Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Make the Most out of a Small Closet

I love almost everything about our house.  I truly do, but if I could change at least one thing I would have to opt for a bigger master closet (or a bigger master bath...either way they are both on the small side).  So even though our master closet isn't huge we are still able to make the most of what we got.

Those are the new, super awesome shoe shelves I share with my hubby.  Want to see what we had before? 

Pretty bad isn't it?  Since the previous shoe rack wasn't exactly cutting it (and there was no room what so ever for my husband's shoes) I was super inspired when I spotted this image on Pinterest. I love how Carmel used the shoe shelves as a way to gain storage both horizontally and vertically.  Even more I loved how she spruced them up using nothing but a gold sharpie.  So I headed to Target and picked up 3 new shoe shelves and a gold sharpie.  Then I went through my shoes and decided which ones to keep and which ones to get rid of.  I was surprised at how many shoes I kept shoved on that old shoe rack that I didn't even wear.  Once all the sorting was done and the new shoe shelves were built I was thrilled with how much more storage there was.  My husband even had room to add some his shoes! That was a huge accomplishment.

Then last week I made a trip to Ikea.  LOVE that place! I was so giddy when I found this set of storage drawers.  It fits great on my side of the closet and it stores several items.  The first drawer is filled with scarves, the second drawer is filled with leggings, the third with sweatshirts, and the fourth with swimsuit cover ups.  Since these items are either too long to hang up or too bulky to fit on hangers they fit great in these drawers and leave more room for the items I like to hang up.

Another trick to make the most out of a small closet? I use these S hooks (that I got at Lowe's a few years back) to hang a few of my handbags.

So that is how we try to make the most out of our small master closet.  Luckily we have several other places for where we store things like coats, my dresses, and my husband's Army gear.  That definitely helps in keeping the master closet functional. 

Are you one of those lucky ones blessed with a huge walk in closet?  Or are you like us and stuck with one that's on the smaller side?  As someone who loves to see how people use their closet space I'd love to know!


  1. Wow! I need to tackle my closet with a gold sharpie!!! I have to admit when I first saw the shoe rack, I thought they looked way out of my price range! I love it, you did a great job!

  2. Thank you! You'll love using the gold sharpie. It made our new shoe rack look way more expensive than it really was ;)

  3. I added small bookcases into my daughter's closet in her nursery to maximize space. I need to do something with my own!

  4. Don't you just love those shoe shelves! Looks so great - thanks so much for the shout out!

    1. We do, those shoe shelves are amazing! And thank you for the inspiration :)

  5. I have the same problem with shoes in my closet... they seem to multiply in there.. haha! Your shelves look great. This is definitely on my to-do list!

  6. I love the shoe shelves and I love how you made them look so fancy! Great idea! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share this post or any social media sites. http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party-9/

  7. you did that with sharpie? woulda never thougt it. also, love your haircut. yay for short hair!


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