Master Closet Makeover | Progress

Thanks so much for the love on yesterday’s Dressing Room Diaries post…I’m thrilled you like those, because I absolutely love trying on and reviewing clothes! Especially when it means spending an afternoon with Mama SP! Plus, I love hearing how helpful they are in your own online shopping. If you ever have special requests, please include them in the comments and I’ll look for particular items for future posts.

But today let’s get back to our Master Closet makeover. I shared the before shots and design plan for this space last week, and since then, there’s been some big progress. Actually, if you follow my Instastories, then you know the space is pretty much done, and The Container Store was here for two days last week shooting and filming it for an upcoming feature on their site. I can’t wait for all the big reveals, but first, I want to take you through the steps so you’ll know the process if you’re considering similar makeovers of your own.

I’ve worked with The Container Store before to transform our Craft Closet, but the biggest difference with this experience was utilizing one of their Contained Home Organizers, Alison. I’m no stranger to organizing (see my projects here), so I wasn’t sure why we needed to bring someone else in, but wowza was I wrong! Alison made the process so easy and painless, not to mention, had so many ideas and tips that took our closet to a whole other level!

The first step was our initial meeting, where she came to the house and we chatted all things closets, clothes, needs, and wants. Then she scoped out our space and observed how I utilize it, and pinpointed problem spots. Finally, she took all the necessary measurements, and working in tandem with an Organizational Expert with The Container Store, they designed the full elfa closet system to meet our specific needs.

A few days later, the design was emailed to me, and she walked me through every choice and decision, and I weighed in with a few tweaks. Once that was finalized, the elfa order was placed and installation scheduled! #cueexcitement

As if all that’s not helpful enough, Alison came back the day before install and carefully and methodically emptied the contents of our closet. She loaded her own racks and carts with everything, and began sorting and organizing. Granted it was overwhelming, but can you imagine if I’d emptied it myself?! There would be clothes, shoes and bags stashed on every flat surface of our house! For me, this step alone is worth the extra expense of using a Contained Home Organizer!

I used this opportunity for more purging and donating…because once you have a new closet, you’re very particular about what gets to go back in it! Alison prepped everything during this stage, too, so that things were ready to go once the closet was installed. She stuffed my clutches and handbags with these quilted fillers, used similar fillers for my boots, folded everything that would live in drawers, and rehung all our clothes on the fabulous Huggable Hangers. These items are definitely an investment, but they’re invaluable in extending the life of your clothes and accessories.

Her method is so organized and refined, I had no stress or anxiety about the chaos! And we were left with an empty closet, ready for demo and install!

The next morning, our installers delivered all the elf materials, and carefully demoed the built-in closet structure.

They finished the day by patching and painting over any necessary areas, and cleaned up any mess.

In other makeover news, the new Crystorama chandeliers arrived to replace this sweet fluorescent tube!

The installers returned the next day for the full installation, but that will have to wait until our next update! As will the insane Karastan cheetah carpet! #swoon

Have you ever used the Contained Home Organizer Service available at The Container Store? I’m a firm believer and hardcore fan now. For $100, you get an in-home consultation and a personalized design and organization plan! There’s no question the elfa shelving and drawer system is fabulous, but it can work so much harder for you with the help of their organizing experts. If you’ve been considering a makeover for your closet, pantry, garage, you name it…the The Container Store Annual elfa Sale is going on now, with 30% off all elfa products and elfa installation!

 

 

*This post is created in collaboration with The Container Store, but all opinions, design, and organizer-fan-girling are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

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24 Comments

  1. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THE NEW CLOSET!!!!!! And a person to help you do it all sounds DREAMY.

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  2. Shay Shull wrote:

    I cannot wait to see the big reveal! Eeeeeks!

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  3. Stephanie wrote:

    I can’t wait to see the big reveal!

    Having someone come in to complete re-do my closet sounds like heaven to me.

    http://aneducationindomestication.com

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  4. Christina wrote:

    I can’t wait! The sneak peaks on Instagram have been such a tease! You are one lucky girl to have someone help empty it all out and organize it!!!

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Girl, don’t I know it! I think I stood there mouth-open for the first 30 minutes!!!

      Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  5. Brittany wrote:

    Leopard carpet!!! Omg this is amazing… And your clutch stash is #goals
    I can’t wait to see the final look!!

    Brittany 🙂
    http://www.kingdomofsequins.com

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  6. Britney wrote:

    I love closets and organizing, so you know I’ve been following this on IG stories too! My dream job is a professional organizer! I’ve been working my way through tidying and organizing our home using the KonMari method, and it feels so good to declutter and have a proper place for everything. Can’t wait for the big reveal of your closet!

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Yes! Alison, my Contained Home Organizer, is a huge fan of the KonMari method, and has been trying to teach me the ways! 😉 xo

      Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  7. Darcy wrote:

    Excited to see the end product! And how sweet is that, that someone comes and helps you empty/organize???

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      It’s a genius service, and so so worth it!!!

      Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  8. angi wrote:

    You gotta alotta loot! Can’t wait to see the final product. Don’t forget to have a FITastic workout section for your active wear! xo

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Ha! I’ll have a drawer…not a lot of fit-gear around here! 😉 xo

      Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  9. mary wrote:

    Can’t wait – what is the dimensions of your closet? We are in the process of building ours…thanks!

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      It’s about 7-feet by 14-feet…a long rectangle, with 12-foot ceilings. The ceilings are a little extreme, but I guess what worked for the shape of the house…our closet is on the front. xo

      Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  10. Betsy wrote:

    So if one wanted to do this to their own closet, how much would it cost? This is something that might be worth contemplating since we are in need of new bedroom furniture. Might be a better option to go with than to buy pieces of furniture.

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Since it’s completely customizable, the cost really does vary based on the size of your space, and how many components you install. But that’s why doing it during the sale is so great…30% off saves a ton!! xo

      Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  11. Angela N wrote:

    The Chandi!! Can’t wait to see the reveal!

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  12. Melissa G wrote:

    Would be great to know what something like this cost from start to finish…with someone emptying and sorting and all the products, etc.

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  13. Alex Ben wrote:

    Holy cow! Major accessory envy over here. LOVE the Pom Pom clutches in all those beautiful colors. Girl,you are so blessed! Am really curious about the cost from start to finish. Can you give us a ballpark estimate? I had a bad experience with rstyle links, can you help a girl out? I am sooooo jealous of your closet. You have so many best clothes. I bet you could have a different outfit every day of the year. Btw, ignore the negativity. You do you and if you want multiples of the same clutches…do it!!!
    Twin Momma to Alex and Ben

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, girlie! I love mixing up clothes to make different combinations…I’ve always done that! Even when I had very few clothes, I could mix them around to create ‘new’ outfits everyday!! As for the closet, every one is priced differently depending on the space and number of components you choose. I’m not sure of the cost of mine just yet, but I’ll try to get some more info! (PS – I didn’t buy all those pom clutches…the company clearanced them out and kindly sent me one of each color!) 🙂 xo

      Posted 1.26.17 Reply
  14. Dina Barbarino wrote:

    You have totally inspired me to fix my hot mess of a closet. Thank you for sharing!
    Love to check out your blog and ideas. Love love love your house decor! Its so boldly colorful and beautiful. I’m sure the closet will be amazing! I contacted The Container Store near me in NY. xo

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  15. Angie Marshall wrote:

    Bravo, Cassie!!! I love all your posts. You are so cosmopolitan! I am envious of your TOTAL life! Cruising to Europe, new home, very, very romantic husband, darling children, loving family, magazine features…as you say, you must be pinching yourself daily. I will continue to live vicariously through you. Truth be told, seeing your life, makes mine look like vanilla ice cream. I am so envious! Maybe I can get a small piece of your perfection one day. How do you do it???

    Posted 1.25.17 Reply
  16. Shelly wrote:

    Seriously wish we had a container store a little closer! I’m totally going to check into this service for my pantry. It is totally inefficient use of space and I am not visionary lol. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    Posted 1.26.17 Reply