Today I want to talk about how to organize the master bedroom closet because it’s not hard to organize, but it is easy to get overwhelmed by, when it’s not organized.
When we moved into our current house our closet was a hot mess. It was bigger than the closet at our old house, but that only meant more space for messes, not necessarily organization.
My favorite has got to be the glass cover for the light, sitting on the shelf. What, why!? Finally I decided enough was enough. You can see the full post about how I organized my closet HERE, but what it really came down to was pulling everything off the shelves, purging and actually organizing the space.
Essentially every master closet has the same set of problems, #1 – too many clothes, many of which probably don’t even fit anymore, or have gone out of style, #2 – we like to hide things in our closet because it makes the rest of the room feel clean (notice the plastic bin full of cords and wires, in my before picture), and #3 – there are so many random objects, i.e. hats, swimsuits, etc. that can be hard to store.
Here are some simple solutions that will help you solve all of those problems –
#1 Purge, purge, purge
I’m pretty good at passing clothes along, when I find that I’m not wearing them, but I guarantee you that even I have some things in my closet I could get rid of. Purging is SO important in the process of organizing and maintaining a master bedroom closet. Don’t feel guilty about it, clothes don’t have feelings, and you can bless someone by donating them to a local shelter. If you can’t pull a hanger out easily, and you find yourself cramming clothes into your drawers, then it’s time to purge!
#2 Organize with baskets
No matter the size of your closet, organizing with baskets, or cute boxes, is a must. By grouping random things together in baskets, suddenly they will be more organized, and they’ll look cute. In our fabric boxes I store my hats, Matt’s hats, my swim suits, my workout clothes, scarves and seasonal dress up clothes (like St. Patty’s Day).
#3 A place for everything
Think about your closet the way you think about organizing any other space. In your kitchen you wouldn’t put the glasses in the silverware drawer, so in your closet don’t put your jeans on the floor (just an example, but you know what I mean). Empty out your closet and decide where everything should go, based on what would make it function the best. If you don’t wear a gown that often, then put them in the back; if you store your shoes in the closet, make sure they are organized on a rack so they are easy to see, and grab, when you’re heading out.
If you have a small closet, which most houses do, consider adding additional storage space with these DIY plans from Ana White. You’ll be shocked at how inexpensive and easy this project is!
There are so many variations of this design, you can totally make it your own. Also, consider adding shelves above the top shelf, in all that wasted space, and on either side of the closet walls (full tutorial HERE). Think about how much you could store by just adding a few more shelves!
#4 Make it attractive
I know it might seem silly to make a closet attractive but I guarantee you, if you make it pretty, you are more likely to keep it clean and organized. When I organized our closet I put a chandelier in there because it decorates the space and reminds me that it’s not just a closet, it’s another room in my house that I want to keep organized and pretty.
Recently I had a couple piles of donation stuff hanging out in our closet and it was driving me nuts because I wanted my pretty space back! When I finally had time to drop the stuff off, I breathed a huge sigh of relief that I finally had my closet floor back.
Here’s another great example of how you can make your space attractive. My friend at View Along the Way turned her totally boring closet (that isn’t even that big) into a gorgeous closet, that I think most women would love to have!
These 4 tips will help you overcome closet clutter, make your clothes easier to find, and help you stay organized in this very important space! I’m writing this post as a part of my 10 spaces you can organize in 30 min or less, and it’s totally doable, you just have to commit to purging quickly and having a plan. You’ll notice though that I didn’t but the 30 minute time in the title because if you have a small closet, I highly recommend taking a weekend to add some additional shelving, using either of the tutorials above. This will take longer than 30 minutes but I guarantee it will be worth the time spent!
I would love to see your before and after pictures, post them on Instagram and tag me @askannamoseley, or you can use the hashtag for this series – #organizedinlessthan30min.
If you missed one of the posts in this series, here’s a list of what we’ve organized so far –
- How to organize your health
- How to organize kitchen utensils
- How to organize kids dishes and utensils
- How to organize a Kitchen without a pantry
- How to organize Legos
- How to organize your purse
- How to organize paper clutter
- How to organize jewelry
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