Hey everyone! Hope y’all are having a wonderful week! Yes, you read that title right! I’m going to show you how I to add a quick and pretty closet to any room in your home (well, just about any room). I did it in 30 minutes!!! Another great storage solution for a small home!
But first, I want to thank you all for supporting me in this blogging adventure! Let me be honest. Blogging takes a lot of hours. On top of my full-time job, it makes from some long days (and nights). 🙂 But, I’m REALLY enjoying the journey (even if photography is still a mystery to me!), and I’m very thankful you are with me on this ride. And, I’m SO grateful for the comments and likes and shares! It’s so much fun, and I hope you are having fun, too!
Now… on with the show!
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Have you ever moved into a new home and knew there were going to be challenges to overcome in the home, so you searched and searched Pinterest, and you searched and searched Pinterest again? You searched for small portable kitchen carts and under-the-sink shelves that would adjust around pipes and smart ways to store towels and how to add a pantry to a rental home. And, because you only had one closet, and no other large storage area (like a garage space), you ended up having to search for “how to add a utility closet without using power tools”. Oh, you haven’t searched for “how to add a utility closet without construction”? How about “how to create a closet in an apartment”? Maybe “diy closet in a small home”? Well, I have searched all of these terms, and more, and came up with nothin’, nada, ZILCH!
Well, okay, there were some things that came up. But, they all involved power tools or construction (which, by the way, is not normally okay in a rental, and would probably look strange having a utility closet in the corner of a bedroom). Some involved buying pieces of furniture, but I didn’t want to add another large piece of furniture to MWA.
And then it came to me in the middle of the night…
*Insert angels singing*
I could use a folding screen aka room divider! It was the PERFECT closet solution… for me! I started my search on Amazon, looking for pretty white room dividers that were practical, too. After viewing and researching many options, I found this Four Panel Room Divider. The one I purchased has four panels that fold both ways, enabling the use of 2-4 panels (I use three, with the fourth panel folded inside the ‘closet’) (Just sayin’… It comes in different frame colors, too!!!).
The bright white paint and shoji paper (thicker than rice paper and quite durable) make for a light and airy accent to my bedroom. Looks more like décor than a closet!
I’ve added a few decorative items to the outside (I may add more, or change things, as I find new treasures). I LOVE how it looks!
Now for the practical side (which obviously includes the view of the warning label on my blinds, LOL!). When I open the door on the left….
Well, how ‘bout that?! There are those sweet little DIY crate-shelves I showed you last week! Pretty nifty, huh? I ended up mounting them on the wall with the Large Command Picture Strips (16 lb capacity), and they have held up great thus far! I’ll let you know if I’m awakened in the middle of the night by any sudden crashes!
Remember I said that the knobs were going to be more than just something pretty to look at?
Nice place to hang a dust cloth! Originally, instead of the crates, I was going to purchase some wire racks to mount on the wall, which I would have REALLY loved. But the DIY crate-shelves ended up being about half the price and a little more special, too! Saving money AND adorable… win-win in my book. 😉
Along with the crates, I also have a rolling plastic three-tiered cart. I use this instead of a shelving unit because, A) I already had the cart, and B) the cart is covered, which gives me the ability to store paints and stains inside, without having to smell the fumes (remember, no garage space for me!).
And, as you can see, I store things on top of the cart, as well. Obviously, this closet ain’t so pretty on the inside (except for those cutie-patootie crate-shelves 😉 ), but, this is real life, friends. Man… even the broom isn’t hanging straight. Just keepin’ it real, I guess.
Now let’s look from the right side…
You can see I have my vacuum cleaner in there. This makes me so happy! You wanna know why? When I had the first tour of My Wee Abode, before it was My Wee Abode, the former tenant kept all her utility items, including her vacuum cleaner, in the corner of the bathroom! You remember that bathroom corner I showed you, that I need to decorate? That’s where she kept it all! When I saw that, I knew right away that I was going to do *something* different. And different I did!
When I was planning the closet, I also knew that I would have my ‘stick’ items… broom, Swiffer/mop, and stick vacuum. I knew I didn’t want them to be propped in the corner on the floor, so I looked for a good wall organizer/holder that would be able to hold a heavier item, like a stick vacuum/electric broom. And the Home- It Mop and Broom Holder is quite the ticket!
Love me those sweet little shelves!
The last items used to make this little corner of my bedroom look like décor instead of a closet are the beautiful photos hanging on the wall. I purchased these in a lovely set that is offered by Cami Graham from the blog, Tidbits. Cami’s beautiful photography is well known in the blogging world, and she is now offering for purchase to the public at an EXTREMELY affordable price! These prints are just three of the 20 that come in the set, along with two extra bonuses! If you love these like I do, hop on over to her blog/shop. You’ll be super delighted in so many ways! (Cami and her sister, Marci (who is the author of the food/recipe side of Tidbits), are also the authors of a fantastic Instant Pot recipe book!) (BTW, I left out the glass from the prints for photography purposes.)
So that’s how I added a closet… in less than 30 minutes! Stand the folding screen up, mount a couple cute shelves and a broom holder, hang some pretty photos, and fill with whatever your heart desires (or apartment needs). I am so pleased with this ‘closet’, both with how pretty it is and how functional it is! And, it cost me about $85 total. Not bad, huh?
What do you think? Any thoughts or suggestions on how to make this closet even better? Would love to hear if someone you know could use this pretty and practical idea to add a closet to their home.