Monday, January 30, 2012

Master Closet Revisited

Last January I organized our master closet.  It went from this.

Shield your eyes!

to this.

Then just one week after, I made a minor tweak (at the hubs request), and it went to  this


I used electrical tape for the chevron stripes.  You can read all about where the inspiration for that project came from in the original post here.

Well, it's been a year since I whipped this closet into shape, and it has stayed relatively organized except for this hot mess.

So, I decided, what with January being the official "get organized" month, to clean up this hot mess.  I took out one shelf, moved the hubs jeans/khakis to the wardrobe in our bedroom, claimed another shelf as my own to use for my frequently used handbags, and refolded the hubs sweaters.  When I was done cleaning/folding/rearranging I was left with this.

Better right?  Well, I have a hard time walking away once I get started.  I was in organize mode, and I just couldn't stop myself.   I decided to organize my jewelry.  Instead of keeping it all tangled up in a jewelry box in my bedroom, I would rather have all of my accessories displayed in the closet.  I want to be able to grab them in a hurry.  I ran to Home Depot and picked up a gold cafe rod and some cup hooks to use as jewelry organizers.

The cafe rod works great for cuffs and bracelets.  Cup hooks and twine are perfect for earrings.

I also replaced the silver knobs....

with some glass knobs I already had.

Do you notice anything else "new" in the above picture?  See that fabric on the wall to the right?  Well, call me crazy, but I decided to cover up the chevron stripes with some fabric scraps I already had.  I wanted to create the look of wallpaper using what I already had on hand.  Since I didn't have enough of any one fabric to do this whole wall, I created a "quilted" or "patch-work" wall treatment.  I LOVE IT!  Seriously, my closet is now my favorite place in the house!  It's fun and wild and random - just like me!  ;)

I figure what better place to let your imagination run wild with lots of different patterns than in your closet!

This was so easy to do.  I just ironed the scraps of fabric and used thumb tacks to pin them up on the wall.  It's all upholstery fabric.  There's no pattern; it's completely random.

I layered on my burlap board for more jewelry storage.

I also turned an old cork board into a jewelry organizer with some fabric, ribbon, and thumb tacks.  Then I hung it on the back of the door.

To hold belts, I'm using a plain old nail that I rubbed and buffed gold. 

My closet is little in size.  

It's not outfitted with fancy shelving ( I wish!).  

I have to share it with a man. 

Let's face it; it's the definition of Carrie Bradshaw's worst nightmare.   

But it works for me!  And, I think it proves that you can do a lot with a little if you challenge yourself to think outside the box (or ummmm......wire shelving).

I'm not exactly a Manolo girl anyway. (someday  - maybe)    ;)

How was your weekend?  Did anyone else do any closet reorganizing?

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  1. Nice job! An organized closet just gives you that "ahhhhhh" doesn't it? Love the jewelry organizing ideas.
    Happy Monday!

  2. Very nice! I'll need to keep this in mind when we get a nice big closest next month!

  3. Gorgeous! Fabric on the wall really makes it pop!

  4. Seriously cute especially the fabric wall!!

  5. Such motivation. I wish I could at least see my clothing. Right now they are here there and a bit of everywhere.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  6. love it! I need to get my butt moving!

  7. Wow, this is so inspring! Love all the patterns on the wall.

  8. It looks gorgeous Carmel!! I love the wall with all of the fabric scraps!! Great idea!!

  9. Where did you get your brown boots?!?!?

  10. Great job! I've been ignoring my closet since we moved in 8 months ago and I did the original organization. That means I still have sun hats and flip flops out and I can never find the boots. I'm hoping to take some inspiration from you.

  11. that is so organized and pretty! one day after i do the rest of my house i am going to make my master closet as nice... so give me like 5 years.

  12. such great ideas for jewelry! lovely blog. xx kristen
    mikie and kristen

  13. This looks fabulous Carmel! I sooooo need to make some changes in our master closet. We have plenty of space but some of it is just wasted and seeing yours is very motivating! Well done girl! :-)

  14. Hey, it might not be Carrie's closet, but darn it, it's pretty fab! I love all the organizing ideas!!! I'm always looking for more ways to tame the chaos (c:

  15. I absolutely love the fabric's amazing!

  16. Wow, what a nice organized closet. Want to come do mine? Mine looks like your before. Ours is just so small.

  17. Now that is what I am talking about--that is my kind of project...the fabric wall that is....big impact with that small space.

  18. Thanks everyone! I hope it stays this organized - fingers crossed.

    The boots are from a little boutique chain here in Lexington - World's Apart.

  19. I have also been trying to get our closets in shape. Yours looks so nice and organized. I know it must feel good! I notice you have all wood hangers - I need to get some because they are the best for your clothes!
    Thanks for your great post!

  20. What a fabulous closet. And my husband is the same way -- but his clothes are always on the floor. But love your new changes! Such a fun place to get ready!

  21. Great closet. I love the idea of the fabric on the walls. I'm going to check out my stash of fabrics to see what I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. This is AWESOME! Love the fabric on the walls and your jewelry storage is brilliant. You are the queen on closets!

  23. Your closet might be little in size, but it's huge in style! So many, many great ideas here ...

    ... would you like to share at our multi-blog "Imagine the Impossibilities" link party? I think everyone would really enjoy it as much as I ...

    Here's the link:

    We stay live until Friday midnight (CST). Hope to see you at the party!


  24. I linked up; thanks for letting me know about the party!

  25. What an inspiration! I love the different fabrics on the wall! Thanks for linking up to our "impossibles" party!


  26. I am truly inspired by this Carmel...I love the little touches from the jewelry organizing to the fabric-covered wall. It is like a mini boutique!

  27. Wow - you did so much to turn that closet into a truly custom spot! Love your jewelry organization and chevron stripes - electrical tape - fab idea! Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities Challenge. New follower!

  28. This is just awesome! It came out so great. I love your hanging jewelry, and line up of bags...and shoes. What a beautiful space!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!

  29. Featured your fabulous closet for the Impossibilities Challenge!!

  30. Love the jewelry board on the inside of the door and the bracelet bar was fab too! Good stuff!

  31. Oh my gosh what a beautiful closet!! LOVE it! And seriously - you have some great scrap fabric - those walls look awesome! I love that you used a lot of what you already had, and it still looks like you spent all kinds of cash. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  32. I'm searching your blog for inspiration after coming over from YHL's Pinterest challege... maybe my closet should be my challenge! I have a large space, it's all mine, and yet nothing is fun about it. I lack pretty things but not storage space. There's not a lot of color. It is blah all the way. Thanks for so many ideas! Here's what I'm working with - it's come a long way since we completely gutted the whole thing but it needs better.. everything!

  33. WHere are your brown boots from?

    1. I bought them at a local shop here in Lex - Worlds Apart.

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  35. This is so inspiring since I have been struggling organization in our master bedroom and as well as my kids' rooms. I would want to challenge myself to get this project done! There is hope with wire shelfs and small closet! Thanks for sharing with us! By the way, do you live in Lexington? I went to UK for my college degree!

  36. I really love this. You certainly transformed your closet into something to be envious about. I do like the prints you used for the wall. These made the space look so chic. Thank you for sharing this very inspiring post. This will surely inspire closets Bergen lovers out there. I certainly need to do some cleaning and makeover of my own closet.


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