Ideas for fun when you have been snowed in for eight days with four children and the sun is scheduled to come out next Saturday…..
1. Build an igloo in the woods and come to the realization there’s enough snow left over to build an igloo metropolis.
2. Cheer enthusiastically when you can actually see the see the sidewalk to get to the mailbox.
3. Make your 347th cup of hot chocolate.
4. Play games and tell stories and make brownies and think up new braided hairstyles and paint a dresser….
….and decide make-up is totally over-rated.
5. And when all else fails….organize your closet. 🙂
Let’s remember where we started.
Here’s the closet before.
Love the painted stool accessory.
And here’s another before picture.
This is from the entrance when you first walk into the space.
The walls were white, the trim was dark wood and it was a blank canvas that now looks like…..
Did you sigh like I do every time I walk into this space?
If it’s wrong to be so all about a closet….I don’t want to be right.
I’ve always wanted a closet that was a rock star. One with tiny cubbies and drawers and cabinets and a place for scarves and belts and t-shirts and socks and purses.
And this is it.
Here’s a few organization tips I learned along the way.
1. Decorate your closet
I know it sounds silly. Who decorates a closet? Isn’t a closet just a place where we are all supposed to simply just hang our stuff or shove everything but the kitchen sink into when we have company?
When I was planning the closet organization, it was a little hard to get excited about the organization part….so I focused on the pretty.
Like this rug.
And this vintage architectural piece that came off the top of the house when we added the porch.
For me, it was so much easier to wrap my mind around decorating a closet than organizing it. I know it sounds random….but you know what happened? When I focused on making it pretty….all the organization fell into place.
I respected the space and I wanted to keep it beautiful and it gave me the motivation to find a place for everything.
Truth….all that pretty keeps me organized.
2. Maximize your space
Here’s the overview of the closet.
It’s long and narrow and I knew I couldn’t add closet rods to both sides or I would end up like Lucy in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
I maximized by the existing floor plan by putting the majority of the closet organization on one side. It freed up a lot of space and made the closet feel much more spacious and cleared out room in case I wanted to find that lamp-post in Narnia.
3. It’s all about the space
I hung the shoe racks on the left when you walk in the door. These simple, inexpensive racks can be found at any home improvement store. They were made for over the door, but we adapted them to the wall.
They are only 4″ deep so they create the illusion of space in the closet.
They can hold up to 36 pairs of shoes.
And they’re full.
Next we hung one rack for longer clothes like suits and dresses in the back.
Here’s another view of the skinny shoe racks.
And I added a stool with some tin boxes for storage.
Just keepin’ it pretty.
4. A place for everything and everything in its place
On the right wall of the closet….I used six organizers all from Home Decorator’s Collection.
There are two stand alone cubby units.
Two drawer units.
And two cabinets.
We stacked two of each of the units on top of each other and used shelving to create hanging space between the units.
We used four modular shelves and four extendable closet rods for each of the four hanging spaces on each wall.
The cubbies are the perfect place to store hard-to-find-a-place for items like boots.
(total aside: don’t you love the boots on the bottom right….Old Navy for under $20).
5. Beautiful storage
And if this closet is a rock star….these are the chart toppers.
I cannot tell you how much I love these organizers.
They look like Grace Kelly on Oscar night.
I ordered 12 of them and use them to store everything from socks to tights.
Every little cubby has a purpose.
Here’s the inside view of one of the cabinets.
I had so much space I had enough to store make-up bags that were previously stuck inside of my beach tote at the back of the closet.
And there’s room for books.
Here’s a hook for belts and a basket with a beautiful white stool.
Just sitting there.
I never dreamed that I’d have a closet so organized I’d have room for a stool….
…..maybe now there’s space for all that unused make-up. 🙂