Today, let’s talk closets. I venture to say that most closets consist of clothes, shoes, purses, and the like strewn across the floor with clothes haphazardly hung on the closet rod and items carelessly thrown on the shelves like a small tornado roared through them. In other words, our closets are not exactly the prettiest places in our homes.
For some of us, myself included, clutter and messiness in our homes cause us anxiety. I never realized this also included the closet until I watched Lisa J’s Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part I. She reminds us that whether we have a standard 2-rod setup or a walk-in closet the size of a small house, we spend a lot of time staring into our closets. Our closets are where we start our days. Why not start it them off on the right foot by looking into something clean and organized that makes us happy? Yes, that is some truth right there if I ever heard it! Let’s go organize our closet!
Step 1: Purge
As Lisa J shows in her video, the first step to a clean closet is to get rid of what you don’t need. For many of you, this will also be your first step. Since I just moved, my closet was mostly purged of the things that I don’t love and don’t fit. So, we’ll skip to step 2 here. Spend some time going through step 1, though, and make sure your closet is cleansed of what you don’t need. This will make the rest of the closet organization much easier. Lisa J goes through her process of getting rid of stuff in her video. Check it out if you need some inspiration!
Step 2: Diagnose the problem
Step 2 is identifying the problem areas. These are the areas of your closet that don’t function well for whatever reason. It might be that they have become a catch-all for things that don’t have a home or a space that has just gotten out-of-control or things of this nature. I have several such spaces in my closet.
Step 3: Organize
Step 3 is organizing and finding solutions for our problem areas. Lisa J’s video Closet Tour and Organization Makeover Part 2 is a great inspiration for this step in the process. She talks again about how having a clean, beautiful space really sets a positive tone for your day.
She also suggests having a theme. In her closet, she picked organizational items that were acrylic or linen. My bathroom has a beachy vibe, so I carried that theme into my closet. I chose items that were colorful and bright. While this isn’t a must-do, it will help pull the space together.
The first thing I did was make a trip to the Dollar Tree for some bin organizers. Pro tip, Dollar Tree has the best organizers! They have all types and sizes of bins in a rainbow of color choices. They also have linen baskets and a variety of acrylic bins. Check them out if you’re in need of some organization containers!
Now that we have our theme and containers, we can get to work!
This area was way out of control! Pursuing through Pinterest one day, I came across an idea of hanging purses on the closet rod from shower curtain hooks. Brilliant! I decided to give that a whirl with my smaller bags. I picked up the shower curtain hooks at Dollar Tree. I opted for decorative S-curve hooks (similar) as I thought they were prettier and would be easier to use. They worked like a charm! For my larger purses, I opted to place them in some larger plastic bins from Dollar Tree. They work great and are stylish and colorful as well.
On a side note, the pictures are stick-ons from Hobby Lobby (similar). I love how they dress up the space!
Since I moved my purses to this closet rod, I had empty space on the floor. I decided to utilize it by putting my shoes here. The shoe rack is from Target (similar). It’s two tiered or you can buy multiples and stack them on top of each other. It’s also adjustable lengthwise. In other words, this is a seriously customizable shoe rack!
I love my closet, but this particular spot is so weird. The rod curves here making it really hard to see the clothes that are hung in that area. To resolve the issue, I simply rearranged my clothes. Now, sweaters go on the left and my other shirts on the right. That way there aren’t bulky pieces in the curve making it easier to see everything!
Finally, the top shelf needed some TLC. My clothes to donate are now in the two linen blue bins in the left. My off-season clothes are in the clear bins (find them here). These are bins that are designed to be stored under the bed. They just happen to fit perfectly on the top shelf of the closet! As Lisa J mentions in her video, a step stool is essential if you have items on the top shelf. I have a two-step stool that folds up nicely and can be tucked in the corner (similar).
That’s my closet makeover! It’s so much nicer and more organized. I actually feel happy looking at it now!
What are your tips for an organized closet?
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