Monday, January 6, 2014

Master Closet Makeover: The Beginning

Want to see how the master closet makeover turned out? Click over to the Completed Master Closet!

Forget spring cleaning in the spring time, it seems January has become the time that people want to clean out and get organized. Maybe it's all the new year resolutions, or maybe it's the aftermath of all that holiday indulgence and partying that makes us crave a simpler, less cluttered home. That's why I'm tackling our master bedroom closet this month - we finally have a breather now that the holidays have passed and I'm looking to simplify. Life is so hectic that we don't need our homes working against us, and right now, our closet is working against us. With everything else that goes on in our lives, I've neglected this space and frankly, it's kind of a mess.

We are blessed with a nice sized walk-in closet. It's not Oprah standards by any means, but at 6 ft wide x 7 ft deep, it's big enough for us. People tend to grow into the space they have, so if we had a bigger closet, we'd probably just have more stuff in it and we'd probably be in the same overflowing dilemma. I'm so grateful for what we have; it just needs to be spruced up.

Are you ready to see what we're starting with?

Y'all, I wasn't kidding when I said it's messy, and sadly this has become the norm.
Master closet makeover - before

My friends think that I'm pretty organized (until they see this post), but truth be told, it's something I have to work at when it comes to the stuff. I try to be organized because if I'm not, I'm totally disorganized! This organization thing is an all-or-nothing deal with me. The moment I stop thinking about it or am too tired to hang up my clothes one day, I lose focus and it-quickly-goes-all-to-hell-with-the-mess-getting-out-of-control-and-then-it-becomes-overwhelming-so-it-gets-even-messier-until-one-day-I-can't-find-my-favorite-new-scarf-and-I-blame-my-poor-unsuspecting-husband-for-doing-something-to-it-because-you-know-he-secretly-hates-that-scarf-but-come-to-find-out-it's-at-the-bottom-of-that-damn-pile. This is how I feel when I'm in this closet - frazzled!

Whew! That was cathartic. Cleaning out this closet will be cathartic too. Let's check out more of this space...

Below: I have a lot of jewelry. The fake stuff, people - so all you blog-reading house robbers out there can just settle down, there's nothing here worth taking. You can see it overflowing and piled on top of the dresser and the shelf there; sadly there's a jewelry box and the top of the birch dresser lifts up for more jewelry storage and I still can't keep it organized. One of my goals is to downsize and reorganize the faux family jewels and make them easier to get to.
Master closet makeover - before
Is the his/hers ratio in your closet similar to ours? My stuff takes up at least 3/4 of the closet. Rick is delegated to the two hanging racks in this right corner, above. He's got some of the drawers too, I'm not completely heartless. 

Below: Here's a closer look at the built-in shelving. There's no rhyme or reason with how these shelves are organized. I find it challenging to organize things in deeper shelves when I have to pull everything out in front to reach the things in back. I'm thinking baskets might help, and not the small random ones I have in here:
Master closet makeover - before

Below: That shelf in the middle-upper left of the photo is stuffed with tote bags and purses. There's fourteen bags in there, I counted. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that.
Master closet makeover - before

The Plan:
Image via The Year of Lettering | Kelly Cummings

I love this quote - the only things I want to keep are things that serve a purpose or things I love and find to be beautiful. Simple. Anything that doesn't fit this criteria has got to go.

There's a couple ways to approach organization. You can do a little at a time so as not to get overwhelmed with everything, taking a little bite out of the clutter day by day or week by week until it's done (recommended), or you can do what I'm doing and turn it into a huge project while creating chaos and easily overwhelming yourself if you don't have a good plan, but then it's all done and hopefully the results are so dramatic that you'll never want to mess it up ever again. Did I mention the all-or-none mentality I have when it comes to organizing? Yeah, I've got to work on that. Here's the scoop on what's going to go down:

Purge - I want to get rid of at least 50% of the things in here and keep only what fits, what I love, what isn't worn out or stained, and what I know I'll really wear. I have so much clothes packed in the closet that trying to pull anything out of there is like having a mini-wrestling match with a hanger. At some point, you become a slave to your things instead of your things working for you. It's time to get ruthless and free ourselves from the clutter.
Organize - Yeah, that. Do that. 
Paint & molding - the paint color in here is a dingy yellowed white. It doesn't look clean to me so I'll be painting it a brighter white to freshen it up. I've also got something else up my sleeve too for the walls. You'll see. :) We'll also finally add some baseboard molding to this closet. We removed the old worn yellowed oak molding in here seven years ago when we replaced all the molding upstairs but we never put it back in the closet. Please tell me other people do things like that too. I like to say we're on the 7 year plan.
Make it all perty-like - I'll add some pretty touches that will hopefully inspire me to keep this room clean and organized. I love graphic black and white patterns and there is definitely a lot of black and white already going on in here, so I'll stick with that color scheme. New lighting, new paint job, maybe a few new organization and storage pieces, even new hanging rods. Ooh, this will be fun! Let's get started!

And so it begins: This weekend I cleared everything out of the closet, painted, and added new metal rods. The metal rods won't sag and they look more updated than the tired old wooden rods that have been in here since 1984. The new white paint color is so much brighter and cleaner looking than it was before. Even though it's hard to see a difference in photos sometimes between varying shades of white, you can really see the difference in the middle photo with the XO I painted on the wall with the new paint. Already it's looking much better in there! 
Master closet makeover - before

A blank slate! Nothing goes back in without scrutiny.
Master closet makeover - before

I'll keep you updated on the progress of our closet. For now, all the clothes that was in the closet are now in our bedroom, on the floor, in the spare room - I'm going through it all right now and it's total chaos around here but it'll all be worth it! Right? Right! :)

See the completed master closet makeover here!

Aloha,
Sharon

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12 comments:

  1. Sharon, I love that quote, too! I am in awe that you took everything out and are starting fresh. You are inspiring me to do the same! Will be anxious to follow along and see how you progress. Thanks for sharing and have a happy Monday!

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  2. Oh how easy things can spiral out of control! My best defense is to watch an episode of "Hoarders or "How Clean is Your House" to light a fire under my butt...lol. I guess I should fire up an episode..... I am excited to see your reveal!

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  3. I aspire for my closet to look like your before picture. My husband and I have separate closets, but he even mentioned that I should reorganize my closet as a New Year's resolution. I think I'm scared to get rid of the clothes I don't wear because I will have nothing left besides yoga pants and two pair of jeans!

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  4. I always look forward reading to your posts. Truth be told, I seldom bother to read those of most bloggers...I just head straight to the DIY tutorial. The quality and variety of your posts are always excellent and I LOVE your tongue-in-cheek humour! I'm a neat freak, I'm very organized and definitely not a pack-rat...my hubby is the exact opposite in every respect. Sorry...I'm getting off-track. I'm going to post your Journey on Pinterest because I think people will enjoy it...and learn from it... Kudos!

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  5. Here's the blurb I wrote on Pinterest! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/8514686769457874/

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  6. Can't wait to see what you do! I love a fresh start!

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  7. Hello Sharon, first thank you for your coment :) i just love the coffe table!
    The closet is great, its nice to have everything organized and clean, the mirrow make a big diference.
    Good work!

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  8. My closet is my next big project too! I'm glad you're doing yours so I can get lots of inspirationy goodness first. :)

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  9. Haha! I laughed out loud when I saw your pictures because that is exactly what my closet looks like... well pretty close. With stuff all over the floor. I need an overhaul too. What I think I need are some hooks on the wall to hang things once I have worn them once and plan to rewear but feel they aren't clean enough to go back on drawers? That is usually why I end up with a pile on the floor- like my daily lounge clothes ready for after work the next day... on the floor. So I need to figure out some wall space and add some hooks I think. Looking forward to the inspiration I will get from your closet transformation!

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    1. LOL! That's exactly what I do - the clothes that I've worn already that can be worn again don't go back on a hanger or drawers, i usually sling them over one of the hanging rods or on the floor. More hooks are definitely in my future too, I think that will help. Thanks for stopping by Krista, always love to see you! Sharon

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  10. The before pictures look exactly like my closet! I can't wait to see how your's ends up.

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    1. I'm glad to not feel alone in my organizational habits of my closet! Thanks for following along and commenting. Sharon

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