I have a love/hate relationship with organization. I hate the process of getting there, but I love the challenge of finding solutions to problems.
After seeing that Taylor’s Vintage Industrial Bedroom Reveal made it into my top posts of 2012, I realized that I never went into detail on how I organized Taylor’s closet-in-a-office (aka. The Cloffice).
To bring you back to how it all began, here is the closet before it’s vintage industrial makeover.
It’s been almost five months since I surprised Taylor with his redecorated bedroom and I have to commend him on keeping it neat.
Let me clarify that…neat for a teenage boy. Oh wait, I need to re-clarify that since he just turned 18…neat for a young adult male. I occasionally have to leave him a reminder note that his laundry basket is not a moving target and that any clothing left on the floor will not make it to the laundry room.
I hope that by organizing his room, I can instill in him some skills that he can use once he’s on his own at college next year. (insert a sniff and a tear here)
When organizing a space, I keep these three things in mind:
Contain It, Label It, and Reduce Visual Clutter
Since Taylor’s room is only 10′ x 10′, there is very little room for a dresser, much less a desk. The solution was to use the square footage from his closet to make an area for him to do his homework, watch TV, and play his X-Box.
There is also storage for his everyday clothes, books, out-of-season clothes, and
two large boxes a little extra room for things that I need to store for myself.
So, without further ado, I will share how I organized this space by starting at the top of the closet and working my way down.
I had someone at our local home improvement store cut a 12″ wide shelf for me. To beef it up, I added a piece of 2.5″ wide molding.
These particular boxes are no longer available from Ikea, but the Kassett Boxes that sell for $9.99/2 pack are very similar.
Just like in my laundry room reveal,
if you are short on space, go vertical or go home.
I used business card holders to hold the printable number labels from Graphicsfairy.com. Why, yes, there is a method to the madness. This card hangs inside the closet and has coordinating numbers so I can remember which box holds what.
These baskets are also from Ikea, but they no longer carry them.
I bought this vintage carpenter’s tool caddy 14 years ago and it has held tools (yawn!) in our storage building.
It got sanded, whitewashed and re-purposed as a desk organizer.
An Ikea Mackis box (this is similar) sits inside the carpenter’s caddy. It has been distressed so it would look like it belonged to the vintage caddy.
I made his TV stand from a laminate shelf and screwed in doorstops as legs. It helps to free up space and hide the wires that run behind the TV.
Speaking of wires…they are my nemesis. Velcro ties and tags help keep me
I made a kick pleat skirt to hide the visual clutter beneath the desk. The only part that is sewn, is the center stitch. I can sew a mean straight line. The pleat was made by folding and then stapling the fabric to the back of a board. The board was then nailed to the front of the desk top. The hem was done with fabric glue.
Underneath the skirt are these Antonius drawer units from Ikea. The galvanized bin from Lowes holds clothes that Taylor has outgrown and will be handing down to his two younger brothers. The wooden box stores school work.
Little metal rimmed tags label the drawers.
How do you feel about organization? Is it on your hate list or do you look forward to getting things in order?
Just in case you’re new here, you might want to see some other projects that I’ve done in this bedroom:
If you have any closet or office organization ideas, I’d love to hear them!