eading other people’s design blogs is a major source of time wasting & enjoyment for me. I simply love getting the inside glimpse on what types of projects they’re doing and especially the before and afters. These blogs are often sources of inspiration for my own projects. I was reading Pure Style Home the other day and there was a post about closet organization that definitely struck a cord. My closet in the master bedroom is such a chaotic mess!
My justification for delaying the inevitable organization process is that there were more important things to do during the first few months in our new home. Like paint. And hang curtains and pictures. And the fact that the messiness of my closets is usually hidden. But the messiness of my own clothes closet did start to get to me. My shoes were everywhere, my work clothes were not hung neatly, and it was an overall disfunctional area. It was time to get to work!
My first step was clearing out the closet, including the hanging bars and shelves so I could paint. I highly recommend painting your closets. It bothers me 1) to see evidence of previous owners presences (is that neurotic?), 2) to try to think up an outfit in an uninspiring, colorless space, and 3) paint remedies all these problems. Here’s a photo of the closet once it was all cleared out. Not a big space for sure!
I chose a blue color that segued between the blues in the master bedroom fabrics and the pale aqua on the bedroom ceiling.
I have to admit, it was brighter than I had anticipated, but it is still better than the before. I repurposed some clothe storage bins I already had to store my bags, purses, and other occasionally used items.
I moved a child’s dresser we were using as a catch-all in the front entryway to the closet to store socks/hosiery, hair stuff, makeup, etc., so I can use this room to get ready in the morning. No more morning jockeying for bathroom counter space!
I placed my most frequently used items on top: my scarves, my makeup, and my favorite coin holder made for me by Hubs. It was originally for our Appalachian Trail fund before we had Little Man, but is now our general change jar. Still love it and the memories!
I placed three wooden fruit crates longways, so that I could keep my shoes organized and off the floor. Big improvement using such a cheap resource (again, please forgive the blurriness. I’m hoping for a new camera soon!)
I knew I needed a mirror in this space to make it fully functional, so Hubs and I reused the sheet mirror we had replaced in the master bathroom. We are going to frame it out in molding we have on hand to give it a more polished look. Hubs used liquid nail to secure it to the wall and we let it dry overnight. I will post more photos once the molding is finished. After using the space this morning to get ready, I can attest that it so much easier to find an outfit and get ready. Relief! Only six more closets to go!
And two more shots to give a view of what it looks like now.