February 13, 2013 by Gina
Coats, shoes, boots, hats, gloves, purses, diaper bags, tablecloths, vacuum cleaner…all these things and more cluttered my entryway closet. I have a nice sized closet for all of this stuff but it was SO disorganized! Since we bought our home 6 years ago, we’ve gotten married and had three children. But the closet remained the same despite the need for different functions. Time for a makeover!
First we emptied the closet and Brian ripped out the shelf and hanging rod and supports. Brian then installed a closet system from ClosetMaid that he bought at Home Depot (they give a 10% military discount to veterans and current service members). He also bought a few extra shelves and supports. This cost about $100 and although I would have loved a beautiful, custom-made system it just wasn’t in the budget.
While my husband installed the new closet, I reorganized its contents. I relocated the vacuum cleaner and the hanging, ironed tablecloths. We got rid of some coats, a diaper bag or two and some other random stuff. We’ll donate this to a local charity in the spring. To save money, we reused the black, woven bins we already had in the closet and also reused some bins we had in our laundry room (we also did a reorganization in that room!).
Now every family member, including the baby, has their own bin. These bins hold extra shoes, hats, gloves and scarves. We have a double-hanging rod instead of one long rod. This gave us the same amount of hanging space but also room for lots of shelves! The shelves hold the “new” bins and also my large collection of diaper bags and Miche bags (yes…I have a bag problem). Brian also repurposed the shoe racks we had by cutting them a few inches smaller. They now fit against the small walls of the closet taking up less space. We just have our seasonal shoes on the shoe racks and will rotate them when the weather warms up (the sandals and flip-flops are now in long, big bins on the VERY top shelf). Brian even reused the brass hooks so the boys can hang up their little backpacks themselves!
This project should have taken a day or two but ended up taking us several weeks because we were sick and Brian’s back went out. It’s finished now – I just need to label each family member’s bin with their initial or name. Cricut machine, here I come! The closet functions so much better for our family and there is less clutter in our entryway. I love the way it turned out!