Do you ever dream of closets? I DO and if you follow along with me on Pinterest you can see some serious inspiration! My whole life I have had a small closet. Growing up my childhood closet was small and when I headed off to college I had to SHARE a small closet with a roommate. Rental closets were a bit bigger but I never really had enough space to feel like all my clothes and accessories had a home. They do now. By no means am I a fashionista, but I DO LOVE TO BE ORGANIZED! When we purchased our home 10 years ago there was a small bedroom next to the master bedroom.
During renovation to increase the master bath size, we took over the closet. (Did I mention that it was small too? haha) We decided to break into the wall and create a spacious master closet. For several years we just had the perimeter closets and shelving units with a ottoman in the center. It wasn’t until just before Christmas that I purchased the center jewelry cabinet. Then the organizing began to roll!
Building the Dream
I have always seen these great walk-in closets with a center island. I began to think about putting a dresser in the middle but it never seemed to work space wise until I came across the Martha Stewart craft furniture. It was deep, had several drawers, a shelf for shoes and baskets and on sale. It was perfect and I had to have it. After assembling the Martha Stewart Living Three Drawer File and Craft Cabinet
Time To Shop
I headed to HomeGoods for drawer organizers. These fit perfectly in the shallow drawers. The are made with woven leather and a shimmery gold and cream velvet interior. I also purchased from HomeGoods several sets of white linen and gold plaid storage boxes. I also picked up a pack of crystal knobs and changed out the ordinary plain white knobs that came with the unit. The 12 pack was only 12.99! How can you go wrong with that price?
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Purging and Letting Go
Over the Christmas break I purged and donated a bunch of clothes, accessories and shoes. It was the best feeling to fold everything up and to see just what I had. I sorted my shirts, sweaters, and pants by color. Let’s see how long that lasts.
As I mentioned earlier, we had a large 40 by 40 inch ottoman. Sounds wonderful but it was the “clothes collector.” Tucked in the corner was my childhood dresser that I stored scarves, hats and my jewelry in and on top of. There was no rhyme or reason and items were scattered in bowls, boxes and plates with loose change, hair ties and receipts.
I found at HomeGoods these gorgeous linen and gold wrapped jewelry display pieces. My jewelry never looked so pretty. I took out and displayed my most favorite pieces and stored the others in the drawers. My daughter Chloe came in and said “Mom. it looks like a boutique. Where was all this hiding? ” I better take inventory! Haha
I just couldn’t pass up this Gold and Glass mirrored artisan box from HomeGoods. Holds all my treasures.
The Port to Port gold metal jewelry hanger displays all my most used necklaces all nice and neat so they don’t get knotted up! The orange carnival glass dessert bowl was found at at garage sale for $2! I can’t pass up anything orange and it adds just the perfect pop of color. I store my summertime cuff bracelets in it.
The drawers dividers fit perfectly like a puzzle. I even found lucite small trays for earrings.
I couldn’t pass up this white paisley embossed divider.
Bins and Baskets
I began to organize my socks, underwear, work out clothes, scarves and belts in these gold and leather storage bins also from HomeGoods. a gold and black tray holds my perfume bottles and inspirational art leans on the back wall. A vintage gold and black mid century modern lamp casts a warm light at night.
Well its January 10th and so far my New Year’s Resolution of getting and keeping organized has stuck. I’m wearing clothes I have forgotten I had and have kept the dirty clothes pile from getting taller than me. If your dream closet doesn’t seem possible try converting some space in your attic or basement. Switching out your clothes seasonally also helps give your more room.
TIP:Try under the bed storage boxes or storage ottomans at the end of your bed. Hang a clear plastic shoe organizer behind the door to hold belts, jewelry and scarves. There are so many options.
Before And After
Tear down that wall Mr. Contractor! You can see below where the old wall dividing the two room was removed. We pushed the wall back and added the pocket doors into the new closet. I am standing in the old closet which then became the master bath.
Drywall up and ready for paint!
What have been your resolutions and if getting organized what room do you need help with? I’d love to hear your DIY inspirations.
Happy Organizing! xox Amie
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Three storage ottomans!
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