Here's a reminder of what it looked like to begin with:
This was after removing coats & placing a set of plastic shelves in to create more storage:
And here's what it looks like now!
Finishing the transformation included:
-Painting the walls (I picked a pretty blue color to coordinate with some cute magazine holders that go in there...who says a closet can't be colorful?)
-Getting plywood for new wooden shelves, and painting them all white
-Installing the shelves (a whole story in itself...I had to enlist the hubby's help here because our chimney runs up through this closet & we had a heck of a time getting anything to go into that wall!)
-Lastly, and my favorite part, putting everything in it's new place!
I picked up some new medium-sized clear totes to house our winter gear - hats, scarfs, mittens - kids' stuff in one and adults' stuff in the other. While in the store, I also came across these awesome plastic drawers, and after seeing the measurements for them, I HAD to buy them because they were basically MADE to fit my shelves! Seriously, they're 17 inches deep and the shelves are 17.25 inches deep. What a great way to utilize the entire depth of the shelf.
There's a so much more space in this closet now, it's a bit ridiculous! The new plastic drawers I got are empty, and I even threw in a basket that I wasn't using anywhere else right now, just to fill the space! I'm not worried though...there are definitely items in other areas of our home that will make their way to this closet, now that it's so much more functional. I must admit that I left the vacuum & wrapping paper out when I took the after pics, just so I could show off more of the shelves - but they still live in the same spots as the "progress" pic.
I'm so pleased with how it turned out - sometimes I even open the door as I'm walking by, just to look at it again. Yes, I'm an organizing dork. But the neatness & colors makes me happy! (To which my hubby replies, "Well, if that's all it takes..." haha)