There have been some big changes happening in our household lately! My husband and I are expecting our first baby in less than 2 weeks, so we have been busily trying to prepare for her arrival! One of the biggest changes we made was deciding to move! We made this decision over the winter and very recently we moved closer to my husband’s family (another bonus about moving: the area we’re living in now is much more affordable! Yay for being able to save more money!).
Anyways, we wanted to move and get settled in before our baby’s arrival, and one of the top projects on my list was the nursery closet.
There was nothing essentially wrong with the original closet: it was your very standard closet with a bar for hanging clothes and a top shelf. However, we were extremely blessed and received a lot of gifts for this little girl, and there just would have been no neat and organized way to store everything. So I begged and pleaded with my husband until he agreed to build her an organization system! And let me say, it turned out to be AMAZING.
In our old house all of our tools were in the basement, which was nice because we could work during all sorts of weather, but ultimately was very loud in the house and created a lot of dust. Also, our basement did not have the best lighting. So it’s really nice that now we can store all of our tools in the garage and have actual daylight to work with!
We bought all of our supplies from Home Depot, including the fabric bins (you just can’t beat Martha Stewart products). We bought the MDF wood because it was already prestained and painted, which meant a lot less work for us! We took measurements of the closet and decided we wanted to be able to fit 6 shelves in the center. My husband first cut the 6 shelves using the expresso MDF and attached them with screws to the long white center MDF pieces. After they were all attached we carried it upstairs & put it in the closet.
As you can see, some of the shelves also have an expresso backing. We added those for extra stability and to make sure everything was completely straight.
After that was done, we worked on installing the shelves. We added a long shelf that goes across the entire top of the closet (I wanted this area to store diapers and wipes), and we also added 2 smaller shelves above the bottom clothing bars. These smaller shelves can really be used for anything, but at the moment they are being used for blanket storage!
After the shelves were put into place the final item on the list was the hanging rods! What’s really nice about the hanging rods and the shelves (especially the bottom shelves), is that they can be easily removed. When this baby gets older, or if we decide to sell this house in the future and move, and someone older moves into this space, the shelves and rods can be removed to fit longer clothing, such as dresses.
What I really love about this closet are all the cute clothes it displays! We bought our hangers and clothing dividers from BabiesRUS, and I think the clothing dividers are such a great idea. I can easily organize and sort all of her clothes to know what size they are.
The rest of our nursery isn’t quite
finished, but it’s close! I’m just waiting on some final artwork pieces to hang up!