I think for many, closets are an afterthought. It’s easy to neglect it when you can just shut the doors. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But we utilize our closets every single day and spending extra time searching for a missing shoe just isn’t my idea of a good time. So today I am excited to share our Master Bedroom Closet Makeover! We teamed up with Home Depot to give our closet a pretty upgrade and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ll be diving into the installation process and sharing some great tips to help organize and maximize the space in your closet.
When we moved into our home, I was very eager to change the closets. They were standard- One long rod and one shelf, that’s it. We added a dresser, but the drawers were so small and didn’t have enough space that we required. As you can see, it didn’t maximize the closet’s potential and simply was an eyesore and uninspiring. The closet needed to get under control and organized to this mama’s liking.
Phase 1: Declutter
We gave the closet a good clean out. There was so much stuff in there that we both hadn’t worn for years and also items that were simply worn out- Like my beloved chambray shirt that ripped and I can’t seem to let go of because it’s my absolute favorite top in the world…cue the water works, folks. Decluttering freed up some much-needed space and helped clear my mind. Getting rid of the dresser felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I hadn’t realized that about 75% of clothing and other random junk that was in there were things that we hadn’t worn or quite frankly seen in well over 2 years. Hashtag ALL THE SHAME!
There was also a lot of clothes that didn’t fit which I was keeping with the intentions of “when I start losing weight, then I’ll be able to fit in it”. We all have those clothes taking up space in our closets and let’s face it, we’re torturing ourselves. Instead, we should reward ourselves when we do drop those pounds!
Phase 2: The setup
We knew that we needed an organization system with multiple levels of storage and so our go-to for this project was the ClosetMaid T4 Selectives 25 Inch Starter Tower Kit with 2 Selective 5-Panel Drawer. On the right side, it allowed us to have two levels of bars to hang my blouses and short dresses on the top, and at the bottom, I hung my pants, skirts and leather jackets. In order to keep things neat and looking more organized, I bought all new hangers to replace the plastic multicolored ones and make them uniform. I love to organize my clothes by color, starting with the lightest colors and making its way down to the darkest, also having seasonal pieces more towards the front of the closet. Without tearing the closet apart, I’m able to quickly find what I want to wear.
On the left side of the closet, I hung my long dresses and Erich’s very minimal amount of clothes. In the center shelving we installed two bottom drawers, my workout clothes in one and the other all my sweaters/winter knits. Adding some wire baskets that I found at HomeSense allowed me to store some more seasonal items like our swimsuits and neatly organizing my handbags and clutches.
I think the shoe area at the bottom was my worst nightmare, being that both Erich and I have quite the love affair with shoes (and also Erich is a shoe hoarder ?). They were just piled up where ever there was space and trust me when I say that you can lose a pair of shoes in a closet. The solution- we picked up three shelving units to store all our shoes. Anytime you have an open shelf with a lot of space above it, find a way to maximize it so that you can store multiple levels of your items. Keeping in mind that we live in Canada and have different types of shoes for every season, I stored the shoes I wasn’t wearing up top, but still in plain sight so that I can keep track of the shoes that I do have, which will keep me from buying things I don’t need/already own.
BAM! The closet is officially done and beautifully organized. From emptying out the closet and decluttering, to building the new closet system and installation, it took us a little less than 3 hours. It was so easy to put together it doubled the space I had in the closet, and I still have loads of space for new pieces. I am so incredibly happy with the result and truly allows me to feel inspired again when reaching into it to plan my next fab outfit.
What space are you organizing this season? Our next project is Jude’s closet and I’ll make sure to share the big reveal with you soon.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.