If there’s one thing I’ve learned during past One Room Challenges, it’s that things don’t always go as planned. I came down with a nasty cold this week, and my kids have fall break for two weeks, so it’s not the most productive time. As I continue updating my daughter’s bedroom, storage is one of the top priorities so I want to be sure to maximize the large closet in this room.
In week one, I shared the before pictures of my 9 year old daughter’s bedroom, including the completely underused closet. At 105″ wide, it’s got plenty of room for both clothing and toy storage. We had a temporary hanging bar up for clothes, but that came down when my son decided to hang on it. I’d also like to state for the record that I had zero part in hanging the map on this wall… with staples. Anyway, the design plans we’re looking at really take advantage of the size and offer a lot of different types of storage.
Apart from utilizing the space well, my other priority is that the closet system will last a long time. It needs to evolve as our daughter’s storage needs change. Adjustable shelving is a must, not only to fit her needs, but to keep regularly-used items within reach.
I don’t want my little one to have to stand on tip-toes to reach her stuff. I want shelving that can be adjusted as she grows.
The closet design needs hanging bars and shelves for toys and games. Drawers look nice, but aren’t a necessity since she has plenty of space for her existing dresser. Part of me secretly worries that drawers will just end up as a hiding place for clutter and be constantly messy.
We had a consultation this week with California Closets. I’m also looking at some DIY options, including EasyClosets.com. The idea of someone coming in and doing all the installation is really appealing, but obviously it comes with a steeper price tag. Our consultation with California Closets went really well, and we came up with a few different options. I was able to create a fairly similar layout using the design tool at EasyClosets.com.
The biggest drawback of professional closet installation is the timeline. It will be 4-6 weeks before the installation, so unfortunately it won’t be complete by the end of this challenge. It’s longer than I was hoping to wait, but we’re still deciding on the best option. Whichever route we go, it will be nice to finally utilize this closet to its full potential.
PROJECT TO-DO LIST
Paint Walls Find window treatment Buy bedding – waiting on another bedding option to arrive so we can decide what works best
Plan & install closet system – trying to make the final decision and order
Wall decor/art – working on some fun DIY projects
Don’t forget to take a peek at some of the other ORC guest participants at Calling It Home!
To catch up on my redesign of my daughter’s bedroom, take a look at past posts: