Is A Closet Worthy Of Beautification?

Years ago while reading a Rachel Ashwell book (wish I could remember which one…) I was inspired by her encouragement to add beauty to all the areas of our life. Specifically, she mentioned making the cupboards and closets we see daily into something lovely that would bring us joy.
Up to that point I always thought if no one saw it but me, it would be a waste of time beautifying my closets. But I needed to organize them, so I decided to use some of my favorite things and color coordinate them at the same time.
You know what? She was right. It’s hard to explain how it makes you feel on a daily basis…it brings a smile as well as a calmness, a feeling that all is right with the world.
What? Hello? It’s just a closet! OK, I said it was hard to explain! But, trust me, it is worth it. Especially because it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money.
An example is our master bedroom closet behind the bi-fold door pictured above (located in our master bathroom).

When the door opens, there’s nothing that spectacular though it is cedar-lined, which is nice. There are no expensive custom built closet organizers. In fact, not even inexpensive closet organizers.

Just a tall press-board shelf (we added extra shelves to hold more shoes) painted white and a double row of hanging rods on one side.

There’s only one rod on the other side, but we keep a big lidded basket for laundry there, so the space is being used well.

So, what brings that feeling of joy that’s hard to explain?

A vintage pressed-glass light fixture given to us by friends (thanks, Lindsey!) that replaced an ugly 70s-era white ball-type fixture.

Baskets to hold the items that used to be stuffed on the shelf under the hanging clothes.

Color coordinated bins (the one thing we had to purchase at $5 each) to hold Brian’s things that used to be thrown haphazardly on the shelf.
A contact-paper covered shoe box.

The lining on the shoe shelves. It’s a pink and rose wallpaper I bought years ago on clearance that is too froufrou (for me anyway) to use in the main living areas, but that I loved and held on to, hoping I’d find someplace to use it.
This is perfect. Oh, and after applying the wallpaper to the shelves I coated them with floor polyurethane to keep the shoes from tearing at the paper. It’s held up well.

But the thing that was hardest to do is the thing that I love the most: I hung pictures in the closet. This was hard for me because it seemed so, well…crazy. But I love these pictures and didn’t have a place for them anywhere else in this house, so they sat in storage.
Much better to be stored here where I can see them every day. I use the metal box to hold clutches and small items that I don’t use that often.

So tell me, is this crazy? Do you put beauty in places just for you? Would you like to?


This is linked to:
Make It Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden
Show and Tell Wednesday @ Blue Cricket Designs
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage




  1. says

    It is crazy, but a nice kind of crazy. I love to take little areas and make them pretty, even for no one else’s eyes but mine.

    My side of the master closet is organized by sleeve length and color for shirts, and it is amazing how much it looks like a store when done that way. My husband’s side….is not. 😉

  2. says

    I love the idea! Our closets, while organized, bring me no joy. I might be tempted to use them better if I enjoyed them. Your closet is gorgeous! Stopping in from Blue Cricket Designs.

    ~Kelli @ Smidgens

  3. says

    It’s not crazy at all! I would love to do something like this with my main closet. Unfortunately my hubby is a pack rat, worse then me, 😉 and our closet is a catch all for things we don’t use often. I’m working hard on convincing hubby we need a storage space to put all these things. You gave me a push to at least go through the closet and organize it better. Thanks!

  4. says

    Another one of your lovely examples of making the everyday………..beautiful!!
    I was smiling the whole time I was reading this, you are so right, it is a calming feeling. Simple, frugal, a feast for the eyes, a smile to the soul…..not crazy Jami, brilliant!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. Jenelle says

    Jami – You house is so beautiful! Every last bit of it. I love how creative you are, and inspirational.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  6. says

    I love your closet. It is so much nicer to be able to find things and not be overwhelmed by the chaos. Some decorative touches are nice too, why not have a nice place for those expensive shoes to rest!

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