When we moved in last fall, the layout of the closet was terrible. The bars and shelves were not in sensible locations. We knew the closet was plenty big, the space was just used so terribly. We dealt with it for a few months, but it was causing a domino effect of issues. Because we couldn’t fit everything in here that we were used to keeping in our master closet, we had to keep some boxes in the bedroom still packed up. It was stressing me out.
Matt and I have our anniversary at the end of November. We decided after the first couple of years that we would stop exchanging anniversary gifts. There are so many holidays throughout the year when we try to surprise each other with thoughtful gifts. Our tradition for our anniversary, however, is to decide on something together that is a gift to ourselves. It has been amazing over the years – we usually start discussing months in advance, which is kind of fun. (This year we’ve already decided that we’re getting ourselves a new set of dishes!)
Last year, we decided that the best gift to ourselves was to have professionals come in and fix the big organizational problems in our closet. So, just a few weeks before Christmas last year, pros came and ripped out the old closet stuff and put in a very functional setup. (We used a local company, Closets by Design in Dallas. This is not a sponsored post, but I would recommend them.)
I was able to negotiate the price down, because we decided we could deal with unfinished walls as long as the rest of the closet was complete (this actually saved us a ton of money). So sorry that the walls in the after photos still show where the old closet stuff was ripped out. 🤷♀️ We haven’t painted it yet, but you can’t really see it with stuff in the closet, so it’s not at the top of our priority list right now.
Our new closet is so useable, it’s amazing! Maybe it could give you a few ideas on setting up your closet?
These were our musts when designing the closet:
- Separate sets of Drawers so we each can have our own
- Adjustable Shelves so we could size for shoes or whatever else we wanted
- Better use of vertical space with more shelving at the top
- Extra wide top shelf so that we can use the top as super-functional storage
We got everything we wanted!
Before and Afters
A view from the door, before and after –
Matt’s drawers are the thinner set at the far end of the closet, and everything to the left of that is his stuff. The new edge of his closet comes closer to the door. He has so much more space than before.
My side is on the right. It’s longer than the left side because it extends back to the wall with the door on it. Here’s the space back by the doors. It may not be obvious from the photo, but my drawers are wider than Matt’s. You can see in the next set of photos that we added some more shelves for shoes.
More of my side, where it connect to Matt’s side.
Progress is the Point
I know you’re used to seeing bloggers reveal impressive room makeovers that overhauls every square inch of a space. And I love seeing those as much as you, but that’s not really realistic to how most of us live. When I came back to blogging after my recent depression “break,” it was with a renewed desire to show my real life. I think I can inspire and help people without giving false expectations about what progress really looks like.
So this post is about the progress of my closet … because it is a pretty enormous and amazing difference from where it started, even though it isn’t done yet.
It is organized and functional, and that gives me happiness on a daily basis. One day, I’ll make it pretty too.
Here’s to taking things one day at a time and making a little more progress each day.