Since I now have a neverending amount of time at home I’ve been tackling some projects I have been meaning to get to, starting with my office closet. One of the favorite things about our house is out closets. That was something that was non-negotiable when we were house hunting because, between Jared and I, we have a lot of clothes. My office closet is kind of catchall and a place where I just throw things and shut the door – I’m sure you have a closet like that too, right?
Because I am so blessed to receive numerous PR packages and have purchased a lot of clothes for Thrifty Pineapple in my head my office closet was where everything would neatly be placed, however, it turned into a place I shoved everything to make my office clean for photoshoots or try-on sessions. My goal in the mini closet makeover was to make it feel like a mini boutique in my office. A place where I could display items but also use it functionally.
How I Organized My Office Closet
Before and After
My biggest problem was my shoes, as you can see from the before picture they were in a giant pile. Although it’s a closet, I don’t really use it to hang things. In my office, I keep things I need to shoot or showcase but then once I do that I move them into my day to day closet in our master bedroom, otherwise, I’d be running all over the house to get dressed each morning. But my shoes were kind of split half and half and not organized in either place, so I knew that was the big thing I needed to tackle.
These shoe racks are a lifesaver, we already had three of them so I bought two more from Target and they keep everything so neat and organized but I can still see everything. It feels like all of my shoes are on display which will make it so easy when getting ready. I transferred all of my shoes into this closet so every pair would have a home. I organized them by wedges, heels, loafers, sneakers, etc and then I moved all of my fall/winter boots up on the top shelf since I would be needing them for a while.
After shoes I knew I need to handle organization with my purses and accessories, I had some baskets in the back and some on the shelves but there was no rhyme or reason. I purchased this 6 cube shelving unit and some baskets to help with more space. In the bottom baskets, I have one for extra items for giveaways. I have one for scarves and belts and one for swimsuits. I then put some of my new purses that could stand alone in the top three cubes.
As I was doing some research on Pinterest, I noticed a small purse organizer from The Container Store for $80. For $80, I could buy a new purse lol, so I took the same concept and found a much cheaper alternative. I use a hanging shoe organizer and used each slot to put small crossbody bags and clutches in. I put the ones I reach for the most up top and seasonal clutches down at the bottom. It also came with two S-hooks which were perfect for hanging my larger floppier totes.
My biggest problem is if I don’t see it I won’t use it, so I need something that I could easily display them and this shoe organizer makes it easy to stay organized but see everything clearly at the same time.
For my larger travel bags, I compiled them into 4 bags putting foldable duffles and canvas totes inside one another. This helps them keep their shape but also keeps everything nice and neat. I lined these 4 on the top shelf for a nice boutique feel.
Lastly, I had the built-in shelving unit which could have been used for shoes, but as I mentioned I receive quite a few PR packages and needed a way to organize the beauty and other items I receive.
I have different containers for skincare, face, eyes, and lips as well as other containers for planning/crafting supplies, hair accessories, upcoming products to shoot, props, etc. I am hoping since everything has a home now it will be easy when new products come in to know exactly where they are supposed to go. I got all of these white bins from the dollar store which is a great place to save money because these plastic bins can add up quickly.
Lastly, I mentioned I wanted it to feel like a boutique so I added my vision board for inspiration, a cute letterboard and some extra framed photos I had laying around. I am so pleased with how this turned out. Although it wasn’t fun during the cleanout and organization process the end result is 100% worth it…now I just have to keep it this way.