A Little Closet Organization
Hey friends! Today I’m inviting you to step into our master closet for a little organization project I did the other day. I’m going to warn you first: our closet is very simple. There’s no chandelier, no fancy shelving, no matching hangers, and no stenciled walls. This room has remained untouched since we moved in.
It all started at the Goodwill Outlet last week. Where else, right? I came across 10 dusty wire baskets (5 tall and 5 short) and thought that we could possibly use them to organize some stuff in the garage. I snapped the picture below with my phone and sent it to Brad to get his opinion on the baskets. As I was scoping them out, and waiting for Brad’s reply of approval, I saw a small The Container Store “elfa” sticker on each basket. Sold. I loaded 8 of those puppies in my cart and bought them before Brad even responded. World’s best wife.
The tall baskets were about $1.75, so I’d guess the short baskets were around $1.30. (You pay by the pound at Goodwill Outlet, and I asked the cashier to weigh one tall basket so I could get an idea of the cost per basket.) $12.65 is an amazing price for 8 The Container Store wire baskets; because I did some investigating– the tall baskets go for $18 each and the short baskets go for $16 each. When I got home I used the garden hose to wash off the baskets because there was a crazy amount of dust on them. And it’s just best to wash off things found at the Outlet. After washing them off I thought of something– instead of using them in the garage, I could use them in our master closet. Light bulb.
Why use them in our master closet? Because the top shelf in our closet is a hot mess.
It’s such a hot mess that I’m showing you only the purse section today. I’ve yet to conquer the sweater, sweatshirt, and jeans portion of the closet. Maybe I’ll do that this week.
I’ve been meaning to clear out some of my purses for a while, so I made the painstaking decision of selecting who could stay and who had to go. It was tough, but I did it. The outcasts will be taken to a consignment shop in the very near future. Maybe I’ll do that this week.
I used the short wire baskets to corral the keepers. Congratulations, keepers.
Doesn’t it look so much better? And I’ve noticed that there’s more light being dispersed to the clothes under the shelf because the mountain of purses is no longer blocking the light.
Needless to say, I’m in love with these baskets. I have 4 tall baskets left to organize the rest of the clothes on the shelf. I may have to steal the 5th wire basket that’s currently housing the blankets under the card catalog. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for a replacement basket just in case. The new Home Goods near us opened yesterday (insert shrieks of excitement), so perhaps I’ll hit it up this week.
What do you think about this mini closet organization?
Is your master closet a hot mess or neat and organized?
Have you been to a GW Outlet yet?
No GW outlet here but we do have a Salvation Army outlet and it’s extra scary!
Great job! I don’t have any of those fancy things in my closet either. I really like how you found such a deal on those baskets. Megan
I need to do something like this in my closet!!!
My closet shelves are OUTRAGEOUSLY disorganized. I need this. I need those baskets. I need a goodwill outlet.
Kelly @ View Along the Way
Nice job! Our closet isn’t fancy either although we plan to make it fancy … when the money tree starts growing in our backyard that is 😉
Our Master Closet is organized. Look at me go! But we just moved in. Ask me again in a month or two and my answer might be different :).
I came across your blog recently and saw you talk about the GW outlet. There’s actually one near my house!! I didn’t find anything that day, but I plan on returning soon!
OK, don’t freak out (in a happy way) but I think “elfa” is from The Container Store!!! Super deal!
I am so jealous. A Goodwill outlet?? Wow! We just have the crappy ‘ole Goodwill stores around here, and the prices are ridiculous. They have stuff from the Dollar Tree marked for more than $1. I know the DT brand when I see it. Also jealous of that walk in closet! 🙂
a new HomeGoods!!! SHRIEK!!! I just told Dan the other evening that proximity to HG is the one thing i am disappointed about in our new house. We used to have one in the same town…now the closest is an hour away. Boo! But, perhaps I can hold out hopes that one will be built near me too??
And so jealous of a GW Outlet too…none of those around here either :(.
At least I have IKEA close by!
Looks good! I definitely need to work on my closet organization… there are piles of crap everywhere, but they would look better in cute baskets! 😉
That looks great – I need to organize my closet but always manage to put it off!
I haven’t but a couple of my friends have. One refuses to ever go back. Apparently fights break out over broken appliances, and there are stampedes when they roll new bins out. I don’t know if I’m cut out for that.
I’ve never heard of a GW outlet. I mean the regular ones are kinda hit-or-miss (let’s be honest) but I feel like I’m totally missing out on the whole outlet thing.
Cute idea! I have to start work on my closet soon – we just built it in summer as German houses usually don’t have walk-in closets. Now I just need to score some inexpensive storage solutions! Btw, I’m your newest follower.
Anja @ cocalores.blogspot.com
Good eye girl!!
And way to save some money!
I love your mini closet organization! Yes, my master closet is a hot mess. My purses are looking like that in both my hall closet and my master bedroom closet. Yes, i have been to a GW outlet but it has been quite a long time since I have been. Andrea’s comment about ” there are stampedes when they roll new bins out” is so true. @_@ It is a little scary that all the workers wear gloves and some with face masks. You never know what you may find in the bins, especially the clothing and fabric ones. X_X I look forward to your other remodels/organizing posts.
Those baskets are the ones that goes with the closet system you buy the rack and then slide in the basket you can get at Lowe’s and home depot a little less than 18.00 you scored big time.