Need some closet organization ideas? I’m here to show you that if I can get our master bedroom closet organized, ANYONE can!
Being in quarantine came with some extra motivation to declutter and organize my house. It’s been a lifelong struggle for me and one that I’ve documented over and over. Check out some of my other organized spaces: How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets, Organize Your Laundry Room Cabinets, Medicine Cabinet Organizer.
It was time to tackle my biggest challenge: our master bedroom closet.
To put things in perspective, this was the before:
Walk In Closet Organization Ideas
This closet was one of the things I LOVED when we bought our house 13 years ago. It was so big and had plenty of space. Unfortunately, over time, things have gotten shoved in there and total chaos ensued. I put it off for a really long time because I didn’t want to deal with it. Do you blame me?
As with any organizing project, there are some basics to follow. Here’s what I suggest:
- Take everything out. Get it out of there so you can start with a blank slate.
- Clean the space – vacuum, wipe down, do whatever you need to in order to have a really great starting point.
- Sort into 3 categories – keep, donate, toss.
- From the keep category, sort “like things” together.
- Set systems in place – this is what you’ll have to tweak over and over until you find something works for you.
One of the most frustrating things about organization in general is that it can get really expensive. As much as I love built ins, I knew that we weren’t ready to invest in them in our master closet. In partnership with mDesign, I was able to get everything I needed to organize this space.
Things I love about mDesign:
- Well made products
- Great customer service
- Inexpensive options
- Easy to put together
- They have organizational products for every area!
Here are the exact products I got:
*affiliate links included below
- 8 Drawer Fabric Dresser
- 4 Drawer + 4 Shelf Vertical Fabric Dresser
- Fabric Storage Table Organizer – I got the 6 drawer version of this.
- Plastic Bedroom Closet Bins– so many different sizes.
- 4 Tier Shoe Rack
I took pictures so that I could document the whole process. For this project, I started with my side of the closet:
Yes, it was still a mess. Since I was doing it on my own, I knew I didn’t have the space to take *everything* out. So I treated this closet like 2 projects in one – my side and my husband’s side.
This was my side part way through and then I moved on to Josh’s side:
I was getting so close to being done and snapping pictures along the way:
Before there were clothes and things all over the shelf on top. Things were constantly falling down. I was able to clean up and get rid of so much that there was plenty of space for some of Josh’s sports memorabilia!
In the end, I got rid of almost 20 huge bags of clothes and other items! I am beyond happy with how it turned out and walk into our closet just to look at it.
What do you think?
My closet is currently 2/3 full of my sister and her ex-boyfriend’s old clothing. I will eventually help my sister clear everything out, but for now I’m having a hard time keeping the closet clean. Thank you for giving me some new ideas to try out.
I want to see it in6 months, as it really is, without a quick clean up. Some people have it, some don’t. I am definitely dont
I love it! I just wish my closet was this BIG! Great job! 🙂👍
Woo hoo! Congratulations for tackling such a big project!
My biggest problem is that in addition to “too much stuff,” my closet is waaaaaaaaaay smaller than that. It’s a barely walk-in. LOL It’s probably less than a quarter of that size. I do hope to tackle it soon, though there never seems to be enough open time to get it done all at once. I did manage to sort lots of t-shirts a couple of weekends ago. Thanks for the inspiration to try to tackle it soon!
Omg what a big transformation when you want you could do it great work
Thanks so much Pauline!! It was a huge job but feels amazing to have it done!
Wow what a transformation! I especially like the storage containers with “windows” in them!!
Thanks so much Barbara! I love those ones. I got the 6 drawer ones but you can get them in different sizes. They’re kind of intended for shoes but I thought they’d be better for my clothes like this. Love them!
Thanks for the tips!!
I will try some of your ideas, though my worst problem is getting rid of things!!!
You’re welcome! I used to have a huge problem getting rid of things but this time I filled over 20 huge bags of stuff. Yikes!
It got to the point of taking up more space in my life and in my mind than it being worth it to me. But I completely understand that feeling.
Thanks Lis! Feels sooooo good to have it done. Phew. xoxo
Katie Dimario says
your before made me want to dive head first into the mess and sort it out for you!!
Ha ha! Half the people seem to be like you and the other half like me… either makes people crazy to see all the mess or makes them feel normal because they have a similar mess. Gratefully it’s now all done!
You’re my hero! I hate cleaning stuff out of closets!
Thanks Daryl – I hate it too, obviously. ;) But it feels so good to have it so clean!
Mique, your closet looks fantastic! You should feel proud of yourself. My problem was that I’d try to throw things back up on the shelves and it sort of made it on top of the correct pile. I realized if I had a small step stool in my closet, I’d keep things stacked and neater! Now, if I can just figure out how to fold a king size mattress pad flat, I’d be good. LOL! I love your posts and look forward to them.
Ha ha! King size mattress pad is tough. When you figure that out, let me know. Thanks Shari!!
It looks AMAZING!!! We’ve all got closets like that. Thanks for being brave enough to share it with the rest of us and inspire us. Those drawers from Mdesign are fantastic! Bravo!!!!
Thanks so much Susie! That means the world to me – since I know how organized you are! Thanks for cheering me on.
Your closet looks great. The project made me laugh because doing my closet is so at the top of my list. I’ve always been pretty good at keeping it pretty organized but I hurt my shoulder just before last Christmas and haven’t been able to lift things above my head to get them hung on the closet rod. For awhile I compensated by hanging the hangers at the end of the hangers that were still on the bar — then I just gave up and started piling things. It is to the point where I hate to even open the door! Your before and after has inspired me to have my daughter help get things out. I bought a little step stool so that I can get up to hang things on the closet rod — but with all the piles, I can’t use it. Your photos gave me ideas and inspiration! Thank you!
First – I’m so sorry that you hurt your shoulder. That’s awful. And makes everything so hard.
Second – I’m so glad that you found this post helpful and inspiring! That’s why I did it. It’s embarrassing… but if it helps other people, then it’s worth it!!
You (and your daughter) got this Nancy!
The only difference in your closet and mine, is . . . Yours is a bit bigger. LOL I really need to do this in our closet, too. It’s as bad as yours was.
Do it do it do it!! The process is brutal. It’s why I put it off for soooo long. But now I am SOOOO glad it’s done. I walk into my closet just for fun instead of shutting the door at all times. You got this!
You found the missing puzzle piece! It was hiding in your closet. LOL.
I admire the way you buckle down and get after a project when you make your mind up to do it. I’ve been known to get half way and get lured away by another project! Then in the end I have two unfinished tasks and no satisfaction. I’m going to channel my inner Mique next time. Bravo on influencing me with motivation! Great job on crossing another thing off your list.
Thanks so much Cindy. You are always so encouraging and I appreciate it so much!