Let me start by saying I love my husband. Not only because he put in a TON of effort to make this new closet possible but ALSO because…he has more clothes than me. lol. So this closet was every bit as much for him as it was for me. To give you all the background – when we bought this house we knew the closet would be a problem. It had like 2 racks of hanging space and like18 foot ceilings that we couldn’t use. Dave redid it and took the racks all the way high (and bought us a light weight ladder) so that we could maximize the space, but it was SUCH a pain. We couldn’t both get shirts at the same time *sigh. Then the closet backs up to an office, that we don’t really use (sadly we pretty much work from bed if we are working from home), that was really just a sad breeding ground for clutter and paperwork piling.
We decided to hire contractors with our tax return to close off the wall in the office & bust through the wall between the closet and the office as a doorway. Then we planned to run hardwoods and convert the ENTIRE space into a closet. So we had contractors out off and one for a week (while all our clothes laid on the floor in our son-to-be’s room).
Then it became time to build. We went to IKEA (bad idea) and bought a wonderful closet system (PAX + Komplement). Then after 3 more trips to IKEA (LOL) we finally had all the pieces we needed and the build began. It took a FULL weekend and 3 nights after work but we got it done. Complete with pull out divider trays, glass front drawers, track lighting, rods, and shelves.
We added a beautiful Settee (LINK), Light Fixture (LINK), and rug (LINK). ITS SO PERFECT. It literally makes me smile every time I walk into it. A few months ago I decided to go minimalist with my closet and limited my # of clothes to 50 (Note* does not include underthings, workout clothes, or Pjs – and for the next 2 months maternity). Then I read “The life changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo and tossed A TON more out. Finally my # of possessions felt like it was at a healthy amount. So when we filled the closet – i took up 3 rods & a small dress section, and David took up 5 rods. Made me giggle. And I folded my clothes the way the KonMari method outlines (seriously changed my life. Very little is better than my folded underwear).
There you have it. Our wonderfully renovated closet. It took just over 10 days and has completely changed my life. I feel so good knowing we are super organized and honestly it makes me never want to move again. Would you like to see more renovation posts? Have you tried to apply a minimalist outlook to your wardrobe?