Minimalist Closet Makeover – An Intentional Celebration of Space!

Minimalist Closet Makeover - An Intentional Celebration of Space

Wrapping up my closet decluttering and capsule wardrobe series, I want to end with a fun post and share my recently completed minimalist closet makeover!

Minimalist Closet Makeover

Minimalist closet makeover - an intentional celebration of space

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One of the most unexpected results of creating a capsule wardrobe, was the change it made in my closet. Of course, I knew there would be fewer clothes and more open space. But actually seeing and living with a closet that has empty space and room to breathe is amazing!

My closet became my “happy place”. I would walk into my closet and gaze lovingly at the empty room. The feeling of peace and simplicity it gives me is awesome.

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My closet after I created my capsule wardrobe. It was lovely in its simplicity and room to breathe!

Seeing my closet so empty and peaceful, gave me the idea that I could take it a step further and treat my closet like a room, rather than just a storage space. I started thinking about using the empty space to display a few things I love and bring me joy. Which led me to create a minimalist closet makeover. Meaning, I not only kept the closet minimally filled and decorated, but I also celebrated and highlighted the empty space and simplicity in my closet.

Minimal and Meaningful

I realize the idea of decorating your closet may seem a little crazy. But creating a capsule wardrobe transformed my closet into this beautifully simple and minimal space I love. Simplifying my closet and wardrobe has had such a positive impact on my life I felt like I needed to celebrate this space with a minimalist closet makeover.

Of course, the last thing I wanted to do was FILL the beautifully, empty space with stuff, just for the sake of decoration. What I did want to do was intentionally add a few personal touches to my closet, in order to celebrate my work and journey towards simplifying.

Adding a few intentional items to make the space beautiful, practical and meaningful would help remind me WHY I’m simplifying and minimizing in the first place. Of course, I am not simplifying just for the sake of having a half empty closet. I am simplifying in order to make time and space for what is most important to me. Getting rid of the things I don’t use or love in order to highlight and appreciate the things I do.

My closet is one of the first spaces I see every morning as I get dressed, and one of the last spaces I see at night when I get ready for bed. I love the idea of adding meaningful reminders of my intentions and priorities to the space.

Our closet is by no means big or fancy in anyway. In fact, it is quite small compared to many master closets by today’s standards. But I knew I could take this simple space, and turn it into something special. Something beautiful in it’s simplicity and minimalism. A celebration of space and simplicity!

An Intentional Celebration of Space

With this idea in mind, I set out to intentionally decorate and celebrate the empty space, breathing room and simplicity in my closet with a minimalist closet makeover.

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The end result of my minimalist closet makeover! Let me show you exactly what I did.

Because my closet was already so empty and simplified, I definitely didn’t need to add storage. While it used to be my tendency to look for ways to maximize the amount of storage in every nook and cranny, I don’t need any more storage in my closet. Simplifying has already left me with empty shelves.

However, as part of my minimalist closet makeover, I wanted to include a few personal and intentional decorative items to personalize the space and infuse meaning and purpose into it. Things that would remind me why minimizing and simplifying are so important in the first place. And things that will help keep me focused on living an intentional life, keeping my goals and purpose at the forefront of my mind.

After making my capsule wardrobe, all of my hanging clothes easily fit on the lower hanging bar in my closet. This left the upper section of my closet completely empty. I thought this made the perfect space to hang a picture with my current intention or mantra on it.

Minimalist Closet Makeover - all clothes on bottom bar
After creating my capsule wardrobe, all of my hanging clothes easily fit on the bottom hanging bar. This left the top portion of my closet entirely empty.

Inspirational Reminder: Only Love Today

At this stage of my life, my biggest and most important intention is to be a patient, kind and loving mother. Someone who is the safe place my kids can turn to, knowing they will always find love, acceptance and patience there.

However, patience is not one of my best qualities and does not always come easily for me. I can be quick to feel frustrated or angry, and controlling this part of my personality is one of my biggest challenges and goals as a mother. My goal is to be the kind of mother who remains calm and patient, even when my kids are pushing my buttons and driving me crazy. I want to bring more calm into our home, not add to the chaos.

Only Love Today

When I read Rachel Macy Stafford’s book “Only Love Today”, it hit me. That is what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to choose love, even when it’s hard or doesn’t come naturally to me. I am trying to choose love in this moment. Not worrying if I lost my patience and got frustrated with my kids yesterday. And not worrying about what will happen tomorrow. But setting my intention to choose to respond with love today, NOW, in this moment.

I have a choice about how I will respond when I feel frustrated or angry. Either I choose to respond with frustration and anger, or I choose love. This isn’t easy for me, but it’s very important to me. I need to constantly remind myself to choose love. And the more reminders I have, the better. Because this is my personal mission and intention, hanging it in my closet is the perfect place. I see it every morning as I start my day. It is like my personal reminder to start my day with love and carry that love with me.

I made a quick print with the words “only love today” and put it in a frame I already had. I love that this reminder greets me every morning and reminds me to focus on choosing love and being the kind of mother I want to be.

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The first step of my minimalist closet makeover was hanging the “Only love today” print to inspire and remind me of my intention.

Jewelry Drop Zone

Aside from the print I hung, I wanted my minimalist closet makeover to keep my closet functional and practical. I realized if I put a small shelf above my lower hanging rod, it would create the perfect “drop zone” for the jewelry I wear on a daily basis.

I cut a piece of wood we already had down to size to fit the space. Then painted it using leftover trim paint we also had on hand. Installing it was simple. After resting it on the hanging bar support on one side and using a small piece of scrap wood on the other side to rest it on, I created a custom shelf without spending a dime!

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My minimalist closet makeover taking shape with the shelf installed above the hanging bar.

 

Necklace Dish

To create my jewelry drop zone, I had a ceramic plate that used to belong to my grandma. She used to keep it on her dresser to hold her jewelry. I love the idea that I have created the space in my closet to give it a special spot and use it to hold my jewelry. I was very close to my grandma and love to have this connection with her.

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The ceramic plate I use to hold necklaces and bracelets.

Earring Dish

I decided to use another smaller ceramic dish specifically for earrings, so they wouldn’t get tangled in my necklaces or lost among larger pieces of jewelry.

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The small ceramic bowl to hold earrings.

DIY Air Freshener

The last item I included on my shelf was a DIY air freshener to keep the closet smelling lovely. I’m quite sensitive to scents and didn’t want to have anything too overpowering or full of chemicals, so I made an air freshener myself to control the level of fragrance.

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My DIY air freshener. I used chalk paint on an mason jar and decorative paper as the lid to make it decorative but still functional.

The air freshener was a really simple project, using a mason jar, baking soda and essential oils. It was quick and easy to make and keeps my closet smelling fresh with a light hint of fragrance.

Simple and Minimal

The shelf is not overly decorated or styled, but creates a functional “dressing table” of sorts in my closet, while maintaining the open, simple and minimal feel I want to keep.

Shoe Storage

The rest of the closet was mostly left as is. I did use two fabric bins to corral my shoes for this capsule. Keeping my shoes in bins reduces the visual clutter in my closet. I keep one or two pairs in the entry way closet by the front door, and the rest in my closet.

Sweater and Pants Storage

The remaining shelves hold my pants and sweaters I don’t hang. During the spring and summer, I have fewer knit sweaters in my wardrobe. But during the fall and winter I will have more sweaters I prefer to fold, not hang. During my minimalist closet makeover, I wanted to intentionally leave shelf space available to accommodate all seasons of my wardrobe.

I love that my closet has space so the shelves can be empty or holding one or two items. No more toppling a pile of shirts to get the one from the bottom!

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The top shelves hold my pants and sweaters.

Meditation Supplies

I decided to use the bottom shelves to hold my meditation cushion and blanket. I had been keeping my cushion on the floor in my room where I meditate. But I love having a place to tuck it away but still keep it easily accessible so I have fewer reasons to skip meditating in the morning!

It’s great that my closet has space to give me flexibility to make it work for me. Having extra space allows me to use the storage space in a way that works for me and my life.

Minimalist closet makeover - meditation supplies
My meditation cushion and blanket are stored out of the way, but easily accessible on my closet shelves.

The drawers in between the shelves hold my workout clothes, bras and a few random items like shoe insoles and belts.

Minimalist closet makeover - shelves and drawers

Additional Storage

On the top shelf, I have one basket  to hold my extra purses and tote bags. Another basket  holds out of season and dressy shoes, as well as a couple of pairs that I didn’t include in this capsule.

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Additional storage baskets in the top of my closet.
Minimalist closet makeover - additional storage
These baskets hold the few additional purses and tote bags I have. As well as my fancy and out of season shoes, and shoes not in my spring capsule.

Minimalist Closet Makeover – Before & After

After completing my minimalist closet makeover, my closet still has plenty of open space and breathing room. But adding a few personal touches has transformed my closet from simply a storage space to a space that has meaning and purpose for me.

Having reminders of the intentions I have set for my life, and showcasing meaningful items that bring me joy are great ways to use the space and celebrate the benefits of simplifying my life.

Closet before:

Closet after:

As I said before, I am not simplifying and minimizing just for the sake of having empty space in my closet (although empty space is a great thing!). I am minimizing and simplifying my life and my wardrobe to make my life better. I am choosing to have less in order to appreciate and value the things I keep more. Living with less allows me to create a home and life that works for me, not the other way around.

Since finishing my minimalist closet makeover, my closet completely embodies my goals for a life with less. Not only is getting dressed is easy and simplified. But my closet brings purpose and intention into my life. It reminds me the value and benefits of simplifying every time I open the door.

What do you think of my minimalist closet makeover? Has anyone else decorated their closet? I’d love to hear about it, make sure to leave me a comment below!

 

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23 Comments

  1. The sense of space in the “after” photos is great, positively serene. I’m curious to note there are no dresses or skirts though. And it seems to be an American thing to fold pants (in Australia we always hang them). I’d be interested in a count – how many short sleeve tops, long sleeve shirts, pants etc. just out of interest. The issue I have with a capsule is deciding on just 2 or 3 colours to work with – how did you work this out?

    1. Thanks Di, I love how peaceful and serene my closet feels now!

      I didn’t include any skirts or dresses in this capsule because I don’t wear them very often during this season of my life. Being a stay at home mom with 2 little kids, I personally prefer pants right now. I find I am able to move, play and keep up with my “mom duties” more easily in pants without worrying if I’m flashing the world in a dress LOL! I did just order a new dress for my summer capsule wardrobe though, so I’ll see how I like it! There is a small hanging bar (about a foot long) above our laundry basket on my husband’s side of the closet where our bath robes hang that I will use to hang any dresses or skirts.

      As far as pants being folded or hanging, I’ve actually done both depending on my closet set up and/or space available. I choose to fold them in this closet because it had a lot of shelf space, so I figured I might as well use it! I’m Canadian though, so maybe it is an American thing! Interesting to note though!

      I have a detailed look at my current capsule wardrobe on the blog, if you’re interested in seeing exactly what’s in my wardrobe. You can find the post here: http://simplelionheartlife.com/2017-spring-capsule-wardrobe/
      Here’s the overview:
      4 sleeveless tops
      6 short sleeve tops
      4 3/4 sleeve tops
      7 sweaters
      2 jackets
      1 vest
      2 pairs of pants
      3 pairs of cropped pants
      1 pair of shorts
      6 pairs of shoes
      Check out the post I linked to if you want to see the pieces in more detail 🙂

      As far as colors go, making a capsule wardrobe actually helped me clarify my preferences towards color in my wardrobe. I realized I prefer wearing mostly black, dark grey, deep plum and darker blues. As I was deciding what to include in my capsule, I realized those were the colors of all my favourite items I was picking out. Once I included only my favourite clothes and removed the rest, the colors I prefer became very clear. It might help to try looking at all of your most favourite pieces and the things you always reach for in your closet and see if you can find a common theme in the colors. I prefer a wardrobe with not a lot of color, so this was one aspect of a capsule wardrobe that was easy for me!

      Thanks for reading and for all of your excellent questions and comments! I love talking about capsule wardrobes!

    1. Thanks Amy! It was important to me that I decorated with meaningful items, rather than just filling the space with decorations. My closet makes me smile every time I open the door! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. What a beautiful and inspiring post!! I absolutely love what you did with your closet and how you took care to select special functional and decorative items that infuse the space with meaning for you. I will absolutely be checking out more of your minimalism and decluttering posts. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    1. Thanks Traci! I’m glad you found it inspiring! It was important to me to add meaningful items, rather than just add generic decorations. Now my closet makes me smile every time I open the door! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. I love your closet. I would’ve never thought to hang a pic (not that I have room) or put an air freshener in mine. I’m going to do that jewelry bowl though. That is perfect.

    1. Thanks Jobie! I never would have thought I would have the space for a picture either! But I love how decorating it in a way that is inspiring for me makes me smile every time I open the door. It really reminds me what a difference small, intentional changes can make! Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Your closet has become an inspirational goal for me. I have realized that having a lot of clothes, etc. is a “security blanket” for me. I can justify keeping everything, so this is going to be a monuMENTAL step for my whole physical and emotional self.

    Thanks for sharing the steps, the “rules,” the methods, and especially the pictures.

    1. Thank you so much Kay! I’m so glad my posts have been helpful for you! It sounds like you are ready to make some big changes, good for you. I think the biggest hurdle is often just recognizing why we are holding on to clothes we don’t wear. Thank you so much for reading!

  5. I love your closet! Having a separate wardrobe of work clothes is prohibiting me a little but hopefully I can create something awesome like yours 🙂

    1. Thanks Katie! I’m glad you found it helpful. You could always make a work capsule and a more casual capsule to work better for your life. Good luck on your journey to simplify your closet, it really does make life so much easier! Thanks for reading 🙂

  6. Thank you for sending me the link to this article. I enjoyed reading it and I love the idea of putting a daily intention right there in your closet to remind you every morning of what kind of person you want to be. Organizing my closet is a project I’ve been wanting to do for more years than I’d like to admit, lol. I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from this 🙂

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