Dear Auntie Moonbeam
I’m big on organisation. Not that you’d guess it by coming into my home of course. There are bits of my apartment that could charitably be described as one big hot sticky mess. *ahem* my kid’s room *ahem*
However, if there is one area I try to keep organised it’s my closets. Apartments tend to be stingy with their storage space so every last inch must be useful.
Unfortunately all my closets are of the hanging variety with a sparse single shelf per. Hardly conducive to efficient storage. ‘Jam-packed’ is a term I would use to describe their current state.
After a few months of my front hall closet expanding ever upwards, outwards and sideways I realized the time had come to take action.
That’s right – we’re making shelves, baby!
We begin with the sexiest of all project phases: organisation & planning. I always sketch out a project like this to make sure that every last item has a place to call home. The great thing about this method of pre-planning is that it can be used for any kind organisational projects from kitchens to junk drawers.
Does this seem like overkill? Oh probably. But anyone who has ever hustled a cracked-out four-year-old out the door at 7am knows the key is
yelling having a system.
With a plan in place it was time to start de-cluttering…..looking at these photos I wonder how I ever fit so much into such a tiny space??
Next up, construction. I wanted something uber simple – after all I had only one morning to clean, build and install. Clock’s ticking!
Also, I shoulda mentioned earlier – I wanted to do this whole project for the low low cost of nada. Enter extra Ikea shelves salvaged from my dumpsters. Seriously people are tossing perfectly good building materials out there. It’s no wonder I see contractor trucks regularly cruising the area.
So yeah, the shelves don’t match and there are definitely a few exposed edges but when the closet is filled up I barely notice such things. Plus did I mention the free price tag?
And I can feel good about honouring one of the three R’s. My grade 3 teacher would be so proud of me!
One final note – when I started this blogging adventure I knew very little about how it worked. See my post where I compared widgets to Tolkien characters.
Over time I’ve been very lucky to meet some great bloggers who are patient and generous enough to teach me, share with me and be in all ways awesomely helpful. One of the first bloggers I connected with was Dria from Dio Home Improvement. She’s my blogging guru and today she shared some serious blog love with me. Check it out here. I’m still blushing from her kind words and crazily complimentary post! Thanks Dria!