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Closet Crashers

January 24, 2013  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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As I wrap up the art wall in Greta’s big-girl room and track down some trim for the curtains and a few other final details, I can feel this room revamp coming to a close.  Or at least all the big projects feel done.  And then last night, right before I fell asleep–I whispered, we need to do something about Greta’s closet.  And Chris, miracle of miracles, was 100% on board for a big-girl closet overhaul.  I dare say he was excited about it. When in Rome, right?
Greta’s closet is very basic.  One bar across the whole thing. A shelf above the bar. We added some different knobs when we did her nursery that we’ll change out to coordinate with her new room, and you may be able to see those white sliders at the very top that keep these doors closed/locked/really hard for her to open.  We don’t want her to get pinched fingers from the bifold doors or empty out all of her clothes or get to any toys in her closet while she is supposed to be sleeping.

The inside, ugh, it. is. a. MESS!  For the sake of keeping it real, I just opened the doors and snapped a picture.  So, it might not always be this disastrous in there–but I’ve also seen it worse, especially when we forget to slide those locks over and Greta has her way with the closet.

We don’t use the changing table anymore and the two drawers don’t hold much, so we have decided to sell this piece of furniture and come up with a closet solution that makes more sense for Greta’s needs.  We’d love for it to have multiple shorter rods, lots of storage boxes or baskets to hold anything from stuffed animals to shoes and socks.  Also some concealed storage/drawers would be a great bonus for things like pants and underwear. I also have this dream of having everything OFF of the floor.  And while I am dreaming….

Yes please.  The funny thing is, I made a wish list in my mind of what I would love Greta’s closet to have and then I found the above photo here and angels started singing.  ANGELS!  Yes, that closet would be great. The one below (found here) also seems like a pretty good solution, although the drawer and the very bottom feels…weird? Like it might easily scratch the floor.

But don’t get me wrong, something like that (minus that bottom drawer, or is it a step stool?) would be welcomed as well.  Bottom line, just when we thought we were wrapping up Greta’s room, we are rolling up our sleeves once again.  And I am off the pick up some paint swatches for the interior of her closet. :) Anyone else spending time in their closets lately?  I cleaned out my half yesterday and got rid of 73 items.  I have about 15 left. It feels so good!!

What do you think?

  1. Anonymous says:

    I really like how the two dream closets have a pink wall. Greta’s room is looking good so far, but I think bright pink would be a good way to make the Serena inspired room more little girl friendly and fun, since greta’s just a toddler.

  2. Rebecca says:

    If you do closet organizers Lowes has some really great ones that don’t look chinsy. Also, maybe not in the budget, I replaced all my kids closet doors with either bi-fold or sliding mirrored doors. Its makes the room feel so much bigger and bounces natural light all around. I know some think mirrored doors are dated but I tell you they look great!!

  3. I did the same! Went through all the stuff in the closet and drawers and made my donate, toss and keep piles. Feels so good to be organized!! And I can actually find stuff, going through the guy’s closet this weekend to do the same!!
    Loving Greta’s room so far, can’t wait to see it all complete. :)

    xo
    Natalie
    dishesrunwaysandbriefcases.blogspot.com

  4. Kathy says:

    omg, when you’re done, do you want o fly over to the East Coast and do MY closet?? I literally have dreams about having closets as organized as those two! Can’t wait to see what you do!

  5. vicks27 says:

    I’ve been following these closet picks on Pinterest, and I’m on board! (I wish I had as much closet space! Maybe you could do a future tutorial on maximizing a small closet when you have a TON of shoes? :)

  6. Me,me,me! I’ve had a plan for our daughters closet for awhile now! It’s just getting the small funds to buy the supplies. We also just have a rod across (that was bent when we bought the house) and a shelf on top. I’m looking into the rubbermaid closet shelving solutions. I actually planned an entire elfa system out a long time ago (containerstore.com). We are painting a pale pink with gold dots (think YHL, Clara’s closet but not using a potato stamp). I cannot wait to get all organized up in there!

  7. Cassie A. says:

    Are you guys planning on building a closet organizer for her??? Can’t wait to see what you come up with!! I agree with Meagan… where do you put all her toys??? Your house always looks so neat and toy free!

    • We’re still in the designing and brainstorming stages–so whether we build something or buy something, we’re not quite sure yet. But the closet is getting gutted for sure! Post on her toys coming soon!

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, pleasse do a toy post, I’m so jealous of your organization. It wasn’t as difficult to organize with my son’s toys, but little girls are a nightmare. My daughter’s dolls always end up all through the house. And as adorable as kitchen sets and dollhouses look when you buy them, without having an actual playroom I can’t find a place in my house where it looks nice. HELP! haha

  8. I love the idea of a pop of color in a closet! What a fun idea. Brinley is such a borrower when it comes to toys in our house. She loves random things and it makes for very unorganized bins no matter how hard I try. I am SO exited to purge our closets before we move. I don’t even want to waste time at consignment stores or platos closet. Just want to donate and call it a day.

    That Greta has a dream room! I do wonder though, where do you keep all her toys? I know you don’t keep any in her room but I would love to see where you organize her stuff and your tips on keeping them controlled! We are out of control here!!!

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