I mentioned on Facebook the other day that we had decided to tackle a closet makeover in the master bedroom of our home. Master bedroom…that sounds fancy right? Well, that’s not exactly the case. To start, we live in a manufactured home…and not a new one at that. There’s nothing wrong with manufactured homes, in fact some of them are amazing, but the older ones leave much to be desired in the storage space optimization category.
As you can see what we started with here was basically a shelf up top and a rod for hanging clothes, which probably worked in 1979 when this baby was shiny and new, but I wanted a little more. First thing I did was take off the closet doors. I hate those slider doors with a passion because there’s always that section in the middle, where the doors overlap, that you can never get to so you just don’t wear anything that gets stuck there. Let me tell you, I think I basically found a whole new wardrobe hiding out back there. WIN!
Next we took down the old shelf and rod so that we had a completely empty space. For our closet, which is 12’ wide, we went with two 3′-6′ Rubbermaid Closet Kits
that we picked up at Lowes and added a couple of the 25 cubby organizers in the middle to house my extensive shoe collection (or at least part of it). The closet kits are super easy to put up so we just had to determine where we wanted rods for hanging and the shelves for folding and screw those supports into the wall. What’s cool is that as your needs change or your wardrobe grows or shrinks, you can adjust the shelves, add or remove rods, or whatever you need to make the space keep working for you.
Fortunately for me, my hubby is sort of OCD with organizing by size, type, style, etc. so not only is my closet much more manageable and better to look at, everything is color coded by style and season (however, it will probably not stay that way unless he takes up doing the laundry too because I will not sort and color code when putting it away – ain’t nobody got time for that!). Who says you need a professional organizer!? So if you’re looking for a way to optimize space and make your dreary, over-stuffed closet a lot more manageable (and easier to look at), this is definitely a easy to install solution you’ll want to try.
What’s your best storage space optimization tip? What’s your biggest storage frustration? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
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