I’m so happy to have finished organizing my closet! It took me awhile after we moved in because I’ve never had a walk in closet before so I wasn’t exactly sure how to set it up. I’ve also not had to share a closet with my husband in awhile. We had smaller his and her closets in our old home which was perfect for us me because I had my own space to organize to my hearts content. Let’s just say my husband doesn’t share my organized ways…ahem :)
Anyway after trying various scenarios and I think I finally came up with something that will work for both of us. Although it’s a walk in closet I noticed right away that the space wasn’t being maximized as well as it could be. The other thing I didn’t like about it was the wire shelving, something I’m not really a fan of due to its limited functionality. But it’s what we had and I couldn’t justify the cost of changing it all out.
Here is the before:
As you can see there is a top rod all the way around to hang stuff although because of the back wall of shelves you can’t really hang anything there. Yet the space between those shelves, while too short to hang anything, is too wide to fully utilize because the stacks get to be too tall. I’d much prefer some cubbies or an additional shelf in between but I made it work as is for now. Also do you see all that wasted space underneath my hanging shirt. So sad.
Luckily I did manage to find another wire shelf not being used in another closet that my hubbie installed for me on the right hand side. I really really hate wasted space and without this additional shelf there would have been a ton of space not being used properly.
Check it out now:
It’s much more functional now and I was really able to maximize the storage space. I did that by adding a few key pieces. The extra wire shelf of course which is used to hang my pants from.
To increase the storage on my husband’s side, I knew I needed to add another row for his pants as well. The nice people from neatfreak! sent me a couple things from the closetMAX line (a Canadian company that makes affordable closet organizers) including an expandable bar with straps that just hooks over any closet rod or in my case the wire shelving. So easy to use and not expensive either at around $10.00. I’m really very happy with it.
I also added the closetMAX 5 Shelf Footwear Organizer ($14.00) as a place to house my husband’s ball caps and a couple of shoe organizers that fit perfectly for other storage (nylons, etc).
This will give you an idea of how the pieces just hook on. No assembly required, whoot!
The whole line of closetMAX products can all be combined and connected to help you maximize space. The 9 piece system below sells in Canada on The Shopping Channel for $99.00. Other Canadian locations to buy are listed here. I believe you can purchase some of the line in the US as well at Target under the Michael Graves name.
For shoe storage I again used what I had (an old TV stand) and added a couple of bins. I’m not a big shoe person so bins work fine for my needs right now until something else comes along :)
I added more bins on top to keep bags, purses and bathing suits contained.
The clear bins to the sides hold our seasonal clothing.
If you’d like more information on the blue bins, I wrote about them here. Can you believe I got them from my grocery store!
I’m still not using the back bottom two shelves to their potential. Right now I just have my yoga pants there and we’ll see over time if it needs to be changed up. I never leave anything alone for long so I’m sure in a couple of weeks I’ll be trying something else.
And look I couldn’t not have cubbies somewhere :) I love that I have an empty shelf although trust me it won’t be empty for long! Hmmm I’m already thinking I’m going to move my yoga pants over there.
And finally behind the door, my necessary step stool because I’m a shorty :)
So there you have it, thanks for taking this tour with me. Anyone wanting to organize a closet or two this weekend? Do it, you’ll be so glad you did!!
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I’m linking this post up at The Inspired Room. Go there for more creative organizing ideas!