Monday, July 5, 2010

Urge to Purge

Want to see an example of what I LOVE to do? You know... nesting... what I do ALL DAY long, whether it's for me or for someone else.

Here is an example of my nesting skills: A before and after of my linen closet project.

This was before I judo chopped it Martha Stewart style.

When I opened the door I would hear sounds from horror films.

This is what happens when I get that urge to purge and organize:

I like to use decorative pieces that have meaning no matter where I am organizing or decorating. The urn that you can barely see, thanks to my poor lighting, is filled with napkin rings. My hubby and I purchased the urn in St. Paul during Grand Avenue Days about ten years ago. When I open the closet door I will think of that day and all the neat artisans we met.

Now when I open the door I hear angels singing and a bright light shines down upon me.

This is my view from the kitchen. Anger no longer ensues when the door is left wide open :)

I would say that it looks rather Martha/Pottery Barn-esque, but it's not. I might be Martha Stewart's sassy twin, but I definitely don't have her kind of cash! Most of these baskets are from Target. Some are from Pier1. Others were somewhere else in the house and I created another disaster wherever I stole the baskets from...such is life.

While I'm at it, I thought I would share a before and after of what was our nightmarish hallway.


Now it is looking much better and much brighter...

My look is kind of "old school" style meets elegant meets "I need some family photos on the walls STAT!"

Happy Tuesday!


PS There is a Before and After party over DebbieDoos. Some of them are unbelievable!


  1. I love this! Seeing organized spaces makes me so happy! haha You did a great job! Have a wonderful day :)

  2. It looks awesome Kelle! It's always so gratifying to organize a closet. I love the baskets with the chalk board labels. Very cute!

  3. wow--loving your before and after. i love that you beefed up the mouldings and splurged on the paneled doors--it looks so bright and clean! i wish my linen closet was as organized as yours!

  4. Kelle! You did great, it looks like a magazine! I LOVE it, love the little labels on the baskets! XO!

  5. Such a great job! I have been cleaning like crazy lately. Isn't nice to open the door and see such an organized closet!

  6. Kelle I noticed the lights...awesome choice! This post is perfect for my party...HELLO!!~ I am in awwww over your organization...I will get there when the boys go back to school.

  7. Wow, great job with the closet! I have a few storage areas that make me cringe when I look at them. Maybe it's time to get organized!

    Stopping by from Debbiedoos before and after party!

  8. So great! I hear angels singing now too! (or is that She & Him?) :)
    Anyway...can you please come here and karate chop my whole house????!!!!

  9. You have to come organize my closets for me. I just prefer to keep the doors shut. Love the hallway redo also. Makes all the difference in the world!

  10. Wow, Kelle! That´s great! I think I dont have such skill =)

    PS: I loved the tip. I´m going right now to know DebbieDoos!!!

  11. This is glad you joined in Kelle! Enjoy the weekend. Debbie

  12. Well done Kelle. The B&A Party was fun. ~olive

  13. Ooh, I LOVE those baskets for your towels and blankets. And I love your brighter hallway! Did you replace or paint all the trim and doors? I would love to do that in my house -- but it seems like a HUGE undertaking. :) Wonderful job!!

  14. Stopping by from debbiedoos party! I love the baskets in the linen closet. I have got to find me some CHEAP baskets! Great job and can't wait to see the after of your friends closet!

  15. the closet looks fun to grab towels from i'm sure! here's to being organized and making it look good too!


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