- Assess closet space in my room.
- Decide what I want to store in the closet.
- Choose a system for organizing what I store in the closet.
Assessing Closet Space:
My closet is 43"W and 21 1/2"D. It had a bifold door that I removed from the hinges. There is no storage at the top of the closet (and shelves can't be added) because the ceiling is at an angle.
|Tiny closet I'm working with|
43"W x 21 1/2" D
What Should be Stored in the Closet:
I prefer to hang all of my clothes, but that is not an option. Since I wear dresses 95% of the time, they had to be hung for easy accessibility. I also reach for cardigans and jackets often, so I also wanted them hung. Everything else (shirts, tanks, blouses, skirts, and pants) would be tucked away.
Choosing an Organizing System:
My initial plan was to use a combination of Sterilite closet drawers and the Michael Graves for Target 6-shelf organizer. I tossed the idea of the shelf organizer because it had a bad smell that would not dissipate. I actually tried a couple other styles and had a similar experience with the smell.
|Initial plan for organizing closet|
|Attempting to remove stench from|
closet shelves. Also tried Febreze.
Actual Plan: Four stackable Sterilite deep closet drawers (17"D x 143/4"W x 101/4" H) will hold my clothes that are not hanging (on sale at Target, $9.49 each). My shoes will be kept in boxes on a grey plastic storage shelf system that I spotted in Home Depot (was $24.92, but the display was the only one available, so I negotiated the price down to $15). My belts will hang on belt racks on the inside corners of the closet ($1 each at Dollar Tree). My scarves will hang on a few over-the-door hooks ($1 each at Dollar Tree).
|Top: Belts on two belt racks ($1 each)|
Bottom L: Scarves on over the door hooks ($1 each)
Bottom R: Shoe boxes on shelving from HD ($15)
This room will also be my office, so I want it to look chic.
|Shopping options in Target, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls.|
I like to take photos when I spot potential items especially in stores
that don't have online stores.
|Hubster installing faux wood blinds ($10.99 at Target)|
I painted the walls plum swirl ($26/1gallon at Home Depot)
NB: I had never painted walls before, but I do my
own nails, so how much harder could this be?
The Big Reveal:
|The newly improved and organized closet.|
L to R: Cardigans, dresses (casual, dressy, work), blazers.
Target Home window panel ($24.99) on a rod ($9.99) add
a chic alternative to closet doors.
|Shoe rack on right.|
|Closet with window panel drawn.|
The chair ($129.99 at TJ Maxx) will actually be at my desk.
I am looking for a a padded bench in the same color family.
My smaller handbags are in this recycled basket via
TJ maxx ($19.99). My larger totes are stored flat
(in their storage bags) on the stackable closet
drawers in the closet.
|Wide view of the closet/dressing room side of my multi-purpose room|