Savor the beauty of well-placed, nicely organized storage space in your home. This highly valued commodity usually comes in the form of a closet. A small, scantly shelved linen closet may only hold a few sheets and towels. But, on the other end of the spectrum, a walk-in/combo dressing room and closet may be a full-sized room of your living quarters.
Common complaints about closets often include size or lighting deficiencies, or closets that are oddly configured. In other cases, these storage receptacles become a wasteland for stuff. Consider a little makeover to allow your closet to fulfill its potential.
Take a look at these nine before and after closet makeovers that inspire hope if you have closet woes.
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Before: Cluttered Storage
New York City resident Christine wanted a stylish makeup area with a vanity. With space at a premium, some Manhattan apartments don't offer much room for anything beyond the bare minimum. Her storage closet had become a giant dumping ground for tons of stuff. Her closet had some space and could benefit from a transformation.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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After: Charming Vanity Area
With the help of a handyman, Christine built out the storage closet into an area for storing her clothing, makeup, and accessories. She added a custom-fit vanity, lit with exposed bulb Hollywood-style lights. Her vanity is now a bright, welcoming space for her to apply makeup. Tiny shelves hold accessories, makeup, and shoes.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Before: Too Tiny and Cluttered
Liz Marie was embarrassed by her linen closet. She had disorganized piles of junk cluttering the space. She also did not like the closet's miniature size.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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After: Organized Quickly
She couldn't change the size of her Lilliputian linen closet, so Liz Marie maximized every possible square inch with baskets from Michael's. Little chalkboard signs identify the content of each basket. Best of all, this closet makeover took only one hour.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Before: Walk-in Closet Mess
A big, walk-in closet can be just as problematic as a small closet. The most significant difference: The mess takes longer to reach a tipping point and usually more time to clean up. Over the years, home bloggers Kevin and Amanda amassed a lot of stuff in their master bedroom's walk-in closet. It was time for a bold, decisive closet makeover.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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After: Closet Masterpiece
This closet makeover stripped out some of the flimsy wire shelves and replaced them with solid cabinets and shelves. Shoes that had once cluttered the floor were now tucked away in melamine cabinets with closed doors.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Before: Undersized Closet Woes
Home blogger Jordan Reid's closet was not a chaotic mess; she had kept it organized. Her biggest issue was the size of her closet. Her space was way too small for her needs. That would not stop Jordan, who had a brilliant idea when she evaluated the totality of her living area.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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After: Double-the-Size Closet Makeover
Jordan Reid assessed her home and realized that her three-year-old daughter's bedroom closet backed up against her closet. So, she removed the non-load-bearing wall from the back of her closet. Getting rid of the wall instantly doubled the size of her closet. This home edit gave her enough room for storing clothing and even additional space to add a pouf.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Before: Linen Closet With Poor Access
"Embarrassing, bad, and highly inconvenient" were terms that Crystal from the home blog The Weathered Fox used to characterize her pre-makeover linen closet. Worst of all, whenever she needed to go into the attic access door, she had to disassemble much of her linen closet.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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After: Tidy and Clean Linen Closet
Linen closets can get pretty dinged-up. Much of this makeover fixed drywall gouges with Spackle. Crystal also organized everything into boxes. The bins made it easier to reach the attic. To get to the access door, she only had to remove a few items.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Before: Plain and Awkward
Lifestyle blogger Erin Spain realized she had it good, she had a big closet. Drawbacks included its awkward L-shape, dull walls, and she had to share it with her husband. She wanted a closet she could be proud of.Continue to 12 of 18 below.
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After: Closet Aspiration
Erin's plain, uninspired closet is now a place of beauty. She decked it out like a mini room. She added Tan Fawn wallpaper from Walls Republic. The closet also features a new light fixture, loads of hooks, and other places to put pretty things. To transform the space into a fun hangout, Erin put in a flashy transparent "ghost chair" and brass accent table.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Before: Dark, Small Walk-In Closet
A walk-in closet is not an automatic winner in the closet game. Home blogger Marie described her master bedroom walk-in closet as "odd, small, and wasted space." Her triangle-shaped, dark walk-in closet also only had one clothes rod.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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After: Bright and Cheery Change
Marie transformed her walk-in to include new shelves holding clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. She doubled up the clothing rods so that it could hold twice as many hanging clothes. And to make the space cheerier, she gave the space a coat of bright paint (Polar Bear from Behr).Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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Before: Disappearance Zone
Blogger Kristyn of Lil Luna had a hallway closet that had become a place where things went and were lost forever. It was an eyesore that had permanently become the home of a freestanding coat rack. Kristyn decided it was time for a closet redo.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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After: Lively and Organized
After this closet makeover, Kristyn found a home for everything. The best part: If she put something away in the closet, she could quickly find it again. Kristyn added a relaxing gray paint, Mindful Gray by Sherwin-Williams. To give the closet a fun, lively feeling, she stenciled white polka dots. To replace the coat rack, she screwed hooks into the wall.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Before: A Flue Runs Through It
Few closets have a ventilation flue inside them. Home blogger Christy, from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer, said that the duct was just one of her many worries. The worst part, the closet had almost no shelves or rods for hanging items.Continue to 18 of 18 below.
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After: Perfectly Neat
Christy left the flue in place, but she extensively built out her closet. She added top-to-bottom shelves, ultra-strong rods for her clothes, and custom-designed slots for wicker baskets from her local Michael's store.