Emilee’s Closet Makeover

I would show you the before, but I just jump right into things and then remember to take pictures later. I’ll try to remember next time. Just vision the “before” with way too many clothes, that were too small and toys and things that she never even looked at. Here’s what it looks like now.

It was quite a chore deciding on what should be kept or given to someone else. Not on my part, but Emilee’s a pack rat so she was struggling with getting rid of anything. This was a 2 day process for her. First, putting things in piles. Then going through the piles and deciding what items were the most important to her. I still feel there’s more that can go, but this will do for now. The top shelf holds bedding, games, scrapbook supplies and dance videos and equipment. They’re all sorted in the black totes. I just realized that I still need to make tags for the totes.

Her dresses and dance costumes are on the left side of the closet.

And her shirts and sweaters are on the right, with her robe hanging from a hook.

I like to buy these stackable organizers, because they can be moved from room to room, depending on where they’re needed. These were in Adam’s room, but he didin’t need them anymore. They work perfectly for Emilee’s shoes now.

This hook holds her scarves for her tops and dresses.

I used 4 stackable organizers here. I had to buy 2 of them, but they were only $12 each. I did secure these tall ones to the wall for safety reasons (I have young grandkids). I had all 4 of the green tote and 4 of the white ones, so I only had to buy 4 more. I think they were 2 for $10 at Wal-Mart. They fit perfect in the units. Her colors are yellow, green and black. I’m so excited I already had these green and black totes.

I just printed the simple labels on the computer. First I measured how big the opening was by tracing it on the paper that came with it, in the window. Then I decided how big the font could be. I could have gone a little bigger. Oh well!

Here they are finished. She has a place for everything now. Let’s see if she can keep it that way. It’s been this way for a few weeks, so far so good.

Like I told you last post, we’re redoing Emilee’s room, but on a strict budget. The closet total so far is $44. I still have one more thing I need to do before it’s complete. I’ll give you a hint: It has to do with the doors.

Oh, I forgot, the little basket on the floor is for her dirty clothes. It’s small on purpose. She has to bring her clothes down to be washed every 2 days because of it’s size. Since I do laundry everyday, that’s perfect.

{ 26 comments… add one }
  • Lisa May 18, 2010, 9:35 pm

    NICE work! I’m sure that feels really good for both of you. All the labeled bins make it EXTRA organized and easy to manage.

  • beth May 19, 2010, 4:52 am

    You are really making me jewalous! I need to get some closets done. I hate to part with things the girls haven’t worn because they were expensive and I wonder if they will like them again someday…am I crazy? Am I a packrat like Emily? Yikes!

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage May 19, 2010, 7:15 am

    Okay that closet rocks. You need to come to my house….seriously…

  • Val May 19, 2010, 10:52 am

    I love the green and white bins! Everything looks fantastic…so neat and tidy! Looking forward to sharing my project next week!

  • The Saved Quarter May 19, 2010, 11:32 am

    Looks fantastic! Like it could be in a magazine! 🙂

    The shoe rack and bins are especially nice. Hopefully it stays so nice!

  • Liberty May 19, 2010, 12:44 pm

    Looks great! Inspirational for my own clset…things just get dumped in there..must.stop.doing.that.

  • Kolein May 19, 2010, 5:39 pm


    I’m re-doing my son’s room right now and will borrow some of your organization ideas here! Thank you.

    But the real reason I’m here. OH my. MY. Your box arrived today. I could cry. It’s so beautiful!!

    Please go and see how beautiful it is to me:


    You are a gem!


  • Christina's Creative Side May 19, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Great job!! I need a closet this size for my baby. 🙂

  • Staci Johnson May 20, 2010, 11:20 am

    Would you like to come and do mine next:) It looks great!!! Visiting from Shabby Chic Linky Party!

  • trish naylor May 21, 2010, 4:23 am

    LOVE the make-over… I forget to get my before pics too!!! I have these same totes in my closet… just needs a “little” clean out and now I’m inspired!!! Thanks for the GREAT ideas!!!

  • Jane F @ Atticmag May 21, 2010, 8:34 am

    It’s a terrific closet and has so many great features. I’m sure it will be useful for so many Moms.

  • Becca May 21, 2010, 10:55 am

    Ooooh! I think I have a new organizing project for your linky party next week. My daughter’s closet needs a makeover like this. Thanks for linking up today. I’ll start organizing for your party next week.


  • heidi @ wonder woman wannabe May 21, 2010, 11:05 am

    Well done! I use bins like that in my closet too rather than have a bulky dresser taking up space in the room – works GREAT!

    ~visiting via Inspired Room~

  • m May 21, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Hello sweet Leanne – visiting from The Inspired Room! Love the closet makeover. Those green bins are so cute! What great inspiration. Thank you for sharing!


  • Robyn :) May 21, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I just discovered your blog today and I am loving it. You have some really awesome ideas for decorating and organizing.

    I just reorganized my storage room today. I got a nice metal shelf from the school I work at(we are having a remodel this summer and they were just going to throw it out!!) and I put it in and worked around it. The room looks good now.

  • Funky Junk Interiors May 22, 2010, 12:15 am

    That’s only my DREAM closet. The colours just pop! I so have to make a closet for myself. You’ve offered great encouragement to go for it!

    Thanks for linking this up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

  • Stephanie Lynn May 22, 2010, 7:30 pm

    Love the bins – Looks fabulous! Fantastic job! Hope you have a great weekend!~ Stephanie Lynn

  • JOY May 23, 2010, 4:34 pm

    WOW – Beautiful!!

  • Stephanie Lynn May 24, 2010, 12:52 am

    Fabulous make over! Ijust adore the green and white baskets {love} Thanks for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn May 24, 2010, 7:43 am

    What a fabulous DIY transformation~well done!

    I hope you have stopped by to enter my giveaway.

  • Jeanine at One Cheap B*tch May 24, 2010, 8:14 am

    Wow! I mean seriously, wow! I dream of being that organized some day!


  • Condo Blues May 24, 2010, 8:24 am

    I love an organized closet! I feel like I have more stuff because I can see and use everything so easily. Love the totes. You’d never know that you did the difference colors by necessity. It looks like you chose them as a design element – love that!

  • Sarah May 24, 2010, 1:29 pm

    I bet my daughter’s closet looked like yours before (my Reagan is too a pack rat). I am really anxious to see what you do for doors. We took Reagan’s sliding doors off when we laid our flooring so for the past couple of months her mess stares me in the face everytime I walk in the room. I love this!! Come do mine!!

  • Jenny May 25, 2010, 4:52 am

    Wow! That looks so good. I love white and green together. It is definitely a favorite of mine. Great job!

  • Tara @Just Devine Style May 25, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Love the way everything has it’s own place. the hook for scarves is great. I always try and put them through a hanger and it is just a pain. Really nice space.

  • Ashley May 14, 2016, 8:57 pm

    I’m looking everywhere for those white stackable storage units for the closet? Where do you get those?

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