Do you have any little dark secrets in your home? Like a closet that is so disorganized and messy that projectile flying items may launch out at you upon opening the door…
I admit it. I have such a place. And it was time. Definitely time. To face IT. The linen closet. And to hope that no injuries occurred in the process. Brace yourself.
You can see that the upper shelves were barely used and a complete waste of space.
But the real danger comes lower down…
The lower shelves were so stuffed full that they were trying to push the closet door right off it’s hinges. Some innocent bystander was bound to get hurt at any moment (since our hallway is often full of loitering innocent bystanders).
The first step was to remove everything from the closet. Then: PURGE. I was able to donate one large garbage bag full of bedding and towels that we no longer use or need.
Then I wanted to ‘pretty up’ the builder boring wire shelves. I decided to use foam board and some contact paper.
I measured the shelves and then measured and marked the foam board so I could cut it to size.
I used my rotary cutter and mat to cut the foam board. This works much better than scissors for creating a smooth edge. You could probably also use an exacto knife and cut it on a protected surface or mat.
I cut a piece of foam board the same width and depth as the size of the shelves. I also cut a strip to cover the front of the shelf edge. In the picture below, the two small pieces on the end are just waste. (Idea: If your shelf is wider than the foam board you could connect two pieces of foam board together to create the size you need using packing tape.)
I then taped the lip on with packing tape and then covered the whole thing with pretty contact paper.
I think that the new foam board lined shelf looks much spiffier than the builder basic wire shelves.
With the shelves in place it was time to reorganize and start placing linens back into the closet. I had a few baskets that I was
hoarding not using so I was able to organize “like items” together in baskets.
In order to help us remember what goes into each basket I created some simple faux chalkboard labels out of black foam board and white picture frames (glass removed).
First I cut the black foam board to size using my rotary cutter and mat.
Next I painted some thrift store wooden frames with white craft paint.
Then I put the foam into the frames and wrote my label using chalk (TIP: sharpen your chalk for eaiser labeling).
I attached the framed chalkboard labels to the baskets using a little bit of hot glue (not a ton in case I want to remove them one day… just enough to hold them in place – they aren’t going to get jangled around a lot).
The last step was to label the two galvanized buckets that I was using to store some items on the top and bottom shelves… I chose to use Martha Stewart chalkboard labels for these.
As the finishing touch to the closet I crafted up a sign to hang on the wall behind the shelf that sits at eye-height. I will be back soon for a simple tutorial on that.
Here is the newly finished linen closet…. no longer a danger to all those innocent bystanders loitering around in our hallway. Big sigh of relief.
Have you a scary space like this? Have you taken on any spring cleaning or organizing projects lately? I would love to hear what you are up to! Leave a comment below.. I read and respond to all comments left:)
I linked this up with the Spring Pinterest Challenge at Young House Love, Bower Power, Sparkle Meets Pop, and Red Bird Blue. The original pin that inspired me to confront my fears was some linen closet inspiration taken from Simplicity in the South. Thanks for the inspiration Tricia!!
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