Thursday, February 15, 2007
Denim Glove & Hat Organizer
I wish I had taken a picture of my entry way closet before I started this project! Because, let's just say, it was NOT working! It contained our vacuum, four folding chairs, four TV trays, coats, hats/gloves/scarves and misc other things. And, it is a SMALL closet!
So, I had enough with dealing with it so disorderly. We have really high ceilings in the living area and entry way and I decided that our shelf was not being used efficiently. I removed the TV trays and put them under the spare bed. Now our coats actually hang - and if you come and visit (I wish you would!) I will actually have room to hang your coat!
I removed the basket of hats/gloves and decided that having that stuff sit in a basket on a shelf was wasting space. I challenged myself, once again, to use what I already had on hand to organize this space and not spend anything. So, something I have in abundance is old denim - jeans with holes in them and paint stains. I can easily cut around those areas.
And, this hanging organizer was born! I cut a leg off of a pair of jeans and cut down one side so that when I opened it flat it was a bigger piece of denim. That formed the backing and is why the backing is not perfectly straight as legs of jeans are tapered. Then I sewed pockets and made "pockets" to hold gloves and hats. Scarves are hanging on a hanger next to this.
For the shelf - I found some empty crates and stacked them allowing for storage of board games, vacuum attachments and a few gardening items. There is still more space to add if I want to or need to. Even better? Moving all the games to the shelf emptied an ENTIRE shelf in the linen closet - so now I have some extra space there too!
I'm realizing that just because I have something somewhere, doesn't mean it is the best or most efficient space - so I'm trying to think outside of that and think is there a better place I could store that?
Now, when I want to be inspired - I just head over to the entry way closet and have a look and let out a big sigh of relief that it looks so much better!