Before & After Bliss: Her Organized Closet

This closet transformation was one of my favorite projects from last fall.  My client’s husband initially called me for help after reading my organizing column in the Los Altos Town Crier.  He said his wife’s closet was driving her crazy.  I knew I needed to schedule an in-home consultation. Was it driving HER crazy or was it secretly driving him crazy?

On consultation day I was greeted by his wife who took me right up to her closet. I passed by the perfectly decorated living room, the charming dining room and then and up the stairs. I thought to myself, how bad could this closet be? Everything in the rest of the house, on first glance, was perfectly in place and organized.


Organized Master Closet with Custom Shelving and White Built-Ins

We rounded the corner of the master bedroom and wham, I was greeted with this.  I was surprised. Instead of asking the normal consultation questions, I just dove right in and asked “how did this space get out of control”?

During the week that she and her family moved into this beautiful new home, her infant daughter had to have emergency surgery. She relied on family and friends to put everything in it’s place instead of taking her time to unpack and organize her closet. An organized structure was never established and, over the last three years, the good, the bad and the ugly had piled up in the space. Every night before she went to be she would pass by her closet and it instantly put her in a bad mood.  She said she couldn’t figure out why she couldn’t get motivated to organize the space on her own and I reminded her that the space brought up the memories of what she was struggling with when she moved into this house.

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Of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this space and so she could walk by this space at night and have it bring her job.  I scheduled a session and brought Kate from the Kuzak’s Closet organizing team with me and we worked all day to transform the space.  It was so liberating! This client was SO ready to make the change and Kate and I could barely keep up with her purging efforts.  We sorted, folded clothing and pulled out hanging items onto rolling racks by category for review. Thirty Hefty bags later the closet could breathe again.


Organized Master Closet with Custom Shelving and White Built-Ins

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The afters from this project are more than just beautiful photos.  My client, energized by the initial results, kept editing. She filled up a few more bags for donation.  We had a follow up session scheduled for the next day. I was happy to come back and see that she pulled her decorating talents from the rest of her house into this space as well.  She added a lamp, we hung a mirror, and we purged some more! If I had a reality show, I would want to go back in time and have the two days spent on this project be the first episode. Dreamy client, dreamy space, dreamy results!

I could’ve narrated each photo. But, I think the photos tell this organized story better than I can. This project was a fun challenge. I’m happy to report that I’ve checked in on this closet since this session last fall. My client has been able to maintain it as beautifully as the rest of her home.  Cheers to that!

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