Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
All areas of my pantry renovation has been finished for a few weeks, except for one spot. Â The closet. Â It’s a space that I seriously had to ignore because I was so overwhelmed. Â Each time I opened the door, I wanted to close it again! Â Want to see what I am talking about? Â Here you go:
I hope this photo makes some of you feel better! It was a hot mess. This week was time to get it organized, and I had to build myself up for it. Â I worked with Extra Space Storage to come up with a simple DIY project to organize a closet and was able to take over their stories – it was so much fun. Â Now it’s time to show you, too!
I decided to take the same idea that I used in building my pantry shelves and make a smaller version of them. If you would like to see a recap of the other projects I have done in completing this room, you can check them out here:
With the help of Extra Space Storage, I finally had the guts to start. Â First things first – CLEAN IT OUT. Â This took some time because I had to figure out what to keep and what had to go. Â I ended up giving a few bags to our local thrift store and that felt great.
I needed to figure out what I needed stored in this area. Â My pantry is a mudroom, homework room, craft room and storage room. Â It wears a lot of hats for sure!
The closet needed to house snow clothes, crafts, sewing machines, purses and food. Â How on earth was I going to get it all in there? Â Since it’s my only optional space, I had to make it work.
For the top shelf in the closet, I decided to build shelving to make it more effective use of space. Â This area would house all my crafts. I used the 2×4 stud format from the original pantry design. Â This is what it looked like on a larger scale:
I wanted just one small shelf and took my height and length measurements. Â I ended up needing 2×4 boards cut at:
I measured where I wanted my storage solutions before I attached the 11 inch board to the 36 inch boards. Â I then mounted this to the wall on the top shelf. Â I did the same for the other side, then mounted the 51 inch boards with screws to make the shelf. Â I ended up using three 2×4 boards which cost under $10.
This was super easy and very inexpensive shelving.
Secondly I added small 1×6 boards to the back wall with hooks to house my purses. Â They were hung above the door so they can’t be seen when you look into the closet.
For the next shelf I used shelving from Ikea called IVAR. Â It is very inexpensive and easy to put together on your own. This would house my extra groceries. Â If you aren’t interested in building something on your own, this is a really great option for you. Â Their buckets and bins are also a great price point.
I needed a roll away cart to house my sewing machine and supplies. I found a cart also from Ikea that we were able to put together in an hour. Â It’s call the FORHOJA Kitchen Cart and was $109. Â The wheels make it super easy to move in and out of the closet.
I loved being able to throw away things I wasn’t using – yah Marie Kondo! I cleaned out clothes and crafts, then put the rest of the items I was going to keep in organized bins. Â It was like a breath of fresh air!
I loved connecting with Extra Space for this mini renovation. Â The pantry closet is complete which make the entire pantry finally finished. Â Yah!
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