How can you make your storage closet look beautiful and functional even though it's just full of a bunch of miscellaneous, random needed items? Well, let me tell you!
This is a closet that holds a lot of things that are used regularly. But my client wanted it to not only be a little more functional, she wanted it to look pretty and organized. We tried a couple different things to make the situation better, until we got it just right.
Here is a little closer look of our before pictures.
PULL EVERYTHING OUT/ SORT
First thing you want to do is pull everything out of your storage area and put things into "like" piles. While you are pulling things out and sorting, get rid of the things you no longer need, use or love. Don't keep those things you think you might need "some day", especially if you are tight on space. Let it go. Trust me, you'll be happier with more room!
ANALYZE AND MEASURE
Look at your piles and see about how many boxes you will need and what sizes. Make sure you MEASURE your space so you know what size boxes will fit.
The key to having a space look "pretty" and also be organized, is to get all the SAME type of containers. You want things to flow and to be pleasing to the eye. Sometimes I will buy a couple different types of boxes just to try out, which we did for this project as well.
First we tried using plastic bins. Clear bins are great because you can see what is in them. I typically like having containers with lids because it keeps things from oozing out and creating a cluttered mess. It also makes it nice to be able to stack and use the most space possible. Of course you want to label every box. There IS a time and place for open boxes or baskets as well, like the ones here that we put on the bottom shelves. They are good when you want to be able to get things in and out of their container quickly and for things used often. These white baskets also filled the space which is nice so space isn't being wasted.