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Operation Closet Reorganization

Well, I’m not sure if this is riveting content or not, but I wanted to document my closet clean out of 2022. I’m writing this post as a reference point for me to remember to never let my closet get as bad as it did and to remember the process.

A few things about the closet situation in our house….We have lots of closets, but none of them are big.

We have a hall closet as soon as you walk in the front door. It backs up to Hadley’s closet, so they are the same…double doors with a long rod for hanging and then two long shelves above. We keep all coats in there, and it’s where I keep my hanging decorations for the front door.

We have a closet off the kitchen where we keep the dog food, appliances we don’t use often, and cleaning supplies.

We have another hall closet on our main hall that is similar in size to Hayden’s closet and the closet in our bedroom. When we first moved in, Travis actually used that hall closet as his closet, and I used the one in our bedroom.

Once we finished the basement bathroom, Travis started using that bathroom and the closet in the basement. Then, the hall closet just became and extra spot for us. It’s where I keep a few decorations, candles, Homer’s leash and toys, pool towels and pool bag, and Hadley’s dance bag. Last summer, I did move my dresses in there just to help relieve some of the congestion in my closet.

I’ve needed to do this purge for over a year. “Organize closet” was on my “to do” last summer. I just never got to it, and to be honest, it just continued to feel more and more overwhelming of a task. So, I just kept putting it off.

Nothing like a Covid quarantine in the bedroom to make me finally get to it. On day 5 of my 5 day quarantine, I finally got started. Silly me…I thought it would take a few hours. Well…it actually took a few hours over a few days.


Here’s the before…

When I took the “before” photo, I was just holding myself accountable…if I’d backed up a few more steps, you’d see quite a bit on the closet floor too. *sigh*

I’d be embarrassed of the “before” photo if I wasn’t so proud of the “after.”

The Process:

Here’s how I (finally!) went about getting organized:

  • On the first day, I tackled my dresser and chest of drawers. I started with my dresser. I went through my pjs, workout clothes, t-shirts, and socks.
  • Then I moved on to the chest of drawers and went through seasonal sweatshirts, swimsuits, coverup, and a few other odds and ends.
  • The next day, I emptied out all the clothes on the shelves on the right side of my closet as well as the shelf below my hanging clothes. I also went through my shoes and purses as well. (At this point, I panic shopped on Amazon and picked up a shoe organizer for under the bed and two boxes with lids for purses. I ended up returning both because I didn’t end up needing them!)
  • On the third day, I went through hanging clothes and jeans.
  • Finally, I went through my dresses in the hall closet. Then, I just went back through everything to make sure it was organized.

With each phase, I made a keep, donate, and try on pile. This is the first time in a while that I forced myself to try on things to decide if I still wanted to keep them or not.

My weight fluctuates, and to be honest for over a year and a half was kind of stuck no matter what I tried. I think that was some of my hang up as well with the closet. I wasn’t in a good head space to try things on even in January. I’ve made some progress over the past few months, and I think that helped me want to go through my clothes and get everything in order.

Of course, styles change too! I’ve had some of these clothes for years.



…five big trash bags later…

I smile every time I open the closet door now. It’s amazing how overwhelmed I felt every single time I opened the door to get dressed. Not anymore!

I ended up moving the three drawer storage that stuck out of the left side of my closet, and put it in the nook to the right. I have sandals and flip flops in the smaller drawers and then some tennis shoes in the bigger drawer.

Do I still have too many shoes? Yes. But…at least they are now organized.

Little better view side of my closet:

The left side of my closet used to have a scarf organizer that hung down. Remember when decorative scarves were all the rage? I ended up saving a few, but since I don’t wear them often, they are in a basket at the top of my closet.

I ended up hanging a couple beach hats on the left, and I smile when I see them.

Hadley actually had a good idea to maybe add one or two shelves for my bedside pile of books. I think she’s on to something!

Travis was so impressed (Hadley too!) with the final outcome. When Travis asked me what was in some of my drawers, I did get a side eye for having two drawers of pjs. I will not apologize for my love of pajamas!

One more thing I did in my closet…I added a brighter bulb. Just doing that helped lighten up that small space.

Hall closet:

Like I said, when we first moved in, Travis used this closet. Everything I owned basically fit in the bedroom closet. That was almost eight years ago, so obviously I’ve accumulated more throughout time.

Last summer, just moving dresses here helped my closet so much. For years, I was adamant about not wanting to put off season clothes elsewhere, but this was a good compromise. If I want to wear a dress, I know where to go. I also put some of my favorite sweaters on the shelf in this closet too. Otherwise, everything else is in my room.

In the hall closet, I kept three of these storage totes of odds and ends…sentimental t-shirts, or clothes I wore occasionally. I ended up getting rid of enough items to downsize to one of these. I did end up using one for my nicer purses that I don’t use very often. Then, I have one to spare. That being said, I feel like I should only need one of these for occasional clothes. If I haven’t worn it, it should go.

The real MVPs of closet organization:

I purchased these acrylic dividers and used them in both closets. I used them between my jeans and sweatshirts in my closet and between the few sweaters in the hall closet.

On a whim, I decided to buy a few more hangers so they would match. I’ve purchased this set a few times as we’ve transitioned the kids hangers too. They aren’t fancy hangers, but it is something I noticed when I open my closet. The same hangers just make it more streamlined. (I took the “after” photos before these arrived.)

I’ve had these stackable storage bins for almost two years. Like I said, I now use one to store a few pieces of clothes, some purses, and then now I have one spare!

Shew! If you made it to the end, thanks for hanging in there. I’m not sure what it says about me that having this task completed is just about the highlight of my summer.

I’m going to try to stay on top of my closet(s), and donate items that I don’t wear at the end of each season.

This is definitely the smallest closet I’ve ever had. I know it’s “first world problems” to wish for a bigger closet, but a girl can dream!

Do you have any closet organization tips? I’d love to hear them! I need to stay motivated to keep it as neat and tidy as it is now!

I hope you are having a great week.

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10 thoughts on “Operation Closet Reorganization

    1. Yes! I feel like I can fit more and I can definitely see more. I started to fold and put the clothes in and realized it was a matter of time before it would be a jumbled mess again and decided to look for dividers 🙂


  1. The closets look great! I don’t really have a tip, but I do have a rule of shopping that I follow. If I buy something new, I try to remove something else. I cleaned my closet out recently and could stand to do it again, since I tend to keep wearing the same things. We have a large walk in closet, but it’s nothing fancy- just his side with two bars and a shelf and my side with a bar and shelf. You’ve inspired me to work on this today.

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  2. This is riveting content for me! I love this type of stuff. I know you would like a bigger closet, but I actually like the you have a designated “dress closet”. When I had the two guest room closets, I felt like the whole guest room was my “changing room” so there are some advantages. I also think you will feel like you have so much more to wear now because it’s organized. I am a big believer in uniform hangers and I have the black velvet ones. I wish I had white but they weren’t available when I started buying them. The tubular hangers that you have take up more space, but I think they separate your clothes better so that you can see everything if that makes sense. I like the velvet because things don’t slip off and I cut off the extra hanger things that come on many blouses and dresses because I never want them to be showing – hope that makes sense. I think doing a mini closet clean out at the beginning or end of each season is a good practice. And, keeping a donate bag in your closet at all times is also a good idea. I love the hanging hats! I need to figure out a better way to store hats, scarves, belts, and purses. For now, they are mostly in those white plastic baskets. I think you should feel like this is a highlight!

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    1. Honestly once I’m moved the dresses out last summer, it helped so much…& it’s still easy to get dressed because I know where things are. I know what you mean about my hangers. They do take up more space but provide space. My kids have a donate drawer in their room..once something doesn’t fit, they move it there. I should do the same for if I don’t wear something or even just a shelf in the hall closet until I can donate it


      1. I bet! And, I think we are wearing more dresses lately, you know? Yes – I really like having a bag in my closet and when I try something on if it doesn’t work anymore, I put it in there immediately!

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  3. Like Amy, I love this stuff! I also have a basket that sits in our guest room for anything that doesn’t feel right. When I put it on or take it off, it goes right there. The kids know that they can put too small things in that basket, too. When it gets full I go through and put some things into Luke’s closet from Jack, pick out things to consign, and make a donate pile. It is one of my favorite things that I did this year.
    Closet clean outs are so good! You have a better idea of what you have, you get rid of things that aren’t working for you, and you know what you need to replenish when the sales hit. Your closets look great! Our guest room closet is my Lilly closet. I have some vests in there, but the majority of the rack is Lilly. I need to find better ways to use the shelves above our racks. Those acrylic dividers look fabulous.

    Way to go cleaning out your purses and shoes! Those are 2 hard categories!


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