Would ya look at that disgraceful closet? It’s a hot stinkin’ mess. Shambles doesn’t even begin to describe the state of this tiny hidden space. But alas, a new job, half a new wardrobe and a swift kick in the bottom finally had me pulling the trigger on a closet redo. Kim’s closet makeover happened way back here, but I’ve been living out of cramped quarters ever since we moved in. With my closet in the office (turned studio – more to come on that front), it was time to step my game up.
This thing was overflowing with messy piles, outdated tees and nasty wire hangers from the dry cleaner.
I mean, c’mon… is this any way to live?! I thinks not.
A quick hour of objective gutting had me to this point:
Kim and I try to do a thorough closet purge once a year or so. Sometimes it happens in the spring, sometimes in the fall. This time a week’s staycation was all it took.
We separated the clothes we were parting ways with into two piles. Donate and Sell. The donate-ables have already been dropped off at our local non-profit thrift store, while the nicer things will end up at Buffalo Exchange or a similar 2nd hand clothing store. It’s a nice way to make a few bucks (hopefully enough to finance the closet makeover!) and it’s certainly better than it ending up in a landfill. By the way, is there anything Ikea tarp bags aren’t great for?
After I’d eliminated all the clothes I knew I’d never wear again and shifted my briefcase, tub o’ random stuff and backpacks to the top shelf, I made quick work of removing the old shelf supports from the left side of the closet. A touch of spackle and quick sanding had the walls clean and smooth.
I won’t bore you with the installation of the supports and shelves as it’s pretty self explanatory, but after some measuring and poking a few holes in the drywall with my trusty Milwaukee drill, things were looking up.
Instead of keeping jeans, sweaters and tees up on the top shelf and wedged behind hanging clothes to the left, I took the logical route of keeping everything low where I can easily access (and keep neat) the stuff that I wear most frequently.
I’ve gotta say, taking Kim’s advice and putting the bulky solitary items up top really does make more sense (although I was admittedly hesitant of her suggestion at first). It’s much easier to reach up to put one thing on the top shelf than literally throwing my jeans on top of the correct pile like I used to do.
So there you have it. A bit of organization takes some time, but it’s very worth it in the end. It’s so nice to open my closet, grab what I need and be out the door without having to shuffle or move anything out of the way. The total for the entire job was about $37, and I hope to recoup that cost by selling back some nicer clothes as mentioned above.
Has anyone else tackled a closet makeover recently? With the new year in (full!) swing, purging and cleaning up shop are always at the top of our list. What about you?