This weekend was spent focusing on my closet cleaning/organization project; for a recap of the “Before”, you can read Part I.
The biggest game changer had to do with my shoes, which were haphazardly placed both inside and on top of original shoe boxes of various colors, shapes, and sizes. It made the whole closet look very small and claustrophobic. It also didn’t encourage proper shoe storage and visibility. My best purchase from The Container Store were the sets of shoe boxes; I got some for flat shoes, heeled shoes and one for tall boots. See how much better this looks? I ended up tossing this overflowing box that contained a small artificial Christmas tree. I know that seems odd, but I really don’t have great storage for it and I’d rather just decorate more subtly for the holidays. Plus, my space isn’t really big enough to entertain, so no one was really seeing it.
I also wanted to better organize my closet shelves that were spilling over with strewn about items included hats, bags, pillows, luggage, air mattress, and more. One “no-brainer” to save space was simply putting my check in sized luggage into my giant luggage. I ended up using the tray from my vanity to store loose electronics. I also moved an extra lamp, a box of files, and my cold weather humidifier onto the closet shelves so that I could devote the small linen closet shelving space to actual linens and towels only. I still have my three drawer plastic container with my jewelry piled on top because the acrylic jewelry screen I ordered from The Container Store arrived broken, so they are reshipping with more padding. Hopefully that will arrive intact so I can organize that as well.I ended up tossing this overflowing box that contained a small artificial Christmas tree. I know that seems odd, but I really don’t have great storage for it and I’d rather just decorate more subtly for the holidays. Plus, my space isn’t really big enough to entertain, so no one was really seeing it.
Now on to the vanity! I also decided to put my “hair basket”, full of hot tools, brushes, etc. on top of my vanity. In order to this, I had to go through a ton of cosmetic products and decide if they were keepers or not. I ended up throwing out a ton of samples and old makeup I had collected but rarely used. It was a full on purge and it was actually really satisfying! Using a stackable acrylic makeup drawer (also from The Container Store), I was able to consolidate to vanity top for a much better looking space, devoid of excess clutter. I also utilized the vanity drawer to hold large cosmetic products and hair products.
All in all, I’d say the closet reorganization was a success. Now when I go in, I don’t feel stressed or overwhelmed by junk that I don’t need or use. I love that I can see the floor again and find what I needed expeditiously. I am also glad that I didn’t have to spend a boatload of money in order to accomplish these small, but effective changes.
Part III will include the final touches for the jewelry organization and perhaps some other household projects, now that the home décor bug has bitten. For a list of the items I used, please see below. Note, if you are shipping acrylic, request extra padding.
|1||Our Boot Box
|1||Acrylic Folding Jewelry Screen Clear
|1||Large Luxe Acrylic Modular Drawer Clear
|5||Our Tall Shoe Box
|5||Our Shoe Box
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