One of my goals this month was to get the main hall closet in my house under control. It’s the largest closet in our 70’s split-level house, and it’s conveniently located near the entryway, living room, and kitchen, so a whole bunch of junk ends up in there.
I know cleaning out a closet sounds a little OCD, but seriously… It was bad. To the point that it was completely non-functional. Stuff was covering the floor so you couldn’t even walk inside to hang up coats or put toys away, so more stuff just got piled on top of the mess. All right, enough chatter. Wanna see?
There’s no magic formula I followed to organize the space, just the basic “get everything out, put back what you need to keep” philosophy. I moved a junky bookcase from my sons room and wedged it in under the coats to make room to store toys that’s not on the floor.
The only things I bought for this project were two large storage containers. I stashed sports gear and dress-up outfits in them, under the coats on the other side of the closet.
This freed up the floor so now my son can use the lower hooks to hang up his coat by himself. I put some baby stuff that I like to have close at hand on the upper hooks. The top shelf is empty, since I learned from the ADD organizing book that you should always leave some extra space for “staging” or short-term storage in areas that are used a lot.
Yay! I’m soooo glad I got this project done. I was almost tempted to stick something in the closet that didn’t belong in there today, but I resisted. That’s progress, people!
What’s the most chaotic space in your home? Or are you one of those organized people whose closets never look this bad?