Sunday, December 19, 2010

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

I guess I'm on a roll with my closets in the house. Now that the hallway closet has been marked off the list, the master bedroom is ready for its turn to be organized. I was more than happy that some time and a little money was going to be invested in this beauty, as it's been an eyesore from day one.

My biggest pet-peeves of this closet? Firstly, the opening was only half of the width of the closet, making it near impossible to access the sides. If any clothes went past the opening, they were not going to be worn. Adding a sliding door to the mix made it that much more difficult to get things in and out. And of course, being the lady of the house, my things fill 75% of the space. It's just the way it is.

So here are the before pictures:

"Her" side:

"His" Side:

A view inside: Two long shelves span the length of the closet. The opening of the closet makes these hard to access; and as you can see, the space is not organized.

This view shows you the lovely wallpaper that lined the closet. It was put up with remnants, so the pieces did not run floor to ceiling and there were several seams. The wallpaper, luckily, was VERY OLD, so it was paper and not vinyl, making it easy to remove. A little hot water and a sponge it came right off.
Once the doors were removed, the shelves taken down, and the wallpaper removed, the inside was ready for a coat of primer and paint. Parts of the walls had never been painted. Although I don't think the inside of the closet has to be beautiful, it is much easier to find your clothes, and compare colours of items, if you have a crisp white or cream wall to compare it against.

Covering the closet is a pair of shears that used to cover our bedroom windows. This is a much better use for them. They are hung on a rod that wraps to the wall.

Hidden behind the edges of the drapes are these fantastic tie-backs. They will be great at tying back the drapes when we are accessing the closet.

When the curtains are open, the closet looks like this:

The inside has been fitted with a Rubbermaid closet system from Home Depot. For our use we have a small section tucked to the right that is used for a small collection of dresses. Then we have two levels of rods for shirts (top) and pants (bottom), plus some room for shelves above that section and to the left in the closet.

All in all, I'm in love with my newly organized space.

Consider starting your New Year with a newly organized space too! Give me a call at 613-828-6965 to get started.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Organized Closet = Very, Very Happy

A few weeks ago, our front hall closet finally made it to the top of the "TO DO" list. Like most busy households, there has always been higher priority decorating projects. So even though it was terrible, it was low on the list. I can't even tell you how happy it made me that we were finally going to fix this completely unorganized (and frustrating) space.

You see, we live in a house from 1950, so our closets are not up to today's standards, especially for five people. We have one hall closet that is 2 ft deep, 4 ft wide and 8 ft tall, all with a standard size door to access it. The size of the door made reaching most things in the closet a bit of a challenge.

Not wanting to invest a whole lot of money, we went with some standard shelving (ClosetMaid) from Home Depot. Because we wanted to maximize the use of the space, we decided to put brackets on the 2 ft walls, with shelving running all the way to the ceiling on one side. Because you can see through the shelves, it makes it easy to spot that pair of missing shoes on the top shelves. With a teenager and a husband, both over 6 feet tall, I wasn't worried about using those top shelves. On the other 2 foot wall, we were able to hang two rods for all the coats. The top rod is accessible by the taller household members, while the lower one can be used by those 5 feet and under.

This is the bracket system from ClosetMaid. It can be cut to whatever size you want (ideally using the cutters they have the store, or you can use a hacksaw).

ClosetMaid Bracket

ClosetMaid Shelf

So here's the finished product, complete with some existing baskets that can now be accessed by the little people in the house. It still needs to be painted at some point, but there are more pressing things on the "TO DO" list, so that will have to wait for another day. Needless to say, hubby was in my good books for several days after installing this. After all, organizing a space does make me HAPPY!

Now when it's time to head out of the house, I can grab my things and everything for the kids quickly and without cursing. The kids are also able to reach the shelves and baskets to put their stuff away. It's the simple things that make day to day life so much better. Happy Organizing!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Closet Organizers

Imagine waking up every day and being able to easily pick out what you are going to wear, seeing all your options in front of you and effortlessly putting outfits together. You’d feel fantastic, or at least I know I would. Every year I get my new IKEA catalogue and drool at the endless options for closet organizers. I choose IKEA because of its pricepoint and flexibility, but I do love them all! Who doesn’t love PAX?

Then there’s California Closets. It’s pricier, but is basically custom cabinetry for your wardrobe.

California Closet

Similar to IKEA’s Pax wardrobe is the adjustable Elfa system. It has adjustable shelves and drawers that work with a shelf bracket that is fixed to the wall.


And for some simple fixes, there is always the Rubbermaid closet system. Probably the least expensive option out there, it will still put things in order and make your mornings so much brighter. Like the Elfa system, it works by attaching brackets to the wall and attaching the system to the those brackets. This makes it super easy to move things around and adjust as your wardrobe changes.


Hopefully your wardrobe has a happy home. If it doesn't and you need help setting things up, give me a call.