Budget DIY Closet Organization

Happy Hump Day, beta testers! It really doesn't feel like a Wednesday (three day weekends always mess me up in a good way) but it really is! And that means it's time for your Weekly DIY.  

I'll tell you a secret. Despite my rigorous cleaning in many areas, there are some closets, drawers and corners that I NEVER CLEAN. I said it. NEVER. But sometimes, after about the millionth reusable grocery bag falling on your head, it's time. 

The culprit is my front hall closet and let me tell you, this gal does EVERYTHING. This closet stores coats, some shoes (kind of), cleaning supplies, the brooms, vacuum (and all it's attachments), our VAST collection of reusable grocery bags and a chest of drawers we use to store serving pieces, candles, placemats, etc. It's a big job and right now, nothing about it is working.

Budget DIY Closet Organization

1. First thing? Take EVERYTHING out of the closet. Yep. Everything. Sorry, but there's no way around this and if you don't you're bound to miss something wedged at the back.

Okay so I didn't take out the chest but that is HEAVY you guys. I did take this opportunity to sweep and wipe down the shelves though. 

Okay so I didn't take out the chest but that is HEAVY you guys. I did take this opportunity to sweep and wipe down the shelves though. 

2. Separate everything into piles by use. Grocery bags here, cleaning supplies there. This will make it easy to see if something just doesn't belong. You may also realize, "wow I have a lot of crap".

3. Once you have your categories, make sure you want all of those things in this closet or at all. Is there a better place for shoes or the random box fan? (Answer: yes.) Set those things in your FIND NEW HOME area. Then ask yourself how many placemats do I really need? If the answer is none, start your DONATE pile. You will undoubtedly also come across actual TRASH so you'll want a pile for that too.

Off to Goodwill with ye!

Off to Goodwill with ye!

4. Now is the (sort of) fun part. Decide how you want to store all the things that are going back into your closet. Make a list of the organizers that will suit your needs. I like baskets, they corral all manner of small items and are easy to grab. I needed 2 large ones (one for vacuum stuff and one for the infernal grocery bags) and one smaller one for cleaning supplies. I also have 4 brooms/dust mops so I definitely needed some kind of hanger thing. Make note of any measurements you will need while shopping (like how deep your shelves are for example) so it will all fit perfectly!

5. Now to the store! I went to my Fred Meyer but if you don't live in the PNW, you don't have one of those. It's like a Target but with more coupons. All in all I spent about $70 and if I had been really shrewd, I would have surfed the sales to make sure I was shopping with a sale AND a coupon. But alas, I'm not that good. 

6. Once you get home, it's time to put it all back together! In this process (and in the first few weeks) you may find that you need another thing or a different thing, so I leave the tags on until I'm totally sure I like how it's working. Try not to get discouraged if it isn't perfect the first time, it's all about the process. Best laid plans and all.

7. DO NOT FORGET to actually drop off your donations, throw out what you designated as trash and really truly find a new home for the stuff that no longer belongs. And voile! Transformation complete!


Have you taken on any big reorganization projects recently? Share your closet makeovers with #bettybetatester on twitter, instagram and pinterest. Questions? Comments? Let me know in the comments below! xo