Home Organization 101 – Week 13 “The Master Closet”

November 24, 2012

 We are in the 13th week of organizing our homes.  This week we venture into the dreaded master closet.  If your closet is full of clothing that no longer fits, if there is a mountain of shoes you don’t even know you own, or if your closet is in such disarray, you get palpitations walking into it, you really need the challenge this week.   Take your time this week.  Pull out everything from your closet onto the bed.  Go through it all!  If you have the means, purchase some nice new hangers and shoe boxes.  You spend a lot of money on your wardrobe.  Take care of it!!  Once you are finished organizing the entire closet, take a picture and share your hard work with everyone here on this post.  Good luck with the challenge. This is a big one!!



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Home Organization 101 is 14 weeks long. Each Saturday, I will post a new “space” along with pictures of my finished space and share the process of how you can organize yours. You can take as long as you need, and once you are finished organizing your space, come back here to this post and link up your blog (with pictures) to share with all of us. If you do not have a blog, you can take pictures and share them on our Facebook group page (here).   Questions, ask away… Our facebook page is the best place to ask them.  Have fun!  Now lets get organized.




We only have 1 more week to go!!  Yay! This week we are organizing the master closet.  Your goal for the week is to purge, clean, and organize your master closets. I bet you really need this challenge!!




1. Take a picture of your space “before” you start & share it with the facebook group here.

2. Gather up 4 baskets:  Keep, Trash, donate, other room.

3.  Sort & purge!  Go through everything in the closet.  Take it all out & organize into the bins.

4. Clean! After you have sorted through everything, you can vacuum or mop the closet & wipe down shelving.

5. Organize! Now its time to organize.  Hang the clothes in “sections”.  Short sleeve, long sleeve, pants, dresses, etc… Color code if you are feeling extra ocd.  Organize the shoes too!

6.  Now take an “after” picture. You’re done!  Come back here to share your hard work.



In our new home, we are blessed to have a HUGE master walk in closet. Its about 25×9 in size and fits a lot of stuff.  I knew that I had to find a good system to organize everything or it would end up out of control.  Also, I chose to hang all of our jeans/bottoms as well as all shirts. I kept my t-shirts in my dresser.  I love how it turned out!  Its nothing fancy… no elfa systems or any of that, but we love it and it works well for us.






The shoe boxes came from the Container store. I purchased a pack of 20 boxes for about $30 or so.



The decorative storage boxes are from the Container store as well. They are on sale for $16.99 each. They house beach towels, camera equipment, keepsakes, sports stuff, and travel items.



Below are wire drawers from Ikea. They store my husbands things (socks, pjs, swim trunks, white t-shirts, underwear, etc…).



My husbands belts and ties are organized with these neat hanging things from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They were under $10 each.




My nursing uniforms, medical bag, and shoes are organized together for easy access.



The shelf on other side of the closet stores boot boxes, jewelry boxes, dust bags, etc. The decorative container keeps “boxes” for electronics, etc. (Ipad, kindles, etc…).



My husbands side is just as large as mine.



I found this shoe organizer at the Container Store. My flip flops fit perfectly in them. It was on sale for $12.99.



My husband hung a large peg board on one wall in the closet for my “accessories and purses”.



The hooks came from Home Depot.  I love this system so much!




I used a shower curtain hook for my belts.




Thats our organized master closet.  🙂  If you have any tips or ideas on how I can improve anything, leave me a comment.




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38 comments on “Home Organization 101 – Week 13 “The Master Closet”

  1. daisy says:

    It looks amazing! I wouldn’t know what to do with all that space! Thanks for sharing and offering the link-up.

  2. MaryBeth says:

    Your closet is gorgeous! Pretty sure if I had that closet, I would want to hang out in it all the time and organize it!

  3. Rosie says:

    It does look very beautiful, but the thing that my mind is most blown by is simply how much stuff you have! My fingers would be itching to get rid of more – I like things very pared down and I’m working towards a capsule wardrobe with depth rather than width. With a view to that, I recently had my “colours” done (I’m autumn) and I know that so long as I buy only on the autumn palette, that my whole wardrobe will coordinate and I can wear any of the tops in my wardrobe with any of the bottoms, throw on any of the jumpers, wedge on any of the shoes and pick up any of the handbags and I will look like I’ve put in a lot of thought and effort when really I have pretty much got dressed in the dark. I may take a photo of my teeny wardrobe and link up later! It really is the ultimate in decluttering and organising! I wish I had taken a before shot of my wardrobe!

  4. Jenniffier says:

    Love your closet. I just cleaned mine up a bit, but nothing like this. It looks fantastic. 🙂 I really like the peg board idea.

  5. Michelle Mitchell- Carrillo says:

    I get so excited looking at your blog. Where did you get the shelves?

  6. Kellie says:

    GOOD LORD! I thought my closet in my apartment was huge at 9′ x 5′! You are definitely blessed! My closet looks similar, its rectangular and long and bigger than any closet I’ve ever had yet for some reason its been hard making a his and hers closet out of it! His is a small portion on one side, her’s is the rest of that side and the entire other side. Weird..

  7. Linda says:

    My goodness!! That closet is amazing!!

    I found the wire drawers on the Ikea website. Did you add the wooden top?


  8. Melissa says:

    A helpful hint that works well for my hanging clothes is to place the most recently worn item on the left hand side. This way I know that the items on the right hand side I haven’t worn recently, or if they are hanging there too long I know that I can probably get rid of them because I haven’t loved them enough to have worn them.

  9. Cortney says:

    I love your closet! I’m beginning work on mine today and I have one question. Where do you put your undies, bras, lingerie, etc? I actually have an old dresser in my closet for these things–I really want to get rid of it, but I don’t know where to put these things that they won’t be out “on display” (not that I have random people looking at my closet) but that they stay organized. Any ideas?

  10. Lauren says:

    Any tips for an extremely small, almost dorm size, closet?

    • Anonymous says:

      I have a decent sized closet, but lots of stuff. To maximize the hanging space, I purchased the thin felt hangers, it almost doubled my space. Plus I store my out of season clothes when I’m not using them. Lastly rather than storing your shoes in boxes, which can take more space, I have shelves for my shoes and have them toe to heel, I was able to make room for a couple more shoes on each shelf. Have fun organizing!

  11. Chey says:

    This is the closet dreams are made of.

  12. Sandra West says:

    Help…my closet is only 1/4 the size of your beautiful space. I am having difficulty knowing how to properly store out of season clothes in my small house. We are in Texas and the heat/insects are a concern when storing in the attic. Are there any tips for attic storage. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated! Love your website! Thanks for getting us moving in the right direction!

  13. Lisa Frank says:

    Holy cow, lady! That closet is a thing of beauty! Although I must say, I’ve never seen someone with so many pairs of jeans before. You’re putting my 2 pairs to shame! But I guess if I spent my craft/food budget on clothes, my clothes collection could look like that too. 😉

  14. Selidji Laleye says:

    I love the closet!!!! I bought a pegboard to organize my jewerly but don’t know how to hang it. Can you help? what did your hubby use to hang it?

  15. kristen says:

    where did you get your hangers?
    i want to shift to all one style hanger in our closets (my husband & I have separate walk-ins) but want to pick something that (1) works for shirts and pants and (2) works for thin straps (so they don’t slide off)

  16. Paula says:

    OMG I cannot believe anyone owns that many pairs of jeans 🙂

  17. girlsaylor says:

    I love your closet! An entire room devoted to organizing dressing and organizing so you can devote your priorities to family, friends, and other things.

    I especially want to know where the black bin in photo 9, I believe, came from? Dimensions? Is it plastic? The one with the very architectural scalloping around the top edge, in the photo of your area where you have your nursing uniforms?

    I like that you have designed your closet with easily available and not exhorbitantly priced storage solutions, things that the budget-minded reader can make his own. Kudos for the great functionality and nice presentation!

  18. Fernanda says:

    Great closet! Mine isn’t quite that big, so to maximize my hanging space, I changed out all my hangers to the thin felt ones. It not only gave me a ton more space, but it looks great too! I also installed shelves for my shoes and rather than storing them in boxes, I line them up heel to toe, it really makes the space a lot more efficient! My last piece of advice is, if you haven’t used something all season get rid of it, chances of you using it the following year is usually slim to none. Ok, one more thing I do is store the stuff that’s out of season in a box on the top shelf of my closet. Happy organizing!

  19. Thanks for the awesome post! Just wanted to let you know I tagged this post here: http://myorganizedchaosblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/spring-cleaning-and-organizing.html

  20. Jennifer Blaine says:

    I love your closet. We are going to be building a house soon and your closet is just the size I am looking for. Can you tell roughly tell me the measurements?

  21. I can’t tell you how many times I come back to this bookmarked page, and stare at your closet for ideas. Not to mention, you must be the cutest dressed mom out there! xx, k

  22. Anonymous says:

    Where are the shelves that your clothes are hanging on from???

  23. Kathy D says:

    Love this! Thanks so much for inspiring me to tackle my closet. One question though — where do you keep your sweaters, sweatshirts, etc.? Some aren’t supposed to hang, so wondering if I should put them in bins or stack them on a shelf.

  24. Bonnie says:

    I’ve been designing closets for 22 years and have owned a custom closet company for 10 years. I have to say that, without being a professional closet designer, you’ve done the best job I’ve seen for a DIY closet design. Good job! Do you want to come work for me as a designer???!!!!

  25. Becky Armstrong says:

    I have wire shelving in our closet but it does not have a solid rod for hang up clothes. Like yours has, where you can slide clothes either way. My closet has a tiny wire that is in sections and it is horrible. Every time I want to add more clothes, I have to pick the up off the wire and hang them in the next section to allow for room.
    Where can I find shelving like yours?
    BTW…love your site! Thank you for helping me get my act together! One room at a time! Love you bunches!
    Thanks, Becky

    • Rachel says:

      you can purchase similar shelving/hanging bars at your local home improvement store.

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