Looking for ways to organize your bedroom closet? Wait until you see this before and after closet makeover!
Well, we finally did it.
After remodeling our home 15 years ago, we finally finished and organized the closet.
When we ripped the roof off of our small 3 bedroom ranch to add a second story, we included walk-in closets for each of the girls and ourselves.
And when the renovation was complete, we installed closet organizer systems in each of the girls’ closets.
We had every intention to do something similar in our own closet.
But kept pushing it back for other, more pressing projects.
So we never did much with it.
Do you do that too?
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Our Bedroom Closet Makeover
Looking back, the main reason we waited, was the budget.
Our closet is roughly 8×10 and it would cost a lot more to create a custom closet there.
So instead, we made do with a few mismatched dressers, wire shelving, baskets and a shoe rack.
Because we got used to it, we just lived with it.
But then I completely renovated our kitchen.
And then I painted the living room.
Because I had paint leftover from painting the living room, I painted the dining room.
But then the front entry needed a makeover too, so I painted that.
So now, the closet was really starting to bother me.
It felt dingy, the lighting was not good and we were struggling to put things away.
After 15 years, we have a budget and the desire to makeover the closet.
Choosing the Closet Organizer System
Before we started, we shopped online for organizer systems.
When we finished the girls’ closets, we used a closet organizer system from a big box home improvement store.
And while they were great for the last 15 years and reasonably priced, they did not stand the test of time.
Admittedly, my girls were hard on them.
But over time, the laminate started peeling, the drawers broke and weren’t fixable.
And it was difficult to find the right replacement parts 15 years later.
So we decided to go with a higher quality alternative that was pricier but well worth the additional expense.
Designing the Closet
We connected with The Container Store, worked with one of their design consultants, and created the closet we’d always wanted.
At the end of the day, the price difference for our 8×10 closet is a few thousand dollars.
However, we looked at it as this is our bedroom furniture.
We don’t keep dressers and such in our bedroom, so the closet needed the right system.
We considered how we lived, what our needs are, and the best way to organize our stuff.
Ultimately, we chose to hang more, add more shelving, and include drawer organizers and shoe storage drawers.
Purging the Closet
After designing our closet with this option, we started purging our closet.
We sifted through our belongings and made piles of what we wanted to keep, donate or toss.
After purging the closet of our belongings, we removed all the dressers and wire hanger systems.
To get rid of the dingy gold walls, we painted the closet walls with Benjamin Moore White Dove and Trim with Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Installing the Closet Organizer System
Since Chris loves to DIY, he wanted to forego their installation and do it himself.
He asked his friend to help out with the install.
And it was done in less than a day!
Chris and Mark installed the brackets first, then added the shelves and drawer units.
It took some time to build, but it went up quickly and easily.
The Closet Makeover
Since the guys were done before dinner, I started moving us back into the closet that night.
But before I show you how it’s progressing, let me show you all the details that will help us live in a more organized way.
We ultimately decided on side of the closet for drawers and shelving.
And the other side of the closet would hold most of the hanging items.
To give you a closer look at some details, these are my shoe drawers.
Aren’t these amazing? Each drawer fits about 6 pairs of shoes.
So now, I have a place to keep all my shoes.
My taller boots will go under the hanging side where they’ll have more space.
Now you might be wondering, well what about Chris’ shoes?
Don’t worry about him. He keeps all of his shoes in our mudroom because he likes to put them on before he leaves.
So we didn’t need space for them in our closet.
In the smaller drawers, we added these awesome organizers.
I’d say they are mostly for jewelry, but you can put whatever you want in there like sunglasses, etc.
Decorating the Closet
Now that the closet is organized it’s time to decorate!
To finish it off, it needs an area rug, light fixture, and window treatment.
My favorite place for area rugs is Boutique Rugs.
Are you familiar with them?
They have a huge selection of high-quality area rugs at super affordable prices.
I have several of their rugs and have a great experience with them, so getting another from them was a no-brainer.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
If you are updating a space and looking for an area rug, check out Boutique Rugs and use BLOOMS60 for extra savings.
I love the color that it adds in an all-white space.
Lighting and Window Treatment
As of today, I am still looking for the right size chandelier.
But this is the look I am going for.
Or maybe this one.
I’m not totally sure yet.
For the window treatment, I want to order a woven shade like this one to add some texture and dimension.
But, I may go with a soft roman shade in white instead to soften the lines.
Let me know what you think would look better!
And that’s it!
Doesn’t it look great so far?
I can’t wait to finish the rest of it off.
I’ll update this post and let you know when the finishing touches are complete.
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