Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Coming out of the closet

No, not that closet. This closet:

The closet off of our master bathroom is pretty decent sized. It's a walk-in at least, so I guess I shouldn't complain. Still, we've managed to fill it to capacity, and then some (Luke blames that all on me, of course). I thought I had taken more photos of the closet before we moved in, but I could only find the one above. It doesn't really show much, but hopefully you get the idea.

Basically, there were (and still are) open shelves on all three walls, with one rod against the back wall for hanging clothes. And you can't see it, but there's also a rod on each side way up near the top of the 10-foot ceiling. (Yes, we have one of those long sticks with a hook on it to reach those clothes. But you can still get a crick in your neck trying to get them down and hang them back up.)

Anyway, it seemed like a lot of space when it was totally empty. Over the past three years though, we've had to make a few additions to accommodate all of our stuff and utilize the space better. 

1)  We added another wooden rod below the existing shelves (on the left side) for more hanging clothes (all mine, of course).

2)  We bought two shoe racks from Walmart (I think they were $10 each) to utilize the space underneath the shelves on the other side of the closet (behind the door). This is great because we can see all our shoes; but on the downside, they can get dusty if they're not worn for awhile.

3)  We bought a little organizing rack from Home Depot (about $10) to hang on the wall beside the door. It fits just right and holds ties, belts, and necklaces that were previously scattered haphazardly around the closet.

Our shelves were also getting pretty scary as of late, especially on my side, so I cleaned them up a bit and put some old clothes that I never wear anymore in giveaway sacks. I also organized some other random items into shoeboxes to stack on the shelves. I felt much better about our closet after that, which was what led me to this [somewhat boring] post.

It hasn't been a total overhaul by any means, but these small changes have helped our closet from looking like a complete disaster. What are some of your best closet-organizing tips? If you have a closet makeover to share, leave the link in your comment!


Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Great post! I find that I have to do a closet cleaning twice a year, which works out well because I store all my winter/summer clothes in the off-season. I just brought out all my summer clothes so my closet is FINALLY clean again. My biggest tip is to purge. I've gotten to the point that I know what I wear and I donate everything else. Makes the closet easier to keep clean.

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

We have a teeny tiny closet, and it's a disaster right now. I really need to do a clean sweep and clear out the clothes I haven't worn in eons. I'm amazed at how much can hide in such a small closet!!

Your reorganization looks great! It feels so good to get things organized.

Holyoke Home said...

Great work! I love how you made the best of the situation little by little, using low cost solutions. Some of use can't afford a full on closet renovation, so you give me hope!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Hehe! That's funny.

It always feels good to get things organized!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

My best advice is to have lots of hooks - if it's easy to hang, it won't be on the floor! HA

Comeca Jones said...

I found the title cute lol And that closet looks great!

Doreen Grace said...

Thanks for dropping a comment on my blog and leaving the link to your closet post. Don't you just love it when you write a post like this, and someone says it really inspired them & helped them to get organized? :)

4rx said...

I think I need a new closet, a bigger close because I have no space to put my shoes, I have a lot of shoes, I can't take it, I just buy and buy shoes you know haha


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