I thrive on being organized. I’m the type that needs to have a clean workspace before I can work, otherwise I’m distracted. I am in love with the Container Store and think that if I made a career change, I’d love to be a professional organizer.
But when it comes to our master bedroom closet, I knew it was something I wanted to tackle. It’s not terribly unorganized, but plastic drawers and cubes just weren’t working for us.
My long dresses were starting to invade the left closet, which is Tyler’s. And the cubes on the right side were leaving grid marks on the clothes that were at the bottom. And I was running out of space for other items, causing me to make larger piles where it was harder to find stuff!
I enjoy dressing up, shopping and the like. and over the past year after creating a clothing budget, I’ve really tried to fill the holes in my closet and I want to display them nicely since I’ve spent the money on them.
So as an early Christmas present to each other, the hubs and I got ourselves a fancy closet organization system!
We got this set at Menards, which allows you to pick and choose the pieces that fit for your closet. We took a day off recently and got this project done over a long weekend. Saturday we spent some time taking everything out of the closet and painted it. Then on Sunday, assembled it and installed it. On Monday, we went through all our clothes and put them in their rightful spots.
And ta daaaaa! Look at this beauty! (Clearly, it makes me giddy.)
Tyler had to make some special cuts to allow for the rod at the end so I could hang my long dresses. It works perfectly and is now on “my side” too!
Getting dressed and putting together outfits is so much easier now! I am able to see exactly what I have and am able to keep items nicely stored. Plus, I can identify where there are holes in my closet and what I have too many of (for me, that’s tees and tanks.)
In terms of organizing, here are a few tips:
1) Make it accessible!
If you can’t easily get to an item, you likely won’t wear it. I love that I can grab what I need in two seconds flat. I also plan to get some hooks made to go on the inside closet wall to hold all my jewelry. Right now, it’s hanging on the back of my door and isn’t very accessible at all.
2) Organize by type and part with the items you don’t wear!
Here, I did all skirts/pants at the bottom, and along the top rod, I organized by color and type (so tanks/shells by color, then blouses, then cardigans, then blazers, etc.) Do whatever makes sense for you but have some sort of method to the madness! You can also do the trick where you put your hangers backwards at the start of the year and as you wear an item, you put it back in your closet with the hanger facing the right way. Then, after a year (or whatever time frame), you donate or get rid of what you haven’t worn! I did that and it really helped me see what I wasn’t wearing even though I thought I was wearing it…funny how that works! Consider selling name brand items on eBay or at consignment stores. You can also donate items to your local Goodwill, Savers, etc. Or, you can even host a clothing swap, which is something I’d love to do at some point! Just make sure you have the right tax tool handy since most donations come with a tax deduction. Ginny also offers some good pointers on how to utilize your closet.
3) Invest in some quality hangers.
I can’t tell you how much space was saved by using the same hanger. I got these black fuzzy ones that grip everything and are very space efficient. They came in 35 packs from Costco for $11, which was cheaper than TJ Maxx or Marshall’s (but these stores carry way more colors!) Plus, the uniform hangers make for a nice, clean look.
What tips do you have for organizing your closet?
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Kelly K says
I think you and I are secret twins! Any tips on how to arrange folded clothes (sweaters, etc) in order to see what you’ve used in the past year and haven’t? I’ve tried rotating them on the drawer/shelf and even putting them upside down, I haven’t found a trick that works yet.
Hmm I was going to say rotate them, but perhaps you have a different shelf/area you can put the ones you’ve worn vs. not worn yet so they are separate? Sweaters and folded items are tricky!
I am so jealous! I could live at the container store and love organizing! I hope I can get a beautiful closet like that soon!
Yes, I should get a job at the Container Store but then I’d spend all my paycheck there HA! This was such a great Christmas present to each other! Home improvement stores have much more affordable options versus the closet systems at Container Store…anything helps!
Erin @ Loop Looks says
Love it!!! When we moved into our first rental house when we moved to the Chicago area the closets didn’t even have rods in them. Which meant we got to put in whatever we wanted. And now, even though our closet is larger, I miss having the layout I chose. The worst is sweaters. I’m drooling over those drawers and cabinets you have now!
Yeah having the option to work with a blank canvas is so nice! The line we went with had lots of options and combinations and I was really over-analyzing what I thought would work best…but I think it’s good to visualize how you would display stuff. (But on a sidenote- it bugs me that the stock photos of the closets display only 5 pieces of clothing and they are all neutral or the same color, making it look SO gorgeous…seriously- who has that?! Use real closet contents! haha)
Yay! It looks so great! I bet you are still giddy, using it, each morning and night! :)
I have too many tees, too. And they are all hanging up. I think I get rid of a ton of clothes every few months and the closet is still full!
Thanks! Yeah, I totally am- not gonna lie :-) It’s so helpful to do a purge every season- so worth it!
This is so great, Valerie! I’m the same way about being organized – and I LOVE spending time in my closet, cleaning it out and making it look nice!! :)
YES– I could just hang out in there…that isn’t weird is it?! ;-)