Closet Organization

(Original post from my Blogger; visit to view it.  And please also excuse my poor-quality iPhone pictures.)

As a homeowner, I’m continually getting ideas for how to customize and optimize the spaces in my house.  There is a square “closet” in my bedroom, that is about 3’x3′.  Since I don’t use that closet to store clothes (I have a whole other room for that!), it is more of a storage closet for files and other miscellaneous things.  Regardless, with the odd shape, it was starting to look more like a dumping ground for clutter, so I decided to be handy and build some shelves (Friday night).

The closet really wasn’t usable as it was.  Especially since I wasn’t hanging clothes in it.

I wanted the shelves to form an “L” across the back and right side (You can’t see it, but there is a 12″ space between the door opening and the wall), so I would need to customize them myself.

So I took a trip to Lowes, bought the wood and had them cut it. Lesson learned: don’t stand directly in the line of the big saw, because if the blade is turned the wrong way, the board WILL fly across the isle.  No one was injured, but it was quite comical and the poor guy who was cutting the wood was pretty new and obviously embarrassed.

After the wood was cut I went home and set it all up in my garage/glorified shed (Finally a use for that space!), and painted the boards black.  Several hours and several coats later, I finished.  I let them dry overnight and brought them inside the next day.

Unable to find the power drill at my parents house, I was resigned to just screw the brackets in with a screwdriver.  Not terrible, but I will admit that my thumb throbbed for a couple of days after.  And, because I was determined to finish this project myself, I probably looked really funny in the small square closet trying to hold up the board, hold the bracket, and check the level all at the same time, but I completed the project.  Hooray!

And after a quick trip to IKEA, to get some baskets to make the clutter even less visible, it is finally done.

I have a strong tendency to decide I’m going to tackle a project, assume it will be really easy and quick, and then realize part way through that the project is actually going to take me several days/an entire weekend.  I should probably stop doing that, but I can’t seem to help myself.

Regardless, yay for clean and organized closets!  I wonder what project will be next…