Organizing my Closet

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!

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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.)

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 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…”

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I ended up with two garbage bags full of clothes for donation. (Maybe someone else won’t think they’re ugly!)

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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!

, Organizing my Closet, Joyful Homemaking

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.

, Organizing my Closet, Joyful Homemaking

I filled the bin with my purses and bags, and

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recovered a lamp shade to add some decoration and extra light to the closet.

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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.

, Organizing my Closet, Joyful Homemaking
, Organizing my Closet, Joyful Homemaking

I think it looks even better in real life than it does in the pictures.

, Organizing my Closet, Joyful HomemakingIt’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!


  1. Great job on the closet! I really need to do mine. It’s a mess. Thanks for visiting my blog, btw. That scheduling post I linked up was an old schedule. I still have the same philosophy. But it’s been over a year since I’ve dragged myself to the Y at 5:30am. My baby is 8 months old now. I probably could do it. I probably should do it…

  2. wow! wish i was as organized! i would love for you to link up this or any other amazing project you have over at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I really love the clear shoe organizer on the door! For my sewing room, I can really see some good applications there. Where did you find it?

  4. Very nice!

    One trick I learned from my mom is to hang clothes by color. All of my reds are together, blues together, etc. It makes it so much easier to find exactly what I want. My husband used to tease me about my rainbow looking clothes until he realized how quickly I could find the exact item I wanted. Now both of us have rainbow racks! Try this with your slacks, too.

  5. I am planning to clean and organize my/our closet and some of your suggestions will be very useful. Several years ago, we did a double hanging rod for Mr.Z. and now I want one for my side. Like how you hung your scarves.
    Really neat looking
    Audrey Z/
    Timeless Treasures

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