Mission Organization | The Closet Makeover Reveal
Well, this is it! Today is the Mission Organization | The Closet Makeover Reveal and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. We kicked off this series three weeks ago with an intro to the 3 bloggers collaborating on this series – Tori at Mess to Blessed, Amanda at Life on the Bay Bush and myself. The first week we focused on purging our closets of all sorts of things – clothes that no longer fit, Santa beards, bouncy seats, Ellie Mae wigs … all sorts of things. Then last week we each shared a few of the DIYs and closet tips we planned to implement. And today, like hours ago, Tori and Amanda shared their closet makeovers while I finished up a few things. So here I am, late to the party, but still arriving with some pictures and highlights to share with you of my closet.
If you’re new to So Much Moore from Tori or Amanda’s blog, then welcome! I’m glad you stopped by and hope you find some inspiration for your own closet rescue … not that any of us needs such a thing, right?
For a quick catch up, I purged our closet over the winter. My husband Steve and I share the biggest closet we’ve ever had, measuring 4 feet deep and just over 11 feet wide. After gathering up every stitch of clothes we owned from our closet, dresser and off-season storage tubs, we were able to purge around 10 trash bags of clothes and accessories. That’s just craziness! The relief of having less clothes, but ones that we really like and wear, has been such a stress reliever.
I love sewing and repurposing things, especially when it’s something with a bit of family history behind it. I also enjoy the smell of fresh cut wood from days of watching my Dad build everything from a simple shelf to a barn. Dad and I have done a number of projects together over the years and I always call him for advice, but until this project I had never made something from wood by myself. That’s right, all by my big girl self! All that to say, I may soon add a love for woodworking to that list and may ask for a few more power tools for Christmas.
One of my goals for this project was to do as much as possible by shopping my own house and using resources we already had. I did splurge on a basket carousel to store accessories, but that brought the grand total of my expenses all the way up to … well, how about I tell you at the end … that’s just mean isn’t it!
Enough chatter already … You can look for tutorials on most of the closet projects in the coming weeks, but for today enjoy a pictorial tour of our new space.
I may or may not hear an angel chorus in my head every time I open these doors now! The first thing I did was paint the closet with the leftover paint from our bedroom. The only reason I didn’t paint the closet when I painted the room was because it was pre-purge and I just couldn’t muster the courage to pull everything out of the closet and then put it back too.
Wire Shelf Covers
There are two washable shelf covers with deep pockets for cardboard or foam core for sturdiness and attached with velcro. These had been bedroom curtains in our last home.
The Laundry Bucket
The copper tub has been living in our family room but we decided it should be our laundry bucket. Some vintage chintz fabric, leather cording to secure it and a few hours of bringing sketches to life and we have a new laundry bucket.
We’ve always put our shoes on the floor against the walls and I decided it would be cool to build a little shelf to hold the shoes and our new laundry bucket. Four 1 x 12 planks of cedar from a rental property we’ve been fixing up were perfect for the shelf.
The Shoe Shelf
Usually Steve builds stuff like this for me, but I really wanted to do this project. It seems like a good beginner project, and it was! His patient instruction, encouragement and steadying boards from time to time made sure it actually turned out. I really can’t wait to skype my Dad and show this to him!
The Storage Box Liners
The shelf unit on the left end of our closet holds cardboard boxes covered in washable liners made from two vintage tablecloths. I purchased a bag of driftwood pieces to label each box and secured them with twine and a loop of elastic in the back.
I left two of the middle shelves more open so as not to create the feel of a wall at this end of the closet. This gives each of us a space to store things to sort instead of on the long shelf.
The Accessory Storage and Art Work
I picked up the fruit baskets while I was grocery shopping a few weeks ago hoping it would work for storing some accessories. It’s the perfect space for scarves, boot cuffs and socks. The turntable underneath was not quite working in the kitchen cabinet and it makes everything accessible. The white jewelry box holds a small collection of costume jewelry.
The File Box and Frames
The box on the right has two section with files for each of us. Each of us also have a frame for notes of appreciation and affirmation. We’ve been working really hard these past few months at telling each other what we appreciate, admireand love about the other. After almost 25 years, we seem to have become a bit distracted and are committed to changing that for the better. The little wire basket next to the jewelry box has notes, markers and washi tape to add notes. Our almost 17-year old walked in the closet today and the first thing she did was ask if she could write notes for each of us. Absolutely! Looks like we may be adding more of these around the house soon!
Each of the next three items come with a backstory. The essential oils have been a tremendous help for me in seeking relief from years of migraines. That will be another post someday. The “I still do” is something we’ve said to each other every year. The good years. The not-so-good years. It’s a little nod to the choice that we’ve made. Steve and my Dad made the cross out of an old railroad spike in Dad’s blacksmith shop several years ago.
The Burlap Quote and Pottery
My daughter, Katy and I made the burlap quote with alphabet stickers and lots of crazy paint streaks. The pot holds the contents of Steve’s pockets at the end of the day. I love the colors, the shape, the handles and the fact that he made it in a summer pottery class as a child.
Sometimes it’s just hard to know where to even begin at the wrap up of a goal isn’t it? I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and even if you didn’t get to join us by making over your own closet, I hope you’ve found some inspiration. Cleaning and organizing can feel like a daunting task, but it’s so worth it. And the decorating and DIY just make it fun!
I promised to tell y’all my expenses, so here they are …
Fruit basket storage carousel $20
Thrifted picture frames $3.18
Burlap canvas $4
Alphabet stickers $1.19
Driftwood pieces for tags $2.40
Grand total $30.77
Everything else was already at our house.
** Please note | This giveaway has already ended, but thank you for joining us and stick around, you never know when we’ll do another!**
As we said at the beginning, we are doing a giveaway to celebrate this final step of Mission Organization | Closet Rescue. Amanda and I will each be giving away a prize. Woohoo for doubling your chances of winning! You can enter by leaving a comment and subscribing to our blogs.
The best part? You didn’t have to clean out your closet to win AND you have until Sunday to enter!
Tori is also doing a giveaway on Mess to Blessed to celebrate the Closet Makeover Reveal. That means another prize!