Our Bedroom Closet Makeover

Closet Makeover

Our 656sq ft apartment has one closet. Yes. One! Uno! 

It’s narrow, deep and tall. It’s also in our bedroom, so it’s where Juan and I store most of our clothing along with our suitcases and a bunch of other random stuff. 

Our closet has 2 rods, one in front of the other. We keep out-of-season and special occasion clothes on the back rod and our everyday life clothes on the front. 

The photo above is how it looked earlier today. 

Also, here is a photo of the laundry basket where we actually put our dirty clothes. It has been a semi-permanent guest in the living room for a couple months. Not awesome. 

Closet Makeover

(Note, we only use one of the three sections of this laundry basket. One of them is holding old pillows that I want to save for a project and the other is holding clothes that need to be dry cleaned. Again, not awesome.)

Also, I don’t even roll this basket to the laundry room. I fill up a regular plastic laundry basket and take that instead. 

Room for improvement? I think we can say yes to that. 

On my last trip to Ikea, I picked up a SKUBB laundry bag:


It’s tall, deep & narrow. Just like our closet. SKUBB in hand, I got to work. 

Here’s what I did:

  • Set aside anything that no longer fit for either storage or Goodwill (hello and GOODBYE post-baby clothes!)
  • Moved anything that we weren’t likely to wear in the next couple months (like sweaters, etc.) to the back rod and/or out-of-season storage. 
  • Emptied the 3-section laundry basket: gathered the dry cleaning for my next errand run, put the pillows in the back of the closet and washed & dried whatever was left. 

Here is the refreshed closet with the new Mr. SKUBB. See how I can now fit my boots in the closet? They were cluttering up the floor in the coat room and now they have an out-of-the-way home.

Our Bedroom Closet Makeover


I also hung all of the clothes on the front rod on black hangers and faced them in the same direction, grouping similar items together. It’s a simple change with big visual impact.

Closet Makeover

In case you are wondering about our plastic laundry basket, it has a future home in Javi’s new Pax wardrobe. And the 3-section laundry basket aka stuff-collector? It has been washed and is sitting by the door, ready to go to Goodwill.

Today has been a good day. 

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