Over the past six years (OMG, six?) years of writing this blog, it’s been no secret that I’m a a slow worker with tons of big plans. I have a huge list of things that I want to – and need to – do around the house, but sometimes that list itself just gets overwhelming. And when I’m overwhelmed, I tune out and ignore.
Speaking of ignoring, please meet Emma’s closet.
I will admit that most of this closet situation is my fault. It’s hard to tell from the above images, but she only has one little side of her closet to put her clothes and toys. And…that’s because the other side is filled with my crap that has been there since long before she was born.
So, I really have been meaning to makeover Emma’s closet. The older she gets, the more space that she needs. The builder’s grade closet only has one shelf and one hanging bar, leaving tons of poorly used space. I have been planning on doing either a Container Store style closet or some sort of built in, but time and my own budget hasn’t allowed that to happen. Closet, consider yourself ignored.
Well, BLACK+DECKER contacted me with a challenge to finish a project that I had been putting off as part of their Your Big Finish campaign. Through this campaign, BLACK+DECKER is encouraging homeowners and renters to finish neglected projects around their homes for a chance to win $10,000 and other prize packages. I never turn down a challenge.
I decided that my best route to a quick and inexpensive closet makeover would be to remove all of my junk and add shelving in the bottom on the closet. But, I still didn’t have a lot of money. I put out a call on my neighborhood Facebook group to see if anyone had any stand alone shelving that they would be willing to part with for cheap. Within a few hours, I got a few different responses and ended up getting several boxes full of modular wire cubes for $30. This ended up being a steal, because these cubes usually cost about $30 for just six cubes – I had enough to make about 18 cubes.
I started by clearing everything out of her closet and sorting it into keep and donate piles. There was a ton of clothes that she had outgrown (or will outgrow by next spring/summer) and I had tons of picture frames and other assorted decor pieces that I haven’t used in about 4 years.
Then, I just started building the modular wire shelves. I didn’t really have a game plan here. I just started putting them together until I thought I had a good amount of storage space. I’m not going to lie – they weren’t super easy to put together. But, once I got them together, they feel pretty sturdy.
After the shelves were assembled, I slowly added Emma’s toys, books, clothes and shoes back into the closet. Lo and behold, there is room to put everything – with space to spare!
Yes, she has more clothes than this. I need to do laundry. One thing at a time, y’all!
Emma and I are so thrilled with her new closet set-up. She’s doing a great job (for a 4 year old) keeping it organized, too. And for $30 and a few hours? I think it’s perfect!
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Thank you to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to FINALLY finish this project!