Operation: Organization – Melissa From Polished Habitat

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 Closets are definitely the unofficial theme of this series…guys, I’m pretty sure that we all need these awesome acrylic clutch displays that Melissa designed and made!  Oh, and don’t forget to enter our giveaways at the end of the post.

Here’s Melissa:


I’m so excited to be back for my 2nd Operation: Organization! Last fall, Amy and Christy were kind enough to feature my pantry, and at the time I really thought it would be my favorite and best organized room forever.

And then I had an idea…

What if I combined my design + function philosophy and tackled the BIGGEST mess in our house? The master closet!

Closet Before Photos-7
Holy embarrassment!

The big shelves were too deep and tall to do the jobs I wanted them to do. Anytime I cleaned them up, they’d become a big mess again. I couldn’t find anything, stuff needed to be purged, and frankly, I had totally given up on them, which lead to them getting even more out of control.

The rest of the space wasn’t much better.

Closet Before Photos-2

Twice a year, I take part in a super exhausting insane FUN event called the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. Over 5 weeks, designers and bloggers completely transform spaces and report on the progress each week. I became obsessed with the idea of a glam store-like closet, right in my own home.

I used a 3D software and came up with my dream plan. That big messy shelving area could become a girly vanity. So. Much. Better.

Closet Mock Up Wide Vanity

Everything was going great and I was CRAZY happy with the plan and excited to get started. I got some serious exercise hammering out all the existing shelving. Every single piece of it was removed and hauled to the garage.

Master Walk In Closet Empty-3

Cue the total panicked “WHAT HAVE WE DONE?!!?!!” feeling. We are NOT skilled woodworkers. There were some serious heart-racing moments as I wondered if we could pull it off. And those panicked feelings returned several times over the next 5 weeks as we raced the clock and fought complete exhaustion.

Glam Organized Closet Week 3
I think the end count ended up being 5 gallons of white and navy paint that I used between the walls, ceiling, shelving, and baseboards. But we kept pressing forward SLOWLY. Each day we made at least a little progress.

Glam Organized Closet Week 4

The drawers are IKEA MALM dressers, but we built right onto them. It was a little disturbing to nail into the side of a brand new dresser, but we wanted everything to look built in.

The last week, it was finally starting to look like a sweet custom closet. Our custom DIY closet is coming together!

Five weeks later, I was able to move things back in and admire what I couldn’t believe I designed and we built.

We DIYed our way to a complete dream closet. I can't even imagine how much this would have cost if we hired someone. Click to see the before photos and all our money-saving ideas.

Now EVERYTHING has a designated place, including all my purses and clutches, which live in acrylic holders I also designed and we built.

Organize your closet in style with this pretty purse storage. Can you believe these acrylic clutch holders are a DIY project?

We added lots of little things to keep us organized, like pull-outs for scarves, belts, and ties. The valet rods may be my favorite though. It’s so much easier to pack in the closet, hanging possible outfits on the valet rods. I kid you not, I used to pack with the suitcase on the dining room table with clothes hanging from the chandelier! #classyPull out valet rods add tons of function to a closet without sacrificing any space. They are perfect when trying to decide what to wear!

There are TONS more photos and details over in the reveal post. I’d love you to visit and say hello.

To see the full reveal/after photos: Organized Glam Closet Reveal
To get the full source list of everything we used in the closet: Closet Source List & How We Saved Big Money
To start at the beginning and see each weekly progress update: ORC Week #1: Closet Before & the Plan

Thanks so much for reading and to Amy & Christy for inviting me back!
Xangar logoBecause we want to share the organizing love with you all, we’ve got some great giveaways during this series. Xangar is giving away a 50-pack of their clothes hanger spacers to one lucky reader (a $79.99 value!) so that you can tackle your closet and make it simply beautiful and organized. I’ll be using them in my closet makeover, which I’ll show you at the end of the series, and I’m so excited about them! {Shop for them now here}




We’re also including one of our 11 Magnolia Lane calendar pads to help you keep your week on track. Read more about how to best use them {here} or shop them {here}.

Good luck! Enter the giveaway here:

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AND, our newest giveaway just started.  This package includes the 31-Day Declutter Challenge Printables from Mary Organizes, a $40 credit to Polished Habitat’s Etsy shop, and a chalkboard wall calendar from our Etsy shop (it’s perfect for renters).  Good luck!

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Follow our group Operation: Organization Pinterest board {here}.

Operation: Organization 2016
Monday, January 11—Lisa from Organize 365
Wednesday, January 13—Erin from Sunny Side Up
Thursday, January 14—Shand from Quarters One
Friday, January 15—Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog
Saturday, January 16—Morgan from Morganize with Me
Sunday, January 17—Heather from The Heathered Nest
Monday, January 18—Mary from Mary Organizes
Tuesday, January 19—Melissa from Polished Habitat
Wednesday, January 20—Becky from Organizing Made Fun
Friday, January 22–Samantha from Simply Organizing

Have a beautifully organized day, and thanks for stopping by–

Final New Christy headshot 2015




  1. I had, and still have, severe closet envy after Melissa completed this one. She did a fantastic job!

  2. I love all of the acrylic pieces used to make organizing a breeze–it’s beautiful! AND that ghost chair just replicates it! Great job!

  3. I love that you used dressers to make it look professionally built in. Not being able to afford a professional closet redo, that gives me ideas for my closet.

  4. Looks fantastic! So organized, and I love the use of the Malm dressers. Great job.

  5. Beautifully done. Love everything about this space and how you organized it. Closets never cross my mind when we are thinking of redecorating or re-organizing (out-of-sight = out-of-mind). Two to Three times a year I purge the kids closet, definitely need to take the time to purge mine and the Hubby’s. Thank you for the post.

  6. I think my favorite part of this post is removing the shelving black hole and creating a vanity. Genius!

  7. I love the acrylic purse holders…genius!

  8. I love the way the purses are stored and the vanity is perfect!!

  9. Ashley Perez says

    I love love love the purse holders! I really hope to organize my closet and get it to looking amazing.

  10. I just had a new walk-in close built and will definitely be using some of your ideas when I finish the design!

  11. Fabulous way to store and see all your purses.

  12. Love! Love! Love! This closet! The navy walls are gorgeous! And all of the little extra details for organizing! The clutch purses on the wall … What a fabulous idea,

  13. I loved the purse holders! Everything about this closet was amazing.

  14. Tina Walby says

    I totally agree with having a valet rod but if you are like me and have very limited handman skills you can install a simple coat hook #AGAMECHANGER

  15. What an inspiration to us all…A closet of beauty and function…love the acrylic clutch holders!…Truly are remarkable transformation!!

  16. Julie Spear says

    I like that Melissa just went for it, and RIPPED everything out! I know a lot of planning went before that, but starting with a completely blank slate is a great idea, and planning what sort of space you need for what is stored in the area… good stuff!! Plus, those DIY plexi clutch purse holders are just pure WALL ART!! Is it bad that those make me want to go buy plexiglas AND NEW PURSES?

  17. Thanks for the giveaway!

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