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Friday, January 9th, 2009

Organize: The Closet, Ali’s Before and After


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The closet is perhaps one of the most painful things to organize, even (or especially) when you don’t have one. In moving to our loft space we were left closetless. Where do you put your stuff when you don’t have a closet or dresser? Well, this is what we lived like for nearly two months:

Disgusting. What do you do when you can’t live like this any longer? Build closets of course! Naturally, this is not an easy task and really the construction process was a bit over my head but luckily there are people who know how to make cabinets. So, we had a set built to perfectly fit in our space. My job was to paint (that I can do!):

The final product:

Now we have closet space but we still need to clear out all the items that take up unnecessary room. Emily Wilska gives us her final piece of advice in our Storage and Organizational Guide on how to organize the closet

The organized life Emily Wilska is an Inaugural Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of the San Francisco based company, The Organized Life. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and the Director of Professional Development for the NAPO-SFBA Chapter. She is the Editor of the BellaOnline Organization site, the chair of the Scheme Committee of the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers, and the Editor of the NSGCD‘s newsletter, The Chronical. Emily is also the author of Knack: Organizing Your Home.

About Ali

I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.



  1. Boston closet designer says:

    January 11th, 2009 at 4:49 pm (#)

    Gads – what a mess it was. You have no shame- it should get you a long ways if you play your cards right. Ever think about stand up comedy?

  2. Alan says:

    January 14th, 2009 at 6:13 pm (#)

    The photos are misleading. That entire mess doesn’t fit into the closets. How come you didn’t just buy Pax closets from Ikea?

  3. Ali says:

    January 14th, 2009 at 8:57 pm (#)

    Hey Alan!

    Well, the photos are a bit misleading in that the shoes shown in the disgusting piles are not in the closet…but the mess is 100% absolutely real and surprisingly all of the clothes (minus the shoes) do fit in the closets. The cabinets are actually really deep so we can put all of the not so important clothes in the back and the more common stuff in the front. We thought about Ikea closets but (I didn’t mention this before) my boyfriend’s father is a cabinet maker and he was jones’n to help us out. So, we got a little lucky in that respect.

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