Our front entryway closet has always gotten a lot of action on the blog.
I posted about its painful, messy beginnings and how we attempted to change it into a mudroom, and then I shared how we tweaked the storage solutions as the kids got a little older.
But even with all of those changes, I still wasn't happy with it.
In this week's DIY column, I outlined my 99 (well, four) problems with this closet ...
- The green wall colour (Pittsburgh Paint's “Asparagus”) was certainly cheerful, but it was too intense for an already-crowded space. Ditto for the red cube storage bins. Ugh.
- The cube bins did a good job of holding hats and mittens, but the kids regularly mixed them up because (duh) they couldn’t read the labels. We also didn’t need that many bins, so often a few of them were empty.
- There wasn’t a spot for their increasingly large collection of sports gear (T-ball helmet, bike helmets, baseball gloves, etc.) so it was thrown everywhere.
- The kids couldn’t reach the hangers, so we were constantly hanging up their jackets as well as our own (and they go in and out of the house a lot).
- The only solution that really worked was the kids’ shoe storage bins. We had screwed large wire baskets into the walls to hold the kids’ shoes and it worked brilliantly for keeping them corralled. Even when they just tossed them in, it didn’t look as messy as a pile on the floor.
So what did we do? Well, we Pinterested (yes, that's a verb) the heck out of it. The biggest change came from the fact that I convinced Darling Husband that we didn't need the hanging bar, because the kids can't reach it (and won't be able to for a long time). We went hook-wild (that's like hog-wild, only ... hookier).
The kids can hang up their own coats, bags, hats, etc. which means less work for meeeee. I completely and totally LOVE the results. I'm pretty sure this is a mudroom closet that's going to work for years to come.
Want to see the full tutorial and more "after" photos? Pop over to my DIY column and ch-ch-check it out.
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