I L-O-V-E to organize things! There is so much satisfaction from taking a total mess and turning it into a clean, crisp, clutter-free space. Lately, I have let certain areas of my home slip into a bit of a deteriorated state. But now, I get the pleasure of whipping them back into shape and sharing it with you. The first on my hit list…the upstairs linen closet. After only a few short hours of work, she is a beauty to behold.
To truly appreciate the “after” photo, I must share the embarrassing before photo. Things are strewn everywhere…sleeping bags, a humidifier, a linen umbrella (really?), an old dingy slipcover are just a few of the jewels to be found here. I literally sighed every time I opened the door.
The floor is heaped with costumes my kids have been wearing since they were toddlers.
However, after shoveling out the landfill, I separated the items into keep, hand-me-downs, Goodwill, and garbage. Then, I painted the closet (Benjamin Moore Alpaca with Bone White shelves). Okay, admittedly subtle, but at least it’s clean and crisp.Now, this is more like it.
Next, I painted and installed wooden shelf brackets onto the center shelf to serve as dividers for the towels and pillow cases.
Also, I decided to accent the edges of the shelves with a neutral cotton twill tape and silver nailhead trim.
It adds just a little bit of a finished look.
Then, I added some beautiful linen boxes from the Container Store.
They house batteries and light bulbs, a marked improvement from the old, ripped cardboard box in which they were previously held.
Why batteries in the linen closet you ask? Well, I have a strong suspicion that my fire detectors are half human and… they hate me. They have an uncanny ability to only speak to me in the middle of the night…loudly. So, to prevent myself from stumbling to the garage at 3 am in a disheveled, disorientated (grumpy) state for replacement batteries, I have devised this solution. Anyhoo, I digress.
Next, I lined a couple of wire baskets with this lovely fabric that I had from a previous project.
I added stamped labels to the bins so that I could see at a glance what was inside each of them without having to expose all of the unattractive bottles and containers.
These gorgeous, over-sized baskets are from Cost Plus World Market and they are perfect for storing pillows, mattress pads, or anything else bulky.
They also prevent me from heaping anything directly onto the floor ever again.
Next, I decided to place my sheets in wooden bins, because let’s face it, these little numbers don’t always get folded in a display-worthy fashion, especially now that I’m passing on some of these duties to my son.
Because I have many white sheets in the house, I separated the boxes into king and queen bins using these adorable metal hangers I found at Cost Plus. No more unfolding a fitted sheet to find out it’s too small for my bed!
Maybe I’ll just leave the door open for a few days!!
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