Enhancing a Builder-Grade Closet

Good morning blog friends!  I hope you are finding ways to stay warm in this chilly winter weather!  I am currently snuggled up on the couch with my Hurley dog and contemplating getting up to make a nice, steamy cup of hot cocoa.  Mmm…

Anyways, I wanted to stop in today to share with you my latest home decorating project.  I’ve been waiting a whole week for the paint to completely dry just so I could show you!!  :)

Being a teacher, I had the luxury of being off work for 2 weeks over the winter holiday.  It was a much needed break for me at first, but by the end of it, I was definitely getting a little stir-crazy and looking for my next big project to do.  As you know, Danny and I are expecting our first child this upcoming May… it’s a boy and we are beyond ecstatic! Before break started, I had dreams of starting on his nursery and getting a huge chunk of it {or all of it} finished, before having to return to work.  But Danny wasn’t up for the task and asked that I wait a little bit longer for all of those projects that I have planned.

So I wait… which is never easy for this proactive planner, do-it-right-now kind of gal.  :(  Many days, I would walk back to his room and just gaze into an empty room, imagining all of the great things I wanted to add to the space.  And then one day, shortly after Christmas, I noticed that his closet was becoming a disaster as I have just been piling up all of the gifts we keep receiving since we have no furniture yet to organize it all.  Yikes!

!?!?!  And then the idea hit me!  My first project of the new year would be to start organizing Davin’s closet!  :)  Words can’t even explain to you how happy I got in that moment because if there are two things that I love to do most, it’s probably shopping and organizing… both of which I would need to do to complete this project!  Hooray!  So, I immediately began to empty the closet in order to examine the raw space.  Here are a few BEFORE photos:


{all of the stuff removed from the closet… the Target bag is filled with clothes!}



Once I got everything cleared out, I noticed that our brand new, builder-grade closet was poorly designed to maximize storage efficiency.  If you look in the picture below, you too should notice the 2 feet of horizontal space by 7 feet of vertical space that is completely unusable at the front, left side of the closet.  :(  {Thank you builders.}  The problem is caused due to the simple fact of the door opening to the inside of the closet.  So, before I could start organizing, I would need to find a solution for this minor hiccup first.


So, I turned to Pinterest… my go-to place for ideas.  As I looked at what other people have done to organize a baby’s nursery closet, I saw lots of great solutions for our little problem.  :)  Next step: get Danny on board.

I went to Danny and explained to him our need to start organizing all of Davin’s things as they come and showed him a few photos of what I was considering doing.  Lucky for me, he jumped on board with this project.  Unlucky for me, I would have to complete it at Danny’s pace since he was in charge of the first part.  :(  Due to the door opening to the inside of the closet, nothing in that first 2 feet of space can stick out farther than about 11 inches.  So, we decided to turn that first section into a column of six shelves which Danny would build in for us.  :)

With a plan in place, I anxiously awaited the next day so I could scope out and buy a few organizational pieces.  I had plans of hitting up Walmart, Target, and IKEA, but should’ve known I would only need Target to find exactly what I was looking for.  :)  I came home one happy shopper with one of those 6-cube shelving units, an over-the-door pocket shoe organizer, and a handful of small baskets and storage bins.  {More on the use of these items in a later post.}

Once all of the shopping was done, I again had to wait.  {If only I knew how to use Danny’s power tools… I could’ve had this project done in a day! ;) Just kidding.}  Danny spent all weekend measuring, cutting, installing, caulking, and painting the wood shelves.  He even routed the top edge of each shelf to make it look like the ones the builders installed!  Lucky for me my husband is a perfectionist when it comes to his handy work!  The shelves turned out great and they look as if they were meant to be there from the start.


{newly installed shelves}


{freshly painted shelves}


{one week later when the paint was dry and the closet rods were re-installed}


{a close-up of the finished shelves}

What do you think??  Did we solve our baby boy’s closet storage problem?  How do you organize your closets?  More projects to come so be sure to check back often… or subscribe and get the posts delivered to your email inbox as they’re posted.  Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram to get sneak peeks of projects in the making!  See you soon!

Crafting a life homemade,



  1. Great job on the closet update! It looks fantastic! Looking forward to reading more of your posts!


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