Wrangling The Chaos

If you are sitting there thinking, ‘man, I sure wish this lady would do another closet post’, well then you’re in luck because that is exactly what this is. Although this closet is for much more important things than clothes. MUCH more important…..It’s for toys.

I know I’ve said this before, but we are super lucky to have the amount of closets we have in this old house. And especially lucky of the size of the closets. When we first moved in, these closets saved my sanity. I was able to stuff them with totes and boxes and pretend that everything was unpacked and in its proper place. Now that we have lived here for a while, things are (slowly) finding their permanent home and my closets are freeing up!

This particular closet is right under the staircase. It was the coat closet when the original front door was in this room. That door is now a window, and we have a coat closet next to the door that we use regularly. Lately, this closet has been used as a catch-all for the most random things. It has been housing our coolers, the vacuum cleaner, a couple of totes that still need homes, and the most random toys that I don’t want out all the time. (I apologize for these terrible photos, but there is only one bare bulb light in the closet and without it, the closet is pitch black!)IMG_2633IMG_2636 IMG_2639 I FINALLY got around to going through things in there and was left with a nearly empty closet. I decided the best use for this closet would be to house all of the toys that are overflow from the playroom or toys that Hollis can’t be trusted with, without supervision (ie. paint, markers, playdoh, etc.). It sits right across the hall from the playroom. My plan is to remove the clothes rod and make that whole wall shelves. It’s hard to tell from the pics, but that side is 24″ deep and 38″ wide. So I can easily fit some nice 16″ deep shelves in there. And since the door is petite, I have room to utilize the space across from it with some 10″ deep shelves.

IMG_2647In order to get my 10″ shelves in, I had to remove part of the existing wood coat racks so that I can get a shelf bracket on the left side. I also needed it removed, to add new cleats for my 16″ deep shelves.IMG_2648I just made my cut and pried off the unwanted section. IMG_2649Now I had room for my brackets and my cleats….after some patch work, of course. IMG_2644I used 1″x2″ for my cleats to hold my shelves. This is a really simple and cheap way to add shelving. Just cut them the depth and width of your shelves for them to rest on. I used wood boards for my shelves, but you could use MDF or sheets of plywood too.

IMG_2652 I used a 1″x 4″ and a 1″x12″ to make a 1″x16″shelf and cut them to the size I needed.  Next, I painted all the wood and shelves white. I patched all the holes and cracks and got out the paint. I usually do all white closets, but I wanted to add a little color on the walls since this closet is really for the kiddos.  IMG_2658IMG_2654I ended up putting back some of the wall hooks, because they are handy for hanging bags and they stay out of sight behind the door when it’s open.

IMG_2667 IMG_2666It is so nice to find a home for these toys that have been floating around the living room and playroom. Hollis loves going in there and picking out toys. It’s funny how if they are out, under her nose, she could care less about them, but put them in a closet out of sight and mind, and she suddenly has a new-found love for them!


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