As we were building the cabin it quickly became clear to me that I would have to find a way to store my clothes. When designing it, we tried to keep the layout as simple as possible because we didn’t plan on living in it too long, maybe a couple of years. Well, a couple years has turned into 6. And we’re still counting! So I’ve had plenty of time to figure out the best clothes-storing method for me sans a closet.
When we first moved in we hadn’t built the loft yet. Our furniture consisted of 3 different sized futons we got from Nathan’s (my boyfriend) parents & a coffee table. We used the largest pull-out futon as our bed. Our belongings were spread everywhere. I still had some clothes at my parents’ house, Nathan’s parents’ house & some with me. I resorted to storing them in those big plastic storage tubs you can get pretty much anywhere. You know what I mean.
Not the most efficient. Looking back, I could’ve at least gotten a clear tub so I might’ve had some idea of what was even in it. I was constantly digging to the bottom trying to find a specific shirt, or just trying to remember what I had even thrown in there.
Once we got a little more settled & got our kitchen & bathroom in working order I was able to take a step back and get the smaller things more in order. I realized how much wall space we had. The east wall was mostly windows but the west wall would be perfect for some shelves. We already had a lot of old barn boards so I figured I could just get some shelf brackets and enlist the boyfriend to mount them up for me. So that’s what I did!
I found some pretty cheap brackets at Menards.
There is a window between each set of shelves so I took the left side & the boy got the right side. Or as I like to call them, “The Girl Gap & The Boy Gap.” Over time I’ve developed a serious addiction to what I consider a must-have if you live in a small space…baskets! I loooove baskets. I’m constantly searching for different styles, shapes, colors & materials. The first type I bought, mostly because they were inexpensive and practical, were these:
You can find these at Target or Kmart & I’m sure at about any other similar store. (Side-note: Ettie Mittens loves to use these as a claw sharpener. Whomp.) Ikea is another great place to find some super cute baskets that usually aren’t too expensive. Here is one I have from there that was only $8.00!
And here are the shelves currently:
The Girl Gap
The Boy Gap (slightly less organized…still working on it)
I’m able to store all of my clothes, except some sweaters and sweatshirts, in the baskets above. And I know exactly what is in each basket! I wasn’t able to do this right away. I came to realize I had accumulated way too many clothes, most of which I was hardly, if ever, wearing at all. I’ll get into how I downsized my wardrobe to just the necessities in another post!
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