Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter

The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

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Today’s post is long overdue! I have wanted to share my closet for awhile, but it hasn’t been completely organized. I guess it took me moving to get my closet under control. My previous closet was organized, but I was having a hard time using every ounce of space that I had available. I think I changed it up three times within a year. How? I moved racks around, added shelving, and reorganized clothing several different times.

But, with my new closet, everything seems to work. The extra closet that I have in my bathroom may be the reason because now I can keep my purses and accessories in a different space.

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And, now, I am going to give you an up-close look at each section.


My shoes are stored in three different ways:

  1. Everyday – These are shoes that I wear to work, to run errands, or around the house at least once a week. I want to make sure I can get to them easily and quickly. So, I have them neatly lined up and paired together on the floor of my closet.
  2. Dressy – All of my dressy shoes are placed in Iris plastic shoe boxes and they line the top rack of my closet.
  3. Casual – These are the shoes that I wear, but not everyday. At the moment, I am using a MacBeth collection shoe rack as storage.

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Casual Shoe Storage


I have four different categories of tops:

  1. Sweaters – All of my sweaters are folded by color and placed on one of two 3-tier wire racks from Lowe’s. I love these racks and own about 7 at the moment.
  2. Sweatshirts – Sweatshirts tend to be bulky and take up a lot of hanging space, so most of mine are folded on a rack that was already in my closet when I moved in.
  3. Tank tops – These garments are so small that they do not take up a lot space, so they are folded and placed in a single white basket.
  4. Casual & Dressy – They all get hung up by color on a Joy Mangano Huggable Hanger in black.

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Bottoms & Dresses

My pants, shorts, leggings, and dresses are stored two different ways, either folded or hung. My jeans, leggings, athletic pants and shorts all get folded and laid on a built-in shelving unit. My dresses and dress pants all get hung on a hanger. I fold all of my dresses in half over the pant hangers. Why? My closet doesn’t have a bar that is high enough to let my dresses hang without touching the floor. So, I decided it would be easiest to fold them over a hanger. I actually started doing this over a year ago at my old house. It doesn’t hurt the dresses at all and works well for me.

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Coats & Necklaces

I know a lot of people like to put coats in what is called a “coat closet,” but I have enough room for mine to fit nicely in the bottom corner of my closet.

The previous owners of our home installed these nice little hooks on the back portion of our closet. They work great for my necklaces and feather boa. Why do I have a feather boa? Well, my best friend gave it to me at my bachelorette party and I kept it.

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My closet isn’t anything spectacular, but I am pretty proud of the fact that I have used every ounce of space in it. It has taken several years to develop a system that works for me. And, keep in mind that what works well for one person may not be the best solution for another. It is all about personal preference! I hope seeing my closet has helped with yours a little.

Feel free to visit my other closet organization posts.

Quick Organizing Tips for Little to Zero Cash

How this Challenge Came to Be



Bottoms & Dresses

Coat Closet

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My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!

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One Response to Closet TLC Challenge: Tackle and Lose Clutter

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    Heidi {Operation Organization by Heidi} says

    I love your solution for hanging long dresses – just goes to show that you can have a fully functioning and organized closet without spending all kinds of money for customization. well done! 🙂


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