If you are anything like me, you love having things organized, with a place for everything and everything in its place. This particular closet was a joke in our home. When we moved in, we just stuck things in there that we knew we would store there, but for months I kept saying, "we really need to organize that closet!" Every time I would attempt to find something in that closet, it took forever to find what I needed, and I often got attacked by falling items. I dreaded opening that door. I was seriously a little giddy when it was finally neat and organized. Even my hubby appreciates being able to find what he is looking for. I wish I remembered to take a before shot so you could see just how awful it really was. But, I was so anxious to get organizing that I totally forgot!
During my mom's last visit, I told her that one of my birthday gifts would be helping me organize this closet! We set off on a mission with measurements of all of the shelves and a list of the items that needed to be organized, to help us pick the right storage items. All of the plastic bins and canvas totes came from Bed, Bath & Beyond, purchased with a combination of their awesome coupons.
I used mini wooden rectangles that came in a pack from Michaels to make the labels, and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint. I used Chalk Ink Markers (also from Michaels) to write the contents of each bin on the label. For the plastic bins, I used good ole' duck tape to stick the labels on the front of the bin. It has held great! For the canvas bins, I used a piece of 1 inch grosgrain wrapped around the top with a mini clothespin to hold it to the chalkboard label. The grosgrain ribbon came from Dollar Tree and the mini clothespins came from the office supply aisle at Walmart. If I ever want to change the contents of the bins, a damp cloth will wipe off the label.
It felt fantastic to check this task of of my ongoing to-do list. And I still get excited every time I open the closet door. I wonder how many minutes of my life were wasted hunting through this closet pre-organizational overhaul? It only took an afternoon and it was 100% worth the effort. What closet do you need to tackle?