Closet Case


Before - Dark and Dingy
As I mentioned in my “Mid-Week Memorandum” post, every time I looked into my closet, I was getting the nagging feeling that something needed to change. As you can see from the photos, it’s dark, dreary, and sadly lacking in shoe storage. The storage potential in the two little side closets is not being maximized.
Un-utilized space


So, I bit the bullet two weekends ago, and started the process of renovating my closet. First things first, the inside needed to be painted (don’t ask me why I didn’t do it when I painted the outside of the doors, let’s just say that project was done over a New Year’s weekend and involved endless amounts of trim, and three coats of gloss white paint).

Fresh Coat of Paint

Secondly, I needed to address the storage issue. I had been trying to figure out the best use of those side closets, and how to create more shoe storage.  In the end, I decided to use the vertical space and build some shelves.  Initially, I was going build the shelves the full depth of the closet, but after some consideration, I decided to only build them 12 inches deep.  Building them the full depth would mean that you wouldn’t see what was stored at the back, and to me that wouldn’t be effective storage.  My organization philosophy is that if you have to move more than one item to get to another that’s not effective storage.  I also decided to only build three shelves on the one side, so I could still use some of the hanging space, if needed
Much needed storage

I added a couple hooks on the inside of the doors, and one inside the closet on the right.  From the hooks on the doors, I hung a purse organizer, and a belt/scarf organizer. 

Making use of as much space as possible

Hanging space still available if needed

I’m pretty pleased with the results.  Everything is tidy and in it’s place.  Shoes are easily accessible with a little room to grow.  Each closet holds seasonal shoes; summer in one, winter in the other.  In the main closet, there’s tops hanging on one side, and bottoms and dresses hanging on the other.  On the floor, one side is for dress shoes, and the other for casual. 
After

What do you think?

P.S.  The sliding doors are still pain in my ass, but they’re on the tracks and roll fairly smoothly (but not easily).

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