The fun has begun!
Have you found THAT CLOSET in your home that you want to reorganize?
This is the week to get it done!
I tackled my craft closet this week.
This is the closet in my upstairs office.
It is full of random craft supplies that I have used with teaching preschool over the years.
And I have a ton of children’s books and teacher manuals to use when teaching.
This used to be a clothes closet, but when we turned this little room into my office, my hubby added a bunch of shelves.
Unfortunately, it has become a place where I stuff all the junk that I don’t know what to do with.
Isn’t it lovely?
So here are the steps I followed to clean out my closet…
1. Clear it all out!
It’s looking better already.
2. Separate everything into piles.
I had three piles:
You might want to add a Sell pile if you think you could make money selling your stuff at a yard sale or a consignment store.
Unfortunately…my throw away pile was the smallest! :)
And my KEEP pile was the largest…see the pile in the middle of the hallway?
Those are most of my teaching materials that I do not use right now and probably won’t be using for several more years. So they definitely needed to go into storage.
3. Clean your closet before putting stuff back in.
You may need to clean the baseboards or the shelves, or even sweep or vacuum the floor.
I actually added a fresh coat of paint to all of the shelves and used Khaki Shade by Sherwin Williams to paint the walls behind the shelves. It is the same color of paint that is on our walls.
I didn’t have to do this step, but we already had the paint supplies out from our master bedroom closet makeover, so they were very handy. (Or I may have skipped this step.)
You could also add contact paper to your shelves if you didn’t have any paint handy.
4. Decide how you want to organize your stuff.
I decided I wanted to hang a peg board on the closet door to organize my supplies. The plastic shoe hanger I was using wasn’t working…it looked like a mess!
So I went to Lowe’s and asked them to cut me an 18 x 48 inch piece of peg board. It cost $4.95ish.
I didn’t want to keep it brown, so I spray painted it black in my freezing cold garage.
Then I hung the peg board on the back of my closet door.
I bought a package of metal pegs from Lowe’s to hang my supplies from.
5. Put items back in closet.
I put the items I use the most on my pegboard so they were easy to reach.
I also added a folder holder, metal buckets and a clipboard.
I will share how I made each of these in a later post.
For my shelves, I organized my materials with containers I already had.
The wire baskets I got at Goodwill last year for a dollar piece knowing that I would use them someday. :)
The small Ball glass jars I got a Walmart. They cost about $3.00 for four jars.
I am so glad that my craft/office supplies are so easy to see and easy to get to.
The Before and After…
YEAH!!! I am so glad I got this finished! And I have YOU to thank!
Here’s a tip when using baskets to organize your closet:
**Don’t spend a lot of money on matching sets of baskets.
If you are wanting to get matching baskets for your closet, do NOT go to a store and spend a ton of money on matching baskets!
Shop your home or shop Goodwill.
Find baskets that are the shape and size that you need and then buy a can of spray paint in the color you like.
Spray paint all the baskets you have the same color and now you have a matching set of organizing containers!
And they will look great!
Here is an example from creativelydomestic.com…
Since I only had pictures of my craft closet today, tomorrow I will be sharing some inspirational ideas on how to organize your clothes closet!
This Friday, January 14th, will be our Closet Makeover Linky Party!!!!
I cannot wait to see what you ladies have been up to.
Every person who links up will be entered in a drawing for a fabulous giveaway!
If you do not have a blog, but you want to participate and be entered in the giveaway, just email me the before and after pictures of your closet at
Now ladies….let’s not forget the most important part of this series!
Let’s be sure to take time to organize our hearts!
I don’t know about you, but when I pass away some day, I do not want people say about me…”Wow! That Traci sure had organized closets!”
I want them to say… “Wow! What a beautiful heart she had!”
I’m headed over to my sister’s blog right now to get started on organizing my heart.
Will you join me?
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Have a blessed day!