think! 

This jewelry organizer is so cute and a good size!  Perfect for bracelets and watches!  I think it is priced at $79.99.
I love this acrylic organizer too!  It has built-in necklace hangers, perfect for those dainty necklaces.  Same price point I think.

This mirrored armoire is similar to the one I blogged about on January 2nd.  It is priced at $299.99

The inside of the armorie has a ton of drawers on the left hand side and plenty of hooks and cubbies on the right side, perfect for all kinds of accessories!



Monday, January 13, 2014

Cosmopolitan Closets Customizing: A Box Fit For a Queen

Hi Everyone!  Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a good start :)  I want to share my latest and greatest customizing DIY project with you!  Recently, I posted about the multiple uses of hat boxes in my Scares, Gloves and So Much More! post (check out the link in case you missed it).  During my holiday travels, my cousin purchased an adorable headband in London, much like the ones everyone wore to Prince Williams Royal Wedding.  I suggested that she store it in a hat box for safekeeping and I decided to customize one for her to match the organizing accessories she already has. 

I found a plain hat box set on Walmart's website for $5.49, which is way less than the price of just one hat box if you buy them in the store.  I used the same paint from my Cosmopolitan Customizing: Everyone Loves Ombre post, as well as Display Case Update: Cosmopolitan Customizing, with a color blocking technique and some jewels to decorate the largest box.  The possibilities for customizing are endless, so if you are interested in a box for your hats, just leave me a note in the comments!

Check out my pics below and as always, let me know what you think!

Here is the adorable headband-hat that my cousin wore on NYE in London!  Soooo cute!

This headband-hat alone takes up the entire box lol

I painted the box 3 colors, pink, white and turquoise and glued some jewels on the top for an added touch!  I wanted to cover the entire box top with jewels, but I didn't have enough :-(

Her hat box fits perfectly on the dresser stowed away in her closet!

The hat box goes perfectly with her other jewelry organizers. 

You can never go wrong a with an organized walk-in closet!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Suburban Faux-Pas: 1 Console Table Styled 2 Ways {Homesense Giveaway}...

Hi everyone!  Check out a post from one of my favorite blogs!  I could not have organized it better; hat boxes, apothecary jars (stay tuned for my post about those soon) and lots of lucite jewelry organizers for that added touch of glam!

Suburban Faux-Pas: 1 Console Table Styled 2 Ways {Homesense Giveaway}...: Console Table: c/o Homesense As some of you may have read (or heard me rant about by now), hubby and I are in between homes and currentl...

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Mirrored Armoire? Yes Please!

Every year in December, I look for something special to buy for myself for my birthday, naturally lol.  This year, I figured that I had enough clothes and accessories and since I was already traveling for the holidays, there was no need to come book another trip.  And then I came across the most amazing item, a mirrored armoire!!  LOL!

Now, to you, this may be something a bit dated, vintage or old school even.  But to me, a mirrored armoire is so current, so fresh and oh so necessary, haha.  To make things even better, it is a part of the bedroom set that I already own.  What makes this mirror perfect, is that there is storage space for jewelry in addition to having a full body mirror.  I decided that if I couldn't fit the collection's vanity in my bedroom, then the mirrored armoire is the next best thing! 

Check it out and let me know what you think!  I chose to hang my sparkly statement necklaces inside, as well as some bangles.  Currently I have 21 necklaces hung up with space to add a few more :) 

Also, I found a great alternative to the standing one that I have, one that hangs on the back of the door (see last picture).  Here is the link from HSN's website.  Good price and lots of storage space, plus it comes in a bunch of different colors, I mean what's not to love! 

It fits perfectly in the corner next to my other armoire!
Great hanging space for long necklaces and lots of room for bracelets, rings and brooches!
 HSN's over the door mirrored jewelry armoire. Make sure to check out the video on the link provided above!

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