Though I LOVE spaces, I am not quite a visual learner. I’m more kinesthetic – I need to touch things, move them around, experience them before making a decision. Often times I don’t even measure when I’m trying to figure out a room lay out – I just try to push the furniture into the space where I want it and if it fits, it fits, if I doesn’t, I try plan b. (I realize that this isn’t really the most logical way to do things…)

When I am organizing with clients, I find myself saying over and over “Nothing is permanent! We’ll try it, and if it doesn’t work out, we will try something else!”

That’s the beauty of organizing. It’s not like a remodel or a paint job where you have to fully commit. It’s a way to see what works for YOU – and tweak things as time goes on and you come across obstacles.

Which is exactly what I did a couple of weekends ago.

In continuing celebration of Nest Fest 2017, I decided to finally get my front closet organized a little better. It has had so many different iterations – a “cloffice” (closet/office) when I first moved in, a space for coats, and finally now it is like an entryway storage thing. It’s where I keep my beloved wagon, It’s where we keep shoes and extra stuff and cleaning supplies. When we have a baby, the stroller will live there. Being that we live in such a small place, it really is multi-purpose!

In an ideal world, I would LOVE a built in closet system. However, it’s not quite time for that, yes. It’s expensive and a lot of work. Normally, I don’t recommend built-ins – however, this is one spot in my house where it would be VERY nice.

Because the closet is the first thing that you see when you come into our place, it HAS to look good. I have struggled with this a big because it is my landing spot – it’s often where things get dumped when I come in.

Here’s the closet before.

For a long time I have had a table in there, but it was time to add a little more storage. After spending the morning scouring craigslist to find yet ANOTHER Expedit/Kallax shelf (yes, I’m an addict), I secured one with eight sections, perfect for the closet.

My grand idea was to add table legs to the shelf so that the wagon could still go under it. My first Ikea hack! Or it was supposed to be…

 

As you can see…this didn’t work very well. By adding the shelf on its side like that, I lost all the shoe shelves on the left side of the closet. That wasn’t going to work…plus it honestly didn’t really look that good.

The next step was to turn the shelf on its side and put the shoe shelves back up…

Better…

It’s still not perfect, but better than before. Plus, by the time it was all over, I was too tired to try another configuration!

And, like I said…that’s the beauty of organizing.It’s fine, but it can be improved upon…and I can do it if I want to, because guess what? Nothing is permanent.