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Mom’s Closet (Before and During)


Before – more disorganized than messy

My mom has a fabulous walk-in closet in her bedroom. It’s almost too fabulous. How can that be, you ask? It has so much room and holds so many clothes, shoes, and accessories that it is not necessary to weed out items because of space limitations, so my mom can keep things for years that she really should get rid of. The downfall to this is that she has clothes that no longer fit and/or are out of style, and when she gets dressed in the morning, she has to comb through each section to find a shell/sweater/skirt/pants that fits and still looks good.

She keeps her jewelry strewn about on the harvest table along a wall next to her bed. She has a jewelry box filled with her fine jewelry and a Stella & Dot display piece to hold her necklaces and bracelets from S & D. Also strewn about on the harvest table: magazines, paperwork, files, books, more magazines, picture frames, and keepsakes. And magazines. Once she selects her outfit, she has to locate the jewelry to go with it; as you can imagine, this takes up the better part of the time she has to get dressed in the morning, and she was starting to feel like one of those cartoon characters who run, screaming from their closets while a wave of clothing and handbags threatens to engulf them.

Sounds like a job for…The Closet Wizard!

I decided to tackle the closet from back to front, starting with the shoes, then moving to scarves and handbags, then purging and organizing her clothes. It’s a work in progress – we have to take a break while she is having her bedroom painted – but I’m pleased with what we’ve done so far. The first two pictures are from before we started; the rest are during. I will take after pictures once the painting is finished.

Before – left side of the closet
Before – right side


During – shoes organized on shelves
Shoes on shelves, handbags in hanging garment organizer, and scarves in Elfa shelves
During – the shirts on the left are now organized: shells/tanks, short sleeves, long sleeves, sweaters, jackets (all in ROY G. BIV order of course!)
Pants, skirts, dresses, and coats

The painting should be finished later this week. We still need to go through everything on the top shelves and tidy up the floor; switch all of the hangers to these; organize the clothes by sections using these; and relocate the jewelry to the top of the shoe shelf using this and this.

Stay tuned for the after pictures – they’re going to be great! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Mom’s Closet (Before and During)

    1. Thanks, Carolyn. She is! She can’t wait for her bedroom to be painted so we can finish the makeover. She already loves how much easier it is to get dresses.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow – hard to believe you’ve anything left to do; it’s great looking now. Bet your Mom appreciates all the hard work. Must be rather fun to find an outfit now!

    1. Thanks, Maggie. I can’t wait until we get to hang up her jewelry. We’re going to put a mirror and new lighting in there, so she may never come out!

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