A month ago I decided to finish organizing my bedroom closet the way I had planned to when we moved into our house … five years ago. Then I came up with a few ideas to add a bit of decorating and DIYing to the project. And if you’re going to do something like that, you might as well invite a few friends along, right? So I did. Before we knew it, it had become a blogging collaboration between So Much Moore, Tori at Mess to Blessed and Amanda at Life on the Bay Bush. Three weeks ago we challenged y’all to join us for Mission Organization | Closet Rescue. We’ve purged, DIY’d, decorated and organized and now we get to present Mission Organization | Closet Reveal Highlights.
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?
Thanks for the love on Monday’s Closet DIY post! It seems that the copper tub has stolen a few hearts! Along those lines, let me add here that the colors, styles and types of DIYs I am using in my closet may not exactly capture your heart. And you know what? That’s okay! In some ways, it’s almost better! The goal is not to make your closet, home, family, life exactly like someone else’s. How boring would that be? But if something you see sparks an idea to solve an issue in your own space … then mission accomplished! Which is why today we’re checking out some other DIYs in this next step of Mission Organization | DIY Project Highlights.
If you’ve joined us on this Closet Makeover enough to have purged your clothes and culled through some of the chaos in your closet, then give yourself a hand. If you were here I’d fix you a coffee or give you a cookie or something. Because we all know a plaque or ribbon would be too tempting to take home and shove in your closet somewhere, and we’ve moved way on past that now haven’t we!
Anyway, if you have not had the time, energy or resources to move past the purge, that’s okay too. This moving in the right direction requires a lot and every step along the way needs to be celebrated in some way. Wherever you are in this process, we want to celebrate with you. So here’s your reminder to send in a few pictures and follow us on social media. And what better way is there to celebrate than with a few prizes. Since mailing chocolate is complicated, we’ve opted for some happiness that would make a nice addition to any closet space. You can find all of our contact info at the end of this post to be entered in the giveaway drawing.
Tori’s Tips and Tricks at MessToBlessed
Tori’s master bedroom is in what formerly was an attic, so the closet is not exactly spacious. It also has sloped walls, making it impossible to store items on the walls. She found a few helpful hanging items on amazon to simplify her accessories and make her closet more functional all at the same time. One of those items was a pack of shower rings to store her scarves. I’ve tried something like this plan before, but it didn’t work so well because I didn’t have the right hangers … I wish I had read her post first to save myself some frustration.
She also found this handy 2-pack of hangers for tanks. Depending on how you hang them, they will each hold between four and 16 tanks. That’s enough to clear out and entire drawer AND keep them from wrinkling. I definitely need to add some of these to my closet.
Amanda’s DIY Projects at LifeOnTheBayBushBlog
Amanda has a walk-in closet with wall space and shelves to store things but has been working on making it more organized and user-friendly for a busy mom with three girls. One of the things she did was cover some old diaper boxes with fabric and a hot glue gun, a perfect solution for those who want the look of a covered box without the details of sewing. She also had a brilliant little tip for dealing with the printing on the outside of the diaper box. Another aha! moment for me!
Another fun project she did involved these glass knobs, a piece of wood and some fun paint. Whenever you can add some style to the storage process it’s a good thing!
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Happy Monday y’all! Hopefully, you’ve been able to do your closet purge and are ready for the fun stuff because this week is Mission Organization | DIY projects. Even without the DIY organizing perks, it’s amazing how simply having a purged closet can bring tremendous stress relief. Somehow we don’t realize how much of a stress-inducer chaos can be until it’s gone and we breathe a sigh of relief!
You can check out the first post and “explanation” of this series here. And there are some tips to the purging part of the process here. As well as highlights from Amanda and Tori, the other two bloggers hosting our closet makeover, here. Then you’ll find the details to join us and enter our giveaway at the end of next week later in this post.
I’m still in the process of working on some of my DIYs and should have more on those later this week, but in the meantime, I want to share a few of the completed projects. My main goal for our closet is to use items around the house to create a calm functional space with touches of things we love.
Washable Wire Shelf Cover
Our closet isn’t a typical walk-in, but it’s 11 feet wide and 3 feet deep. That extra foot of depth, along with two full-size doors that open in the center make it feel huge compared to any other closets we’ve had. One of my least favorite features are the wire shelves. The same ones we’ve had in both of our homes and every other place we’ve rented. They’re functional and affordable, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve set something on top of one of them only to have it fall through the wires and into the laundry basket or a shoe or the great abyss.
I wanted to use some of my fabric stash to create something washable, sturdy and inexpensive. Hello, shower curtain from our previous home, and muslin and velcro from my Mama’s collection, and corrugated cardboard rescued before it hit the recycle bin. I created 4 pillow-case type pockets on the underside of the shelf cover to slip in a few pieces of cardboard. The cardboard can be easily removed to wash the covers and then slid right back in to create the necessary sturdiness.
I have always loved the natural look of sea-grass and the way this flows with our calm beachy color theme in our master suite. The shower curtain actually started as a tablecloth from a clearance shelf years ago. There are velcro strips attaching the cover to the back wire of the shelving and underneath the front edge so that all you see are the brackets. AH! Problem solved with no added expense. You can look for a full tutorial on this in the coming weeks, with ideas for other materials that you may have around your home.
Laundry Tub with Washable Liner
The next DIY I’ve been working on is a new “laundry basket” that started with an idea my hubby suggested. There are several tutorials for French laundry baskets on pinterest – gorgeous! But, it was more than the already long to-do list could handle, and I didn’t have all the materials at home. Then my hubby asked about the big copper bucket in our family room that we’ve tossed pillows in for years. Hmmmm..
It’s really old, with plenty of character, including a cut on one side that would definitely snag clothes. It can also only be cleaned up so much, so I decided to make a washable fabric liner for it. I didn’t want to use the same fabric as the shelf covers, so I opted for this thrifted mid-century chintz that I’ve been saving for something fun for the past year.
I cut out a tweaked a practice liner from some broadcloth and ended up using it to actually line the liner, because why not! There’s a 2″ flap over the top edge, including a small section inside the handle, to help it stay in place. With a little casing and 2 pieces of leather cording, that liner isn’t going anywhere until I decide to remove it and wash it. You can also look for a more detailed tutorial on this in the coming weeks.
Some in-process Artwork
The other project I’ve started is a little bit of artwork. Our daughter Katy and her best friend Jessica – who will soon also be my daughter-in-law, yes, another post on that coming up – painted some super cool artwork for Katy’s wedding a few years ago. One of those was a fun quote and I knew I wanted to use the same technique for a little quote to add to our closet wall.
We pulled out some paints that the Deco-art crew shared with us at Haven and started on this little beauty. It kind of looks like a dark boring mess right now, but trust me there will be more color and fun by next week when we post our Closet Makeover Reveals.
Don’t forget to sign up for the Giveaway!
Speaking of the Closet Makeover Reveal, here are the things to do if you want to be entered in the giveaway …
That’s it! Check back Wednesday for some tips and techniques from Amanda and Tori as well as progress on a few more DIYs. And if you haven’t started, it’s not too late to join in the fun. You are not required to have a magazine-worthy closet at the end of this, but once you purge and do even just a little organizing, you’ll be so very glad you joined in!
Sabbath. It has been my word for the year. I wait for one every year, a word that is. And it’s always an interesting mix of scary and exciting when I find I’ve settled on the one. It typically stems from something God has been growing in me, but that is far from done. The funny thing is how my understanding of my year’s word blossoms and grows into something that I would never have guessed mid-January.
This year, just like the last four has been no exception. This learning of Sabbath is slowly shaping me to rest in Christ, to be, to breathe deeply in a way that is very unnatural for me. And along with the rest has come the concept of quieting life around me, from schedules to spaces to time spent just enjoying the company of others. Though it may seem unrelated, clearing away the excesses in my home has been an outgrowth of this that has reduced stress in ways I never could have imagined. So today, I’m asking you to join myself and others in Mission Organization | The Great Closet Purge.
Mission Organization | The Great Closet Purge
As I mentioned last week, I read about the KonMari method in Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying this past winter and found myself ready to approach this whole tidying concept in an entirely different way.
A few disclaimers here –
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While I do not embrace the worldview of Ms. Kondo, she has presented some helpful principles in approaching this whole tidying thing in a way that is understandable and fairly easy to apply.
This isn’t about organizing, it’s about purging. Don’t even sidetrack yourself with the organizing right now.
As much as possible, purge at one designated time. Purging your closet in one evening or weekend will leave you with a strong sense of accomplishment. It creates momentum to complete the task and it keeps your goal front and center instead of sidetracked with the bit-by-bit-when-I-have-time approach.
Before you purge, gather ALL of your clothing together at one time, in one place. If you have any clothes that are out of season or not quite the right size yet, grab those too.
Divide the closet contents into categories and tackle them one at a time. My categories included sweaters, shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, jackets, shoes, undergarments, accessories. I gathered all of my short-sleeved shirts into a pile and purged that stack, then I moved on to the long-sleeved shirts and on and on. The Kon Mari method advises piling your items on the floor, I actually used my bed because my back can’t handle sitting on the floor and sorting for very long.
Kondo’s criteria for keeping an item is to hold it in your hand and ask if it sparks joy. My approach was to lay out each item and think through whether or not I really loved it. Was it the one piece I tended to choose or it was just a “that’ll do” item? If I hadn’t worn it much during it’s last season that served as a great indicator that I didn’t really love it, and it was time to bless someone else with the item.
Don’t put stuff back into your closet until you’ve finished purging everything. Think of it like writing a paper. Your first draft is writing down everything you want to communicate on your chosen subject, then you go back and start editing. If you edit while you write, you’ll lose your train of thought and your paper will feel disjointed. Same concept here. Just purge away. If you have to stop for dinner, leave your freshly purged pile on the floor and come back afterward to forge on with the thinning of your closet.
As much as you can, use your bedroom closet for clothing and perhaps bedding and linens for your master bedroom and bath. It’s not the place to store extra jackets, cleaning items, books, Christmas gifts … you get the idea.
What to do with all this stuff
GET RID OF IT! You can make a few piles – a keep pile, a blessing a friend or organization pile, and a trash bag. That’s it.
We all have those items that are harder to part with than the rest, and there are several options here…
If it’s still not the item you choose to wear or really love, then go ahead and think of someone special to pass it on to, as opposed to the local thrift store. If you have a box of outfits your kids wore, take a few pictures of them to include in a digital or hard copy scrapbook and then find another family to bless,
Repurpose them into something else. I made these pillows out of a sweater that was my Mama’s that I knew I would never wear, but didn’t want to just give away. But here’s a word of caution – only allow yourself a few of these items, and go ahead and cut them up or start the process of crafting so you’re not tempted to snatch if out of the pile and add it right back to your closet.
There will always be a few items that you simply can’t part with and that’s okay, just in case you’re the type that needs permission consider it granted. You’re welcome! I have some heirloom baby gowns that have been in our family since the 1800s and you can guarantee those will be passed on to our children and grandchildren.
There will be a moment or two of panic. It could be the idea of parting with a particular item. Maybe it’s guilt when you look at the pile and wonder if you meet the criteria for a hoarder. Or it’s the size of the pile you’ve accumulated and the fact that now you have to actually do something with it or you’ll never be able to walk through your room or sleep in your bed again!
Our Glamour Farms Fashion Friday has sparked a little project…
It seems that quite a few of you joined us for our Fashion Friday with Glamour Farms intro last week. What a fun boutique! This new relationship with them had me thinking about all sorts of things over the weekend. Namely, my entire philosophy on building my wardrobe and how that has shifted in the past 12 months, and the purging of my closet several months back that has me itching to actually do a little makeover. And then there’s the organizing that has been started, but not quite finished and how this organizing DIY can be completed with a minimal amount of time, energy and expense. So today we’re talking clothes, closets, organizing and DIYs.
On Clothes …
For most of my life, I’ve been a thrift shopper, seamstress and avid hand-me-down receiver. I still am, especially when I can get a thrifted or handed down item that I can tweak a bit, I guess I just get a kick out of it. What I didn’t seem to realize until more recently is that somewhere in the midst of this wardrobe building approach, I’ve kind of lost my own sense of style. Not only that, I’ve slipped into an unconscious sort of “5 shirts for $20? Yeah, that’ll work!” mentality.
Fast forward to this past spring when I started a serious purge after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. At that point, my closet underwent a serious purge, like complete-evacuation-no-holds-barred-clear-the-room purge. I didn’t pare down all the way to a 35 item capsule wardrobe, but I only put back about 1/4 – 1/3 of my original items. What I found was that I really started liking what I was wearing from day to day, instead of just thinking, “this should work for today.” I also hadn’t realized how much energy I was putting into deciding what to wear every day when I could be investing that energy in something else. On top of that, as a busy mom with 4 mostly grown children still under our roof, I really enjoy the calm of a closet that isn’t over-stuffed. Though it still gets a bit jumbled, like in these pics when we had just returned home and unloaded from our weekend in the mountains.
And back to Clothes …
The other surprising result of the closet purge was how it really began to refine my own style. I suddenly saw the value of spending more money on fewer items and the wisdom of collecting only things that I really loved. So, instead of buying 5 “that’ll do” shirts for $20, I would rather spend a little more to get a couple shirts that I really love. I end up with less closet clutter, aka. stress in my world, and I’ve given myself permission to take a little better care of myself in terms of my wardrobe. The result has been decidedly freeing and fun, another reason why I’m so thoroughly enjoying the new Fashion Friday series with Glamour Farms.
On Organizing …
Yet another unexpected thing I discovered was an even stronger desire to organize my closet space, and I already love to organize things. I think tidiness may actually be one of my love-languages. When we moved into our house I cut down some of our moving boxes, covered them in lightweight fabric to store a variety of items. The plan was to stitch up some magazine worthy fabric liner/covers with little labels and cool features. That was almost 5 years ago. Technically, I wasn’t going for the magazine worthy status, but I often battle my perfectionist ideals on projects that can quickly immobilize any efforts to move forward on said project … like any movement at all, forward, sideways or otherwise!
And on to a DIY …
I’ve decided it’s about time to finish up this little “moving-in” project. And I have another idea to deal with the wire shelving that so many of us have and so few of us really love. They’re functional and affordable, but I’ve dropped too many things between the wires and I think I just have a love of all things wood and natural when possible. Yet, with a basement project, 2 kids still in college and another not far behind, replacing them isn’t a priority right now. So, we’ll see how this little shelf make-over idea that’s rolling around in my head works out.
If I’m going to go to this sort of effort, I might as well add a fresh coat of paint and maybe hang a thing or two on the wall. I’m thinking that treating our closet as part of our living space really just makes sense. My hubby says he may even be motivated to keep his side a little tidier. Bonus! And I know I’ll enjoy the calming touches of beauty when I step in the closet each morning to get dressed, or gather laundry or slip off my shoes.
In keeping with one of my life’s passions, the plan is to do my level best to do this little closet make-over with what I have. It’s a fun sort of game my dad and I used to play when we had a pile of wood and an afternoon to spend together in his barn. And, just to make it fun for y’all too, I’ll work on making the projects as user-friendly as possible.
And how about you?
So what do you say? Anyone else up for the challenge? It doesn’t have to be a closet. it can just be the corner of a room, or an awesome jewelry organizer like this one my sister-in-law shared with us last fall, or storage system for those fall boots we’re all itching to pull out.
Are you up to joining us for a little makeover challenge? Let the rest of us know in the comments what your little project will be and what fun ideas and tips you come across along the way. And, as always, don’ forget to include some before and after pictures.
In the midst of s-l-o-w-l-y finishing our basement, I’ve been thinking about all things window coverings. Curtains are great, but sometimes you want something a little more unique. Have you considered open shelving as a window treatment? The open shelf valancesin our dining area have been the perfect unique solution for a curtain-less window and a door that required a curtain. Quite unexpectedly, they’ve been the thing that every first-time visitor comments on, quickly followed by an inquiry as to where they can find their own. And y’all, they’re so easy and inexpensive and happen to be the perfect solution in multiple situations.
There are several commonplace things we noticed quickly after moving to Lexington – like the extra-sweet tea, gorgeous horse farms, friendly locals, and houses that are incredibly close to each other.
Like, way closer than any other home we’ve lived in. Maybe the people are friendly simply because they’ve learned the importance of being kind to your neighbor. Hmm, there may be something to this close house thing!
The window by our kitchen table faces our neighbor’s house, and we like to pretend we had the brick wall added for the charm of it all. Fortunately, because our dining room is in the back of our house with a walk out basement, it’s actually the second story, creating a bit of privacy and coziness. We’re all about the coziness! And there’s enough coziness and privacy that we don’t even need curtains, allowing all sorts of light to flood the room and spill into the adjoining kitchen and living room.
The French doors that share a corner with the kitchen window, do however need curtains. When we moved into this house there were blinds inside the glass of the French doors, but I’ve never been a big mini-blind person. It’s one of the first things I replace when we move into a home, preferably with curtains to flap in the breeze and add their own charm to each room.
So, what sort of window treatment will work in two spaces within feet of one another, one with a curtain and one without? Well, we had installed the open shelving in our laundry room, and that got me thinking about an open shelving sort of valance option.
As it turns out, open shelving as a window treatment is a pretty cool option. The only difference between the dining room shelves and our laundry room shelving is that we added some L-brackets to the top of these shelves for center supports since it’s a bit impossible to attach a shelf support to a piece of glass!
Fun styling options
They usually hold a collection of vintage kitchen stuff along with some vases, until Christmas that is. At Christmas, they get dressed up with greenery, some wooden cranberry garlands, and white twinkle lights. Because white twinkle lights make everything cooler. Then as soon as it starts to get dark, even before dinner, those lights come on and everything is magical. Even a pot of hearty soup and crusty bread becomes a special meal when twinkle lights are added to the mix. And as far as I’m concerned, any day you can make the ordinary special is a good day.
So what do you think? Do you have any spaces where an open shelf could double as a window treatment and decorative storage?
Haven is a Conference for those who are passionate about blogging, DIY projects and creating beauty in the home. This will be its 5th year and the 1st time I get to go. Actually, it’s the 1st time I get to go to any sort of blogging conference, training, networking event…
I’ve wanted to go since I first heard about it a few years ago, but I wasn’t really blogging at that point, and it wasn’t in our budget. Until now!
So, this week has been filled with packing lists, planning which breakout sessions to attend, travel arrangements and trying to sleep in the midst of the excitement. And that, of course, is worked in between days spent nannying and trying to keep up with all the kids who happen to be home at the very same time this week.
I hope your summer has brought a few moments that leave you all picture-snapping, post-worthy, starry-eyed!
So my question for the day … If there’s no “before”picture, is it really a makeover?
This little guy came home with me one day from the ReStore. I honestly wasn’t quite sure where he would end up living, but at $1, I decided it was worth the risk that I could find a good place for him.
And sure enough, he’s been quite at home on the sewing room wall holding jars of buttons.
For about 6 months that is, then I took him down to make a little change.
The only change? A coat of white paint. He hangs out above my cutting table and as much as I love wood, the dark color was just too much on the wall. At this point you’ll just have to imagine the same shelf in a dark wood with a high gloss finish. I just know I took pictures of it, and I’ll probably find them next week since I’m posting about it now. Ah well, such is life!
Anyway, a bit of sanding, priming, painting and distressing later … worth all 100 pennies.
Not a bad price for some fun storage in the sewing room, and a gentle reminder to take lots of pictures and label them better … or something like that.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who does these sorts of things! Anyone?
Warmer days and tulips in full bloom are a sure sign that spring is finally in full swing. And Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I’ve been thinking of a few DIY things I want to do for a few Mamas in my life that I hope to post about next week. But in the meantime here’s a round- up of some favorite handmade projects online. Many of them can be personalized but don’t require DIY skills. Just in case any of y’all happen to be like me and think about getting started on gifts and then forget for a week and then remember again when your driving around town and can’t do anything about it and then remember again when you’re so down to the wire that the whole DIY thing just isn’t going to work for this year 🙂
FOR THE FOODIE MOM
A week or two ago, Deena over at Our Rustic Charmer posted a pic of her brass coffee pour over stand from World Market and I pretty much fell in love immediately. My husband surprised me with an Aeropress coffee maker in my stocking at Christmas and we’ve both enjoyed the coffee so much more than the traditional coffee maker, the difference in flavor is unbelievable!
At just under $30, it would make a gorgeous and tasty addition to any kitchen, and a great way for Mom to think of how awesome you are every morning as she makes her coffee. Win win!
I have a file on my ipad where I keep track of my gardening form year to year. It includes things like – what I plant and where I plant it, how well each survived in each location, whether there was enough or too much of the edible varieties, other plants I want to add to next year’s plan and any pretty much any other random thing about the garden that I want to remember for the following year.
It’s quite a functional little plan, but not quite as cute as a garden journal …
Or, maybe your Mama’s more interested in jewelry and all things sentimental. Well, then there are all sorts of options out there, etsy and otherwise. Like these awesome copper cuff bracelets from Honey Thorns. I absolutely love cuff bracelets and have one that was my Mama’s that I wear almost every day. I love so many things about it, including that I can adjust it to fit my wrist which happens to be pretty small, and frustrating for certain types of bracelets, like bangles.
And if that’s not quite her style, then check out vintagestampjewels on etsy. They have all sorts of fun designs including lots of personalized options.
Hopefully there’s an idea or two here that might allow you to give a woman in your life a handmade gift this Mother’s Day, even if you’re not really into the whole DIY thing. How cool is that?!