1.26.2010

Results of the Great Closet Organization of 2010


It took us two days to clean out and organize our closet, and we are thrilled with the results. It was a major undertaking, so we came up with a game plan so as to not get overwhelmed.

We tackled the closet in four steps:

Step 1: Remove everything from closet

 
Oh me, oh my. And this wasn't even half of it.


Step 2: Vacuum floor and dust all shelves

 
So fresh and so clean, clean.


Step 3: Go through everything we removed from closet and only put back clothing/shoes/accessories and jewelry we wear and love.  This was a big step because I had a ton of things that should not have been in there like craft supplies, my fabric stash and boxes of junk that needed to be trashed or given to goodwill.  All of these things were dealt with and did not go back in the closet.  This, of course, freed up tons of space that allowed for better organization once we put everything back in.

Step 4: Come up with a new space plan. This for me included a new way to store my shoes, jeans, scarfs and jewelry.  My husband's side pretty much stayed the same, only with fewer items because he got rid of things he no longer wore.

Okay, so here is the big reveal:







I decided I wanted to use the long shelf that is between the top and bottom rods for shoe and jewelry storage.  This meant I would no longer be hanging clothes from the top rod.  This was not a problem, because as you can see in the before picture I wasn't using the bottom rod anyway, so I simply moved all the clothes down.  Next, I moved the dresser that was previously on the back wall over to my side so that you don't see it when looking directly into the closet. This served two purposes: 1. the closet looks cleaner and more spacious when you look in, and 2. I used the top for more shoe storage.





Now, on to my jewelry organization:

 


 

This is probably my favorite part of the closet now. I love seeing all my jewelry organized and displayed nicely instead of piled on top of my black jewelry case like it was.







Here is the result of eliminating all the craft clutter:



And finally, my scarfs have a new home behind the door (which didn't even close before because of all the crap on the floor):



I also want to note that when it came to de-cluttering and getting rid of stuff, this article from House Beautiful helped a ton.  It is called "Cleanse Your Closet" and is a great read.  The author expressed perfectly how I felt after cleaning out my closet:

"There was a sense of movement in my new open space that was like ocean air drifting through. Everything felt light and fresh and clean. That night I slept better than I had in years."

I really feel like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders and now instead of cringing as I walk by my closet I smile.  And everything in your home should make you smile, don't you think?

38 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks so great! I bet that feels so great! I love how there's space in there and how you added some decorative touches too. Wanna come do mine now? :-)

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  2. You go girl! What an inspiration!

    It looks amazing all around, like a fun closet to get dressed in!

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  3. I love love love it! The rug and the mirror behind the shoes are great - they make the space feel like part of the home, rather than just a place to hide things.

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  4. Wow, looks awesome! Are you available for hire? ;)

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  5. That was a big undertaking, great job! It looks great!

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  6. Jackie, it looks amazing! Great transformation. I love the painting and the rug too. THe jewlery board looks fabulous. What an inspiration -- that may be my next project!

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  7. It really looks great! We just moved a from VA to PA a few weeks ago and I already have a closet absolutely STUFFED full of junk. Now I'm feeling inspired to clean it out! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  8. Wow! That looks amazing! I am really inspired by how you organized your jewelry. I can't wait to do this too!

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  9. What a great job you did! I love how you actually merchandised your closet. It's so important to be inspired when you walk in there!!
    So glad you found my blog! I'm enjoying looking at yours...

    p.s. Those turquoise satin pumps are killer!

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  10. Wow. Great job! I am so impressed with your organizational skills.

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  11. Oh man, I'm so jealous. It's so "Cribs". The rug is perfect. The freaking gorgeous shoe display is perfect. And now you don't have to hyperventilate when you walk in!

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  12. omg! i have some major closet envy going on now! i should take a picture of my bed RIGHT NOW - it is definately in the state of "BEFORE". your french board, rug, & organizer for your jewlery make the space just incredible.

    thanks for the kick in the booty to finish "some" of organization today.

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  13. Your closet looks AMAZING! I especially love that zebra rug you added! and your shoes/jewelry space. I'm loving your ideas for jewelry storage/display!

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  14. awesome job! please come over and help me organize!!!

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  15. Congrats on your decluttering and reorganizing! I love the before and after photos. It looks amazing!!

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  16. I'm so jealous of your organized closet! Where did you get that pearl bracelet? It's GORGEOUS!

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  17. Looks fabulous Jackie! I love how you did your jewelry!

    Oh, and I loved getting a peek at your shoe collection! So many cute pairs!

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  18. You deserve an hour long happy dance for this one. Nicely done.

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  19. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! You did a great job... Yes, will you do my closet... Please! LOL I have got to tackle my closet hopefully soon. Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo,
    Alexandra

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  20. Wow! Amazing work, I bet it feels amazing every time you walk into it!

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  21. Oh.my.golly.gee...it looks so good jackie! Such a huge improvement. You've just now inspired me to do this too. Yes this weekend, i think its time i tackle my closet. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. What happened to all the stuff that didn't go back in the closet -- that always the big trick. Did you trash or reassign to other areas?

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  23. It looks amazing! I definitely need to figure out a different way to store my shoes. Where is that shoe shelf thing from?

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  24. holy crap! this has to be my favorite post I've read out of like the over 100 I've read so far today.... this is my dream job! personal organizing. ever seen that show "clean sweep" on hgtv? I die everytime I see the before and afters. and "hoarders" omg I love it... this is like a designer closet now. you must feel so proud!

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  25. I love this post. It looks wonderful. The jewelry/shoes area is my favorite. Love the idea of the paper towel stand! smart!

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  26. Love your blog and how you organized your closet.. .so inspirational.. and LOVE the paper towel holder idea.....posted about it on my blog today!
    www.lalalovelythings.blogspot.com!
    x Trina

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  27. You have a great blog and an even better closet LOl! I love the idea of the memo board to hold jewelry! I swear I would need 5 jewelry boxes to hold all my stuff, you have such great ideas to help store a girls treasured jewels! Thanks for sharing :)

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  28. The closet looks amazing! I love that you have art & a rug in there. It's the little things that make you smile every day that count. People thought I was nuts for putting art in the laundry room, but it makes me happy when doing a chore, so why not?

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  29. Your closet looks great! I love a good clean out/organization of any space.

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  30. I desperately need to redo my closet. I feel like I'm being attacked by shoes, clothes & bags every time I try to get dressed. We have shelves on both sides of the entry. One one side it has one bar for hanging clothes with 2 shelves (that I can't reach), but on the other we have 2 rows for hanging clothes.

    Maybe I'll get motivated now to actually clean everything out.. Thanks for the great pictures!

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  31. Hello! I'm a new follower and I love this post. Your closet looks fab and I'm so envious. I'm extremely organizing impaired. That task usually falls upon my husband, but he lacks that female touch needed to do a closet. Beautiful! And I'm shocked no one asked where those gorgeous blue peep-toes are from!!! I have to know =)

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  32. LOVE it! You did a great job! I adore a fabulously organized closet!!

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  33. Great job!. Isn't it fun having a fabulous closet.

    I'm still working on mine . . .

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  34. Closets and BeyondFebruary 8, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    For this year, it sure looks like you had a lot of work to do and were able to overcome it. Through this post, you have shown that even a challenging mess like this can be fixed. As a closets Bergen business, we understand the significance of storage to home owners. Cabinets and closets can definitely help a great deal in making the living space worth living in.

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