Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DIY Closet Makeover

Hello from the other side!  (Thanks Adele!)

I know it has been a long time since I last blogged.  In fact, I wondered if I would ever blog again.  It was just so nice to free up all that time to do other things.  I’ve been continuing with my life makeover.  I’ve also been super-busy at work.

A few weeks ago, I decided that I was just tired of being surrounded by clutter and things I don’t love anymore.  Everywhere I looked in our house, there were just a bunch of things that I no longer used or loved.  It was time for a de-clutter, re-organization, and makeover.  First on the list was my master bedroom closet.  We have two closets in our master bedroom.  I have the walk-in closet, while Todd has the long reach-in closet.  I had SO MANY clothes that I was no longer wearing.  They didn’t fit, were out of style, or were worn and shabby.  WHY were they still in my closet??  I was so tired of just wearing 1/4 to 1/3 of all my clothes.  Time for a major purge!  But because I am an over-achiever, simple purging my clothes wasn’t good enough.  I had to totally re-do my closet, ha ha!  I bought this closet organizer for under $100 off Amazon.  I had looked at different systems such as the Elfa at the Container Store, the Algot from IKEA, etc.  But I didn’t want to plan out a major system, when I planned to get rid of half my clothes.  It was just easier to purchase this sub-$100 system and add to it or modify it later if I wished.

This was my closet before the makeover.

We hadn’t done anything to the closet since we bought the house in 2001!  Seriously!  It was just a very simple closet with some brackets holding up two long rods with a shelf on top.  The white drawer & shelf unit was there when we moved in.

I had some storage bins on the top shelf for things that were memento/nostalgia types of clothing (sweatshirts from college, sports team championship shirts, etc.) that we never wore.  However, the bins were designed with holes for handles and on top of the lid, so the contents inside got really gross and dusty from the openings.  Yuck.

 So the first thing I did was move EVERYTHING out of the closet.  I took every single thing out.

 Our entire master bedroom and the hallway was lined with my clothes and shoes.

Todd helped me take off the existing closet structure, except for the white drawer unit, which we kept.  He put a fresh coat of paint on and it looked much better!

Meanwhile, I went through every piece of clothing and decided whether to trash, keep, or give away.  I also went through my clothes in the other closets upstairs and got rid of some of those clothes.  I freed up a lot of hangers!

The next day, after the paint dried, Todd helped me install the closet system.  It was fairly easy and straight-forward.  The main thing is to install the horizontal bar totally level, and at the height that you want your high shelves to be.  Then install the verticals.  Todd did up to this much for me.

I decided the rest of the closet configuration by installing the brackets where I saw fit.  I wanted two hanging rods on top of each other for shorter tops.  Then a smaller hanging rod on the right side for longer dresses.  And I wanted shelving!  Now I have more shelves for shoes and handbags and things.

When I put the clothes I’m keeping back into my NEW and IMPROVED closet, I had all the shelves in the white drawer unit empty!  There was so much more room for my hanging clothes, even though my rods were shorter after the change.

Shelves for some shoes and purses. No, those aren’t all my shoes, ha ha.  The majority of my shoes are downstairs in the laundry room on a wheeled rack.

Light & airy!  Hooray!

I’m so happy and satisfied with my closet makeover!  And the fact that it cost only $100 is a huge bonus for me.  Now I have room for the clothes that I know I will want to buy, when I reach my goal weight!  (You know, part of the life makeover.)

I spent a couple of hours the next day organizing the clothes that I gave away.  I know that most people just throw them into trash bags and drive them to the donation center.  We itemize our tax deductions and I wanted really good records of what I donated so I can itemize them for the maximum amount of deduction possible.  So I always organize the giveaway clothing into similar types and then label how many of each I gave away and take photos of them.

Then I just tag the photos “giveaway” in Lightroom and have the records I need when it comes to tax time.

Yes, I know that’s very detailed.  That’s how I roll.  :-p

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my closet makeover!  I’m on a mission over the next few months to completely de-clutter my entire house and make it look nicer and refreshed.  I will share here on the blog if the changes are share-worthy. 

Thanks for stopping by!  I know it’s been a while!


  1. Thumbs up! I love your new closet. That's a nice closet shelving. TFS. I need to do something with our closet.

  2. This is seriously awesome. If I didn't have so many other things on my plate today, I would be running up to my close to start my own purge. I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I've been chicken. Every so often I finally get fed up with the "guilt" of certain pieces of clothing and I'll move them to the giveaway pile, but I just need to tackle the whole thing.

    Your closet looks fantastic! I love how you have everything in color order. (and that hot pink dress I spy is FABulous). I am right there with you on the donation itemization, too. I love your idea to photograph the categories--genius!

    ~Natalie :)

  3. Looks so wonderful! I've been sort of obsessed with this capsule wardrobe thing for a few seasons now. You're going to love getting dressed just with what you love!

  4. Wow what a difference. However seeing different style hangers is driving me crazy. Is that bad? ;)

    1. I gave away all hangers except for wood & white. Didn't you notice??? :-p

  5. LOVE that you came back to blog about this. I've missed reading your posts! But I'm so glad you are doing what you need to do now-a-days vs social media obligations. Good for you! :) Anyway, just wanted to post that I too am in this place right now where I am sooo tired of clutter and want to declutter my house. Totally need to just do it, like you. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. amazing! i really need to declutter as well...

  7. Looks great! I'm on a home decluttering campaign right now, and it feels great to free up space.

  8. So happy to see you back posting! And wow you'd be easy to audit... If only everyone kept those kind of records (but then, I wouldn't have a job so I'm not complaining lol).

  9. Great job girl! So happy to see you've posted! I missed it when you posted since tons of life changes happen on my end! Gosh, you and my dh are exactly alike! I can't donate anything without doing what you did! I have to itemize and take pics of everything...it's a nightmare for us not so detail type people :) We are still slowly but surely getting there. When we get a stack of stuff we bring it to Goodwill...like I said, it's a super slow process but hope it gets done eventually! I need some room in my house! I also need to declutter my craft items! Thanks for the inspiration and push to just do it!


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