It’s on. Organizing time folks. I have been waiting to organize this space since the day we moved in back in March! There always seems to be something getting in the way… Unpacking, practicums, school, our wedding…
I am just bursting will all the ideas I have for my space, but often end up discouraged by the sheer multitude of it all. Our office, our bedroom, our entryway… Just so many on the to do list. I’m reminding myself to count my victories- I finally had the chance to tackle our linen closet!
When confronted with a multitude of areas to fix, it can be overwhelming. Organizing a home in a way that works for you and your family can take months, even years maybe. I gave it some thought, and realized that these two closets are at the core of our space. It’s where we store linens, yes, but also tools, light bulbs, extra shoes, tissues… And beside it is our pantry! I knew I needed to get on this spot. There were so many extra things without a place to call home because I wasn’t using this area efficiently.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
I apologize for the blurriness of these photos. They’re just the before shots, and I was just so ready to dive in!
You can see some remnants of past systems in our old home, but without any true thought given to how to best work with it, it just became a dumping ground. It was hard to even know what was in the closet with such a mismash.
To begin, I cleared it all out, shelves included.
As soon as we moved in, I knew I wanted to tackle those shelves. The previous tenants had simply wrapped the plain MDF shelves in paper to hide them. I don’t have anything against repurposing an item with paper, but there’s a way to do it. This is not it.
It’s hard to tell in the photos, but this paper was old and hanging awkwardly. Step 2 then was to repaint!
(My painting buddy :). She’s been around paint so often she knows to avoid it, after a few white painted fur incidences a while back…)
I grabbed a roller, and got to work. These shelves weren’t going to get all that much punishment, so I went with some extra paint we had lying around the house, leftovers from our walls. It’s an eggshell, but my hubby the painter recommends using a semi-gloss for shelves that will be used more frequently to avoid chipping. The glossier the paint, the more it will stand up to wear and tear (which is why painters choose it for doors and trim).
The edges are rough, but I just did my best filling the holes with paint- I didn’t bother filling them or sanding them down. I had a plan!
A couple of coats later, I had these. I left them to dry overnight and sprayed them with a clear varnish to add to their durability.
Here’s our closet with the freshly painted shelves. Looking cleaner already!
From there, I start placing the systems we already had back in the closet. I loved our grey bins from our last home’s entry closet (the sole closet we had besides the one in our bedroom!) so I updated their chalkboard labels and put them back in.
Our bins didn’t fit on the top shelf, so I needed to think of a new solution. I repurposed some of the many boxes we had lying around post wedding to hold some extra linens we won’t be using in this home, like our shower curtain.
They weren’t the nicest looking, so to add a little flair, I recovered the fronts (because really, who is going to see the sides?) with some good quality wrapping paper from Marshall’s.
Back to the closet. Above, I mentioned that our old MDF shelves had a few holes.
I could have easily left well enough alone, but I wasn’t a fan. Washi tape was a perfect, and very temporary, solution!
A reminder of where I started…
And where I am now!
It makes me happy every time I open the door! With these little tweaks I even had room to add extras that were lying around our house, like the tote bags, extra comforter and Mexican blanket.
I added some simple Martha Stewart labels on each recovered box; honestly for practicality’s sake. I definitely wouldn’t remember what I had in those boxes without!
Here is a close up of a few of my systems in the works. A bin to hold rolled towels, our labelled bins (again, with Martha Steward chalkboard labels that I pasted onto cardstock) and our plastic drawers from the Container Store housing our tools (repurposed from their original spot under the bathroom sink).
Right next you can see the door to our pantry… Another work in progress….
I’m so pleased with how it turned out! Hopefully this will give me the oomph to tackle my next big organizing task… What have you been putting off that you’d like to work on?