I am back with an exciting update on my small closet situation. If you recall, I moved recently into a home with very small closets. There is a tiny walk-in closet in the master bedroom, which presented functional limitations for my usage, but comfortably held my husband’s clothes. There are two other small bedrooms in the house, one is the hubbie’s office and the other is my multi-purpose room—closet/dressing room/office.
- 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)
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|
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