Do you ever feel overwhelmed with an organization project? Well, you are not alone! I would like to think I am an organized person, but the truth is, most of my organization has a shelf life. Meaning, I can organize and tidy a space but in the long run I tend to revert to the original state. It wasn’t until we re-designed my closet that I realized the true secret to maintaining organization. Today, I am applying that to our coat closet!
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The real secret to sustainable organization is to give everything a proper home that makes putting things away easy. This sounds simple enough, but can be challenging when working with a small space. Our coat closet is no exception. I have been anxiously wanting to make it over for years, but never came up with quite the right plan. Since our house was built in 1978 the closets leave quite a bit to be desired, especially when it comes to size. They are small and all have quirky dimensions that don’t always line up with standard closet solutions. To top it off, I did not want to spend more than $100 which was a pretty tall order, but I did it! PS. You can catch behind the scenes video in my archived Coat Closet Insta stories.
If you are new around here, let me tell you a little secret. I kind of have a love affair with Ikea 😉 Seriously. They make a lot of very affordable products that can be used in non traditional ways, making the possibilities endless. Low and behold, Ikea once again held the key to my happiness with the Trofast. And in case you are wondering, Ikea does NOT pay me in any way for this (although they totally should). I am just a real groupie 😉
Let’s start at the beginning. This is what our coat closet has looked like for many years. It is the home to not only our coats but frequently needed items like light bulbs and bulk items we buy from Costco that don’t fit in the kitchen, and all of Marvin’s supplies, food, and treats. To say it pulls multi duty is an understatement. Did I mention its only 37×19? True story.
I have legit measured this closet 100 times. Almost as if I hoped it would magically grow and open a door of opportunities. Sadly it never did, but I realized I was missing the most obvious fact. There was about 2-3 feet of space we were not effectively utilizing at the top of the closet! Now before anyone claims that vertical space is only for tall people, let me be clear, I am only 5’1″. If I can reach it, anyone can reach it! For real. So we took everything out of the closet including the closet rod.
The plan was to build up with lots of storage on the bottom. Lucky for us, the Ikea Trofast was the perfect fit and price! The frames we used are only 11 3/4 deep which also allowed us to still be able to pull out the bins. We used eight of the small bins and two of the medium sized bins. The Trofast was designed by Ikea as kids storage, but I can see endless possibilities for this work horse and have a feeling we could see more of the Trofast in my future organizing projects 😉
The closet also got a fresh coat of paint (Valspar’s Wet Pavement leftover from another project) and I scraped the ceiling. If you have never scraped popcorn ceilings, I must say, it is oddly satisfying! If you would like to see for yourself, I posted a clip of it in my archived Coat Closet Insta stories.
We then re-hung the closet rod we had previously removed. It was raised to 79 inches and like I said before, this is not too high for me, and I am only 5’1″!Then, we loaded everything back into the closet. I even made labels for all of the bins so we can easily identify where things go.Somehow, Marvin has managed to take over three of the bins, and he knows which ones are his, haha!
For the dog food bin I wanted to make sure Marvin’s food stayed fresh. While the Trofast bins do have lids available, they are not airtight, so I picked up some of these jumbo ziplock bags. It fits perfectly and keeps our pup’s food nice and fresh. Now I can honestly say our coat closet no longer stresses me out when I open the door! I feel organized and I know where everything. This easy closet organization makeover was budget friendly coming in at less than $100! And for those of you who have husbands that can’t seem to find things on their own, the label system makes this a no brainer!
DIY Coat Closet Organization with IKEA Trofast
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