I wanted to make it a bright fun area and do it as inexpensively as possible. You could use many of these ideas for your own organizing or sorting! I also have room for more things in my closet now that it’s organized. I photographed everything and give notes above each picture as to exactly what I did.
Supplies I Used
I had most of this stuff already so I spent very little to redo this closet.
- A variety of dollar store containers.
- Wrapping paper to use as wall backdrop. (Also from dollar store)
- Double sided tape (for affixing wrapping paper to wall)
- Key Ring Tags (For labeling some of my containers.)
- Various Labels (I used paper and made mine then used spray glue to put them on.)
- Spray glue (for labeling)
- 1.5″ Round Labels (for my bottle tops)
- Wall paint of choice
- Unfinished Wood Shelf (Purchased at Hobby Lobby for 40% off.)
- Wide Ribbon (For edge of Shelves)
- Old cardboard shoe organizer that I painted.
- Rug for floor of closet
- Framed quote I printed and put in an old frame that matched.
- Printed list of essential oil uses made into a simple wall hanging.
Before the Update
This was my closet before I started. I had my herbs and things semi-organized but it was still hard to find what I wanted. And the closet was pretty icky. The walls had lots of holes and stains etc. This was a normal coat closet when we moved in. My dad built in the shelves a few months back.
Emptying Out the Closet
The first order of business was cleaning out the closet. I put everything in baskets then took them to the table so I could sort through them and decide how they would now be organized.
Patching and Painting Walls
Next I cleaned the walls as best I could, filled the holes and sanded them, then painted the closet a light grey. It looked much better!
I wanted some nice but inexpensive containers to hold all my items so I made a Dollar Store run. I also had an old shoe organizer that I painted to match the shelves. I chose a color scheme of red, green and yellow and white.
Wrapping Paper Walls and Shelf Trim
I wanted the back of my closet to be papered. I chose rolls of wrapping paper from the Dollar Store that matched my color scheme. I cut the paper to fit and attached it with double sided tape and a staple in each corner for good measure. After you cut your paper its a good idea to roll it in reverse around the tube it came on so that it flattens it a bit. I had some ribbon that worked perfect for the edge of my shelves so I hot glued that on.
Because there was a lot of space above the top shelf in the closet, I thought a small decorative shelf would look good there. I went to Hobby Lobby and used their weekly 40% off coupon and picked up an unfinshed wood shelf. I then painted it white. I needed the bottom shelf to have a smaller shelf on it to hold my bins. Roy and my dad made one and I painted it and Roy put it in.
I used a variety of things to label my containers. I had different choices on hand but I decided to just make my labels using clip-art and print them on paper and glue them to my containers with spray glue. I had some red containers that didn’t really have a good spot for a stick on label so I came up with the idea to use key tags. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the handles, printed some circle labels on paper and glued them on the tags. Then I attached the tags to the handles.
As I have so many bottles of herbs and supplements, for ease in seeing what they are, I purchased some 1.5″ round labels to stick on top. I wrote the name of the item and the expiration date. Now at a glance I can see what I have and when they expire.
This is how my key tag labels turned out. They are probably my favorite thing!
These bins hold my bottled herbs and supplements. I have so many I keep them labeled alphabetically. They also each have a round label on top with the contents and expiration date.
My shoebox organizer turned out great. I keep things I want to grab quickly in it.
I wanted an herbal poster to hang on the side walls but couldn’t find one so I made my own. This is a chart graphic I came across that lists some uses for various essential oils. I had to print it in sections and tape it together because it was so long. I then cut 2 wood dowels a little longer than the width of the paper and painted them to match. I glued a ribbon down each side of my poster and then glued the dowels on each end and attached raffia to hang it.
This is my shelf I bought and painted. The decor items are things I had. The quote I printed and placed in a frame I already had.
The door already has this rack on it but it was brown. I took it off and painted it white and reattached it. This closet it right off the living room so we can still hang sweaters and jackets from visitors if needed.
The closet had a chain that turns the light on and I wanted to add something special to it. This leaf pull was in the house when we moved in and I had taken it down and saved it. This seemed the perfect spot for it with a bit of a paint job!
Quite a difference!