My Organized Closet

Somehow, I can leave dishes in the sink (instead of loading the dishwasher that’s two feet away), and I’ll let random things pile up on the dining room table, but I am not someone that can shove a bunch of stuff behind closed doors and consider it “put away”. Yes, I DO that (I’m nowhere near perfect), but it bothers me and bothers me until I can go through and thoroughly clean and organize everything. So that’s what I did this weekend.

My closet is a freestanding wardrobe from IKEA. It’s nothing special from the outside, but everything fits inside. Clothes, shoes, hats, purses, jewelry… it’s all in there.

My Closet

My Closet

Here’s the overall layout:

My Closet Plan

I think I got rid of about half of my shoes when I cleaned everything out. I decided to only keep the shoes I really loved… the cute heels, the simple flats that go with everything. All the shoes I had been holding onto that hurt my feet or that I never wore just had to go. Now the shoes I have fit nicely in two drawers.

Shoes in My Closet

My boots go along the back, tucking behind my dresses.

Boots in My Closet

And speaking of dresses, here they are:

Dresses in My Closet

My jewelry and perfume used to be over by the bathroom, but I thought it made more sense to keep everything together with my clothes.

Jewelry

Brandon was a bit shocked at how much I was getting rid of, but I feel so much better. My sister took some of it, and all the rest was donated to charity. And now I’m nicely organized.

My Closet

265 Responses to “My Organized Closet”

  1. Amber March 16, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I am so envious of your organized closet. I want to be that organized, I just can’t seem to find the right things. Any places you recommend looking?

  2. Ali March 24, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Love your organization! Feel like a shopping in a fancy store! Love all your dresses! I’d like to start wearing more dresses as I loose weight! They make me feel girly and put together and so comfortable for the southern heat of summer!

    ~ Ali

  3. Jane April 5, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Hello,
    What size Pax Wardrobe did you purchase? I am about to purchase one for all of my clothes – uncertain what size to go with. I’d obviously opt for the biggest if I had the space but I don’t!

  4. Jasmine April 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi! Is there any way I can get the exact combination of this Pax wardrobe! I love it!. Is it 29 1/2″x 29 1/2″ x 19 5/8″?

  5. rani May 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    WOW! this is awesome! It reminds me of the wardrobes closets they have in India. Everything has it’s place for my mom’s sari’s, bangles, salwars, shoes, tunics…you name it…it’s there…and lockable too! Now if I can just do it for my closet here!

  6. Marryl June 8, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    I must say this is absolutely amazing. I’ve been wanting to do some decluttering and organize my closet. I admire how you got rid of some of your stuff. I know how that feels. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Susan July 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Love the drawers. Where/who did you get them from? They’re exactly what I’m looking to install in my own closet makeover! Thanks for sharing your fab space!!

    • Well......... February 8, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      The whole thing is from IKEA – did you not even read it?

  8. Eva July 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    I absolutely love your closet! I came across your blog when I was looking for ideas to build mine. Can you let me know what kind of vertical dividers are the ones you got? They are the ones on the first picture where you have your handbags and jewelry. Something like that would be the answer to all my headaches!
    Thanks a lot for sharing your awesome closet.

  9. Ana November 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    I love the way everything is organized.

    I love folded clothes, but to see them hanging all neat like this is a treat ^_^ .

    And it’s so nice to hear that not only that you feel better, but that something went to charity, too :) .

  10. Megan December 5, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I realize that this is an old post, but I’m trying to figure out where your free standing closet is in your bedroom? How big is your bedroom? I’m trying desperately to make our little room in our 1950′s home work. I wonder, did people just not have many belongings back then? I love everything that you do!

  11. Marisu February 2, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    This is so gorgeous and inspirational, thanks Nicole! Can’t wait to go through my own wardrobe, it will probably never look even slightly like yours’ but it’s worth a try.

  12. DanisohDani February 9, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    Your closet its a dream!!! I’m in love with it so much!!

    Its pitty I share a tiny room with my brother, but who knows when I get marry??? =D

  13. Dulci DAntas February 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Oh my… I love it! Nice ideas!

  14. Patricia February 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    this is all so beautifully arranged and presented, i am a complete fan! I love your color scheme too!

  15. Michelle March 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Love this! I added it to my organization linky on my Organization tab at the top of my blog. If you have any other organization posts that you think my readers would love, come link them!~
    Michelle
    http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.com/p/blogosphere-organization-posts.html

  16. Lauren April 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    Love the closet!

  17. the domestic fringe May 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I have closet envy. And dress envy. ;-)
    ~FringGirl

  18. Yasmin July 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    So simple and nicely done! When everything is organized like that, it makes it easier to keep clean. And it makes me happy :)

  19. m! August 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

    Do you know if Ikea still makes that accessory drawer? I’ve been hunting all over for it and can’t find it.

    • Lise July 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      I have the same question if anybody knows.

    • Making it Lovely July 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      I don’t think they make it anymore, no.

  20. Debbi May 14, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Your closet does look awesome! I have a lot of boots and one thing I noticed is your boots are standing up straight on the shelf behind your dresses. Don’t you have a problem with them tipping over when you move the dresses around? I kept mine on the floor and they were always falling over and looked messy so I bought these clips http://www.onlyhangers.com/Prod-31-1-173-9/Satin_Chrome_Clip_Hanger.htm and hang them from one of the lower hang rods so the stay straight and neat without flopping over. Plus mine were actually getting crease marks where they folded over so hanging has worked better for me.

  21. karen tolentino May 23, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Hey! I’m an OC person too! ;) Love your closet! So organized!!

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