Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Closet Organization

One of my spring cleaning projects was to tackle my closet.

My dream is to have a big, beautiful walk-in closet like this:

(Originally posted by Blue-Eyed Bride here)

But this what our closets look like:


By no means ideal, but pretty good for an 1,100 sq ft. condo.

I'm a pretty organized person, but there were a few things bothering me about closet and I felt like my closet was constantly a mess. So I decided to do a bit of reorganizing.

Here a look at the before and after...

(click to enlarge)

So what did I do? Just three small things...

First, see the pile crap and a white board in the lower right-hand corner of the "before" photo. Those are my shoes on a small, dysfunctional shoe rack. So I knew the first thing I had to tackle were my shoes.

I purchased an "Over-the-Door Shoe Rack" at Bed Bath and Beyond. And got my shoes up off the floor. Check it out...


Much better! And room for more shoes. Yippee! (Oh and shout out to the Mr. for helping me install it!)


Second, I did a clothing purge. The kind where you try on all of your "iffy" outfits, ya know, the ones you never wear but think you will, and have an honest discussion with yourself about if you'll ever really wear it. The purge yielded a couple of bags of clothing to donate to Goodwill. (Yay tax write-off!)


Third, I purchased some cloth containers/bins at Bed Bath & Beyond to hold the sweaters and purses that I was storing on the top shelves that would always come tumbling down and hit me in the head.

By putting items in containers you give them a "home" that they can return to, it keeps them together, and makes them easy to find.


(Note: I actually still need to purchase a couple more bins to really contain everything)


So lets recap. Three small things got my closet in shape.

1. Functional shoe rack
2. Clothing purge
3. Containerize, containerize, containerize (everything needs a "home")

One more time just for kicks... the before and after...


What do you do to organize your closet and keep it organized?

20 comments:

Risley said...

looks great! I totally need to do this!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I don't think my closet will ever be organized. It's a lost cause!

Juls said...

I soo need to get my closet organized. Everything is just thrown where ever since we got married! I think this is the inspiration I needed-thanks!!

Aly @ Analyze This said...

I have a hard time purging! I always say "but what if...." It's always a battle!

Stephanie said...

I will NOT be posting about my before...LOL...you will literally just look at clothes lying ALL over the floor...but I recently did an overhaul and things are hanging where they should!! So maybe I will do an after!! :)

Patience said...

Looks great. I desperately need to do this.

Tara Gibson said...

looks great girl! I too dream of a big walk in closet!

Heather Martin said...

I would love to have a big walk in closet like that too!!!!! I need to do the same and buy an over the door shoe rack and some bins. I also need to buy a light for my closet as in the mornings when i have to get dressed for work and the fiance is still in bed i cant see anything!

Kim said...

It looks so good!! It's the best feeling to get your closet organized!

Genavee said...

Looks great! All I do for my closet is organize clothes by color, but it does so much to keep things from looking thrown together.

Belle said...

Yes, please to your dream closet! Can I have one of those too while you're at it?

You did a great job and your closet looks so clean and organized now! Might be time for some spring cleaning of my own!

Cat said...

I bet you feel soooo much better just knowing that your closet is better organized...:)

Looks great!

Lil' Woman said...

I do the same things. It feels great to have containers where everything has it's own place.

That Fresh Feeling said...

ahhhh we did this a couple weeks ago....felt soo good to put the spring/summer clothes in. good job looks so clean...how long will it stay that way???? ours will last a month or so!

Brittany Ann said...

I have to do this myself...when we move, I want to start organizing my closet a little more perfectly:)

Virginia Belle said...

I want that walk-in closet! Mine is so tiny and disorganized that I have a hard time finding anything in it so I am so impressed with your new organization. It looks great! I'm a new follower :)

Jen said...

I wish I had a big closet like you! :O The Mr. and I share a tiny little thing. I should definitely see if re-organizing will help, though. Thanks for the idea!

Jen

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Wow! It looks a lot better. I usually get those rubbermaid tubs and put stuff in those to keep organized. I also have one of those over the door shoe organizers.

Ally said...

A good shoe organizer is so key! Looks great! Nice job!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

it looks great! i'm working on our closet again too :) love organization, so clean, fun, exciting, or I'm a big dork :)

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