Have you ever seen those beautiful before and after pictures of a nicely organized closet? The ones where everything is color coordinated, pretty baskets and bins are all matching. Do you ever wish that your closets looked like those?
I have! The problem I always run into when I try to attempt this seemingly magical feat is that to buy baskets and containers that all match each other can be crazy expensive. One pretty basket on it’s own can cost more than $15 each! If you need more than a few, your price tags are quickly adding up to be more than $100!
No way! That is insane and a pretty closet is not worth it! But don’t you worry! I am going to show you how to organize your closet and only spend a few pennies. I was able to organize 2 large closets and made them look beautiful for under $15. There are only three tips you need to know to do the same thing.
Look at a thrift store
The secret… thrift store finds! For a few weeks I would go into the thrift store and search their isles for any sturdy office organizing tools. Things like stackable files, desk organizers, pencil holders, and paper holders were all things that I found almost on a weekly basis.
Don’t worry about the pieces matching. We will take care of that next. For now, focus on looking for items that will suite your needs. Try to think outside the box. One item I bought is actually made to hold little coffee creamers but is now being used to house all of our miscellaneous office supplies.
Every single piece I bought cost about $1.50 – $2.00. This method is way cheaper then going to the store to buy brand new.
Save your leftover condiment tubs
Things like leftover yogurt tubs, glass jars, or tin cans will help make this project achieve your desired end result. Again, they don’t need to match. Just make sure to get them all cleaned up and remove any paper labels. Then you are ready to make them look organized.
I told you I was going to show you how to organize your closet and make it look pretty and this is where the makeover happens. Choose just one color of spray paint that you love and would like to see in your soon to be beautiful closet.
Now take all of those pieces you just found at the thrift store, go to a well-ventilated area (outside is best), and start painting all the pieces the same colors! Some of the things I had I only painted part of it, like glass jars. I wanted to be able to see what was inside so I cleaned off the glass and only painted the lids.
How to Organize Your Closet
Take a look at what these pits looked like before I started on this organizing journey…
Pull everything out
Let everything completely dry and bring them inside and start organizing. My closets were a disaster zone. We called one of them “the craft pit.” The very best thing to do is have all of your new organizing tools set out and just pull every single piece out of your closet!
Every – single – piece! As you are pulling things out place them in piles of related use. So papers with papers, coloring supplies, kids crafts, ribbons, things like that all piled together.
Throw it away
Don’t be afraid to throw things away that you know you don’t need. I was surprised at how much trash I had in there. Not just things I didn’t think I would be using but actual pieces of trash.
It sounds like a lot of work but let me tell you, I spent about 2 hours total getting this project completed and I am so happy that I did! Sometimes as I am walking through our hallway I will just stop and open the closets to look in and see how pretty they look now. You will be so happy you did it!
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