Rule #220: Organizing is for people who are too lazy to look for their stuff.
Recently we organized our closet for the first time since we moved into this house about 3 years ago. I couldn’t stand walking into the closet and feeling like a mountain of shoes, luggage, and clothes were about to fall on my head at any given moment. This isn’t Pro-Organizing Level stuff, but instead a real-life “this is what worked for us” situation. I wanted to share the great organizing pieces we found because they’ve helped us so much already!
This was the closet BEFORE. Oi. Getting rid of the boxes with shoes in them was in itself a huge win. If you look closely, you can see the shoe rack we got rid of, too. That saved major space!
Here’s the AFTER of my side again.
I found these hat hooks on Amazon for CHEAP. I actually really like the way the hats look up there, too. They add a little decorative touch. I bought 2 6-packs of the small drop-front shoe boxes from Container Store. They’re perfect for booties and wedges! Then I got 6 of the large drop-front shoe boxes (you get a discount for buying 6 at a time). I used 5 myself for my pumps, and I can fit 2 pairs in each box easily! Jon Boy has the other one for his fancy shoes which only fit 1 per box.
It took a lot of trying different configurations to get this to all work together, but I’m happy with the result! When the seasons finally change, I’m going to take the booties out of their boxes and switch them with the wedges. I like being able to easily grab what I need and go. Although I have to say, these boxes are so super easy to open/close that it’s made it so much nicer to get dressed!
Yeesh. This is the BEFORE of Jon Boy’s side. That pile of avalanche-level luggage murders my Type A (A-minus really) soul.
And the AFTER. Ahhhhh. So much nicer to look at. We bought these storage cubes from Joss & Main when we first moved in. I actually like that you can’t see what’s in them because they’re a hot mess inside. Most of these contain Jon Boy’s hats. He’s got about 83 at last count. Just kidding…
These cute storage bins were my favorite find on this little Closet Organization Scavenger Hunt. They’re a great price, easy to “assemble,” and the size is perfect for our shoes and bags.
I folded some of my travel bags and put them ALL into one of these bins. They’re a great size for this space!
This 24-pocket shoe organizer is only $11 and worth every penny! I can finally see all of my shoes, and they take up zero space in the closet itself. I may have Jon Boy get some string and lower the organizer because I am just a tad short. I read on the reviews online that a lot of teachers use this organizer for their classrooms! Seems like a great idea for crafts and supplies.
This is the BEFORE for the other side of the closet. Random stuff galore. There’s hunting gear, old Xbox games, random gun gear, and Jon Boy’s gym stuff.
And the AFTER. Mama Likey. All of our luggage is stored all nice-and-neat and not in the avalanche fashion. And now we have a TON of extra space ready to be used. No idea what I’ll put there. Maybe my children when they’re misbehaving?
Another solid Amazon find was this purse and bag organizer. I wanted the purses to be easily accessible, easily seen, and off the floor. For only $20, I was able to accomplish all of that.
I know it’s super weird, but I don’t like things on the floor. I want to be able to vacuum easily and see the baseboards. I’m a freak, and I know it. This organizer has another compartment on the bottom, but I went ahead and velcroed it to the bottom of the other compartments. That way it’s off the floor, but I’m still able to use the side pouches.
And just like that I’m feeling like organizing the rest of the house to the T. There’s something about it that calms my crazy little brain. I’d love to know any organizational hacks you’ve got!