Organization: Closet Makeover

The day has finally come where I reveal my new closet! I know you guys are probably getting tired of hearing about it, but I can’t help it.  I am so in love.  I will start by saying that I highly recommend Closet America.  They were so great to work with from the designer to customer service to the installers.  It was a great experience, and I would totally use them again.  The finished product came together last week, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  It looks exactly the way I had envisioned it in my head.  It is going to make organizing all of my things so easy.  We went with white for a couple of reasons.  One is that I like the nice clean look of the white, and the second reason is because it was the least expensive.  The natural light from the windows in the room in conjunction with the white, really brightens the space. 

As you walk into the room, you see the island and shoe rack right away.  I am so obsessed with the island.  There are 4 drawers on each side of it, and I am not 100% sure what I will put in all of them yet. I am thinking it will probably hold jeans, leggings, and t-shirts. The top drawer on one side has double layer jewelry trays.  It is one of my favorite things in the room.  All of the drawers have the slow automatic close when you push them slightly, which is really nice. Then the giant shoe rack is right behind the island between the two windows.  I am super excited about it.  My shoes are going to look so good displayed on it.  

The wall to the immediate left (same wall as doorway) when you walk into the room is currently blank. It will be the location of my antique vanity with a mirror.  It fits perfectly into that space.  The left side of the closet contains shelving and clothes racks for various lengths of clothes.  The shelves are adjustable so I can make them larger or smaller depending on what I decided to put there. Again, I am not certain how I will organize everything until I get it all in there and see how it flows.  I may remove one of the bottom shelves and use that space for my tall boots.

The wall to the immediate right when you walk in (same wall as doorway) has a tall tower of shelves. This is where I plan to put my purses and bags for display.  There is also a pull out valet rod for hanging clothes for when I am pulling outfits to photograph or to prepare for then next day or even when I am packing.  

The right side of the closet contains more hanging space with a few shelves. This is where the bulk of my clothes will be hanging.  As you can see the racks are various lengths to accommodate dresses and things that are longer and things that are shorter in length.

The whole system is very clean, neat, and modern looking.  I really love that there is still plenty of space even with the island. I was worried that it would take up a lot of space and it would feel cramped, but it doesn’t feel that way at all. Of course there are a few things that we still need to do to the space for it to be complete.  At the top of the list is to put blinds on the windows so that I don’t give everyone in the neighborhood a good morning show every day! The second thing is to install some kind of chandelier because there is no overhead lighting in the space.  There is great light in there during the day from the windows, but I definitely need some lighting for the evenings or early mornings.  The one other thing that I want is a large, full-length mirror. Obviously, it is not going to be in there because there is no place to put it, but I need a full-length mirror somewhere.  Overall, I am very happy with how well it turned out and I can’t wait to get all of my clothes and accessories in there to see how it all comes together.  It really is an organizational freak’s dream come true! LOL! I absolutely love it!

Anchored and Organized,

Organization: My Closet Purge

Last Friday we closed on our new house.  YAY!!! As I have mentioned before, we aren’t moving in right away for various reasons. One of those reasons is that we want to do a few renovations before we actually move.  One renovation involves my closet.  I think I have made it clear by now that my closet has always been my favorite area of the house.  I really do go there to hide when I am upset, angry, or just need time to think and pray. It’s my sanctuary. I know I am strange! The new house already has his and her walk-in closets, but they are pretty small.  My husband, surprisingly, plans to use both of them for himself. He doesn’t have a lot of clothes since he wears a uniform every day, so that should tell you that they aren’t that big.  Anyway, this all clearly means that there isn’t currently enough closet space for me. There just so happens to be a little “sitting room” tucked back in a corner right off of the two walk-ins that we will never use.  That room is going to be converted into my closet. If you haven’t guessed by now, I am super excited about it.  

A few weeks ago, we went to a home show at an expo center nearby.  While we were there, we stopped at the Closet America display and talked to the people there.  They were offering a deal of 25% off and free installation.  Then, if we booked the consultation that day, we got an additional 5% off.  Of course we jumped on that and booked the consult for the day after closing.  We planned for them to do the closet and the small mudroom area downstairs.   They told us to expect the consult to be at least 90 minutes.  You guys, the consult took 4 hours! I am not at all complaining because I loved every part of it, and I highly recommend Closet America.  The designer was so awesome to work with, and she really got my vision for the space. She also said she probably had as many clothes as I did which made me feel a little better. I’m not alone in my addiction!

The consult started with our designer taking very detailed measurements of every wall, every angle, and more.  When she was done we sat down with her to go over all of the finish and knob options and to kind of talk about what I was looking for.  I had brought her pictures of my current closet so that she could get an idea of the amount of storage that I needed.  Then, she went to work designing and asking me questions along the way.  When she finally turned her computer around to show me what she had come up with, I was floored! It was so cool.  She could even show it to us in 3D.  From there we walked through each wall and made changes and adjustments as we saw fit. We went back and forth on whether or not to leave space for one of my antique vanity tables against one wall. We ultimately decided to have it incorporated into the design so we had to make some more adjustments to compensate for the racks and shelves that it was taking away on that one wall. We continued to tweak it several more times until we came up with the final design. I am so freaking excited about it! I will say that we did pick the least expensive finish and drawer pulls and knobs to keep the cost at a minimum, but it is still going to be amazing and better than any closet I have ever had.   It includes shelving, drawers, hanging racks for different lengths of clothes, a shoe rack highlighted between two windows, and a small island in the center of the closet. I cannot wait to see it all come to life! 

Having this cool design motivated me even more to purge and get rid of stuff.  I have been putting off purging my own clothes, but this gave me the kick in the behind that I needed. I began the long process this past weekend.  I will say that it is VERY HARD for me to get rid of my clothes, shoes, and accessories. You all have seen my current closet (if you haven’t, you can check it out here), and you know that I have a TON of clothes. That is my weakness.  Some (my husband) may even say that it is my biggest flaw. I can’t help it. I love clothes.  I do! I know that it is over the top and excessive, and I really am working on it. Isn’t admitting that you have an addiction the first step to recovery??? I was originally planning to use the Marie Kondo method of pulling everything out and putting it into a pile to go through like I did with my daughters’ closets, but I just don’t have the time for that. Instead I pulled out sections at a time and went through them.  I am proud to say that I filled up not one, not two, but three large black trash bags full of clothes to donate. That was just from the hang-up clothes alone. I did not even get to go through pants, shorts, t-shirts, scarves, purses, or anything else yet.  Now, if you were to walk into my closet right now, you would think that there is no way that I purged anything because I still have so much, but I really did.  I will admit that it was hard.  There may or may not have been multiple pieces that were thrown on the floor to donate and then hung back up multiple times, but I am really proud of myself for the amount I ended up letting go. It really is a big deal to me. My plan is to finish the rest of it this week, but I am not sure that will actually happen with all that we have going on.  Once I have been through everything and removed the items that I am getting rid of, I plan to go through it all again one more quick time to see if I can let go of a few more things.  I really don’t want to be ruled by my possessions.  I really want to let stuff go, but as I’ve said, it is difficult.  I clearly have an addiction that I need to work harder at overcoming.  Baby steps! I am getting there slowly but surely. 

I cannot wait to show you all the new closet once it gets done and we move in. It really is going to be amazing! Until then, I will keep purging!

Anchored and Organized,