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Minimize Your Wardrobe – Tour My Minimized Closet

Minimize Closet Clean Out_Final Results

This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post.

In my last #minimize wardrobe post I rounded out the Closet Clean Out challenge with some discussion on my approach to managing my seasonal capsule wardrobes. This week I was inspired – yet again – to switch up the originally scheduled post because I want to have a little more fun with the capsule concept and incorporate it with the self-portrait challenge #myselfiescrapbook. That means ONE final week of the wardrobe challenge before we move on.

I’ve been wanting an excuse to spruce up my closet a bit, so when the idea of a closet tour came up, I thought “what a perfect excuse!” It’s not often that I get the chance to show off my favorite room in my house.

Yes, you read that right: my closet is my favorite room in my house.

Sure, that is partly because we’re renovating, and living a renovator’s lifestyle pretty much guarantees that nothing is ever perfect (because we’re always prepping for the next major project): our furniture was purchased for other spaces, much of what we have is second-hand, and I would just REALLY like to have the budget to decorate and final-final everything to perfection. But, let’s be honest – life is far from perfect. And life with a toddler, two dogs, and a lot of tear-downs and rebuilds makes it completely impractical. Our spaces are in transition. It is our reality.

There are a few corners of our house that are final. And the closet is probably the most final-final corner of our house. Sure, it needs to be repainted with a different paint type (these are the things that happen when you run out of paint and need to get things finished) – but besides that, we’re done in there. It’s an inspiring space. And if you take a look at the photos, I think you’ll see why.

But first – some fun BEFORE pictures. The lady in the photo is my kick-ass mother-in-law. Her and I liberated the oppressive space while the guys (Chris, our friend Tommy, and my father-in-law) worked on what is now our bedroom/office (I’ll tour that after the tech series).

Our Master Closet-Laundry | Before Pictures

This is the photo from the home appraisal. Note to future self: get better at taking “before” pictures. I never think of it until after we start. And, believe me, the entire transformation is honestly breathtaking.

Note | Notice the window to the right. This will help you orient in the “after” photos.

Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - during tear-down

Chris’s hands are where I now store my shoes (just to orient you)

Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - before Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - during tear-down Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - during tear-down

 

 

Our Master Closet-Laundry | After Pictures

So here is the final transformation. After construction (completed within a month of our move-in). After design, installation, and finish work. And after my wardrobe minimize series.

With these before-and-afters it can be hard to orient yourself. Here is the wall that had cabinets on it.

Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - after

You’ll notice we tore out all of the cabinets and moved the washer/dryer. More on that in the next photo. Window, in this photo, is to the right.

Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - after

Our laundry area | The left-hand wall (where the picture is) used to be an additional entrance to our house. We blocked it to make room for the washer/dryer area. To quote my very wise mother-in-law “once you have laundry in your closet, you will NEVER want to live without it”. She is SO right. To orient, the window is now to your left in this photo.

 

Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - after

The window wall | The dresser is from Ikea. It was a steal. Seriously. For the price, we found a dresser that happens to match and fit our space perfectly.

Home Tour | Our Master Closet/Laundry area - after

The window wall | Random tid-bits on the top of our dresser. You’ll see the before and after of that in a future minimize post. ;)

 

My Wardrobe | Final Photos & Reflection

Aren’t before and afters SO much fun?! Okay. Back to the intention of this post: let’s wrap up the #minimize portion of the 5-week closet clean out challenge.

This is what my closet looks like now. It’s A LOT more empty, though I’m not sure that translates with my photo. For reference, here is my “before” for the start of this challenge.

My closet: before the clean out. Minimize | A Project focused on cleaning out every corner where we collect clutter. For more on this series visit How I Sustain Blog (howisustain.com)

BEFORE the closet-clean out challenge: when I thought I needed more hangers

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BEFORE the closet-clean out challenge: when I could never find anything to wear

 

And this is what my closet looks like every day – after the challenge. It’s definitely better. But – wait for it.

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AFTER the 5-week closet clean-out challenge

In celebration of the end of the challenge (and the overly hopeful end of winter), I decided to pare down my closet to what I really wear. And do you know what I saw?

This.

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AFTER the closet clean-out challenge: What I wore this winter

But, wait, there’s more. Because when I separated out what I wore more than once – well, you’ll see for yourself.

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AFTER the closet clean-out challenge | What I actually wore (more than once) this winter

So it turns out, that when you take out:

  1. The things that don’t fit
  2. The things you don’t like
  3. The things you don’t wear
  4. The things out-of-season
  5. The things hidden in corners

AND THEN you do it again at the end of the season – that’s when you get the real, hard truth about your habits and the things you keep. And that’s when your consignment income gets a boost.

Next week I’m going to show off my winter capsule wardrobe – item by item – in a fun #myselfiescrapbook inspired post. Stick around. It gets even more fun!

 

xoxo,

Julie

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4 Comments

  1. Well done, friend! I LOVE the idea of having a master closet with the laundry right inside. Truly brilliant! I also have the same dresser from IKEA and I love, love, love it. It’s so lovely and sleek, and it has survived 5 moves while still looking brand-new. I’m on a mission to minimize my closet this weekend, so thanks for the dose of inspiration!

  2. Anni Autio says

    That’s really cool Julie…I’m envious of your discipline. Keep up the good work.

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