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I’m getting an early start this year and starting to organize my home. One area in particular that has been needing a makeover is my coat closet. It’s the only closet we have downstairs and it functions as a multi purpose closet including: office supplies, toys & games, cleaning supplies, & sometimes a coat’s. My husband has recently started working from home so he needs this to be organized so we can free up some space in our office. But of course I also love a good makeover!
Our closet is pretty small, but it’s amazing how much stuff can be thrown into it. My before picture is pretty embarrassing, so hold your laughs!
I started by removing everything except the built in closet pole and shelf. After that I measured the space and started planning how I wanted to organize it. I used the Rubbermaid® Storage Planner to plan everything out. It’s a really easy to use website that lets you customize a space how you want it then gives you a supply list to take to the store for all the pieces you need.
For my particular closet I was torn on using the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits (typically used for bedrooms) vs. the Rubbermaid® FastTrack system (typically used for the pantry, laundry room, mud room, or linen closet). Since my closet is being used as a multi purpose closet I initially was going to use the FastTrack system; but it technically is a coat closet and I eventually want to go back to using it as a coat closet so I ended up using the HomeFree Series™. The best part is that either series is custom to suit your needs and can be reworked whenever you need it to be.
After customizing the closet on the website I took my list to Lowe’s to get my supplies. You can find the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ and the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® at Lowe’s in their closet and organization aisle’s.
The instructions are straight forward and easy to follow. Plus, all mounting hardware is included for easy installation. Once you install the hang rail to your studs, you just add the uprights then the rest is super easy. The best part, no cutting is necessary! This makes installation a breeze.
I tried to keep as close to my original plan as possible, by leaving a tall open space for my cleaning supplies and gift wrap on the right, and plenty of shelving on the left. I ended up adding a extra closet rod in case I need to ever hang clothes.
Once the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ was set to the configuration I wanted, I started organizing the closet. I used several baskets and bins to keep the clutter out of sight.
Here’s the after!
Step 1: Get a Fresh Start! If possible, clean everything out and set aside. Try not to go through the items yet as this project will turn from 15 minutes to 2 hours real quick!
Step 2: Measure & Plan. Make a plan on how you want the closet to function. Using the Rubbermaid® Storage Planner makes this process fun and easy. You can use the website to work and re-work your closet till it’s just right. Then print the list and off to the store you go, super easy!
Step 3: Install. Completely install the storage system.
Step 4: Make it Pretty. I always find getting organized is much easier when you have matching bins, baskets, and boxes. Using labels also helps with keeping like items together.
Step 5: Organize & De-clutter. The final step will take the longest, but if you have everything else ready to go it’s not that bad. I’ll lay out all my baskets & bins then sort through all the “stuff” that came out. This is the time to toss out what you don’t need or want anymore.
Having a place for everything definitely helps when trying to stay organized, but you can’t do that unless your closet has the proper storage.
Are you getting ready to winterize your closets? Make sure you check out the Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits and the Rubbermaid® FastTrack system for your next closet makeover. You can also follow Rubbermaid on Pinterest for tons of storage and organizing ideas.
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