Master Closet Organization

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So it’s been a bit quiet over here on Organizing Life with Littles lately…  What can I say?  I’ve been busy organizing!  (Also, I’ve been working on an exciting blog project that you’ll be hearing about soon!)  Today, in the next installment of Frugally Organizing my Small (under 1k square foot) Home, I’ll be giving you a tour of my Master Closet.

This closet was actually an addition built onto our home after we realized that we had NO storage space anywhere.  I absolutely love it. Having space to store things in advance gives me the opportunity to be more frugal, plan ahead, and use what God has given us more efficiently. It also gave us space to stash lesser-used items that we still wanted to keep on hand (like outgrown clothes and our 72-hour kit).

When you approach our closet, the first thing you see are our shoes.  We don’t have a lot of them, since I prefer the minimalist approach.  I have a pair of black ones, brown ones, white ones, pink ones, casual shoes, and tennis shoes.  My husband has a pair of black dress shoes, brown dress shoes, casual tennis shoes, and work boots.  What more do we need?

P1290889When you turn into the closet, this is what it looks like.  It may not be symmetrical or nicely labelled-perfection like all the magazines, but it’s very functional and fits our family’s needs.

Here’s an overview.

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First of all, we only keep our dress-clothes (the ones that need to be hung) in the closet.  The rest of our clothes are folded and kept in drawers in our bedroom.

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I happened to come across a great deal at Aldi of these sturdy, fabric storage cubes (black ones below the hanging clothes, white ones above) and cubed wire rack.  I think I spent $4 apiece on them.  It’s not exactly Goodwill price, but definitely better than I’ve found anywhere else.  I’ve loved them and have used them all over my house.  In the closet, they’re used to store out-of-season or wrong-sized kids clothes.

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A great trick I found through pinterest was to turn my hangers around at the beginning of each year.  The rest of the year, I put our clothes back normally.  That way when I go to reorganize (and declutter!) my closet each year, it’s easy to tell which clothes I’m actually using and which are just taking up space.  Read more about that in this post

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On the other side of the closet, I have my at-home market set up.  I try to keep 1-3 back ups of every regularly used food or household item.  Every time I run out of something in the closet, it goes on my shopping list so I can buy 3 more.  This way we never really run out of anything unless it’s perishable.

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Wire-shelving is cheap, but I think if I were to do it over again, I’d put full-height bookshelves up instead.  Bookshelves work wonderfully for storing pantry items.  They’re also stronger and don’t bow under the weight of 3 bags of flour or several gallons of bleach like the weaker wire shelves do.  I’ve started lining my wire shelving with spare pieces of cardboard for extra support.

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The back corner is Husband territory.  There he keeps his work gear, outdoorsy stuff, and tools.P1310482

Below his tools, we keep a 72-hour kit in these plastic crates.  Inside it has three days worth of food, water, a first aid kit, and basic supplies in case of emergency.

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I used A Bowl Full of Lemon’s 8 Week Preparedness Program to put this together one step at a time.

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If you’re looking for closet eye-candy, try this post out.  She has some good tips, though some exceed my budget currently.  Someday, perhaps…  *dreamy sigh*

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Does your closet need to be reorganized? Let me know what you think in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Master Closet Organization

  1. Beth S. says:

    Wonderful arrangement, Kelsey. We’re replacing carpet in 2 bedrooms next month, which means (by default) both closets will be emptied and then re-organized! Yes, I will take pictures before and after. 🙂

  2. What a great job you did maximizing the space with systems that you can easily adapt as needs change.

  3. lina says:

    Closet and pantry , love it !

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