I have ignored our hall closet for too long. I’ve known for several years that I should be organizing this hall closet, but for many reasons, I kept putting it off. Whenever I opened this closet door, I felt like I should be on an episode of Hoarders! #Hot Mess! No more….I have to get this done!
Organizing the Hall Closet
This closet is fairly spacious and is located between our kitchen and dining room. I don’t need it as storage for my china or kitchenware, so I basically use it for storage of household items.
This is what it looked like before I organized it. #Oh.my.gosh! How embarrassing! I knew this was going to take a LONG time to make it beautiful. (You have NO idea how hard it was for me to post this!) #Don’t judge me!
Part of the problem was that I had placed a lot of our Christmas decor in this space. I knew that getting those items out would free up a great deal of real estate.
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Step 1: Organizing the Hall Closet – Remove Everything:
The first step is to remove everything from the closet. As I removed items, I placed them into categories in my nearby dining room. The main categories were: Christmas decor, photos, medicine/sun screen, light bulbs, keepsakes, and gift wrap/gift bags/boxes/bows/tissue paper.
Step 2: Organizing the Hall Closet – Paint It!
I talked my hubby into completing this task. #MyhusbandRocks! The paint he used was Sherman-Williams Ever Clean. I use this paint every time I paint a closet. It is a white semi-gloss paint, and it is wonderful! If you ever have the urge to paint your closets, I highly recommend it. When needed, you can easily wash off stray marks. Our closets were originally painted with a flat finish builder’s grade beige paint. It looked great….at first. Overtime, stray marks would appear on the walls (Who did that?), and when I tried to wash the marks off, part of the paint finish would rub off onto my cleaning cloth. Unfortunately, remnants of the mark would still be on the wall. This was sooo frustrating.
When I went to the paint store, I spoke to an employee about my paint project, and he recommended SW Ever Clean in a semi-gloss finish. He said that it was a highly washable finish, and he was right!
Step 3: Organizing the Hall Closet – Shop for Needed Supplies:
It’s always fun to shop for organizational supplies. I also love to shop on-line. Amazon.com has so many products, and their prices are almost always lower than the brick and mortar stores. To organize the hall closet, I needed storage bins for my Christmas decor and storage containers for all the other items that will be housed in this closet.
I ended up purchasing some items on-line and some at Target. I purchased 4 large clear bins for our Christmas decor (which will be stored in our attic) at Target. The collapsable ClosetMaid Fabric Drawer and clear storage bins for our medicine supply were purchased through Amazon. (Please Note: The specific Fabric Drawers that I purchased are not available now, but the one I linked to above is very similar. It comes in a variety of colors, too.)
I also needed the 1/2 size collapsable fabric storage cubes, but Target was out of what I needed, so I went to Walmart to check out what they had in stock. Score! I was able to find what I was looking for. The gray color is a bit lighter than the color on the full cubes, but it isn’t that noticeable. The 1/2 size fabric bins came 2 to a package, and I bought 4 packages. Half were black and half were gray.
While looking for the Shelf Liner online, I was able to find exactly what I wanted. I knew that I didn’t want the adhesive shelf liner. It is less expensive, but it can be difficult to apply, and I didn’t want to put myself through that. I have an annoying habit of obsessing over small details. 🙂 This EasyLiner Smooth Top Shelf Liner has a smooth surface on top and a Grip Bottom that keeps the liner in place on the bottom. It is also machine washable.
I found the pretty glitter boxes at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts. I placed our photos in some, and I placed ribbon and miscellaneous items in the others.
Step 4: Organizing the Hall Closet – Install Shelf Liner
In my closet, I have 2 sizes of wooden shelves. The wider shelves are 16 inches deep and the smaller shelves are 11 inches deep. Since I didn’t want the shelf liner to be pieced together, I bought 2 sizes. One is 20 inches x 6 feet and the other is 12 inches x 10 feet. This worked out perfectly and was so easy to install. You just measure, cut, and place it on the shelf.
This is the liner that I chose – Shelf Liner
When you apply shelf lining to your shelves, it not only makes the closet pretty, but it protects your new paint. This is definitely a win-win in my book. (It has also worked well for me in the past, so if it works well, keep doing it.)
Step 5: Organizing the Hall Closet – Place Items Back on the Shelves
This is the fun part! Since I chose 3 different colors for my fabric drawers (black, black/gray with a design, and gray), I decided to place the cubes where I wanted them first, and then I pulled them out one at a time to place the items back into each drawer. (If you only choose 1 color and style, you won’t have a pattern, so you won’t need to worry about this.)
The only task I still need to complete in organizing this closet is to place some pretty labels on the bins, glitter boxes, and fabric cubes. I create the labels through a free site at Canva.com. It is a really fun and awesome site. If you enjoy being creative, you will love Canva.
Now I can open this closet and breathe a sigh of relief! Some organizing projects are more work than others, but it’s all worth it at the end!
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Clear storage bins – small – used for organizing medicine products