Before this room became my office, it was a teenage boy’s bedroom. The walls were navy blue and the closet an odd shade of peach, no doubt a relic from the past. And because teenaged boys don’t use hangers, there were dozens of nails pounded into the walls of that closet.
When I moved into the room, my objective was to create a functional workspace as quickly as possible. That included using whatever random furniture I could find as good-enough shelving in the closet. For two years I crammed my albums, memorabilia, shipping supplies, and books onto one sagging shelf, one tiny bookcase, and what was actually the top of a media cabinet.
I knew there was plenty of space in that closet, but it wasn’t being used effectively. I needed shorter, but deeper shelves – and more of them. I needed more baskets and bins (from elsewhere in my house) here in this space, to contain the stuff that couldn’t sit upright.
I needed a closet makeover!
In the video below you’ll see how I transformed my craft closet into a simple and functional storage solution. My only purchase: two shelving units for a total of $100.
My closet project took just a weekend. I went all-in, focusing my attention on getting this done. Nearly everything was repurposed. Even the paint was leftover from my daughter’s room.
How to Transform Your Closet
Yes, this was a huge project. It was totally doable because I took it step by step and I continuously envisioned the end result. I was ready to have a clean and functional closet that would help me get things done.
Here are five steps to follow for your own transformation:
1. Empty – If you can, remove everything from the closet or workspace. Make sure to keep an eye out for trash.
2. Clean – Dust, sweep, wipe, and mop every surface. Dirt accumulates and you want to start completely fresh.
3. Paint, if needed – A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and easy way to dramatically transform a space.
4. Set up storage – Prepare your clean slate with whatever furniture is returning to hold your stuff.
5. Fill – Finally, add items back to the space one by one. Take care to group like with like and remember to leave room to grow.
Does your craft closet need a makeover?