While I'm out loving on my brand new baby boy, I hope you enjoy this series: my favorite DIY rerun posts! Learn more about the series here.
When we first moved into our little casa, there was a big question about what to do with the cluster mess of doors otherwise known as the closet and bedroom doors.
There just wasn't much flow once you opened all of the doors in that tiny space. So we pulled each door out and added some flow... with curtains!
I bought several yards of (royal blue accented) fabric from Jo-Anns and simply cleaned up the edges with some no-sew hem tape. You thought I would sew?! I may be crafty, but I'm not that good! :) When I "sew," I use extra strength Heat 'n Bond!
Then I just slipped the top of the curtain onto a tension curtain rod. Voila! Curtains! Oh, and speaking of, I pulled an even easier Heat 'n Bond curtain trick on our window treatments. Instead of the tension curtain rod, we just bought curtain clips and hung the fabric from the curtain rod like so.
In addition to some crazy closet doors, we also inherited a teeny tiny closet that was not in good shape. Much different from our former house, which had a walk-in closet big enough to call a bedroom itself. So what do you do when you have a teeny tiny closet? Add in some custom shelving and make it your own, functional space!
First up, we decided to pull out all of the existing shelving units. I also painted the inside with a fresh coat of the paint on our bedroom walls, which makes the area feel like an extension of our bedroom, instead of just a small, closed off space. Then, we hit up Ikea, Target and Home Depot for some tools to help us keep the closet organized, including hanging racks, canvas bins, and shoes racks.
Here's what our little closet looks like today.
On the left side of the closet, we built in two wire shelves and some Ikea sliding bins. David's shirts go all the way back to the back of the closet. My shoes are in a hanging rack on the left next to our hamper.
If you're looking to reorganize, my best advice is CONTAIN everything. Nothing looks neat when it's strewn all over the place. I bought six or so of these canvas bins and they hold random odd and end things, like David's "pocket dump" collection (please tell me I'm not alone in this?! Seriously, what is up with guys and their desire to keep that random matchbook box from a pub they visited six months ago?). I even have some up on the top shelf, holding bulky items that we don't hang, like sweatshirts.
The other side of the closet has another hanging shelf (for t-shirts, belts, etc), my tops and an Ikea rack hanging pants and skirts. David's shoes are on a shelf on the floor, also on this side of the closet.
Of course, David and I have pared down our closet wardrobe to only the clothes we wear all of the time. Each season, we go through our bins and the rule is: if you didn't wear it last season, it goes to Goodwill.
Are you listening, honey? Time to get rid of that hideous Hawaiian shirt!
And, truth be told, we've got some of our less used items, such as suit jackets, my cocktail dresses, rain boots, etc. in our larger guest bedroom closet. They're accessible, but not in our "every day" attire.
Sure, it's not incredibly glamorous, but it's what we've got! I'd estimate that we made over the entire closet for right at $100. It's clean, organized, pretty and functional- and we are loving it!