Mastering My Master Bedroom Closet (Part 1 of 2) 20 comments


I have been blessed with a large, walk-in bedroom closet. But I have not been utilizing the space in the manner that I should.

So I am embarking on a project to organize it and breathe some life into it.

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To gain access to my bedroom closet, you have to walk through my bathroom. This has pros and cons. I like the privacy of that feature when getting ready for the day or winding down at night. But it also prevents whomever is not using the area from being able to get to what they need in the closet.

Anywho, let’s get started…

diy master bed closet

Preparing for Battle

My bedroom closet has carpet. Something that I would love to replace with tile or hardwood floors in the future. Why? It breeds dust. Our foot traffic doesn’t help matters and a closet is just not a good place for dust. Therefore I invested $1.00 to purchase a pack of face masks from Dollar Tree. Otherwise I am in allergy hell. The masks also come in handy when I am cleaning the ceiling fans and other heavy dust areas in other parts of the house.

Dust Mask

 

Actions To Take

For this project, I am designating specific actions for clearing away the clutter first. I can be a hoarder, packrat, collector of way too much information at times.


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Donate:  I utilize Pick Up Please also known as Vietnam Veterans of America to donate items. I can schedule a pick-up online and place the items (clothes, toys, small appliances, etc.) outside my front door. No need to be home when they arrive. They will leave a receipt for you. Check to see if they are in your area. For this project, I am donating the clothes in my closet that no longer fit and those that I have not worn in 2 years or more. I place those directly into the VVA bag that I receive every time I donate to them.

 

 

Shred or Trash:  Joan Crawford had the right idea. Not beating her kids, but getting rid of those awful wire hangers. I would have nothing but cedar wood hangers in my closet if I could. SOMEDAY! For now, I have a few wooden hangers and some sturdy, all-plastic ones. I started tossing all of the wire hangers. (Hubby brings them home by the dozen after a trip to the cleaners.)

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Believe it or not, I absolutely love purging items. I grab a trash bag and start filling it with paper and clutter in the closet that is not suitable for donating. Old financial and confidential documents no longer needed are put in a box for shredding later.

 

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Transfer:  Any items that should not be in the closet are moved to another room for sorting. I am designating the closet as an area for clothing, shoes, handbags, and related accessories. All transferred items will be organized according to my Getting Things Done method. You can read about that here.

 

This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will feature before and after pictures as I master my master bedroom closet.

 

What methods do you use to organize your closets?

Do you donate clothing or other items to charitable organizations?

Do you think shredding confidential docs is important? Or unnecessary?

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20 thoughts on “Mastering My Master Bedroom Closet (Part 1 of 2)

  • LaShawn

    I really need to organize our closet. We moved into our new house in January and I just threw the clothes in any ole kind of way to get everything unpacked. And I never went back and organzied! It would help so much if I just got to it! And I really need to get rid of all of the wire hangers. They do no good!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      We have moved many times in the last 11 years. That brought on a lot of clutter that we just moved from place to place to place. I cringe when I see things that I have not gone through since 2002. But I’m focused now. Thanks, LaShawn!

  • Elba Valverde

    Hi Kimberly!
    Two weeks ago I organized my closet by colors. It ended up being really functional, is helping me find the perfect color combinations easily, plus the closet looks prettier than ever. Your tips are great, I need to clean the carpet one of these days.
    BTW I’m so jealous with your walk-in bedroom closet. Lucky you!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Thanks, Elba. I really want to use it to its full capability. I appreciate you commenting.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      It’s so overdue. And my mother pointed out recently some things that she would do if it were her closet. Eye opening!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I walk away quite a bit too, Cara. That’s why it’s in the shape that it is now. Thanks for stopping by!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I think if I get my closet completely organized, I could wait a year too before having to do it again. I simply need to stop using it as a storage space.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I’m with you on that one, Jamie. My 6 year old outgrows pants all the time. He has a small frame, so he can wear shirts for a long time. But he gets taller overnight it seems.

  • Corlie

    I love organising my closet, it’s when my inner librarian comes out! I’ve got these really nifty hanging racks if that makes sense, so one half of my closet has hanging shelves that makes it a lot easier to keep things tidy.
    And YES I hate wire hangers too ghah! Ban the things!

  • Joi

    I’m a shredder but it piles up and I sit at the shredder for like 30 minutes running stuff through. Wire hangers aggravate me and it’s tough finding somewhere to take them. Nobody wants them.

    I donate to our local Macon Rescue Mission twice a year. My closet still seems ridiculously packed!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      How can your closet seemed packed with that bonus room you have for “organizing” your outfits? I actually throw my wire hangers away.

  • Mo at Mocadeaux

    It sure feels good to clean out or reorganize a closet but I usually can’t get motivated to do it unless I am moving. Then I bag up clothes and shoes, bring them to my church, and set up a new plan of organization for the closet in my new home.
    Love the idea of masks to protect my lungs from dust!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      It’s ironic that you mentioned moving. I have so much clutter because we have moved so many times in the last 11 years. But we are set now. So I am purging, purging, purging. Thanks, Mo!

  • Kim

    I’m sort of anal about my (fine – our, since I share with my husband) closet. I grew up with wire hangers but about 10 years ago switched to plastic – color coded for each family member (I have issues!!) so my stuff should never be on a blue (or green or black) hanger – only white for mine. Anyway – I love my walk-in closet – the day that Chris came home (after I did some organizing) and said, “It looks like a purse/shoe store in here” was a very happy day!!!
    And, yes, we shred stuff – Chris might have a few issues, too!!!