Anatomy of a Master Closet

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Good morning!


I hope your 4th of July was fantastic and filled with good food, family, friends, and thankfulness for our country!


My closet was finished in April of 2021 after the floors were stripped, re-stained and re-sealed. The closet being finished is still such a joy. Working on your home isn't always a quick process when you do the majority of the work- it is not a 6 week turnover like an HGTV show. Please remember that.









I have been in the midst of a whole home renovation/makeover since my brother moved out in August of 2019 (if you've been around for a while you know this; if you're new hi and welcome).


With that being said, I wanted to talk about my Master Closet. It was finally painted in April when the floors were done in my bedroom. Even just paint will make you feel like you have a new space!


Last July when we finished painting, I did not get to my closet. I was too tired and too burn out, frankly, to do it. My Dad and I had completed 9 rooms of painting, which had substantial portions of trim work to paint, and also beadboard in the kitchen and laundry room, plus all the work that had been done from December 2019 to July 2020. At the bottom, I break all that down in the P.S. section.


To say I couldn't bear painting another day, was an understatement. With the bedroom floors being redone, I was finally ready to tackle the closet and get it up to my standards.


Everything was taken out of the closet, and the bedroom for the ensuing floor being stripped, sanded, and then re-stained and re-sealed.


After everything was done, I realized I wanted to be able to walk into my closet and be able to access everything. Before I was not able to, and had a 3-tiered metal shelf in there, along with my Christmas decoration and Halloween.


Altogether too much stuff.


I moved everything into the Indian room and then moved all my Seasonal decorations into that closet.


I've realized organizing your house is nothing but a real-life game of Jenga! Seriously!


My number 1 Mantra and Tip are: Have a place for it!


It needs to be organized, tidy, and neat, and lastly: if you have too much stuff, you'll just keep shifting it around and your house will never get fully organized.


Do you know how I know? Because I've moved stuff around for years, and have never fully gotten organized. But I am very close to achieving it and it feels amazing. It is possible. You have to put in the work, and also be willing to live with less.


So, now I can walk into my closet, and it's neat, orderly and I only keep certain things in there.


I keep my suitcases for traveling, my purses, my shoes, my clothes, and one rug that protects the floor on which I rest my clothes' hamper. I also keep my heaters for Wintertime, Sweaters stored well until wintertime, and some very expensive Native American rugs that are my parents and that's it.


Our houses are meant to enjoy, to rest, to recharge, and to feel relaxed. We run our houses. Our houses do not run us. I can admit (at times), my house ran me- I didn't like it. And I've been on the journey of organizing it to my life, and who I am now. Don't hesitate to do the same. It's so gratifying.


The closet was really quite easy to achieve.


1) Re-paint it


2) Put all the clothes back in and organize by color and clothes (pants together, shirts together, etc.)


3) Put in matching brass hangers for my purses and that's it!





P.S. If you wanted to know...


The renovations include, 4 rooms having the floors stripped and professionally done, re-painting the entire interior of the house (including trim work which is a completely different animal than just painting walls), patching plaster in 3 different rooms, ripping out and re-doing the master bathroom, taking some doors off and re-sanding them, and re-sealing the polyurethane on them; which that needs to be done on several other doors. Lots of huge projects, and lots of little projects, which there are still many to be done.


Also, part of this journey has been doing a room-by-room assessment of everything I own. I mean every darn thing. I'm not going to lie, it's taxing and annoying, and not for the faint of heart.


It should be noted, I've done this in fits and spurts. I am nearing the completion but it has taken almost two years. For me, it's about doing it when I want to; I wouldn't have been able to knock it out in a month. I am always about the long haul...on my timeline.


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to Dm me on Instagram, or send an e-mail.



Jennifer