My Underwhelming "Dream" Closet

I’ve always wished that I could have an awesome walk-in closet.

Instead of packing away my off-season clothes, they could all live together in harmony. I’d have all my jewelry displayed and all my shoes accessible. Maybe I’d even have a girlie chandelier hanging from the ceiling, along with a FULL SIZED mirror leaning against the wall.

Yeah, that’s the dream.

So, when this month’s catalog from The Container Store my heart went pitter-pat. Check out the cover:

dream closet

Now THAT is a sexy closet!

Now, check out my ACTUAL closet:

my actual closet

I mean, its KIND OF organized… but mostly it’s kind of a mess. I bought the latest shoe organizer (I’m pretty sure I’ve been through a half dozen) with the hopes that it would FINALLY corral my shoes in an orderly fashion.

shoes section

It does not.

I mean, it STARTS OUT being orderly, but then after a couple days of using it… well, it looks like that.

I decided that even though I won’t be enjoying a walk-in closet anytime soon, I could still steal some of their organizing tricks. The fact that The Container Store was running a sale on exactly the pieces I wanted helped push me over the edge of indecision.

So, I stopped by and picked up two of their 12 section shoe organizers and one of their 6 section handbag organizers for a total of $95.37 (each item was $10 off the original price). I figure that all my shoes can fit in the 24 slots (or less) and then I could use the larger slots for small stuff like belts, bathing suits, tote bags, and miscellaneous stuff that ends up in my closet.

It took me a little over an hour to get all three organizers put together and then I tried out a bunch of different stacking configurations before ending up with this:

after closet

It’s nice.

I mean, it is certainly a lot neater than the previous incarnation of my closet. But it’s still not awesome like the closet on the catalog. I think the HUGE difference though is the fact that I actually use my closet and it’s not just a model for pretend people to use.

shoes after

So, I guess I’m happy with the finished product. I’m just not sure if I’m $100 worth of happy.

I probably could have gotten more of the ‘model closet’ look if I had gone bigger and stacked two more cubes on top of the ones I have… but I don’t have that many shoes AND I would have lost some clothing hanging space.

What do you think? Does it seem neater and more organized to you? Do you have one of those covetable walk-in closets that I drool over? What are your tricks for keeping your closet organized?


In order to comment on, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.

Trending Now