Operation: Organization — Shand from Quarters One

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Hi everyone, we hope you are having a great week and enjoying Operation: Organization so far! Today we have a new blogger to introduce to you. She’s Shand from Quarters One, and she’s here to share her pretty and organized closet. She’s not only a talented decorator, but she’s a military spouse just like Christy so she well knows the extra challenges that come with decorating military housing and making rental properties feel like home. We’re thrilled to have her here sharing her tricks with all of us…here’s Shand!



What an exciting way to begin the new year; being invited by the lovely ladies of 11 Magnolia Lane to participate in Operation Organization 2016. Thank you so much, Christy and Amy for including Quarters One!
Quarters One is all about my life in military housing.  It’s challenging and fun…thanks for following along!



Recently, I found this sweet Italian chandelier that I knew would help transform the hot mess that was my bedroom closet into a lovely little dressing room.
When it comes to living in Army quarters, “You get what you get,” is the (un) official motto. There are rarely any options.

So, when I decided I NEEDED an organized, but sweet, dressing space I knew I had to come up with a savvy solution. I don’t have any before photos, except this one of Tippet surrounded by some of the closet’s stuffings…it only got worse!


(And, I used a glam filter on these post makeover shots just because, after all, it is still Army quarters…)



The first thing I did (besides clearing everything out) was replace the existing light fixture with my new chandelier. That just about fixed everything because that’s what chandeliers do, right?


On one side of the closet, I hung Ikea curtain panels with a pressure rod to hide the wall of shelves I decided to use for my shoes. They are more sensible than sensational, so while they are neatly organized, they aren’t very exciting to look at.

I added baskets for storage on the back wall for a clean look.



The left side of the closet was an assortment of shelves and bars for hanging clothes and storing stuff.  I moved the shelves around to make a small vanity and stored the hanging bars underneath. I love this spot so much! We were using this little bench elsewhere in the house but it was perfect to use here. The top is scratchy burlap so I just “slip” covered it with a white linen pillowcase bought at a flea market in Italy.



I found a seagrass mirror that was a perfect fit for the vanity area.
My very first pair of pointe shoes add a decidedly sweet touch!



The shelves in this dressing room are those inexpensive, adjustable deals…through the power of photo editing I removed all of the little holes in the sides of the unit!
I love to use silver trays for organizing. And I’m on the run a lot so I keep most of my makeup in this monogrammed travel bag.





Wire baskets on the top shelf makes handy storage space.
This Italian fresco of Paola Bonaparte (Napoleon’s sister) is another fun and feminine addition to this little room.



Hooks on the door and my weekend/beach bags are ready to go on a moment’s notice!



I never close my closet door now that it’s so organized and pretty!
Sometimes looking at a space with a fresh perspective helps to see new possibilities.
Thank you so much for stopping by, you can also find Quarters One on Facebook and Instagram!

With Gratitude,


Thanks so much for sharing, Shand–what a great space!

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Because 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}

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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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We are also giving away a second organization package including time management tools from Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog, a package from Picture Keeper, courtesy of Simply Organized, and a 10 Tips to a More Organized Life from Morganize Me to really get someone’s year off to a great start! Enter to win those here:

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

And Christy is sharing her beautiful master bedroom over on the HomeRight blog today {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

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

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  1. Looks lovely!!!!

  2. I LOVE the chandelier in your closet! How fun!


  3. What a beautifully organized closet…My closet is definitely on the projects list this year, so thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  4. Beautifully organized!

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