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You hear people talk about “spring cleaning”, but for me, I think “winter cleaning” is more important, as it’s such a big transition period, from summer clothes to winter clothes. The cold months take up such a large part of the year, so I like to start winter off right, with a good cleaning and decluttering session! We had one closet in our home that was in desperate need of a “winter cleaning” – just a few short days ago, it was disastrous! I am going to show you the before of this disaster space, but I must warn you, it is the stuff that nightmares are made of, so please prepare yourself and hold on to your chair.
Finding anything in this wreck was impossible and Little Man’s yarn often ended up in horrible webs, which meant it had to be tossed! One of the things that frustrated me the most, was that Little Man’s winter gear was EVERYWHERE: in the coat closet, by the back door, in the car (stored there) and in his dresser! With the holidays upon us, I finally decided to kick myself into gear and take care of Little Man’s closet issue, by designing the perfect closet with the Rubbermaid Storage Planner. The Rubbermaid Storage Planner was so easy to use, I just popped in the closet measurements and dragged and dropped the different types of items that we needed to store in Little Man’s closet. Once I was finished designing, I was provided with a list of everything I would need, to make the new closet a reality!
I printed off my list, hopped in the car and headed to Lowes to pick up the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ 3-ft to 6-ft White Adjustable Mount Wire Shelving Kits, Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ White Wire Sliding Basket, Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ White Wire Add-On 2-Shelf Kit and Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ White Wire Shoe Shelf Kit. The Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ closet kits allow you to get organized with expandable, customizable and adjustable storage solutions! The HomeFree Series™ closet kits don’t require any cutting and they’re very easy to install! The coordinating collection of telescoping rods and expanding shelves, let’s me organize closets in a way that makes sense now and as life changes, I can reconfigure or expand it later! You can use this closet system for both walk-in or reach-in closets and all the mounting hardware is included, for easy installation! This kit truly changes to fit you and your needs.
The first thing we did was to empty the closet completely and make a pile for trash, a pile to keep and a pile to donate. Now, one thing that makes storage a little tricky at our house, is that we have a food storage supply, which we store in the bedroom closets – it’s a bit of a pain, but after living through some rough storms, we find a way to make it work.
Next we installed the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ closet kit, which is SUPER EASY to install – I have installed these all by myself, before I even had any DIY skills!
- Start by installing the hanging rail
- Hang the first two uprights on the hanging rail (use the 6″ rail covers for spacing the uprights from the wall’s edge, check to make sure the top and bottom of the upright is 6″ from the wall’s edge) and screw the uprights into place
- For the next upright, use the 22″ rail cover for spacing between the uprights, check to make sure the top and bottom of the upright is 22″ from the upright next to it (if you don’t have 22″ between uprights, use a tape measure instead)
- Screw the upright into place
- If you have space for the fourth upright, repeat steps 3 thru 4
- Put the rail covers in place, if there wasn’t 22″ between the uprights, trim the rail covers to fit with sturdy scissors
- Insert the brackets, install your shelves, hanging rods and any other accessory kits that you picked up.
- I created a full row of shelving at the top of the closet – this is great for storing things that you don’t get into often like seasonal clothes, I’m using it for extra clothes that Little Man can grow into.
- I added a second full row of shelving that’s just slightly out of reach for crafts – keeping a shelf that is out of your little one’s reach, allows you to cut down on unnecessary messes.
- On the right side and middle of the closet I hung a clothes rod for storing Little Man’s jackets, hoodies and dress shirts – keep things like hoodies and jackets so they’re easy to get to, so you your littles can grab a jacket on their own.
- On the left side of the closet, I hung two small shelves for storing fabric totes – the little totes are filled with finished crochet projects and the larger totes are filled with yarn destined for a fun project. Keep things like toys on easy to reach shelves, so they’re easy to get out and put away.
- Underneath the two smaller shelves, I attached the shoe shelf – having a shelf designated just for shoes helps finding a “matching pair” simple!
- In the middle of the closet, I attached the wire sliding basket for storing things like mittens, hats and scarves – the wire sliding basket, makes it easy for you to make sure that your little one has winter gear ready to go at all times!
While we got rid of plenty of worn out belongings, there was still quite a bit that went back into the closet (we were able to put most of the food storage back too), yet we still had room to spare. Not only is Little Man’s closet now “winterized”, but it’s ready for the rest of the year with room to grow and change, anytime…and better yet, it’s ready for our holiday guests!
Now, to paint those walls! Do you have a closet in need of some organizational help?
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