Cue the music, 'cause there's a game of musical closets going on up in here!
As soon as I saw this photo from the House of Smiths, I knew I would totally love something like this in our entryway.
And, since we already have an appropriately sized coat closet right next to our front door, that means that the demo would be minimal, and the job would mainly consist of building out a bench and some shelves.
Now, being the realist that I am, I knew from the beginning that we could not both 1- use such a space as storage for all of our winter paraphernalia AND 2- keep it as lovely as it looks in the picture above. So, I started brainstorming about how to store most of our bulky coats and gear elsewhere, and use the entryway as a place to hang our most commonly used jacket, my purse and Colin's bookbag.
Enter the office/craft room:
But, after reassessing what I wanted to use this closet for and declaring that it would become our major coat storage, I had a plan. I needed both shelving for my office supplies AND hanging space for our winter gear.
So, I picked up a Closetmaid organizer from my local home improvement store, which my dad expertly installed for me. (After finishing out my 2 master bedroom closets, Colin's extra-wide closet, and several of my sister's closets all with these super cost effective organization systems, he really and truly is an expert at it!) The result is a well organized and fully functioning closet of which we are using every square inch!
But, the most exciting part is that moving our coat storage into the office closet means that we're one step closer to a transformation like this this being a reality in our house.
And, that- my dear readers- is what [my] dreams are made of!