Is getting organized on your list of New Year’s resolutions? It’s one that I always make, but it’s so hard to keep! This year I’m off to a pretty good start though, largely because today I am kicking off a blog series called Clear Your Clutter!
It’s a whole week of organizing projects and tips! And as you can see, the area I chose to tackle was one that was particularly in need of attention: my master bedroom closet. It’s a problem area that’s been compounding for a while. First, I robbed some storage containers out of it when I was reorganizing my pantry a while back. Then my clothes dryer broke, so instead of doing laundry in small batches, lately I’ve been doing it all at once. And I don’t like to put it all away at once! Then the holidays rolled around and I rummaged through the closet to find some hidden gifts. That was the nail in the coffin! Here’s what my closet looked like before I started cleaning and organizing:
Terrible, I know!
Check out my underused storage space at the top. The second bar is too high to reach so all it had on it were my Halloween costumes. The shelf was filled with random craft supplies, picture frames, candle holders… And yes, that is a box full of boxes!
Like my shoe rack turned mail holder? Plain and simple, my closet was a disaster.
So I started by emptying it out. I put together a HUGE bag of things to take to Goodwill, and threw away another big bag of stuff. Purging feels so good! Then I put everything that actually belonged back into the closet in a nice, orderly fashion. Here’s what it looks like now!
I put my shoes in my shoe rack where they belong, and I also added two sets of hanging sweater shelves: one for my sweaters, and another for my pants. (There are a lot of empty spaces because I need to go to the laundromat this week!) You can see my collection of rarely-worn dresses peeking out from behind the shoe rack, tucked all the way to the back until I happen to need them.
My favorite part of the closet is the back wall. I had two shower curtain tension rods laying around that I bought on clearance a few years ago because I knew they might come in handy, and they finally did! I put them across the end of the closet and used them to hang my scarves and purses.
On the top bar I used shower curtain rings to hold the scarves.
On the bottom bar, I opted instead for shower curtain hooks, which are perfect for holding the straps of my bags!
Another of my favorite elements is the cork board wall, which is a work in progress. (I need a few more packages of cork tiles!) The tiles are each 12 inches square, and this part of the wall is a perfect four foot square, so it’s perfect! I painted them with white spray primer so that, when complete, the large area of white wall will help brighten up the small space. I just need to get back to the store where I got these tiles and pick up a few more packages to finish the whole wall. I like it better than a jewelry box because this way I can see everything all at once, and nothing will get tangled! Once the rest of the tiles go up, I also want to add a small mirror for inspecting necklace selections.
Up on the shelf, I added a lot of storage. The wood-ish storage unit are actually from the electronics section of K-Mart, where I found them on clearance for about $5 each. They’re the kind that are used to stack, VCRs, DVD players, cable boxes, yadda yadda yadda. (They’re a pretty common item, and usually one of the cheapest “furniture” pieces you can find at most box stores!) I filled the space they created with a dozen plastic storage bins from the dollar store.
At first I thought I would only be able to fit two containers into each space, but then I realized that if I flipped a container upside-down I could actually get three of them into each space, drastically improving my storage space! They’re empty so far, but there are odds and ends all over the house that will be filling them soon as I keep on organizing! (Just make sure you get containers with lids that snap on tightly, and be careful when you are sliding them in and out!
Across the top I put some larger storage containers that hold things I don’t need as often. I managed to get useful storage almost all the way to the ceiling!
There you have it – my newly reorganized closet. Now I just have to get to my husband’s closet, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms!
BUT WAIT! There’s more!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Clear Your Clutter posts this week!
- Tuesday – Bathroom Organizing Tips with HomeMadeville
- Wednesday – Kitchen Organizing Ideas with The Country Chic Cottage
- Thursday – Kids Toys & The Playroom with Attempting Aloha
- Friday – Organizing the Garage with Condo Blues
- Saturday – Maximizing Storage Space with Mural Maker and More
Looking for even more inspiration? Check out our Clear Your Clutter Pinterest board, crammed full of great organizing tips, tricks, projects and ideas. And if you have any organizing projects of your own to share, please link them up below! We’d love to see them!
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