Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Closet Organization

We have this nice, big closet underneath our staircase. It functions as a coat/shoe closet and extra storage. Lately, though, it has kind of become a catch all. We store paper towels, toilet paper, the vacuum, ironing board, kitty litter and who knows what else. It has turned into an eye sore (well for me anyway, because we keep the door closed). So I decided something needs to be done about it.

I went to Home Depot and bought a whole bunch of organizational stuff! I got a shelving unit, shoe rack and a few baskets. Then I came home and assembled it all together.  In just over an hour I had a nicely organized closet.

I started with the shoe rack. I tried to keep things organized by keeping our shoes in neat rows on a mat. But my boyfriend tends to keep all his shoes in this closet and doesn't straighten them each time he takes them off. Since we were accumulating a lot of shoes there, I decided that we needed a rack. I think it looks great now and it forces my boyfriend to stay neat.

Before                                                                                                      After

The storage part of the closet was the worst part. It got to the point where we just tossed things anywhere. I wanted to get some type of shelving unit to put all of the miscellaneous little things that we have in there such as a CD player and iron. As well as have a "home" for paper towels, toilet paper, kleenex and the kitty litter.  The shelf unit I found came with 4 shelves but I only needed 3. I love, love, love how it came out! This is my favorite part of our closet. Now everything has it's own place.

Before                                                                                                         After

The next thing I did I have been wanting to do for awhile now. I got the idea from here. I loved the idea of putting our scarfs, hats and gloves in baskets and attaching the baskets to our closet door. My old system was to put the scarfs, hats and gloves in bins on a shelf in the closet. However, I am short and in order to find something I needed I had to get the whole bin down and shuffle through it. Using these wired baskets allows me to see what I am looking for and get to it much easier. We live in an apartment so I did not want to permantely attach the baskets to the door. So I used the Command brand hooks (the ones that don't damage the wall). I attached the hooks to the door and hung the baskets on them and it worked great.

Moving the scarfs, hats and gloves to the door opened up room on the shelf in the closet. Here I put our games. We plan on having game nights with our friends and this allows easy access to our games.

Before                                                                                                           After

I hope what I did to organize our closet can help and inspire  you to organize something that has been long overdue. There are many more ways to go about it, but I think these ways were the most functional for our space.

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