Tuesday, April 23, 2013

{Achieving} An Organized Entry Closet

This past weekend I decided to tackle our entry/coat closet that had become out of control. It has pretty much driven me crazy since we moved in about 2 years ago. But, if you've followed this blog at all, you are aware we've been working on quite a few projects. :) So the closet had to wait.

Not anymore.

But before I get started, I want to let you know we are leaving to visit my parents in Indiana today for a week, so I may not be posting a whole lot until we get back. We'll see. I have a few ideas. Don't worry though, May is just around the corner and I have so many project and post ideas my head is seriously spinning. I think it's the idea of warm weather. 
With that being said, I figured if I'm going to leave you with a post, why not leave you with one with LOTS of pictures? Have I gotten you excited? Okay, I'll get started.

Here is the closet in "one" of its before stages. 

As you can kind of see, it has a double sliding door--which makes for a nice size but also brings some complications because you can only get into one side at a time.

I started by putting a cubby unit on it's side to hold my kiddos' socks, shoes, and other seasonal apparel. I even hung a shoe organizer inside but it was just too crowded.

I then decided to try the cubby unit vertically since the doors slide and, as I mentioned, we only have access to one side at a time. As you can see, it took away from the coat space. Plus...it just looked messy.

The other side just became a hodge podge of seasonal accessories, and bags. 

I'd had enough!

So, I decided to take everything out.

And although you probably can't tell from the picture, gave the walls a coat of the same Seaside Sand paint from the hall stripes to clean it all up.

I wanted to add an extra shelf on the bottom. So we used a large bin that was holding our winter gear as a guide to mark where our shelf brackets would go.

And then my "stud" marked the wall "studs" so that the brackets would be more secure. (Sorry, couldn't resist. {Wink!})

Here are the brackets once they were hung.

And here is the shelf and my assistant making sure it is sturdy.

Looking better already.

To help me with some of my storage issues, I went on a hunt for inexpensive baskets or bins of some sort that would fit on my top shelf. I decided on these $4 crates from Target because of their size. And did I mention they were $4? 

Bonus!!! They stack!!

And because I can't leave well enough alone, I decided to give my crates a couple coats of gray paint. I decided to use some pretty heavy duty stuff because I was painting over plastic.

They actually took to the paint very well. Whew! :)

Now to dress them up a bit: I went to Michaels and got some ribbon, craft paper note cards, and a white marker.

I then numbered each of the crates and attached the card with the ribbon.

Much prettier eh?

Here they are at the top of the closet. I figure they will be great to hold things such as extra bags, my camera case, etc.

The bottom also holds more storage.

These bins I already had and filled them with Spring/Summer accessories, Car and Travel, and Fall/Winter odds and ends. I labeled them with my note cards and some washi tape. 

A laundry basket you ask? I figured it would be the perfect place to hold items to be donated.

Do you see the hooks on the right side of the closet?

Those are actually drapery tie backs that I figured would be a perfect place for scarves in the winter and our swim bag in the summer.

Last but not least, is a little set of hooks that will hold our "extra" keys.

Now you may be wondering what happened to the kids' shoes. I have plans for those....don't you worry! As do we have plans for the somewhat annoying sliding door. Stay tuned!!

But for now,

 are you ready to see the before and after???

Ah, much better. :) 

Quick tip: When working on utilizing all of the space available in a closet, don't forget to look up. Often times there is space above that is not being used. I considered adding another shelf up high but because the door opening was quite a bit lower, it wouldn't have allowed me to get anything up there. So I opted for stackable crates. 

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  1. love this! We are buying a house at the end of the year and I cannot wait to make it our own. Hi! I’m your newest follower from Moms Monday Mingle. I'm following you via twitter @amomblogdesign. Please stop by and say hi when you have a chance. I'm also hosting a blog hop this Friday if you would like to join us :) Hope you're having an awesome week.

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    1. Thanks April! I will stop by! Have a great week!


  2. This looks great! I am cleaning a closet today and you have given me some inspiration:) I love the striped walls too:)

    1. Thanks Shannon! Glad to send a little inspiration your way! It feels so much better once you are finished. :) Hope you have a wonderful week!


  3. I see the "repurposed" valance hooks - I'm assuming you already had them? When you do go shopping and find something that you're sure you'll find a later use for - where do you store all that stuff? I have several baskets, magazine holders, different types of organizational things, and I have them stored in various locations around my house (which of course makes it hard to find anything when I want it!). Any idea help there?

    1. Hi Cindy! That's a great question. I actually have a storage space in my basement where I keep all of my "yet to be used" goodies. Although I don't like to keep a lot of "clutter", there are certain things that I know I will use again. (Maybe it's the teacher in me. :) Anyway, if you can find/create a clutter closet or small space for those types of things, it can be handy for those times when you are ready for a change or you have just found that your needs have changed. Great question! You've inspired me to write a post about that eventually! :)

  4. Love your donation basket. I would love to do that in my living, as we don't have any closet space on the main floor and currently we have a large open box that is such an eyesore, and this would be a nice change up while still being practical.

    I was wondering what you used for the inside bag? and does that go with each donation?

    1. Hi Jessa! You know, for that particular time, I used a large Target bag (probably one from Christmas time). But I typically use a kitchen trash bag. That way I can pull it out and put it in the car with all of its belongings. Then I just put a new bag in the basket so that it's ready for more! Hope that helps!!



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