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cover a recessed light with a decorative bowl

Before I officially start this post, let me introduce you to the newest member of our family…

jake

Doggie-X.  We are still working on the name, but think Jake might be it!  So far he’s been “Mouse,” “Jack” “Ninja Turtle” and now “Jake.”

I adopted this beautiful boy on Friday while my daughter was at school!  He is a two year old hound [if anyone out there knows exactly what kind of breed he is I'm all ears!] that was at a local animal shelter.  I have never seen a more mellow, sweetheart of a dog in all my life.  We are already in love with him and he has filled a huge empty space in our house and hearts that our previous dog once filled.  Our house feels complete once again.

Anyway, thanks for letting me get a bit side tracked.  Now onto today’s crazy idea…

covering a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

Even though I like recessed lighting, sometimes I feel the urge to rip a few out around the house and install a nice pendant or flush mount light fixture just for something unique.  We have the energy-efficient bulbs in every recessed can and the light it emits is just so darn harsh [and just a tad unflattering].  Since I don’t want to chance burning down our house, I decided to take the easier route and decided to “cover up” one light.

cover up any recessed light with a decorative bowl

This is our entry from the garage and I thought it was the perfect spot to add a little more personality.  [yep, even more personality than the BRIGHT yellow door!]

cover any recessed light with a decorative bowl

I purchased this metal ring bowl at a decor shop the other day and had NO clue what to do with it when I got home.  As usual, I walked around the house with this thing for a good 30 minutes trying to find a good spot.  The light bulb went off [ha ha] when I walked towards the garage.

cover up a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

You can see how I attached it to the ceiling if you look close enough.  I simply hung this guy from the ceiling using cup hooks.  I used about 6 so it was level and secure.  For now the gold colored hooks doesn’t bother me, but I can always break out my paint pens and color them to match if I get the urge.

cover up a recessed light with a decorative metal bowl

 

covering up a recessed light with a decorative bowl

cover up a recessed light with a decorative bowl

cover a recessed light up with a decorative bowl

I was kind of hoping it would cast some funky shadows onto the wall and floor, but not the case.  No worries.  I love the look anyway.

covering a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

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organizing our master closet [with unique items]

**I need to warn you that this post is NOT about beautiful photography!  It’s about fun, unique ways to organize a master closet.  See, our master closet gets no natural light and therefore every shot has a funky yellowish tone.  Proceed at your own risk… :-)

unique ideas for organizing a master closet

Now, Mom if you’re reading this post please look away…

diy free master closet organization

Terrifying isn’t it?  Our master closet is the epitome of a “BEFORE” picture.  [And NO, I'm not a lame-o who made my closet a disaster in order to have an awesome before picture].   Folks, what you’re witnessing is the way our closet has been “functioning” [I can't even type that without smirking] for the past 1 1/2 years!

free diy master closet organization_before

Have you thrown up yet?  NO??!!  Well, in that case here’s another one…

free diy closet organization

Could you live like this for 1 1/2 years?  Looking at these pictures I’m amazed that my Type A husband didn’t go into cardiac arrest!!  Well, who says people can’t change.  I thought about just organizing one section of our closet, but in my world one little project quickly snowballs into many many many projects.  To make this task a little less daunting I decided to tackle one section at a time.

master closet organization free diy

The best way for me to tackle any organization project is to clean everything out, brainstorm and put the space back together bit by bit.

organization to master closet free diy

Hmmm…I completely forgot our security system hub was here!  Well there goes my idea of building a shoe tower!   To fill this space I simply re located my hanging organizer from the other side.

organizing our master closet with stuff on hand

It’s awesome having my shoes at eye-level and it’s sure easy on my back.  These hanging organizers are from IKEA and are by far some of the best ones I’ve ever purchased.

I have seen the idea of hanging high-heeled shoes from a curtain rod all over Pinterest, but I wanted to try something a bit different.  I purchased 4 of these lucite wall shelves a while ago.

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I am currently using 2 of them to hold my kids’ chalk+erasers for their chalkboard, but I used the remaining two just below my hanging organizer.  I simply attached each shelf with a couple screws then added 4 pairs of high-heels and voila!!

using what you have on hand to organize master closet

use what you have on hand to organize master closet

Next it was time to find a home for my belt collection.  I grabbed our old acrylic shower curtain rings and one of my husband’s tie hangers.

organizing our master closet free diy

use what you have on hand for organizing master closet

I simply put a ton of the rings onto the hanger and hung all of my belts.  They used to be crammed into that plastic shelving unit in the first pictures.  Not to sound like a snob, but belts certainly last longer if they are hanging.  I have a few leather belts and they age exponentially when all curled up.  Now I can easily see my inventory and can get a ton more use out of them.

Next up was scarves + hats.  This is one of my favorite things about the master closet overhaul.  I attached an old curtain rod to the back of the closet door and used more of those acrylic shower curtain rings, plus I managed to find a handful of drapery rings to use.

organizing master closet using stuff around the house

master closet organization using stuff on hand

using stuff from the house to organize master closet

The shower curtain rings are perfect for holding scarves and the drapery rings hold our hats nice and tight.

To hold my work out gear [cough. cough. that's one New Year's Resolution I haven't fulfilled just yet], swim suits and jammies I just re used that plastic shelving unit that was already in our closet.

free diy closet organization

Where’s Waldo?  Can you spot it?

use things on hand to organize your master closet

All I did to organize this sucker was use some chalkboard labels I already had on hand and my white chalk pen.

Last, but not least I added a sitting area for us to put on our shoes, or just to reflect on how much crap we have!!!   I used our old nightstands that I banished to our storage area to create a “bench” then added a bath mat for some cushion on our tushies!  Why a bath mat, you ask?  First, we’re not using it; second it has a non-slip grip; third…I’m still thinking.  :-)

how to organize master closet using things on hand

use what you already have on hand to organize master closet

And there you have it!  Using things I had scattered all over the house+garage I managed to finally tackle the hot mess that was our master closet.  I hope I’ve inspired you just a little to think about things you might have collecting dust and using them in new, unique ways!

GO FROM THIS HOT MESS:

diy free master closet organization

TO THIS:

how to organize master closet using things on hand

FROM THIS:

master closet organization free diy

TO THIS:

organizing our master closet with stuff on hand

AND DON’T FORGET PRIME REAL ESTATE BEHIND THE DOOR:

master closet organization using stuff on hand

unique ideas for organizing a master closet

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