Organize Closet Tips and Labels

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Rubbermaid.

Does January fill you with the desire to clean and organize closets?

I sure get antsy to get the entire house in order for some reason after Christmas and the holidays.  I think for me it may have something to do with all the indulgence and new presents that makes me long for simplicity and order.  When I take down the Christmas tree and all the decorations I feel like I am reclaiming my house.  Then I feel like I need to purge and clean all the dark corners and closets…and my girls room’s are one of the biggest areas needing some organization.

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We have been working (very slowly) to get their rooms nice…but their closets are another story.  With three girls we have accumulated some clothes and toys and they all seem to pile up in the youngest’s room as they pass them down.  Then…because I don’t want to deal with it…the mess kind of piles up in her closet where we can shut the door and pretend it doesn’t exist.  But every time, I open her closet (which is pretty much daily) I feel anxious…haha!

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Her closet was actually pretty clean compared to what it can look like sometimes since I had cleaned it out before Christmas, but I didn’t have a great system to deal with the clothes that were being handed down to her from her older sisters.  I had them all up in the top of her closet…and it wasn’t working.  So I came up with a new system that I am loving.

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(before)

I was recently introduced to these Rubbermaid® All Access™ Storage Bins from Home Depot.  I love storage bins! They make this girl’s heart happy because everything can have a “spot” to go!  What I love about these bins is this handy all access™ door that allow you to gain access easily whether they are up high or stacked together.

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I placed a couple of the larger Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins on the top of her closet for the clothes that needs to grow into in the next year (the clothes a couple of sizes larger…due to the 4 years of clothing difference from her older sister…are stored in our attic) and the clothes she has just outgrown that need to be donated.

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So now, all we have to do is open the little door and place the items in.  No more pulling the large bins out every time we need to add something to them.  I would usually just end up stacking them on the shelf by the bin until we had enough to justify pulling the bin out…apparently I am lazy like that!

closet-organization 11 Then I also picked up some small Rubbermaid® All Access™ bins for some of her toys and stuffed animals.  She can easily access them when she wants to play with them now by simply opening the plastic door and they are nicely stored away when she is not playing with them.

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I am going to go back for the extra small size when they get more in stock.  Home Depot was out of them when I originally went.  They will be perfect for her Strawberry Shortcake and LaLa Loopsy Collection, and perfect for my sanity!

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I created some labels (of course I did) for the front of each bin.  Stay tuned for some labels coming your way when I share with you how I organized her smaller toy collection, I will share all the labels at once.

closet-organization 1If you are interested in Rubbermaid’s® All Access™  line, you can visit your local Home Depot, during their Winter Storage Event.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Rubbermaid® . The opinions and text are all mine.

Rolling Storage Drawers

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lowe’s.

This month, as a Lowe’s Creator Blogger, one of our challenge choices was to come up with a creative storage idea.  With 5 kids, there is no such thing as too much storage.  I needed some more storage in the girl’s rooms but don’t love when you can see the storage containers sticking out from under the bed.

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So I wanted to make some storage spaces that were not only functional but pretty.  Truly a perfectionist’s dream come true!  We made these super easy Rolling Storage Drawers which fit perfectly under my daughter’s bed.  And…I absolutely LOVE them!!

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We just made one set, but plan on making more for the other girls rooms.  And we have yet to determine exactly what to store in them…but the options are endless.  We are thinking anything from pajamas, jeans, books, her toys, etc.  And the wheels…I LOVE the wheels!!

You could also make these to go under a book shelf or a T.V. stand…or in a kid’s playroom.  They could really be used anywhere that has a space that you can slide it under.

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Want to make some for your house?

I will share with you how we made ours including our specific dimensions.  You can go of of our main design and make any necessary changes in size dimensions so that you can modify them to fit your space.

You will need the following materials for ONE drawer:

  • 3/4 inch piece of plywood or mdf board for the base (ours measured 22 x 22 inches) *Use wood instead of mdf if you are planning on staining them.
  • two 8 foot lengths of 3.5 inch mdf (we got the primed)
  • 4 wheels (we bought wheels that were 2.5 inches in height & swiveled)
  • 16 screws for the wheels (we used 3/4 inch #10 wood screws)
  • a drawer handle or knob (we used the larger crystal knob from Lowe’s)
  • gorilla wood glue
  • staples or small nails
  • eight 1/4 strips of wood to use as corner braces (ours were 5 inches long…two for each corner)
  • sandpaper or sander
  • paint or stain
  • drill
    1.  Determine the length of your space available for your storage drawers.  Then figure out how many drawers you want.  This will help you figure out to big to make each drawer.  You will also need to measure the height you have and figure out the spacing.  Remember to figure in the total height of your wheels too.
    For example our free space under the bed measured 76 inches.  We wanted 3 drawers.  So we made each drawer 23.25 inches square (outside) (rectangle is fine too) which gave us about 6 inches for spacing between the drawers and the ends.

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2.  Cut your base out of the mdf or plywood.  We cut our to measure 22 inches square.

3.  Cut your side boards to fit your base.  Our exterior cut was 23.25 inches angled down to 22 inches (remember you need to cut these at a 45 degree angle so they sit at a 90 degree angle on the corners.  We used a miter box saw to cut the angles.  We built it two panels high.

4.  Glue and nail the bottom panels together around the base.  We placed the bottom side panels so that the base was up a 1/4 inch from the bottom of the panels (a 1/4 inch overhang to help lower the height and allow it to fit under the bed).  Let dry.

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5.  Cut the corner braces (ours were 1/4 thick x 5 inches long and either 1.5 or 1.25 inches to allow them to match up in size since one butts up to the other.  Does that make sense?

6.  Glue and staple them in the corners to give your drawer support.  Depending on how big your drawer is, you may need other braces in the middle.

7.  Attach the upper side panels with glue on the bottom and ends and staple the corners.

8.  Caulk all cracks and spaces.  Put putty in nail/staple holes and let dry.

9.  Sand all rough edges and putty spots.  Wipe off excess dust.

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10. Attach your wheels to the base of the drawers with your screws.

11. Paint or stain your drawers.

12. Drill a hole (or two depending on your handle) where you want your drawer handle to be and attach the knob.

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Repeat process for as many drawers as you need.  The whole project (three drawers) took about 6 hours total from beginning to end spread over two days to allow the glue and the paint to dry.  The wheels and the knobs are the most expensive part of this project.

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I am not completely finished with the project as I want to put some fun colored paper in the bottom of the drawers if I can find it in a pattern and color I want.

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As always, I would love to see if any of you end up making some!  I love it when you guys email me or leave me a note of FB and share your projects with me!  It makes all my efforts here worth it and I LOVE to get to know who all of you are out there!

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Sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine, it’s FREE and offers a bunch of DIY inspiration. Go ahead and connect with Lowes Creative Ideas to find a lot more fun and creative ideas.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase a project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.

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