December 17, 2014 - Better You, Decor, I Feel Pretty, Style

How I Overcame Closet Shame

In lieu of this month’s regularly scheduled Q&A Wednesday, I decided to answer the most often asked question I’ve gotten.

Can we please see your closet?

To be totally honest, I’ve been avoiding this question for months.  Why?  Because I had MAJOR closet shame.

Seriously, it was my most hated room in the house.  My closet was stacked up to the ceiling with things that didn’t belong in there.  Even though I switched out my clothing on a quarterly basis and kept it mostly organized, everything else was just a hot mess.

I had no organization to my jewelry, we had towels and linens stacked on the shelves and my embroidery machine and supplies occupied at least half of it.

Until one Saturday morning last month when my sweet husband decided enough was enough.  He got up early and took everything out so we could both start with a clean slate.  I only wish he had told me his plans so I could’ve gotten some before pictures.  You can’t fully appreciate what a transformation has taken place without them, so you’ll have to trust me on this.

And while I don’t have one of those closets you’ve seen from other fashion bloggers (not even close!), mine is SO much better now.  Everything has a place and that feels really good.  Plus we added a few decorative touches that make me smile every single time I go in there.

Without further ado, here is the reveal of my newly organized closet!

Let’s start with the jewelry shelf first.  Craig put up some pretty new wallpaper in this area and we bought a few display pieces for organizing my necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  My favorite piece is the pretty cork board where I now hang some of my favorite necklaces.

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We found these acrylic necklace and bracelet holders and organizers at Homegoods.

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The cork pin board is also a Homegoods find.

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This acrylic organizer is for nail polish bottles, but it worked out just perfectly for my earrings.

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My shoes occupy a three tiered shoe rack beneath the jewelry shelf.

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I like to fold heavy sweaters instead of hanging them.  This organizer is perfect for storing them.

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My shirts are hung according to sleeve length and style.  I’m now working on replacing all of these ugly white plastic hangers with some velvet covered ones.

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Jeans are organized according to wash color.  Pants and skirts are in the back.

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I bought a multi-tiered pants hanger for my scarves.  It allows me to fold them over each rung and easily see all of them.

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Boots are on the shelf above my clothes and are organized by height.

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Purses occupy the highest shelf since I don’t need to access them as often.

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That’s it!  Again, it’s not as fancy or glamorous as most closet tours I’ve seen but it works for me and my life and that’s all that really matters.

It’s Your Turn:  Share your closet organizing tips with us in the comments!

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67 Comments

  • I love that wallpaper that you used. It gives your closet so much style. Thanks for sharing all of your organization tips, especially the scarf one.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Thank you Blaire! I love coming into my closet and admiring the wallpaper!

  • I love the closet tour! I need to put my boots up high. That’s a great idea. Mine are all on the floor except for 3 that fit on one shelf of my shoe shelves. And I use all those jewelry organizers, but they are on my dresser. I don’t have room in my closet for those. I wish I did, though. It would be nice to get them out of the way. Have a lovely holiday!!!

    • Happy holidays Jo-Lynne! Thank you for stopping by!

  • What a lovely place to get dressed in the mornings! I am going to get one of those multi tiered hangers for my scarves! Great idea! Susan

    • You’re welcome Susan. Getting ready for the day in my closet makes me smile! 🙂

  • I have been wanting to update my closet for quite some times, yours is gorgeous! Great inspiration!

    http://www.dressed2dnines.com

    • Thank you! It really needed a makeover1

  • I actually think your closet looks awesome! You should see mine. It’s complete chaos! lol! I like to pretend that it makes sense but it just doesn’t. lol! I really need to do what you did, and pull everything out and start over

    • It takes some time and a lot of patience, trust me!

  • So jealous of your closet…totally love it!! All the jewels, shoes and clothes…I’m just gonna come over and take a looksie!! 🙂 It’s funny your wear Tease…It’s on my Christmas list!! Love that scent. Have a great day…hope you are getting stronger everyday in your recovery!!

    • Thank you! I love Tease, it smells so good!

  • The wallpaper looks awesome and makes it such a happy little place!!! The back of my closet is set up almost exactly like yours (I took the bottom rod out too), but I put a small chest back there. And I have all my scarves hanging from the top rod that is still there! I think I’m going to show it in January for Closet Confessions….if I can get it cleaned up by then! 🙂

    • I cannot wait to see your Closet Confessions! You can do it! 😉

  • Pretty closet, Alison. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Thank you so much Carrie!

  • Your closet looks gorgeous! I love every single detail!! No shame girl…it’s magnificent!

  • I’m having closet envy! You have so much space and I love how you organized your jewelry!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • It’s a miracle! I feel that now that it’s organized, I have so much space!

  • Oh I love seeing people’s closets for great ideas! Love your jewelry shelf. I need to get mine more organized. When we moved, I purposely asked for one more room than we needed and I made the smallest bedroom my closet room. Obviously not an easy solution for most but it is so nice to have my own space!

    • You have a small bedroom that you turned in a closet room? So jealous!!

  • My closet is a hot mess at the moment as well. I’ve been meaning to organize it but I never seem to be able to get to it. Love the way you organized yours. Thanks for the tips! Love the nail polish holder for earrings idea and the cork board idea. I’ve seen that before, but I love the frame you used for it. It made it functional and decorative at the same time. Have a great rest of the week! ~Cynthia

    • Thank you Cynthia. I think a little at a time would help. I’m so happy with how well it looks put together! Have a great week.

  • Oh Alison! I love it all! How sweet of your husband to make that pretty space for you. I would love walking in there every day!!
    Loved this whole post. I just started (late in life) loving necklaces and watches and needed ideas on how to store them. Thanks so much and have a wonderful Christmas!

    • I’m so blessed and thankful for him! Such a great surprise! Have a great holiday!

  • i have closet envy!!

  • Amy Ann

    Your closet looks awesome! It’s amazing how much difference that can make. Although mine is not out of control, it could definitely use some work!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Thanks Amy Ann! I get really happy walking into my closet! I am sure yours looks beautiful!

  • I love how you hung your scarves! I’ll have to try that.

    • Thank you Amy! I love being able to see each of the scarves. It helps me pick out what I’ll have on that day.

  • Love the idea of adding wallpaper to the closet to give it some personality. Great organization! I have some major closet shame – my spare closet accidentally spilled onto the bedroom floor – it’s a big mess.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Thank you Alice. I know how hard it is to find the time to organize. You can do it. 😉

  • Oh, girl! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! PLEASE tell me you’re selling your closet cleanout items on Poshmark! I’ve been shopping other people’s closets for 2 months and have made almost 40 purchases, LOL. (some New With Tags NWT)! I would LOVE to shop in YOUR virtual closet!

    • Great idea! I will keep this in mind for my next closet clean out.

  • Cindy C

    Thanks for posting your gorgeous closet you have inspired me to go reorganize mine! Your closet shame probably doesn’t even come close to mine! 🙂

    • I’m thrilled you are inspired. You would be shocked if you saw the before photo!

  • Your closet is simply adorable! I know some think I am crazy but this past year I gave my husband the walk-in closet and took over the small closet in our room. In all fairness this needed to happened as he has all of his military gear to store as well. Currently the upper shelves need some serious reorganization as it I just don’t know what is in there any longer. For my little closet I painted the wall a pretty aqua and we installed the closest organizer that had been in our son’s room. I love the idea of the cork board to hang necklaces. I do believe we will stop in to Home Goods this Friday to see about getting something similar. Have a lovely week and thank you for sharing your closet with us.

    • You’re a wonderful wife for giving the walk-in closet to your husband! Thumbs up to you Peggy!

  • So in love with your closet – love how you organized each & every category!!!
    Wishing you the best of the holidays too!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    • Thank you Rebecca! Happy holidays!

  • I am so glad you shared your closet, Alison! It looks very pretty and I love all the cute organizers. I am in the process of creating a closet/dressing room and have become stalled. Seeing this has inspired me to get back at it again!

    • I can’t wait to see your closet/dressing room! That sounds so fun!!

  • Amy

    Thanks for sharing your pretty closet tour with us-so pretty! I loved seeing and hearing about your methods of how and why you organized the way you did for each category of items. I’ll have to incorporate your ideas into my closet! If anyone out there needs a recommendation for closet systems we love Ikea Pax at our house. I used the stand alone units in our master walk-in closet, our basement storage room and to add a second closet in my daughters shared bedroom. They are reasonably priced at Ikea although sometimes you can buy them off of Craigslist for a discount typically if you live near a city with an Ikea store.

  • Michelle Russell

    Love this! Very nicely done. May I ask where you got the cute framed print?

    • Michelle, another blogger made it for me from a photo on my blog. Her name is Elena Fay and her blog is dcinstyle.com!

  • Karen Orth

    After reading this, I threw my kids in the car and headed over to Target for some closet organization! I am pretty sure that my closet won’t be as beautiful as yours, but I can definitely do something to improve it’s situation.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Karen

    • I am glad this inspired you! I would love to see a before and after Karen!

  • Colleen Hazlehurst

    My closet is very similar to yours. I’m surprised! The turning point for me was when I removed everything that wasn’t part of my wardrobe from the closet. I also invested in a slew of slim foam covered hangers, which made everything more visible and prevented shirts from falling off the hangers when I reached in. It certainly helps to see what I have when I look in – clothes, shoes, and accessories. My favorite closet feature if a simple hook I hung over the front of my closet door to hang my outfit for the next day.

    • I love your favorite closet feature. That’s a great idea!

  • Colleen Hazlehurst

    I said “foam-covered” hangers. I don’t know what it’s called, but mine are the Real Simple flocked hangers from Bed Bath & Beyond: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/real-simple-reg-slimline-12-count-flocked-shirt-hangers/3242504

    • I love that Colleen! I’ll check it out.

  • Your closet makeover is very pretty! Love what you did with your jewelry, and I really like the scarf storage idea. Thanks for giving us a peek!

  • A “before” pic would have been AWESOME… but I’m loving the “after” pics, especially that pretty wallpaper. And that’s a good tip to use a pants hanger to display and hang scarves!

    • I wish I had one to share with everyone. Isn’t the wallpaper beautiful!? 🙂

  • I just recently re-organized and REALLY cleaned out my closet, put up shelves for shoes and re-arranged. It REALLY makes a big difference. I love to get dressed and can do it a lot faster, pulling something together that I know will look cute. I am now on the hunt for a furry white rug for the floor

    • Oh, I love your style Bobbie! A furry white rug sounds perfect.

  • You hang your jeans . . . that is a light bulb for me! I also hang my shirts by sleeve length and thought I was weird until now, so thank you! Also, your feet must be tiny since your shoes fit so nicely on the shelves. Do you also rotate your jewelry or do you keep all of it accessible all year long?

    • Shannon, I keep all my jewelry accessible all year long. 🙂

  • I absolutely love the wallpaper (what a fun touch!) and jewelry area … so pretty! My closet is well organized but really tiny, so I tend to lose track of/not be able to reach things. Looking forward to a bigger space one day:)

  • That wallpaper is fabulous! And I LOVE the way you display (and organized) your jewelry!

    • Thank you Morgan! I love the color of the wallpaper a lot! 🙂

  • Absolutely beautiful! That wallpaper really makes it special. And those acrylic pieces make your jewelry pop. It is easy to get closet envy when you look at Pinterest and celebrity homes, but I would love to spend time in yours, so pretty! I recently took over a hall closet and converted it into an accessory closet using vintage, thrift store, & discount store items. It may not be super spectacular but it sure makes me smile just as I am sure yours does.

    Janeane
    https://designingfrommycloset.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/dream-accessory-closet/

    • You are so sweet Janeane! Your hall accessory closet sounds beautiful! I would love to see pictures.

  • Well organized and girly…love the closet!

    http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com