I’m SO STOKED to share the *big reveal* of my master closet space! It’s been quite the journey in our 2+ years living here, and the end result is something so special + fun to me. I was in need of some serious master closet organization, and the space needed a total transformation to just better complement my daily routine. So. Let’s dive into some before-and-afters, shall we?
Now…let’s chat “the before.”
When we first bought our house, I told J from Day One that my ONE qualm, beef or worry was my closet. The original builders/designers were clearly not spatially inclined (or women who love clothes, LOL), because they had put hanging racks on both walls inside…making it literally impossible to actually ENTER the closet if you actually USED both sides as designed with clothes hanging. There was maybe 2 inches between hanger ends, so it just wouldn’t work. My dad so awesomely took down the right side (go Papa Frank!) and I had put shoe shelves in its place, but it was still pretty offputting to immediately lose “half” of the intended walk-in space.
I also find it v important to mention here that NO ONE NEEDS ALL OF THIS STUFF.
There is too much. CLEARLY, too much.
Granted, I try to give myself some grace given that a big part of my job is sharing said “stuff” – whether that’s to share the best sales, new arrivals, or just general retailer favorites with you in the hopes of making your life easier and your own closet more joy-fueling. I also am not – and never have been – someone who just buys things to share them only to return them behind-the-scenes right after (which many “influencers” do, unfortunately); I find that to be a pretty darn dishonest practice, and also not good for the environment given how the retail industry often handles returns and the like.
ALL THAT TO SAY…I have too much stuff. It’s not a need. But here we are, and the situation needed a solution.
While I do try to regularly purge, it’s admittedly difficult to do at the same pace that things sometimes come IN, especially also having full-time work, family, etc.
I’m constantly trying to brainstorm solutions that would ultimately be more efficient long-term, but in the interim, I wanted to re-design the sortof “sitting room” we have in our room as an extension of my closet. The goal: to bring JOY and re-inspire my wardrobe instead of causing me instant stress upon walking into the space. Let’s get into some the sitting room slash master closet organization…
YIKES ALL AROUND.
Enter, The Organized Home Co.
I reached out to Tink and Sam after seeing their *incredible* before-and-afters on Instagram. They’re both retired teachers-turned-organizers and literally find joy in the mess, transforming the most chaotic spaces into peace-giving, productivity-inducing havens.
Obviously, something that was very much needed in my closet area. 😉
When we first spoke on the phone, I told them that my priority was really making better use of the space to optimize functionality for everyday, while obviously keeping things cute. 😉 I wasn’t necessarily looking for some crazy boujee Pinterest project – I just really wanted a more practical way to keep things organized in a way that would inspire everything from getting dressed on a random Tuesday to brainstorming new daily style content for you, etc.
Right away the team’s brain wheels were turning, and we were on our way.
Their method is a bit unique and was honestly nerve-wrecking to me at first; they don’t actually create a clear plan ahead of time. While they do have an idea in mind and grab supplies accordingly, so much of the magic really happens day-of. They come to the space on your scheduled project day, and they really feel it out and talk together collaboratively to figure out the best approach. Being Type A…this was crazy to me. I just could not wrap my brain around not having a blueprint or plan or SOMETHING that you were building off of – but Tink and Sam’s brains just work with it, and clearly, it works. So without further adieu…
One of my personal favorite perks: the shoe wall. 😉 Instead of the rinky dink shelving I had before, they used these floating shelves from IKEA for a more open look. Some master closet organization tips from the pros…
Don’t overstuff shelves! While more shoes could *technically* fit on some shelves here, overstuffing anything will immediately make it look (+ feel) more cluttered. Let there be white space.
Always use matching hangers, and make sure they face the same way on the rack. I use these from Amazon!
Keep shoes organized by type and color. Sneakers with sneakers, flats with flats, boots with boots, etc.
Acrylic bins keep things organized AND cute. They’re simple and chic, and a great way to easily see what’s inside. I keep sunglasses in these!
We also added two valet-style hooks to organize the next week’s looks, laundry that needs to be put away, outfits when packing for trips, etc.
Aaaaand the flip side! So many dresses were lost in my previous closet and/or in a different closet in the house altogether (my poor guest room and nursery closets…LOL). We wanted to bring them out because you can’t wear what you can’t see! Another focus here was bringing out more “anytime” pieces that are worn in multiple seasons, like denim and jackets for layering.
I also lovelovelove the bins we used for headbands + sunglasses. We actually just kept the sunnies bins I had previously bought from Amazon – they’re cute and come in clutch!
How PRETTY is this chandelier?! And it’s a PLUG-IN! I knew I’d need additional lighting in this space now, but I wasn’t gunning to spend $300+ and then some on a fancy chandelier and hardwiring with an electrician. I had a style in mind that I really liked, so I was STOKED to find this one for not even $40 on Amazon that fit the bill! We just ran the wiring against the wall with little Command hooks to keep it discreet and in place, and it’s the easiest thing to just switch on as needed.
For my fellow local gals, I can’t recommend the girls at The Organized Home Co. enough. They were such a joy and make the process as painless as possible, whether you’re decluttering or organizing a small space or totally transformating a room with wallpaper, paint, and/or a full closet system install. You can book a free virtual consultation with them online to see if it’s a fit for your needs – so, I recommend!
Any favorite master closet organization tips you personally lovelovelove?
While we’ve come so far, I’ve still got more to do and ways to go, so I’m all ears!
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