Rooms that Inspire

Organized Baby Closet

The hardest and possible longest project in my house, turned out to be the hallway closet.  It was the last thing in the house that still had a musky mildew smell. In other words, still smelled like the old 1952 house that it is.  Two of the walls inside had wood paneling and it looked like there might have been water damage at one point, from the shower on the opposite side of the wall.  I wasn’t sure if it had mold behind the walls, but I didn’t want to take any chances with putting the babies cloths and things in there.  Also, the awkward placement of the different size pieces of wood holding up the shelves made the whole closet inefficient. You can’t really see in this picture, but the ceiling was lower than the rest of the house and the light was on the outside in the hallway.

The whole thing became a gut job.  The ceiling was raised up and the electrical was moved over for the light to be inside of the closet. If you look, the ceiling used to start at the top of the door frames.

Luckily, the wall backing up to the shower didn’t have mold damage like I thought.  And we were able to reuse the same shelves, but gave them a facelift and better placement.  They were measured to fit adult cloths for later use, whenever I decide to sell the house. My favorite part though, is trim we added on the shelves. I feel like it gives it a clean look.

Here is what it looks like with all of his things inside.  Having everything out in the open isn’t for everyone, but I find it so convenient.  I can’t tell you how many people told me they bought a changing table and never used it. They just ended up changing their baby on the floor or wherever.  I couldn’t imagine not having my changing table. I actually find it easier, so he isn’t all over the place. We are in the phase of flipping over and trying to get away while getting changed, so here he’s contained.  In the morning, it’s great to be able to change him and dress him all in one shot. Especially when he grows out of things and I can just grab another outfit.  Then when we’re done, he loves to play in the mirror.

What do you think? Do you love or hate it?  Does it make you cringe to see everything out in the open?