We could hardly walk into the closet, jeans were assumed missing or given away during the move, I only knew where a couple of my shoes were, and forget about finding accessories! The first step into organizing any closet is to take everything out of it. There was a big mess in our bathroom and also this big mess…
This only shows half of the mess that was pulled out of our closet. A third of the clothes on the bed are actually my daughter’s. When we moved into the house 3 weeks ago, we put her clothes in our closet because her room doesn’t have a closet. I bought a garment rack and put it in her oversized half bath and moved her clothes upstairs.
Now that the closet was cleaned out, it was time for some fun! I got a hammer and needle nose pliers and went to work.
Lots of times shelves are attached with nails to a wall or to supports that are fastened to the wall. This was the case for the two shelves I removed. I initially tried just lifting the shelf off the support bracket, but then realized I would have to use the hammer to detach it from the boards attached to the wall.
I took the hammer and started hitting it from underneath near the wall; all the while making sure I didn’t hit myself by accident on the downswing. All of the tension and stress from moving was taken out on that shelf and it felt great! After the shelf was finally removed, a bunch of nails were sticking up from the board against the wall, so I removed these with the pliers. Then, I used an electric drill to remove the wire supports from the wall that also had the bar for hanging clothes. Here’s what it looked like after the first shelf was removed…
Next, I removed the shelf along the back wall. Hmm, you might be wondering why I would remove a bunch of shelves. Mainly because my husband is really tall and also because I have dresses. His shirts were hanging longer than the bottom shelf and there was no where to hang my dresses. Plus, I wanted to use hanging shoe organizers to keep them off the floor which wouldn’t work with a bottom shelf in the way.
I also wanted an easy way to get to my purses. For the last year, I had been digging them out of totes that were on the top shelf of our closet in our duplex. It was such a pain to trade out purses. A couple months before moving, my mom-in-law gave me the idea of hanging purses using a wall mounted coat hanger rack. So I picked two up from Hobby Lobby and added these to the wall behind the door.
After prepping the closet, I went through everything and sorted in three piles: keep, give, and wash. Yep, I actually found a pile of dirty clothes that were moved from the laundry room at the duplex. Eew… stinky! I also figured out where all my husband’s jeans went… the bottom of the pile of stuff! All in all I got rid of two grocery bags of stuff and found all my costume jewelry. It was like Christmas!
Here’s how it all turned out…
This is now my favorite room in our house!