Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Small Closet Organization

This weekend my goal was to tackle one of our small hall closets. This closet serves two purposes. It houses Whidbey's litter box (so it has to be permanently open) as well as laundry supplies. Weird combo, I know, but we live in a 900 sq. ft. condo so we make the best with what we have. The building was built in the 1970's and some of that decade still shows in our condo, like the lovely expandable metal shelves that are not so evenly placed in this hall closet.

Goal: To make this closet functional as well as look good.

Here is the before - obviously I wasn't excited to take the before pics - sorry it's a bit fuzzy.

As you can see, it's not the best use of space. The first thing I did was remove the closet door. There was no point in keeping it if the door had to remain open. Then, I removed everything. This is my blank slate.

Lovely, rusty expandable shelves. I don't know if the person who put these in was drinking on the job but, these shelves are NOT evenly spaced. Oh well, I do not want to invest in new shelves. These may not be pretty but they work. So, to address the pretty factor I purchased some printed contact paper / drawer liner. Easy peasy. 

I didn't want to just organize what I already had in there. My goal was to make it look purposeful - not like a closet that was missing a door. I wanted matching boxes/containers. Not wanting to spend any money I took boxes being used in a storage room - dumped the contents out (and put it into a different container). I had to take out the nebulizer and humidifier but, everything else (that wasn't expired) went back in. I don't love these boxes but, they'll do until I find just the right ones. And just to be clear - yes, the size of the boxes bothers me. A lot. 

To make this project complete I would like containers that are no more than 26" across with covers. Have you seen anything like this? 

Erin said...

Looks great! Do you want to come to my house and organize mine now? Hah hah

Dee {Strings and Buttons} said...

Wow you did a wonderful job. BTW my local Target had a ton of sizes, have you looked there? Or at the Container store? Either way, it looks super organized right now! x

Beverly said...

lookin' fantab girlie!! I felt so good after we organized our hall closet.. the one that things just tend to get piled up in.. which reminds me this weekend we need to re-organize it (the follow-ups!).

I love that green shelving paper you used... it makes the closet more appealing. And the idea for the bins WITH lids... genius!!

Sarah said...

Can I just come LIVE with you? You must have the CUTEST house!

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