guys. i did it. i fucking did it and i'm beyond excited to show you the results of Operation: organize this bitchass closet. sorry keltie homegirl, i wanted to wait for you but i got the organizing bug all up in me and had to follow through. you understand, right?
for the past five years, my closet has been a fucking mess and the bane of my existence. when i get home from work, i'm tired, kayla has homework/wants to play/wants attention and the last thing i want to do is put shit away so what happens? shit gets thrown on the floor/dresser/any flat surface and is left there for days and by days, i mean forever.
then spring sort of came along and i caught the organizing bug. here's the "before". don't even judge me, bitches:
"eww! gross! yuck!"
what i did to organize this shit:
1// pinterest. at the advice of superstar organizer keltie, she told me to fart around on pinterest for organizing ideas and layouts. this bitch is no joke when it comes to organizing shit; you should see her place. i want to just come out and say this: i secretly think all those perfectly organized closets on pinterest are never lived in. there, i said it. how can one keep such a pristine closet with nothing out of place? lies i tell you, LIES to make us hate our filthy, unorganized selves.
2// purge. don't be running out and buying organizing shit without doing this first! you will only waste your money and inconvenience yourself by having to return all those extra organizing items. take every thing out of your closet and make two piles: donation/sell and keep. shit that you haven't worn in over a year is put in the donation/sell pile. as i was digging through my closet, i came across a shit ton of brand new items that have never been worn so what does that mean? yep, it's on sale for you!
3// make space. see #2 but that also means booting my husband's clothes out of the closet. he has a WHOLE ROOM as a dressing room so he doen't need to put any of his shit in here (love you, boothang!).
4// measure. planning is key! if you're buying furniture or baskets for a specific space, measure the dimensions of your walls and the space for which you need baskets and bring that with you to the store. there's nothing more frustrating that having to guess if a certain something will fit and of couse, it never does so you'll have to trek back and return that shit.
5// repurpose old items. remember back in the day when CDs were relevant? well, we had an old CD rack lying around that was going to be tossed but instead, i had my most brilliant idea: repurpose that shit for a shoe rack. boom boom pow.
hanging boots to save space? fucking brilliant
also repurposed: my dad's screw/nail organizer circa 1970s as a jewelry organizer:
5// shop around the dollar store. (or other cheaper places). dudes, i'm a huge fan of spending the least amount of money to get shit done so don't diss the dollar store just because shit is $1. the majority of my new organizing items i bought were from the dollar store or ikea:
1. door hanger, $1 (instead of $4.99 at target).
2. plastic waste baskets from ikea for $4.99 each. i used these to organize gift bags, ribbon and tissue paper.
3. fabric covered baskets, $1.25 each (instead of $8+ at every other store). i bought like, 10 of these and they are so amazing at keeping everything tidy and in place.
4. (not shown) black, velvet-covered hangers 4 for $2 (instead of $2.50 each at other stores).
my most expensive item was more of an impulse buy: that new dresser from ikea for $149 and that's only because my husband copied my organizing idea and decided his dressing area needed organizing as well so he decided he needed fancy organizing items and i wasn't having it so i up and bought a new dresser for my space too.
and now the "after":
hanging necklace/jewelry organizer. all those empty pockets need filling!
i wanted to use up as much space as possible so my husband installed some shelves to store my craft supplies. this cost me nothing as he had extra wood in his shop:
purses are stored in their dust covers in the bottom cubbies for easy access. oops, sorry for the shitty picture!
boots are stored in pretty baskets
all in a weekend's work!! and looking at these pictures, i now want to paint the walls :(
what was your most difficult organizing challenge?
pssst! don't forget about humpday confessions on wednesday! ryan needs your humping.