Hey everyone! I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty effing gloomy here in Maryland. The end of January/early February is just the worst time of the year. It’s dark, cold, and dreary. I don’t even really want to work in the garage, and if I do, I need to bundle up and grab a space heater. So I decided that February would be the perfect time to share my craft/storage/wine/cat stuff closet makeover with you. There will be a bit of building, but there is also a lot of indoor organizing, so it’s the perfect cold-weather project.
Before I show you the disaster area before pics, I want to share a bit of inspiration for what I want to do to the space.
Craft Closet Organization Ideas…
I love the use of pegboard in these spaces. I’m not sure if I’ll be incorporating pegboard into my closet, but it seems like a great way to store and organize smaller items.
I love the way that these spaces use hanging to organize items. There isn’t a whole lot of floor space in my closet, so mounting things to the wall would be a major space saver. It would also prevent the floor from getting too cluttered, which is exactly what it is now.
I love the way these paints are stored. You can see exactly what you have, and the storage solutions are pretty narrow so they don’t take up a ton of space. That is exactly what I need!
And of course labeled clear plastic boxes are always a great solution. I have a set of little plastic drawers that needs some organizing, and I might get another one.
Okay, so those inspiration pics are pretty nice and all, but how the hell am I going to wrangle this mess of a closet? This is what it looks like now.
As you can see, this isn’t just a craft supplies storage closet. Since it’s our main storage closet for the entire house, it also has extra seltzer waters (we mow through them) and wine bottle (we also mow through them), a screen, a vacuum, a bag full of reusable bags, cat supplies, a litter pan, and a few doors. Yikes. But I’m going to make it work because that’s what I do.
The first thing I did was empty the closet…
…and then I painted it.
To paint this space, I mixed quite a few of my paint leftover cans and little samples from the weeks of painting we did when we first moved in. This was an awesome solution because it also freed up a TON of space while still creating a perfectly usable color for the closet! Mike thought I was silly for painting a hidden closet, but I think it made a big difference. 🙂 What do you think?
I have some plans for this little space for sure. Now that it’s emptied and painted, here’s what I want to do:
- Build custom paint shelving to house and organize my DecoArt paints. I’ll be sharing the full build plans for these shelves later this week.
- Do something about the concrete floor. Paint it? Throw down a laminate? Just throw down a big rug? Not sure yet. Need to brainstorm.
- Mount a pegboard or additional shelving for storage.
- Use existing black metal shelving unit for non-craft items (cat litter, extra drinks, etc.). I want to separate these items from the rest of the closet.
- Mount some hangers and items like the reusable bags, etc.
I’ll probably think of some more things, but for now I think this is a good list. It’s going to make a huge difference in the space. Make sure to stop back by next week to see the full under-the-stairs shelving build plans!