My family has had a fair amount of company this summer, and when the kids give up their rooms for guests, I often stash their clothes in my closet so they won't disturb our guests. Needless to say my closet had gotten into quite a mess. I can't blame it all on that, but that's my story, and I am sticking to it!
Our master closet is a walk through to the master bath, and my husband has one side, and yep, this is my side before I tackled it. In the process of emptying the closet and talking with my hubby, we decided to switch sides so he could have the built in shelves, and I could have a double hanging rod. (I couldn't have a double rod on my side because we needed to move the top shelf higher which would have blocked attic access.)
So, we switched sides, and here is what I started with. As I was going through my things to put back in the closet, I asked the "hard" questions. "Is it ugly? Is it comfortable? Have I worn it in the last say, 3 years? Does my hubby hate it? etc..."
I ended up with two garbage bags full of clothes for donation. (Maybe someone else won't think they're ugly!)
Then I put most of my summer clothes in an under the bed storage container since the days are cooling off here some. This left me with a lot less to put back in my closet. Yes!
I had ordered a double hanging rod and a decorative zip up bin from The Container Store, and so I put these to good use.
I filled the bin with my purses and bags, and
recovered a lamp shade to add some decoration and extra light to the closet.
Here are my after photos! The shoe bag on the back of the door keeps the shoes off the floor which I really like, because it gives the closet a less cluttered look. The little chest of drawers holds undergarments.
I think it looks even better in real life than it does in the pictures.
It's not fancy, but I am so pleased to have another space in my home more organized, and now I don't shut my eyes when I walk through it!