Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: Master Closet Makeover: Before & After

Cinderella knows the power of a good makeover. Many makeovers begin in your master closet. But how do you know where to start if you don’t have a Fairy Godmother? Watch this video to see the strategies I used making over a real life master closet, making it easier to find those glass slippers.

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Hi I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program. Today, I have for you a master closet makeover. I’m going to share with you some tips that are particular to the master closet area of the house. But first I want to show you these amazing before and after pictures. The before was a wire-based shelving system that was put in by the builder. The homeowner had been living with this for many years, and it was just kind of okay, but the contents outgrew the space and certainly outgrew the system they had. So we ripped out all of those wire shelving pieces that were almost falling apart, we patched the walls, and we painted them a gray color that matched the rest of the master suite, so it made the closet feel more unified with the area of the house and made this white closet system really pop against the walls. We’ve been really happy to come in here and look at it. It just makes us feel good. We’ve had a lot of fun with this installation.

I used the ClosetMaid Selectives line for this closet, and I really like this for having a custom closet look at a DIY price. You can get this at Home Depot. You can go on and have their designers help you put together a design with your measurements, and then you install it yourself. So you’ve got this great built-in look. You can have drawers here or leave this open with shelves instead, and you can also put cabinet doors on these pieces. Basically, this is a floor-based system that you install by just pre-assembling the cabinet units, like this piece here, and the corner unit we have. And then you simply place those rested on the floor and they secure against the wall. So it feels very sturdy and looks very built in and nice.

I wanted to point out that master closet areas are often connected to the master bathroom. And sometimes the master bathroom doesn’t have enough linen closet storage, and we’re finding ourselves frequently overflowing the linen closet storage into the master closet. Here we just made it official. Don’t be afraid to do that. If you need linen closet storage, build that into your design. We’ve got sheets and blankets that needed to be stored here. And we left them here on open shelves, so that was easy to locate right off the bathroom.

Another thing I wanted to point out about master closets is that they’re typically walk-in closets. When you walk into the closet, don’t forget to turn right back around and look at the door for storage, because there’s an entire other wall there. Not only the back of the door like we often talk about, but the wall around the door. You can see in this picture, we’ve got hats, tote bags, and we really maximized that space with just some simple hooks. But don’t forget about that other wall that you can take advantage of.

Another thing about master closets is that since they are typically the largest closet in the house, they often will house a lot of keepsakes and memorabilia. We figured that into the design too. Here you can see that we have some heirloom afghan blankets and quilts and baby blankets, and they are stored up high out and away from the rest of the daily flow of getting dressed. But that is appropriate for a master closet. There are things that are family heirlooms that need to stay somewhere safe, and they don’t need to be in the garage or some space where they don’t have climate control. So, figure that into your design too. Ask for exactly what you want and you just might get it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips today, and I hope you like our “before and after.” If you want to see a lot more closet tips, we have a whole play list about closets on our YouTube channel. You can see us at We’d love for you to subscribe, and love for you to comment and interact with us there.

We’ll see you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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