Today, I wanted to show my closet mini-makeover with you. It's still got a ways to go before it is beautified, but I am happy we've at least achieved organized....
When we moved in to our condo, storage was a major issue. There is a small walk-in closet off the bedroom, but the configuration of wire shelving installed by the previous owners made it hard to (a) store anything in an organized way and (b) see anything. You see, the closet is quite narrow, so having hanging racks on both sides left about 5 inches between the hangers -- clearly not enough space to move around and check out one's wardrobe. I wish I had a picture -- it was the strangest closet you'll ever see.
Shortly after moving in, my Mom and I ripped everything out and decided we could fix it up ourselves for very little money. We set out to Home Depot and found that this unit was the perfect height for our space - with about 1.5 inches clearance on top. We bought one and brought it home for a little over $64 CDN.
Unfortunately, once we got it home, we realized there was nowhere to attach the rack on the left side (the sliding closet door takes up that whole wall of the closet). We then decided to go get one more unit, and have them flank the closet with a double hanging rack in between (long dresses, etc. go in the wardrobe unit in the bedroom so we didn't need that here).
We couldn't fit this on the other side of the closet as there would be no space in between... we did, however, find a way to squeeze in a lot of storage that takes up very little space. We did this in the form of shallow square cubbies - perfect for stacking sweaters and whatnot. Storage baskets from Home Depot helped make it more versatile. The unit set us back $139 (available here), and we added extra cubbies topped with more storage baskets on top since we had the height to work with.
For a while, it looked good. Then slowly over time it became a disaster. It started that we popped some stuff in there when company came over -- and then didn't move it. And soon clothes were just everywhere in a disorganized mess. The tiny closet suddenly felt miniature and maddening.
Brace yourself, the "before" is not pretty at all...
(though it looked far worse in person, believe it or not)
Stuff had become randomly stashed on shelves, sometimes folded and sometimes not.
I could no longer live like this, so today took EVERYTHING out of the closet to be organized. I also got rid of a bag of clothes to donate to goodwill, which feels great. I laid stuff out and grouped it, then folded to fit the shelving.
Once I arranged it on the shelves in a way that makes sense for us, I made some temporary labels with cut up index cards, a sharpie and scotch tape. I'll be making a much prettier version soon. Having them on the inside of the shelves like this makes them easily visible from the entry of the closet.
Ah, it's so nice to be organized...
The littlest things made the biggest difference, like making sure Matt's shirts were all facing the same way. I'd love to put them all on pretty wooden hangers that match one day, too.
And now that I see the photo, I think I'll rearrange the ties by colour...
We have squeezed in a few pretty storage things in the tiny space. This little box houses Matt's cufflinks.
And aren't these hooks from Anthropologie cute? They hang on a blank space of wall right by the closet entrance.
There you have it: our still-a-work-in-progress-but-finally-organized little closet.
Can't wait for Matt to see it when he gets home :)
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