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If you have been following along in my Instagram stories, you already heard the news- we are finished with the toy closet and are ready for the big reveal!!

“Making a charmed and happy home is a noble endeavor.”

Deborah Needleman

It’s that one area in the house that drove me crazy every since we lived here. Ok, it’s not the only one, but it is the worst of the anxiety producing spaces in the house.

We have this walk-in closet off our living room that we added a french door to.  Because the house was built in 1906, there is a beautiful window in there for lighting.

Closet French Door by sheholdsdearly.com
Walk in Closet Makeover by sheholdsdearly.com

If you turn to the left, you see my household/ decor/ pantry area. Oh yes.

Closet Makeover Before by sheholdsdearly.com

On the right are the kids’ toys, which I removed before this pic.  But, just imagine, that it is about waist high with kid clutter!!!

Farmhouse Closet Makeover by sheholdsdearly.com

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Usually, after Christmas, I will have the kids go through all their toys and purge them to make room for the new items. But this last Christmas I had them start the week before.

Being a big fan of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I have taught my children the invaluable life skill of decluttering.

It took alllll day!

But, we did it. And you know what?  In the end, they really only loved about 25% of what we were still cramming into that closet.

Click HERE to access my Free Decluttering Flowchart to get started!

Once that was done, we wired the closet for electricity (hello, modern world) and ship lapped (that’s a verb, you know) over all the imperfections, you can read about the process in Closet Makeover Using Shiplap.

We used these darling jelly jar lights from Home Depot, which- wait for it . . . cost $5 each!!!

Then, came the really fun part- picking out the containers, because once you purge a space, all things unsightly should be put into gorgeous containers!  Am I right?

For toys, that’s anything obviously plastic and, in my case, anything with too much color.  In the post Farmhouse Organization I talk more about this concept.

Here is the toy side of the closet . . .

Toy Closet Makeover by sheholdsdearly.com

Can you believe how few toys we have left?!

The wire basket with stuffed animals is from the Container Store, the wooden crates  are from Joanns,

Toy Closet Reveal by sheholdsdearly.com

the linen boxes are from IKEA.

Organizing Kids' Toys by sheholdsdearly.com

They come in two colors and several sizes!

Farmhouse Toy Closet Reveal by sheholdsdearly.com

On the opposite side of the closet is my area . . .

Pantry Makeover by sheholdsdearly.com

Some home decor on the top shelf  . . .

Cottage Style Organization by sheholdsdearly.com

then, pet supplies . . .

Rustic Storage Solutions by sheholdsdearly.com

light bulbs, flash lights and batteries. . .

Farmhouse Style Pantry by sheholdsdearly.com

FRUGAL TIP- I buy almost all my light bulbs at garage sales, this white bin of bulbs cost $2!

Farmhouse Organization by sheholdsdearly.com


then, comes my kids’ cleaning caddies.  I am getting lots of questions about these on Instagram.

Cottage Style Cleaning Closet by sheholdsdearly.com

and am working on doing a post on speed cleaning in answer to all the questions- stay tuned.

The caddies are from IKEA and cost $10 each. I adore them!

Buy 20 of these, I say!

The hanging tags are from Ballard Designs, but are discontinued.  The only reason I have them is because an Instagram follower heard I was looking for them and she sent me hers.

I found some similar ones on Etsy, along with the velvet ribbon.

Speed Cleaning Storage by sheholdsdearly.com

The large basket on the floor is for items on their way to Goodwill, but I am currently experimenting with putting those items in the car immediately and not letting them take up any more space in the house.

Farmhouse Style Cleaning Closet by sheholdsdearly.com

I stayed up late one night finishing all the styling in this closet.  My husband didn’t see it until the next day and commented that it looked like a retail store.


I have found that once a space is well organized and made to be beautiful, the people who use it will treat it with respect.

I can see this closet looking good for a long time now!

Organizing Toys by sheholdsdearly.com

Click HERE to access a printable version of my Decluttering Flowchart for your next closet clean out.

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Toy Closet Reveal by sheholdsdearly.com

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