First I made a list of the things I hated the most about my closet. Things I knew I could fix on a small budget. I gave myself a limit of 5 things. Why you ask? If you don't have a huge budget or a lot of time you don't want to overwhelm yourself because once you feel that you will quit. Am I right? Here are my 5 things.
5 Things I Hated:
1. Closet door- When they built the house they didn't put the kind of door that slides into the wall so when I opened the door it cut off access to half of my closet.
2. No color- I know weird. Why would I want color? Well I love giving every room, nook and cranny in my house character.
3. The floor- Trapped cat and carpet floors don't go too well together. I don't think I need to say much else.
4. Access & stuffed of baskets/totes- My baskets were not being utilized well and I needed drawers to put everyday things in.
5. Lighting- I like to see my clothes. My light fixture had a frosted glass and old energy sucking bulbs.
Okay, so now how did I fix all those things? One at a time, shopped clearance and made exceptions.
Here are pictures of before.
|Some things didn't really have a place|
|The horrible floor.|
1. I took my door off and put up a curtain. For now I am fine with that. However, I will be getting a kit to put in the sliding door. I just needed to make the ability to access the other half of my closet on a budget. Target had curtains on clearance as well as rods. For under $20 I fixed my problem.
2. Paint is cheap enough to make a dramatic change. But what would you paint in a closet? I painted my shelves and I added little things like a picture frame and labels on my drawers to my makeup and hair organizers. I used the Behr Paint and Primer in a sage green. $15 for a quart.
3. The floor is what cost us the most. My closet is about a 30 sq. ft. space so it wasn't horrible. We went with a peel and stick tile. Because we have an access door in there I didn't want to make it too heavy with real tile nor did I want to put that much money into a non-living space.
4. I went through clothes and got rid of whatever I didn't wear in the last year (because it's winter I didn't go with the 6 months rule). I figured if I didn't wear it last summer or this winter it's being donated. Then I figured out all the baskets and totes I had and put them into better use. I ended up buying a large 3 drawer organizer to put clothes in. It's on wheels too so that makes it easy to move. $23 at Target.
5. For $10 I found an open faced light fixture and put in an energy saving bulb that gave out more light (I didn't exceed what they recommended for wattage) but used less wattage.
I took my time. Even though I am a person that starts a project and will have to end it the same day (or weekend) I knew this would take awhile.
My all together cost was about $150. Between a new floor, light fixture, drawer organizer and curtain I would say that was pretty good. Really if my carpet wasn't ripped at the door I would have thrown a rug down and saved even more.
Here's my after pictures:
|Color! It makes everything POP!|
|My accents. A quote from Christian Dior and my note pad.|
|Simple but it does the trick|
|Me and The Greatest Husband taking a break|
|My job was to pull out all the staples.|
I will be posting a video tour of my closet so you get a better idea of how it's all set up. I hope you guys like this and if you have any questions please ask away. I didn't post the steps to re-flooring only to make this not drag out but I would be more than happy to take you through it. Happy reorganizing!