Three bloggers show how they transformed a utility, walk-in, and mud room closet, respectively, into ideal storage.
1. A Well-Organized Utility
Many of us stash brooms, batteries, and tools separately. Not Missy of Lookie What I Did. She converted a coat closet that was a catchall for useless stuff into a central location for home maintenance items.
She went vertical by adding a rolling drawer unit, a pegboard, and storage baskets. She also kept sweepers and mops off the floor using adhesive wall hooks.
To make it a cinch to find stuff, every item in the closet has its place:
- Heavily used items hang on the pegboard.
- Cleaning products live together in a basket.
- Hardware, adhesives, and batteries are stowed and labeled in the rolling drawer unit.
- Bulky, less-frequently needed items are kept in labeled baskets on the shelf.
Tip: When deciding what to store in your closets, ask yourself what has more value, a particular item or the space you will gain.
2. A Masterful Walk-In
This closet will appeal to your inner Carrie Bradshaw. Sandra, aka Sawdust Girl, ripped out her old walk-in and created her dream closet over four months.
Sure this closet is huge, but it’s the special features that make it efficient:
- Convenience: Connects to the bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room.
- Quality: Oversized, self-closing drawers quietly glide shut.
- Lighting: Colors render beautifully with daylight CFL bulbs.
- Power: Extra outlets, extra flexibility.
- Add-ons: A built-in ironing board, rolling ladder, and nine-by-six-foot shoe cabinet came later.
Here’s Sandra building her closet. We “heart” her celebratory happy dance at the end.
3. An Un-Muddled Mud Closet
Jaime the DIY mama behind the blog That’s My Letter came up with a cheery entryway mud room-style cubbie and bench system for a friend.
Originally, the closet had piles of stuff on the shelf and floor. To eliminate clutter, she evaluated what to keep and came up with a plan to make those items more accessible:
- 12 solid-wood shoe cubbies wrangle Dad’s shoes, which had been spilling out of a hanging organizer.
- The bench performs triple duty: It provides a place to sit, room for handbags and knapsacks, and a spot for more shoes.
- Baskets on top of the cubbies stow gloves, hats, and scarves.
Tip: When it comes to keeping closet clutter at bay, out of sight means out of mind. So opt for a closet system that allows you to see everything that’s stored.