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Closet Overhaul


I’ve been cleaning up a few trouble spots in my house lately {did you see my post on organizing my bathroom cabinets and the one on capturing my kids crafts supplies?}  My mom and I were brainstorming on what to tackle next and she told me she really had been wanting to clean up her spare bedroom closet {the catch all} and the linen closet.  They were both out of hand and the space just wasn’t being utilized the best way. {Can you say AVALANCHE!?} The bedroom closet housed grandkids toys, table cloths, decorations, cushions for patio furniture, beach towels, and clothing overflow from her own bedroom closet.

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The linen closet was in even worse shape, although it did only house linens. After much discussion one how to organize these closets we decided to turn the linen closet into a “game closet” for the grandkids – housing all the games and other playthings.   And, as for the bedroom closet, we decided it would best be used as a much larger linen closet to hold all the linens that were in the linen closet plus the beach towels, patio cushions, and table decorations.


The first thing we did was meet at Walmart to pick up the items we needed to organize this mess!  We bought three shelving units  {they cost around $20 each} and several Rubbermaid tubs for under $100.  Judah and I had fun helping Nana put the shelves together (they were super simple!).   While we were busy putting things together Nana was deciding which items to keep and which items needed to go to another home.

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The shelving units fit perfect under the clothes rod in what used to be my brother’s old bedroom closet.  These made for almost custom – but much more affordable closet organization system.  Nana stacked beach towels and pool things on the first shelving unit, table linens (table cloths, runners, etc) and picnic supplies on the second shelving unit, and bed linens on the third shelving unit {separated by size – double, queen, king). On the top shelf of the closet (the existing shelf) holds the plastic tubs with seasonal decorations.  My mom and I have amassed lots of pretty things for decorating in the fall.  These tubs are perfect up high since they only need to be accessed once a year.  She also left her patio cushions on the top shelf.

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The linen closet, turned game closet is perfect!  The kids know exactly where their toys are AND where they need to go when they are finished with them.  The games are a little high up for my two tots but that’s a god thing!  They can’t drag out all the games and jumble the pieces.  They have to ask one of us for help once they’ve selected a game.  The closet could use one more shelf on the bottom but my dad can fix that pretty easily.  linen5

All the loose toys are in the bottom of the closet in a wagon that can be easily pulled out.  Even my smallest one can get to her toys.   The other crate in the bottom is filled with books and dress up items – making them easier to get to too.

My mom was very pleased with how the two closets turned out and that she was able to get everything she needed to organize both closets for under $100 at Walmart.  I’ve got one more organizing project to share with you in the coming week.  I redid my pantry and I am soo happy with the results.  Stay tuned!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I’m a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. Walmart has provided me with a product sample and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. Participation in this program is voluntary and the opinions stated above are entirely my own.

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  1. When can you come to my house, Denise? You probably should bring a bag because organizing would probably take a few days! LOL

  2. Great idea to put the shelves in the closet. I think I see one of these in my future:-)

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