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My Master Closet Makeover

I haven’t had much time to finish any projects around the house lately. But I remembered a project that was already completed that I could share with you guys. My master closet makeover!!  I think it’s every girl’s dream to have a fully organized closet that’s huge and makes all your friends drool. Well, when I first looked at this condo and the realtor opened the closet doors…I think I said, “OH. MY. DAMN. This is MY closet?!?” And then I made some sort of joke about how it could be the nursery (for my unborn children O_O).

Anyway….

Here’s my closet BEFORE. Please excuse that pile of clothes and stuff. That’s just how I roll.

It's like a little room in there!

First, I had to paint it. I wanted something girly, but not overtly. I have a really masculine sense of style and I’m really trying to tone it down in my condo. So I decided on purple. But WHICH purple?!? There are SO many to choose from.

Which one do you like best?

I put this picture up on Facebook and let my friends vote on the color I should choose. Starting from the left, with the far left being number 1, most people chose number 5. I was teetering between numbers 3 and 5 anyway, so 5 it was!

Boom!

And there it is! Well, that’s one side of it. You can see purple number 5 turned out really well. As far as the design goes, I worked with a lady at The Container Store to design my perfect closet. I told her that I wear a lot of t-shirts and that I tend to fold clothes, rather than hang them up, so she gave me hella drawers to put my clothes into. I guesstimated about how many pairs of heels vs. flat shoes I had. And she gave me ample storage for that.

I don't have that many pairs of heels. Sad...I know.

I told her that I wanted a cool way to organize my jewelry in the closet as well. And she gave me this:

OMG! Rock my world why doncha?!?

The guys were really quick who installed it, too. They removed my old closet shelves and rods and painted the areas that I couldn’t paint because the shelves were in the way. So that was awesome.  Now, this whole Container Store professional install thing isn’t cheap. You can save a lot of money by installing it yourself. Keep in mind they had drills, hacksaws, sawzalls, and all that. I think if I did it myself it probably would’ve taken me an entire weekend. These guys did it in about 3-4 hours. If you have some extra money around though, I’d definitely recommend getting an Elfa closet system when it’s ON SALE! (Right now it’s 30% off the materials AND the installation—GREAT deal!!)

Do you have any other ways to keep your closets organized?

-tm

PS – I need to start using my good camera to take these pictures, huh? Whatever, YOU DON’T KNOW MY LIFE!!!!! O_O

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After-Christmas Christmas Haul

Yep, it’s January 12th and I’m still thinking about Christmas. Shopping for Christmas, that is!! I ordered HELLA (read: a lot of) ornaments recently from Home Depot. This box contains $260 worth of ornaments and other Christmas accoutrement, like a tree topper, that I bought for just $58. I found that I really like Martha Stewart’s line of ornaments. They are classy and trendy at the same time—a difficult feat! There is nothing better than getting a deal on stuff you know you’re going to need in the future.

My Christmas goodies!

In addition to this box, I got loads of Christmas wrapping paper from Kohls, Target, and World Market. World Market is a awesome place for ethnic-patterned wrapping paper. I was in heaven when I went there.

The first 4 rolls on the left are from World Market. The patterns are BEAUTIFUL!!!

I also got this awesome doormat from Target that I kinda want to put out now! *giggles*

This is something I'd see at someone else's front door and say, "That's so cute!"

I know y’all are thinking…WAIT! Tracie…do you even have a tree? BOOM!!!

My 9' Foot Pre-Lit Christmas Tree from Lowe's (picture swiped from Lowe's.com)

I sure do!  I drove all the way to Lowe’s in Schererville, Indiana (about 40 minutes away from Chicago) to purchase this 9-foot, pre-lit artificial Christmas tree. Originally priced $350, I paid $78 (includes tax). It was 80% OFF!!! I really don’t know how tall the ceilings are in my condo—I tried to throw a measuring tape up to the ceiling and the highest I could get it before the tape fell over and I gave up  was 11’8″. There was still a good bit of space left so I’m gonna “guesstimate” and say I have 12.5 or 13 foot ceilings. So this 9-foot tree won’t look like a behemoth in my living area. It’ll look AMAZEBALLS.

The only things I still need to buy are garland and wreaths for my fireplace and front entryway. I saw some good garland deals at Michaels recently. And I totally think I can DIY a wreath. (I smell a future project!) I really feel like it’s craycray to pay full price for Christmas stuff. I refuse to do it anymore!!  (I’m Christmas shopping bourghie now.) All in all, I don’t think I’ve spent over $250 for ALL my Christmas decor, including a TREE!

I can’t wait for Christmas 2012!! Where have you found good Christmas deals in your area?

tm

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