Last year, I cleaned out one of our coat closets downstairs and made it into an organized space for our travel paraphernalia. You can see that post here.
It worked for a while, but I was soon overly annoyed by its challenges. The first problem? I used a closet that was under our stairs and our travel stuff was toward the back. So, when I needed to access anything, I had to first move everything out that was in front of it (the leaf to our dining table, a carpet shampooer, etc.) The more I had to move stuff… The more annoyed I got. Secondly, there was no overhead light source. That, coupled with the depth of the closet, meant that I had to use a flashlight to find anything. You can actually tell how dark it is in the pictures on my old post, and those were actually taken with a lamp ran with an extension cord sitting in the closet. I even tried to put one of those sticky back battery operated lights in the closet, but I couldn’t find one that the batteries wouldn’t die almost immediately. So, the search was on for a new spot for our travel items.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to get a jump on my spring cleaning by cleaning out some of our lesser used closets. I knew in the back of my mind that if I could get one of our guest room closets cleaned almost completely out, I could use that one for an updated travel closet. My main goal was to get our “striped” guest room closet cleaned out since that’s where we were storing our luggage anyway!
Once I got the closet cleaned out, it was going to need some extra shelving. I was over my hesitation of hanging shelves directly to the wall and went out in search of something I could use for shelves. I went out to the garage and found the shelf I had removed in my craft room re-do and, cut in half, it was almost exactly the length I needed. After cutting it with a hack saw, I just hung it back up with the hardware that it was hung with before. Who knew it was so easy to rehang Closetmaid shelves?
You might be wondering how I was going to fit all our extra toiletries (along with the other items we need to store) on only two shelves. We did have five shelves in the other closet. Well, in that same room, there is a chest of drawers that I have had since high school, and once it was cleaned out, it had three empty drawers. So, I used some drawer organizers from IKEA that I already had and the plastic containers that the toiletries were in downstairs to organize them in the two of the empty drawers. That still leaves me one extra drawer for miscellaneous and overflow items.
This set up is going to work a lot better for us! Everything is now together in one room and it will be a ton easier to pack for trips. The best part? I used only what I had. This new setup cost us nothing! Yay!
Here’s some pics: