Closet Makeover


My closet was a disaster. If you promise not to judge me, you can see a “before” photo here.

Pretty awful, right? And yes, that is all my stuff. When we moved in to our original house, David kindly used the closet in the other bedroom (which is now Chloe’s nursery) and let me have this one all to myself. It wasn’t always this messy, but it got worse during the pregnancy weight gain transition. I’m still 20lbs heavy, so it will be some time before I can give up my pregnancy/nursing clothes for good.

Thankfully, moving into our new bedroom forced me to take stock of all that was in there. I purged, gave away, and re-organized. In our new bedroom closets (separate his and hers in the same room!), David and I both chose to use a ClosetMaid T3 custom shelf and rod system from Home Depot (plus one drawer for me), and we were finally able to make the switch.

Here is what it looks like now:

Amazing, right? I had to show it in two photos, because now there are sliding doors and not two swing doors that open at the same time like the old closet. Can you believe the new closet is actually smaller? The new organization makes it much more usable. Now everything has a space (and you can’t see it, but at the very top is a shelf that hold all my purses and shoulder bags, as well as a box of “skinny” clothes that I may or may not wear again. Also, those pink boxes are Ikea Drona boxes ($5) which happen to fit perfectly if set in sideways, much cheaper than adding drawers ($36).

Now the question is what color to paint the doors?

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6 thoughts on “Closet Makeover

  1. It looks very neat, you made a good job! 🙂
    I like the natural color of wood, preferably bright one, and I love the birch color of my Ikea Pax closet. It is also so bright that it is easy to combine other colors (like the bed covers) in the room.

  2. Impressive! You know how giddy organization makes me!!! Off to find something to clean!

  3. Ha! I wish you had been here to help me figure it all out. You would have made it even better, I’m sure!

  4. Hmm. I didn’t even consider leaving just the wood finish, but that is certainly an option, especially considering the duvet in our room has large leaves on it and the wood would look natural. My husband wants them painted white though, so I’m not sure what will happen. 🙂

  5. Hi! I found your. Blog while searching for those pink fabric boxes from Ikea. I have them too for my closet and ever since I’ve had them they’ve had an unsettling manure/chemical smell. I was just wondering if you’ve had the same problem.


  6. You know, they do have a strange musty smell to them. I haven’t thought too much about it though because I have lavendar sachets hanging in there, too. Huh. I wonder why they smell that way now.

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