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Yea, probably a little. But I’ve learned from living in a smallish place with 5 people that any mess left out seems even messier and more massive than it actually is. And messy house means messy mind around here. Since school started, my mind has been all disorderly because of the piles of backpacks, jackets, and shoes. See?…
I know it’s not terrible but it just is an eye sore! So time for a new home for the backpacks and such! And where would you think backpacks and coats should go? Did you say “front entry closet”? Yea, it was my first thought but for months I didn’t utilize it since it was also our tool shed, electronics storage, drum storage and more. Plus, my kids couldn’t reach their coats when hung from the clothes rod.
Then one day, it hit me! Build another shelf and drop the clothes rod under it. Aha! The messy living room dilemma would be solved!
First, I would need to empty out all the
junk valuable items…
Actually, these pictures were taken after I removed a couple more buckets and some other random things. And this next picture shows just some of the stuff that somehow managed to be crammed into this little closet…
Now… I had a clean slate to work with…
Hmmm, how to make the simple shelf that changed my front entry area/living room area for the good? First I measured the width and depth of the existing upper shelf in the closet. I knew I didn’t want to make the new shelf any deeper than the one that already existed(only covered less than half the depth of the closet) because I wanted to make sure I had an easy sight line to see the floor. Then I measured the pieces of wood holding up the upper shelf – there were two on either end and then one in the back.
My husband was a sweetie and cut some leftover thick plywood and boards for me. I painted them white to match the trim in our duplex. Next was uninstalling the clothes rod and installing everything. The clothes rod was held in place by two metal brackets; these were first uninstalled. Then I measured how much space I needed between shelves dependent on the stuff I was going to store there. From this measurement the shelf support boards were put in place. First the back board was attached to the wall by screwing this into the wall studs (I used a stud finder – no ladies, not a dating service! LOL It’s a simple little device you can “pick up” at a home improvement store or click stud finder). After the back brace was attached the two side pieces were attached. The brackets for the clothes rod were attached to the side brackets and the rod was dropped into place.
All done! That easy! Yep, this simple shelf has made such a big impact on my home. My kids are hanging the coats up themselves(well, my little 4 year old is still working on it but gives it a good effort), the shoes are making their ways to the kids’ closets, and the backpacks are living at the bottom of the front hall closet instead of invading the entrance area/living room. Ahhhh! I’m one happy lady!
Now there is room for percussion equipment, kids’ coats and bags, but also tools. One of the unexpected ideas that came about for this closet was a way to store our extension cord. These are always jumbly type things that have to be dug out of a tote or things removed from on top or entwined with them so finding an extra #4 x 2-3/16″ screw eye hook was a happy accident. (A couple of these were put in the kids’ closets for their robes and there was one left over.) I installed this on one of the support boards for the upper shelf by drilling a pilot hole and then twisting it into place. Turns out it was just big enough to hold the bulky extension cord. Now it’s really easy to access.
Also easy to access are the electronic gadgets for our TV and other tools. Makes life so much easier! I again have to say how happy I am that my kids can reach their coats easily and have a hidden away spot for their backpacks. What a big difference this simple shelf has made!!! Now, whether or not to put a shoe organizer on the back of the door hmmm… any sugestions or ideas? I’d love to hear from you; let me know in the comments below. 🙂