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My Complete Closet, Dresser, and Vanity Organization Makeover

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Complete Closet Organization using Container Store Products

Have you ever re-organized a closet and after a few months you still feel like it's not good enough? You continue to fumble around with your current system and try to believe that it's good enough but it's just not.  That's how I started to feel and I shook it off and tried to deal but month after month I just couldn't deal. I didn't have enough room for all of my shoes, folded pants were getting crowded, and my handbags were falling over and not fitting perfectly into the top shelf.  So I decided to do something about it and I'm so stoked to show you how it turned out! 




Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers


So this is how my closet has been for the last year.  I loved the shoe holders I had my casual shoes and flats in but I felt like I wasn't taking advantage of all that extra space above them.


Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers


See how cramped my shoes are in the bottom? Nothing really made sense and I ended up storing one single shoe per cube in the shelf on the bottom of my closet.










Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers


The shoes were taking up too much space on the shelves and the jeans and pants I had piled up were constantly toppling onto the pile next to them.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers


I couldn't stand the cramped hangers that basically overlapped each other.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers


I also couldn't stand that the black and brown booties had to be on the floor.  Yes, I know it's not a big deal to most but to me it is.








Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers


And my poor handbags were squashed up top lacking structure to stand up straight.  Not to mention, the shoes in boxes took up precious real estate.




Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers

My boots were basically hidden because the way I had my longer clothing arranged I couldn't nicely move the hangers from side to side without practically knocking my boots over. 

Before I reveal my newly organized closet I wanted to share the other parts of my room. 


Organized Jewelry box BEFORE photo
Then there's my jewelry box which was just a hot mess no matter how you looked at it.  My rings were all over the place and I had unnecessary packaging and "things".
Organized Jewelry Box BEFORE photo
My earrings were in hard to reach compartments in a makeup organizer and my hoops and string earrings were a tangled mess.
Organized Jewelry box BEFORE photo
More earrings mismatched along with earring backs.
This drawer wasn't too bad.

My delicate chains hung all unkempt.
Then there was my hanging necklaces which were tangled and making it hard for me to see my entire selection each time I got ready. 


And now the reveal of my newly organized jewelry box...
Organized jewelry box with compartments for rings, necklaces, and earrings
I purged anything I don't wear and decided to use the top part for stud earrings.   I also put some of my most prized and delicate necklaces in the compartments and my rings in the rest of the spots.  I even designed a compartment for pendants that I took of the chains so when I want to wear a specific pendant I can just grab a chain for it.
bracelets in Organized Jewelry Box
I took some of my wrap bracelets and put them in one of the drawers along with a box of my hoop earrings.
earrings in organized jewelry box
My dangling earrings were grouped by style in the next drawer.
watches in organized jewelry box
The watches don't change much but I did want to include a photo.

I double looped my chains so they don't drag on the bottom.
Organized Necklaces hanging on coat hooks


Then I grouped my necklaces by type, metal, and style.  It's so much easier to see them now and search by the color I need based on the outfit I'm wearing that day. 

Bracelets displayed on Deer Head

Bracelets in Gold turtle dish

Organized vanity top



My bracelets get stored on my deer head, my everyday bracelets go in the turtle dish, and my everyday rings (wedding, engagement, and promise ring) go in the little ring dish.

makeup organized on vanity


Now my vanity....
My vanity has a single drawer system divided into 3 parts.  Each drawer was sort of stuffed and everything moved around when I shut it.



And now the reveal of my vanity...


Organized vanity drawer using Container Store binsHow perfect is it now? Let's take a look at each section...
 organized vanity drawer using Container Store bins 
I got rid of some of the brushes I NEVER use and that freed up some space.  Then I used plastic clear containers from The Container Store in various sizes.  For the brush section I put my headbands in a long bin.

 






organized vanity drawer using container store binsI then used the 3x3 clear acrylic containers from The Container Store for my hair ties, pins, and clips.  






Then I placed my flower crowns and headbands, my extra deoderant, my curling iron, and my tape measure in the last section. 

Now let's look at my ugly dresser drawers.










Everything is already folded per the KonMari Method of tidying my home, so it fits nicely for the most part.  The problem is the crappy cardboard pieces I used as dividers.









I ended up shoving things in my drawers and it was harder to find what I wanted. That totally goes against the KonMari Method of tidying so I knew that while the folding worked, the way I was dividing my drawers could be improved. 

So here's my new and improved dresser drawers....


organized dresser drawers using container store adjustable plastic dividers

organized dresser drawer using clear drawer dividers from container store
organized dresser drawer using dividers from container store

organized dresser drawer using dividers from container store

organized dresser drawer using dividers from container store


I used these Clear Expandable Drawer Dividers from The Container Store to separate everything.  They lock into place after you adjust them and they actually stay put so it works much better than the cardboard.  I also purged the stuff I don't wear to free up more space. 

 Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
And now.... the moment I've been waiting to show you - my newly organized closet! 


Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
I took the shoes in bins from the top shelf and placed them in cubbies.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers

Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
I also purged a lot of items (2 bags worth) so I freed up space so I could move my hangers more freely and moved my boots out a bit so they couldn't get knocked over anymore.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
And I rearranged my shirts by color and then type.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers

Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
I used Lynk Tall Wire Shelf Dividers from The Container Store to separate my handbags. This allows them to stand up tall now and it made room for two more handbags that I couldn't fit up there before.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
I also put my 2 pairs of booties up with my combat boots.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
I used Clear Shelf Dividers from The Container Store to separate my jeans. The left pile is stuff without holes (work appropriate on Fridays) and the right pile is stuff that's torn and has holes in it.  The dividers come with a little knob for hanging stuff as you try to put an outfit together which is really cool.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
And my favorite makeover was the shoes.  I used these Clear Stacking Shoe Bins from The Container Store to double up my storage space.  They stack on each other and can fit one pair of flats or casual shoes each. It freed up SO MUCH space.
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers
Look how neat and perfect it looks now!
Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers

Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers

Organized closet using Container Store shoe bins and shelf dividers

Product Roundup

 I'm so obsessed with The Container Store products because they fit my budget and they're good quality.  
Now that you've seen my makeover do you feel like you need to make some changes to your closet? 
 



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5 comments:

  1. This is a really great post. I had to give a lot of my things to PH a couple of months ago because I dont have a huge closet.

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    1. Thank you!! Yea it's tough when you have a smaller closet. Most ppl nowadays have walkins but i wasnt so lucky so i figured i'd just make do the best i could with this.

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  2. I so need to organize my drawer how you have your.

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    1. It's so nice everytime i open them to grab something in a rush!

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  3. Closets (and pantries, don’t even get me started there) are my nemesis. I am in desperate need of getting mine organized. This is a great post.

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