When we moved into our house, we were constantly amazed at the space we had. Look at us! We can do a dance in our kitchen! We have TWO rooms with couches now! We have a bedroom, a guest bedroom, AND an office? Whoa!
Closet space, on the other hand, has been quite a different issue. Our house was built in 1940, a time when spacious walk-ins and multiple linen closets weren’t at the top of the priority list. Now, on the one hand, we don’t have an issue with closet space: the former homeowners converted the tiny fourth bedroom upstairs into not just a walk-in closet, but a closet room. The bedroom where we sleep doesn’t have a closet, but that’s OK, because – an organizer’s dream come true! – all of our clothes and linens are beautifully organized in this huge space.
Other than that, there’s two medium-sized closets in the office, a smallish closet in the guest bedroom, and a coat closet. There’s also one VERY small closet on the first floor that must serve as the spot where all cleaning products, extra lightbulbs, and other necessities must live.
When we first moved in, I tried my best at getting everything in there and at least grouped with like items, but it was a mess. I can’t handle a mess for very long. My eye starts to twitch. And so, I picked up three $1 purple weave baskets (made of some interesting material) at the Dollar Store, and off we go!
I’m happy with the results, even though the space is still pretty tight. The purple baskets pulled through like a dream – you know what, they’re purple and they’re behind a closed closet door all day, who cares what they’re made of? Also during this process, I discovered: a nice square glass vase, courtesy of the former homeowners; a mess of lightbulbs, also thanks to the former homeowners; and a kitchen sponge I didn’t know we had. Good thing I didn’t buy a new sponge!
Here’s how I did it: