My $7 total closet makeover

Last week I had the privilege of traveling with a group of lovely ladies from my church to a nearby town that was entirely filled with yard sales. We got there early on the first day of the shindig, so the pickins were pretty good.

One of my scores was this closet organizing system:

Box-of-closet-stuffThe guy selling it saw me eyeing up the box and said he’d let it go for $7. His wife apparently has a bit of a QVC addiction and he just needed to get rid of some stuff. Everything was brand new and had never even been taken out of the packaging. I couldn’t pass it up. I figured it would help me get Tiny’s closet a little more organized.

Here was her closet before we got to work:


Now here it is after we added the new $7 closet system:

Closet-after The system came with a set of shoe and sweater organizers plus a jewelry organizer.

Closet-pocketsIt also included a purse/travel bag organizer and some garment protectors.


To further spruce up the closet and create a cohesive feel, I added cute labels to the drawers and bins.


This just involved scrap paper, my printer and a glue stick.

Closet-labelsHere’s another look at the “before” and “after:

Closet-before-and-afterNow let’s hope we can keep things this neat. 😉

Closet organizing tip:

One thing that has been so helpful over the years is keeping an “Outgrown” bin in the kids’ closets, so we can quickly toss clothes in there as soon as we discover they no longer fit.


I realize this hamper isn’t the prettiest. Someday I’ll switch it out for a decorative basket or trendy wire bin. But you get the idea. In my son’s closet, I use a neutral-colored plastic tote with a lid that can immediately be transferred to the basement for storage once it’s filled.

I also keep a step stool in Tiny’s closet so she can reach the bins on her top shelf.


So what do you think of my $7 closet makeover? Have you scored any great yard sale deals lately? The best one I’ve found so far was an in-perfect condition, white KitchenAid stand mixer for $12!

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19 Responses

  1. Genna says:

    I found a clean mini fridge for my hubby’s den for $15.

    Loving this blog, Susan! I’ve learned so much from you! Thx!

  2. Natalie says:

    Big score on the QVC find! I just paid $7 for a shoe organizer & thought it was a good deal. The tip on keeping a bin to toss outgrown clothes is a good one. My kids always just put the too small clothes back in their drawers & clothes just piled up 🙁

  3. michelle says:

    Amazing transformation!

  4. Pamela says:

    Nice job. My closet is always a work in progress because I refuse to pay an arm and a leg for closet organization.

  5. Ann says:

    Nice job, you may just inspire me to work on my own closet!

  6. Claudia says:

    What a great find! I need to start my trips to yard sales :o)

  7. Bridgett says:

    Looks great. Cannot believe you got the mixer for $12! Color me jealous. I got a camel back sofa for $25 that I was going to recover. Haven’t yet. Just using it with that hole in the upholstery.

  8. Susan, the first picture in the post has a glimpse of curtains. I love those curtains, where do you get them? Closet looks great too!

    • Susan says:

      DeDe I made those curtains myself from fabric I got on sale at Joann Fabric & Crafts. Check out the Office category on my blog for the tutorial on that project. I made two throw pillows to match the curtains with the same fabric. I love it!

  9. Joy2Journey says:

    I love to find those kinds of deals! Your organization looks great and I love the idea of the outgrown box!
    Happy 4th!

  10. Barb says:

    In the past I have not been an avid garage/yard sale shopper but I am beginning to change my mindset on this. This summer I found a four-bike rack carrier (with all the parts) priced at $55. I asked if I could have it for $25 and the seller said “Yes!” It was thrilling to find such a great deal. I am beginning to see the advantage of shopping at yard sales! Great find on the closet organizer Susan!

    • Susan says:

      Keep checking out those yard sales, Barb. Sometimes they’re duds, but occasionally you find real treasures like your bike rack carrier. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Angie W says:

    Awesome score!

  12. Runt says:

    What a great find! I haven’t gone to any yard sales yet this year but I really need to get on the ball!

  13. Nancy says:

    That was a great find! I love garage sales as well. My best find was a set of pampered chef pans for $20. The couple had received them as a wedding gift and never used them….they liked the ones they originally had.

  14. I LOVE the “outgrown” basket idea. I always have a cardboard box in the corner of my boys’ room to throw outgrown clothes in, but this is WAY better! I’m going to steal this idea.

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