Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's In Your Closet??

I thought I was being really clever with the title of "what's in your closet?" and then I realized that the T.V. commercial is actually "what's in your wallet?"  Since there is nothing to show you in my wallet we will stick to the closet. We recently went through a closet make over!

We live in a classic neighborhood where everyones house is built by the same builder, a cookie cutter house if you will.  While I LOVE our house, there are some things that just aren't quality made.  The closets for example.  Such wasted space!! and weak shelving!!  When I was pregnant with the triplets Ryan helped my dad do closet makeovers to the closets in the three bedrooms.  It has been a few years now and our walk-in closet in our master bedroom was in much need of improvement.

I'm kind of embarrassed to share, but this was our pitiful closet....

That ugly dresser was given to us right before we got married.  It was falling apart but in a closet it served its purpose.

Ryan had things piled in the corner because there was nowhere else to put them

 I was trying to be organized by keeping things in labeled totes but the shelves couldn't handle the weight.  It was bowing on both sides of the closet.  And there was such wasted space between the totes and the ceiling!

My shoes were piled on the ground

A girl at my church, posted on facebook, that her and her hubby were renovating their kitchen and were giving all the old drawers from the kitchen away for FREE!  I said Me, Me, Me!  I was so excited! My Dad had always said that if I could find drawers, it would make building cabinets in my closet that much easier.  So I told my Dad what I had and my ideas for a new closet.  He had some good ideas as well!! He is sooooo good at what he does! I trusted that everything would come out perfect.....

We had to plan it out just right because we couldn't be without a closet for too long, having all of our clothes and stuff piled in different rooms makes life just that much more chaotic than it already is :)

Ryan did the demo-ing the day before my Dad was ready to build, (see the yellow hue of the lighting...Ryan replaced the lighting too and it looks so much better in there!)

My dad works long days and then he would come over in the evenings to work on the closet.  It took him about a week to install everything.

Here are the drawers I got for free (repainted and with new hardware)

He built a shelving unit for shoes and a nice sturdy shelf around the top to hold my totes

(and the new recessed light Ryan installed)

I took advantage of having everything out of the closet, by going through and purging out old clothes and things we not longer need! We will be having a garage sale soon and donating a lot of things.  It feels good to de-clutter.

The boys had fun in the closet while I was organizing and putting things into their new closet home.

Angry Birds on the Nabi Tablet
The double poles give us so much more clothes space.  And all the shelving and drawers....I don't have near enough stuff to fill every spot and that is a good thing!!

I LOVE not having our shoes piled on the floor anymore!

And my totes look FANTASTIC up on their new shelf.  Half of those totes don't even have anything in them.....yet.

A HUGE BIG GIGANTIC thank you to my Dad!!! for working so hard at this project and making everything look beautiful.  And thank you to my friend for the wonderful drawers. 

Ahhhh I love our new closet.

(oh and I'm just noticing that Landen put Jessie and Dottie in a time out on the top shelf of the shoe unit.  Guess they were really naughty....that has been like a week long time out!)

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