Now take a look at this...
How'd I do it? Here's my step by step process.
1. I emptied everything out. It will seem like a bigger mess, but that's okay. The stuff ended up all over my kitchen table and counters. See!
2. I painted the closet. I guess I didn't have to, (my husband claims he can't even tell the difference... Men..) but I wanted a fresh look. I mixed together some leftover white with some leftover sage and got to work. My buddy Blue kept me company.
3. I Decided what was allowed in the closet and where it would go. This took a bit of time, so I kind of left the mess, started dinner and thought about it. Then I shopped around my house for a few things.
I came up with this: Shoes, Bags, Umbrellas, and Coats/Jackets only. I only put often worn shoes down here, my hubby got the most space as you can see in the pic. I typically wear sneakers out, and so do the boys, so we didn't need much space. On the top shelf I placed two white bins (1). One bin has my husband's shoe shinning things (its been in the closet)... I found another bin just like it in my craft room and put the boys shoes in it. I just consolidated the items it had into another box so I could snag it for the this closet. The shelves (2) actually came from Munchkins room. I used to keep his books on it but I think serves a better purpose here and I have other plans for his books. I haven't gotten a chance to get an umbrella stand, so for now they are just leaning against or hooked to the shelf (3).
The other side is where I have hung all jackets and coats. On the top shelf (which you can barely see) are all the bags, and the floor is where my husband keeps his gym bag, when it's not in use. Later this week I will be adding a rail of hooks on the mudroom wall and I'll hang the bags there. The gym bag will get a new home on the top shelf. My goal is to get everything off the floor.
and I almost forgot... I added a small basket to the powder room (thanks Latoya!).
Things are coming along nicely. I'll be posting another room on my home tour soon, so check back... I'm loving all the great tips.
A Bowl Full Of Lemons.