In the words of organizing guru Olivia Newton John,
Let’s get vertical, vertical
I wanna get vertical
Let me hear your closet talk
That’s not how it goes?
That’s how it went in the closet under the stairs… and it’s fabulous.
Building shelves in this closet was one of my home goals for this year.
We have a great storage space, but without shelves it was just a pile.
Confession, I hadn’t even put away our Christmas decorations because I didn’t want to go to the work of digging through the pile to find the storage bins.
But no longer.
Christmas is tucked away, along with camping gear, electronics, artwork. There’s even a place for the vacuum and folding chairs.
I used my very simple technique of affixing cleats to the wall (I used 1x3s) and then putting pre-finished white melamine shelves on top. The wrinkle with this closet was the stairs. I could only put the cleats on the back and one side wall, so I needed to find another way to support the end of the shelves that tucked under the stairs.
A few 2×3 braces screwed into the stairs solved that problem.
Because I went vertical, we can fit a tonne of stuff in here. In fact, we have more than a shelf and a half empty–room to grow!
I think my favourite part is that I have a nook that perfectly fits the vacuum. Some mail organizers on the wall hold alternate attachments and extra bags.
Sturdy hooks hold our folding chairs and little step stool.
And there’s still room to walk beside the shelves and access everything even at the far end.
Sing it with me, people. Let’s get vertical, vertical…