Hello everyone! Today I was wondering what about our homes do we find the least appealing, and what can we do to change the situation for the better. For me personally, I wish I had a bigger yard, more storage space, and for my kids to have bigger rooms. Unfortunately I can not really change the size of my yard or rooms. However, what I can do is increase my storage potential with some new creative ideas! So today we will be focusing specifically on optimizing closet space.
If you have been to any number of homes, you have most likely noticed that in general all closets are designed using the same template (with the exception of the ones located in the master suite.) The chances are you even have the same designs in your own home. You know the ones I am talking about. The uninspired shallow rectangles that offer little more storage options than to hang all of your clothes and throw your shoes on the floor. Can you get by just accepting the status quo? Well of course you can. People have done it for decades now, but with all of the storage options available today it is possible to decrease the chaos and optimize your closet space, no matter how small it may be.
My original attempt to free up space in my daughters room led me to place her dresser in the closet. Not really a novel idea, and it seemed to have mixed results. The dresser itself was small (to accommodate the size of the closet) and did not have enough room to hold all of my daughters clothing. So to solve this issue I purchased a Kallax unit from Ikea. While this solved the issue of holding all of my daughters clothing, I personally found it to be a mess. Clothes were continually spilling out of the baskets, and I was seemingly never able to find the article of clothing I was looking for until I emptied said basket!
Ugh! This was beginning to get infuriating! I knew I needed a better option. Closing the closet doors and ignoring the mess was not an option. Out of ideas, I decided to scroll through Pinterest for some inspiration. A hour later, with a head full of inspiration, I decided to turn my daughters closet into a one of a kind organized space.
Step 1: I’m not going to be ripping anything out of the closet. I am going to be starting with a fresh coat of paint for the walls, shelf, and trim to add a fun pop of color. I have teamed up with Tempaper Design who will be providing wallpaper for the back wall. This will feature a fun floral design I covered in my Friday favorites. Click here for the exact paper.
Step 2: In this step a five section vertical unit will be built and placed into the middle of the closet. This will be predominately used to store baskets and shoes. On the left side of this unit, an extra shelf will be added below the existing one to further separate the section. The top will be used for shirts whilst the bottom will be used for skirts/pants. Use of the top shelf will be relegated to extra linens/pillows and other things not often needed. The right side will remain unchanged and used for long one piece hangables such as dresses. The bottom on the right side will be left open so I can place a hamper. Parents can dream about their kids actually using a hamper right?
Step 3: This is my favorite part of the process! After all of the hard work is done, it is time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and organize the closet. With any amount of luck this will put those nightmares to an end! First, I am going to be changing the purple velvet clothes hangers to nice wooden ones. While I will be keeping baskets for some storage, I will be switching to some baskets I found at Pottery Barn Teen. They add a little pop of flair with a nice silver thread ran through them. As for the laundry hamper, I am going to be ordering the Pom Pom Storage Hamper in Natural.
That is all I have laid out for now, but there you have it, my closet organization plan. I can not wait to show you the process as I go along!
Thank you Tempaper Designs for the beautiful wallpaper, I can’t wait to hang it in my daughter’s closet.