Organizing Our Storage Closet

Storage Closet Before

Another weekend, another project.  This time, it was organizing the aforementioned storage closet.  Yes, I’m talking about the disaster area pictured above.  Until last week, for whatever reason, we’d never thought about organizing it.  I guess there were always higher priority projects to tackle first and this mess was out of sight and out of mind.

For this project, the goals were simple: put some shelves up, get the crap off the floor, and create a walkway that doesn’t require maneuvering through an obstacle course. 

Installing the shelves turned out to be way easier than I expected.  I devised a neat little system to quickly mark bracket locations.  I marked a few reference lines on the wall at the desired heights.  Then, I connected them with a piece of tape creating a level line to simulate a shelf.  After that, I found all the studs with a stud finder, used a bracket to mark the hole locations, drilled the holes, and secured the brackets to the wall with 1.5” wood screws.

Storage Shelves Installing Brackets

Storage Shelves Back Wall

Everything went smoothly aside from one hiccup.  Since the shelves covered adjacent walls that met at a corner, I needed each row of shelves to be the same height so they’d meet up evenly.  Somehow, I messed up on the middle row and the shelves were off by a half inch.  I must’ve zoned out while doing those measurements.  Luckily, it was a quick fix and only set me back about 20 minutes.

Storage Closet Side Wall

In all, the total cost was about $165 and took around six hours to complete.  The end result is below.  How do you think it turned out?

Storage Closet After

12 thoughts on “Organizing Our Storage Closet

  1. our next life says:

    I’m jealous of that great big closet! We love our house, and it’s more space than we need, but many, whoever built it cheaped out on the closets! Your shelves look great — so practical for a range of different items that you might want to store over time.


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