Week 11: Bedroom closet

It was so hard to sit down and write this today because it’s 76 degrees in NYC! I can’t believe it’s this warm in March. We will be going back to the 40s this weekend, but today was such a nice treat!

Well, it’s week 11 of the 52 Weeks of Organizing challenge. This week I added an extra project to my list again, because I’m less than 3 weeks away from my due date and getting anxious to finish organizing the spaces for the baby. I’m glad I made my original 12 week plan, but I’ve realized along the way that it’s more satisfying to work on whatever is pulling my attention the most, rather than sticking to a rigid plan.

My goal for next week is to finish the paper recycling system (which is on my list). Laura featured my scary before picture of at the beginning of the challenge and it’s definitely in need of addressing. Starting with week 13, I’m going to create a new list but not tie the projects to any specific weeks.

The Closet

When the Container Store was having their annual Elfa sale, we priced out a custom closet, but ultimately decided not to get it (though we love the one we put in our coat closet!). In the bedroom I made do with the standard single bar and shelf, and here’s what I came up with:

Closet left side

Closet right side

Here’s what I did:

  • I reused white stacking shelves that were under utilized as a vertical stack. I turned them on their sides on top of the built in shelf, which helps keep the stacks of out of season clothes and sheets organized.
  • Adding the stacking shelves on their sides also created another out-of-sight shelf (above the door frame) that I filled with cardboard boxes of baby clothes that we won’t need for many months.
  • I moved my dresser in to the closet to make room for the new baby dresser/changing table combination we added to our room (I just might hang some very short baby clothes above the dresser in the future).
  • I grouped all my husband’s shirts together on the left and put the laundry basket under them (it just barely had enough clearance).
  • Between the laundry basket and the dresser, I was able to fit in longer hanging for pants.
  • The closet keeps going to the left, which is not easy to get to regularly. On the bar, I put garment bags for traveling, and other clothes Peter doesn’t wear often. I also hung a hook all the way up by the ceiling on the wall. My rarely used evening gowns (which would drag on the floor if they were on the bar) are hung on the hook and stay more or less flat against the wall.

I’m not sure if it’s going to stay this way, but for now having the bedroom closet like this is giving us the space we needed in the bedroom for the crib and changing table. Sorry, there were no ghastly  before pictures this week since I got carried away and was well into the process of reorganizing before I realized I hadn’t taken any photos! I still want to try to get some no-VOC paint that matches the trim to paint the doors. I think they would look better in white, right?