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EHD $150 Finances Closet Org Problem Reveals – Did We Succeed??

The EHD workforce is again and able to settle for our awards for the Closet Org Olympics. This problem actually examined all of us however we’re higher and our closets are extra organized for it. To recap, our fearless chief Jess got here up with the concept to have us every set up our closets for underneath $150 in 4 weeks. It seems all of us wanted this problem to kickstart our organizational abilities and break the muddle spell. Now our day of reckoning has come so if you’re curious how we every fared on this problem, you might be in the best place. I’ll begin.


I’m awarding myself the standing of partial success. I didn’t magically procure extra closet house (bizarre????) and my “afters” aren’t essentially the most satisfying, however I did my finest to capitalize the house I do have. That was certainly the aim however I don’t really feel 100% glad (and I did type of cheat –extra on that under). However let’s rewind and begin from the start.

Earlier than

Right here is our darkish and ominous earlier than. To reiterate the ache factors as in the event that they aren’t plain to see, the highest shelf storage was a dumping floor for sweatshirts, blankets, and outdated puzzles. The house wasn’t used effectively and with a tiny closet, each inch counts.

This can be a never-before-seen image of the closet ground. The key is out! Our closet ground is a large number and earlier than this problem, I hadn’t seen the again of our closet shortly. Oh, the closet disgrace is actual.

Lastly, now we have this clothes rack as a result of our small closet doesn’t come near reducing it. It’s the very first thing you see whenever you stroll into our room and like I stated in the intro publish, it could possibly be higher. My primary aim was to scrub this space up so at the very least now we have much less of an eyesore to have a look at every single day.

Now let’s see how I did:


I’m fairly pleased with this. I purchased the material bins for sweatshirt storage and match as many as attainable I used these compression baggage. I used to be capable of match 8 sweatshirts in every bin which is nice however there’s a catch. Clearly, they aren’t essentially the most accessible so I had to decide on what sweatshirts and different articles of clothes we need to preserve however don’t put on as typically. It’s not the very best system on this planet however it’s the finest system for the closet scenario now we have.

I purchased the open stackable clear bins final minute as suggested by Mallory who would possibly as properly be the spokesperson for these bins. They’re costly at $22 however they’re the very best answer for sweaters and lengthy sleeve shirts. They’re open within the entrance so every little thing is accessible and straightforward to seize and put again away.

So right here’s the place I cheated a bit. Rocky and I’ve large winter coats that took up an excessive amount of house however we dwell in LA so we hardly ever want them. We don’t need to give them away so the answer I got here up with is to retailer them at my mother or father’s home. They dwell half-hour away so anytime we’re going someplace chilly we are able to simply choose them up. And if we do get a blizzard in LA I suppose we’ll simply must dwell with this choice.

As soon as I eliminated the massive winter coats, clearing up the closet ground grew to become a a lot simpler process. I really found blankets and footwear I had forgotten about as a deal with for my exhausting work!! With this space, I actually needed to transfer issues round and take a look at my finest to retailer issues effectively. Some objects I used to be capable of transfer into our dresser as that house opened up. I moved blankets into considered one of our toilet cupboards (the battle is actual) and any lingering clothes I folded and put into this underbed storage bag. I felt like I used to be enjoying real-life Tetris for like a day and a half however the result’s that my closet is at the very least 5 x extra organized.

That is in all probability my greatest success story. I wanted to maximise shoe storage and on a whim purchased this shoe rack. It ended up becoming completely on prime of the clothes rack, making a 2 tier shoe storage answer. This helped alleviate loads of the shoe muddle. Subsequent, I purchased these hangers so visually the rack seems extra uniform and arranged. We attempt to grasp our on a regular basis sweaters, pants, and jackets right here so they’re simply accessible and that approach the rack doesn’t get overcrowded. I additionally changed our laundry basket with a collapsable one that is a bit more pleasing to the attention. Lastly, I ended up folding and stacking my denims on the facet shelf which freed up a complete drawer in my dresser.

So did I fulfill the problem?? I’d say considerably however the reality is within the numbers:

Storage Compression Bag – $20
Shoe Rack – $32
Underbed Storage – $9
Material Bin x 2
– $20
Hangers – $22
Laundry Basket – $18
Clear Sweater Bins x 2 – $44

Not essentially the most satisfying earlier than and afters this weblog has seen but it surely’s a begin. Maybe I want a real skilled to assist me however at the very least our storage is functioning just a little higher for our on a regular basis wants. Hey, Rome wasn’t in-built a day, proper?

Now let’s transfer on to the remainder of the workforce, however first: a enjoyable video 🙂


I extremely advocate forcing your mates and coworkers into an organizing problem. I’m SO a lot happier now that my closet is organized, features WAY higher, and is solely nicer to have a look at. Let’s get into the method and particulars…

Earlier than

As a refresh, this was the earlier than. Not horrible however not as practical as I wished. The “ground bin” was a messy bummer however housed objects I wanted every single day (like underwear). I additionally had random issues like lampshades that didn’t should be on this closet and bins that didn’t actually work properly for what I wanted (they had been repurposed in one other closet). Anyway, sufficient with the previous and let me present you the way it seems now:)


TADA! New yr, muuuuch higher closet. I did just a little Marie Kondo motion and took every little thing off these cabinets (prime and sides) to resolve what wanted to remain, what ought to go in a distinct closet, and what must be donated. I attempted to be sensible and cutthroat with myself about what I really used and wished to maintain.

You may additionally discover that the shoe scenario is rather a lot higher. That’s the place most of my “cutthroat-ness” got here into play. It felt nice to purge and one factor I made a decision to do for myself was take the footwear I used to be retaining that wanted to be cleaned, reheeled, or in any other case mounted as much as my native shoe restore store. It was solely three pairs with the added buy of a shoe cleaner to economize cleansing different pairs myself. I believe that is such a very good reminder to care for/restore the issues we already personal earlier than they’re unfixable. Particularly footwear since we are able to put on them all the way down to the purpose of no return. A brand new heel sole is rather a lot cheaper and extra sustainable than a brand new pair.

If you happen to had been questioning the place all these books got here from, the reply is the cardboard bins within the earlier than images. A lot better proper? Additionally, these hats had been taking on PRIME actual property on that first shelf, so I simply took some nails I had and hung these puppies up on the wall. I additionally LOVE these striped bins. They really feel actually stable for cloth bins and I made a decision to decide on the smaller and non-lidded possibility (there are a number of choices on this sample) in order that they’re very easy to seize off and put again on.

I can’t let you know what this cubby system has meant to my life and again. Manner much less bending over:) The precise cubbies had been straightforward to construct and loopy reasonably priced. Additionally, how cute are these spherical bins?! Are they maximizing the total extent of the cubby house? No. However I like how they appear, mixing up these shapes, which to me was extra essential and nonetheless match my wants. Lastly, the cubby cupboard was the proper dimension/peak to place my yoga mat and block on prime with sufficient house to suit my suitcase subsequent to it. Extraordinarily satisfying.

Right here’s how a lot this all value:

Striped Material Bin x 6 – $78
Plastic Bin x 2 – $20
Spherical Bin x 4 – $40
Cubbie Storage – $28

GRAND TOTAL: $166 (oops! $16 over)

I did go just a little over however I like every little thing I acquired so I’m comfortable with my rule-breaking conduct. I additionally thought it will be enjoyable to point out you what’s in these secret bins:

And listed here are a pair extra earlier than and afters as a result of it’s enjoyable to see. It’s not going to be featured in any magazines however all I wished was a nicer and extra organized house. Examine and test.


There was nice success, however with an enormous catch (and I apologize upfront)…

Earlier than


Unique Plan:

Laundry Hamper – $60
Hanging Shoe Storage – $20
Bins x 8 – $70


Completely on finances, so properly deliberate out. The whole lot was going to be nice proper? WRONG. SO WRONG. However we’ll get there…let me clarify. So, the unique plan was to get some new bins that had been tall sufficient to cowl the stack of garments that actually went to the ceiling and bothered me a lot however right here’s what that ended up wanting like:

First off, they didn’t repair the garments stacked to the ceiling/over the bin drawback, and second WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS IN THERE. Prefer it was simply an abyss of garments in every bin that might instantly get unfolded and wadded up and thrown round…I considered labeling the bins, but it surely wouldn’t clear up the issue the place all of our stuff on the backside of the bin would simply by no means get worn bc we had no thought what was down there. It may’ve been something. Plus, the bins had been so tall (12 inches excessive) and had been on the prime of our closet already so we couldn’t even attain them. And we wanted so many who they had been shoved shoulder-to-shoulder and it was unspeakably exhausting to seize them and take them down/put them again up. Then Chase (my boyfriend) turned considered one of them on its facet so he may really see and attain for his garments (understandably) and it acquired me pondering:

Possibly we may discover some bins that open out to the facet so we are able to entry them?? I’d have completed shelf dividers, however I wished to make use of my vertical house and have the ability to stack bins on prime of one another (for instance, gentle denim and darker denim stacked on prime of one another, and never facet by facet so as save house in our closet) However what about the issue of the stack being too tall and us being not capable of seize the stuff out from the underside/center of the stack?? Then I discovered EXACTLY what I used to be searching for by way of Pinterest:

Video Supply

WHAT ARE THESE MAGICAL BINS??? I HAD TO KNOW. They’re from The Container Retailer (in fact) and so they’re not low cost. I repeat NOT CHEAP. I checked out this and thought “oh these are good” then appeared on the price ticket and I used to be like “oh there’s no approach” so I scoured the web for hours. HOURS I TELL YOU. I believe I should have devoted 6 hours to searching for bins earlier than I simply stated screw it, what if I simply discover a coupon??? A $26 off coupon and my psychological sanity was sufficient for me to lastly add them to cart.

Earlier than Earlier than New Bins

After New Bins

Now for those who didn’t click on on that bin hyperlink and work out the worth by now, I’ll drop the quantity. Every bin is $21.99 and I wanted at the very least 8 to carry our garments, so the grand complete (with coupon) was $149 for the bins. Now part of me remains to be mad I spent $149 on closet bins and subsequently went drastically over finances (I imply the bins are the entire finances, I do know) however I may actually discover no different possibility that had the best dimensions & stackability for what we wanted.

Now what we actually NEED is a giant dresser, such as you guys addressed within the feedback of the final publish, however there’s no room for one in our studio condo, so I made the choice to spend money on good bins since this may be serving as our dresser for so long as we dwell right here. It needed to be AS practical as attainable. So, now that you realize I went massively over finances as a result of some dumb bins (that really work nice although and solved loads of our issues) right here is the ultimate value breakdown:

So Right here’s What Really Occurred:

Laundry Hamper – $60
Hanging Shoe Storage – $20
Bins x 8 – $70
(then returned half of them) – $35
Bin Pivot/Cash Dump: 4 Pack Stacking Sweater Bins x 2 – $174 (after which I used a coupon so -$26) – $149

Significantly although, if anybody has a model of those bins for cheaper (and never a shelf divider or a pantry dimension) please remark them under as a result of it was a battle & I’d love to assist others discover this type of factor at a extra reasonably priced value. Okay shifting on to the opposite issues I lastly mounted (and for really very low cost)!!!

The Shoe Drawback – SOLVED

I’ve to present a HUGE shoutout to commenter, Ijeoma who gave me the concept to mount a few of my on a regular basis footwear on the wall. This has helped preserve them off the bottom in such a giant approach! Plus now it’s a lot simpler to only seize what we want and go. 10/10 adore it, plus the over-the-door/wall mount shoe rack was solely $20 so it was a VERY straightforward answer. Additionally a giant shoutout to commenter, Allison who gave me the problem of pairing all the way down to solely my matching black hangers – problem accepted!! I ended up donating a bunch of garments and footwear and I’m SO completely happy to have much less issues. Now as a reminder right here’s what our shoe scenario appeared like earlier than:

And right here’s what it seems like now!

Additionally, you would possibly keep in mind, all of my footwear had been on this little hiding spot within the nook of the closet…properly let’s check out the place we’re at now:

No Extra Secret Messy Shoe Hiding Spot – Solved

Right here’s the dealey-o. The shoe rack on the wall solely holds 18 pairs of footwear (which is actually not sufficient for two individuals) and it additionally solely holds tennis footwear & sandals. AKA our extra ‘on a regular basis’ shoe objects. SO WHERE THE HECK DO BOOTS AND HEELS GO? My reply: on a separate shoe rack within the again nook of the closet 🙂 You would possibly keep in mind, I initially had 2 shoe racks facet by facet on the bottom again right here, however as soon as we put the shoe rack up on the wall and the hamper within the again I had an additional one I didn’t know what to do with. I ended up placing one shoe rack behind the opposite for the ‘hardly worn footwear I can’t do away with (aka fancy heels).’ It ended up figuring out completely as a result of there’s room if I A. ever purchase new pairs of footwear and B. it ended up lining up completely with the hamper. This leads me to my subsequent thrilling answer:

The Hamper And Bag Storage Drawback – Solved

So that you would possibly keep in mind initially, we had a hook scenario that simply wasn’t figuring out. It appeared just a little one thing like this:

Initially we had 2 hooks facet by facet: one for the hamper and one for baggage, however the hamper acquired too heavy and the hook fell out of the wall so our laundry’s been dwelling on the ground ever since (actually cool, I do know). We had been in want of a hamper however simply didn’t have the house for a giant one, so we ended up performing some structure modifications and I discovered a pull out hamper that I put behind the closet like so:

I like this hamper SO MUCH. The performance of this works so significantly better and for under $60 it beats the heck out of doing a customized pull-out. I like this hamper for 3 big causes: 1. It has separate locations for lights and darks so we don’t must separate them out anymore 2. They pull out so that you don’t must see the highest of the gross laundry and three. They’ve just a little shelf on prime that was the proper dimension for our weekender/duffle baggage that we’ve had a tough time determining the place to retailer. I AM IN LOVE. Oh and for those who’re curious, sure the pull-out baggage do pull all the way in which out so you possibly can choose them up and convey them over to the washer/dryer which is superior. This was in all probability among the finest $$ spent. It has made our lives SO a lot simpler.

I do know what you’re questioning…what occurred to the remainder of the luggage???

See that lil bin within the nook? These are all my baggage!! Actually I hardly ever use these baggage and so they had been renting some PRECIOUS actual property they may now not pay. Nicely, they acquired evicted and we moved them to the again (which I’m so completely happy about). Initially, I assumed I would wish to construct a shelf for them however for value causes & the truth that I had a lot extra space as soon as I acquired the clear stacking bins from the container retailer, this ended up being the proper spot for them.


I’ll be trustworthy that arising with an organizational system for our rental closet might be considered one of my decrease priorities in life proper now. Certain, the mess is annoying however I largely put on athleisure (peloton + writing from house + web site visits + canine strolling = no outfits) so I’m not as aggravated with it as most individuals can be. I used to be extra ashamed to point out you:) So actually I didn’t spend an excessive amount of time on the entrance finish ‘designing’ or arising with a technique. I’m certain there are methods this might have been completed higher, however the 2 hours of mind house that I may have spent on it was spent on way more urgent is

Earlier than

I do know that I’ve printed myself in a bikini on the web however that is way more embarrassing. No system = chaos. It’s a giant closet, too so there’s a first rate quantity of potential.

FYI I had shipped most of my ‘metropolis’ garments and footwear from LA straight up right here (to not Lake Arrowhead) so I lately unpacked them and was appalled on the sheer quantity of garments and footwear I’ve proper now. I did a fast purge (my sister is begging for hand-me-downs) and it helped.

Apparently, that is the place Charlie retains the soccer ball. Certain. So two days in the past I went to Goal and did some fast buying.


HOW SATISFYING. That is now Brian’s facet (rod-speaking) along with his T-shirts and sweaters in the hanging canvas shelf and his button-downs on the left. We now have a dresser in our bed room that’s largely his, so that is only a small quantity of his garments. I may actually have folded his stuff higher, however I merely didn’t really feel prefer it. The denims up prime are those that I like sufficient to maintain although they don’t at present match me. I determine I’ll give myself until fall to see if I can get into them once more and if not, SEE YA.

I purchased a pair extra of these wooden bins which I unusually love. They’re half bin/half shelf, in order that they stack, are simply accessible, and preserve the mess inside. I take advantage of these for my exercise garments (which I put on on a regular basis as a result of I additionally stroll the canine 2 hours a day). So from prime left now we have exercise shorts, pajama units, exercise pants, and exercise T-shirts. P.S. I believe I’m the one one who purchased a Peloton in 2022 (post-pandemic gross sales have plummeted) after utilizing my neighbors since September and loving it. I’m attempting out virtually each teacher to do a publish about ‘my favourite instructors with SPECIFIC class suggestions’ (i.e. if I’m in a foul temper I do know I can do ________ and the music makes me so completely happy, and many others).

ALSO, I stuffed my tall boots with rolled-up magazines and it modified my life.

I acquired an over-the-door shoe holder to get 1/2 of these “metropolis footwear” off the bottom. Such a fast/quick answer that took away my shoe disgrace.

The largest distinction is clearly the sweater storage within the hanging canvas cabinets. I LOVE THESE and I’m so glad that I didn’t purchase a chunk of rubbish dresser (enjoyable design truth – low cost dressers are the one piece of furnishings that I actually strive to not purchase as a result of they merely don’t maintain up long-term). I scoured Craigslist and FB market for a few weeks to see if I may discover a small dresser for in right here, however I couldn’t carry myself to purchase something ugly or costly except I noticed myself utilizing it on the farm. So these cabinets are GREAT as a result of I do know that I can use them in a youngsters’, visitor, or linen closet. Additionally, I organized by shade which is ALWAYS satisfying.

I’m VERY glad that the women compelled me to do that closet problem. All it took was one cease (Goal) for the hanging cabinets, bins, shoe holder, and people black velvet hangers. It gave me an excuse to take heed to a podcast (I began Damaged Harts – OOF) and I now carry round much less closet disgrace. I in all probability went over the finances, however who’s counting? (reply: Ryann) 🙂

Massive Stackable Wooden Bins x 4 – $80
Over The Door Shoe Organizer – $17
Hanging Material Storage Organizer x 4 – $48

Okay, that’s all! Are you impressed? Received any extra enjoyable concepts? Would you want extra of those “real-life” finances org challenges? Let’s chat.

Opening Picture Credit score: Picture by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: A Bed room & Closet Reveal with Goal’s Made by Design Line


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