It was great, but by the next weekend, we decided that we should take advantage of the clean state of the closet and put in an organizer of some sort. So, off to Home Depot and Lowes we went.
This is what the closet looked like before we started.
I'm sure you can see that the door is rather more narrow than the closet itself. We made sure we measured carefully before we set out, both the doorway and the internal dimensions. The little door at the bottom is an access panel to the plumbing for the shower in the master bath. I had forgotten it was there.
Our travels took us to both Home Depot and Lowes, though we ended up settling on stuff from Home Depot for this project. We bought a customizable shelving unit, along with a single enclosed drawer and a basket drawer to go in it. We also bought a wire rack to go along one wall, tall and narrow, and a mop/broom holder for the other wall.
My husband and I cleverly began assembling the shelving unit in the kitchen. We prefer to do things that might scratch our hardwood on the linoleum in the kitchen. Once we got the shelves assembled, we trotted them over and slid sideways them into the closet. They fit through the doorway just fine, but when we turned them to face forward, we found that we couldn't. Although we measured carefully and everything fit, we had neglected to take the corner-to-corner diameter of the shelves into account - our shelves had a turn radius that was too big!
After a few frustrated moments, we marched ourselves and the shelves back into the kitchen and pulled them apart. Back into the closet we went, reassembling them there.
Can you tell I was having a great time?
That went fairly well, even for having to use a hammer in a very tight space. I spent about twenty additional minutes sitting at the floor of the closet while my husband fed the cats, flipping through a Martha Stewart magazine and sipping on my mojito-flavored Crystal Light. I actually sort of enjoyed my short-lived hidey-hole!
Once the shelves were together in the closet, I clambered out and we picked spots for the wire basket and closed drawer, and then we hung the organizer along one side, and the mop and broom holder on the other. It wasn't terribly difficult.
See the iron at the bottom right? My mother bought this for me when I went away for college in 1993, for $0.25 at a yard sale. I still love it! It doesn't have a single fancy function, it doesn't have steam or anything, but it's my favorite iron to use; a few spritzes of water from a spray bottle and I don't need a steam function.
Plenty of room to store extra towels, hand soap
(I love to order a bunch all at once from Bath & Body Works,
so we always seem to have extra), my extra purses/totes. You can
see the mop and broom hanging on the right side of the closet.
Wow, that's a lot of toilet paper. It must have been on sale.
I'm so happy with how our closet has turned out. If I'd planned ahead, I would've painted the inside of the closet some bold color, but this will do for now. I'll save that project for some other weekend.
Incidentally, the drawer on the bottom? It's where the cat toys live. Yeesh.