One Closet — Three Usesposted by Andrea | 07/19/2010
Our home office is one room in our house that we could not do without.
However, the room is just a small extra bedroom and the closet is even smaller — so I knew it would require lots of organization to function at maximum capacity.
We needed our closet to function in 3 very specific ways:
- House all our gift wrapping supplies
- House all our paperwork
- House basic tools and craft supplies
Since the closet is SO small I decided to removed the door to give us easier access to our “stuff”. Here it is…all 3 feet of it!
ZONE 1: Gift Wrapping
Location — Top Shelf
I have 4 large bags and 2 boxes that contain all my wrapping supplies:
- Bag #1 — Large bags
- Bag #2 — Llarge boxes
- Bag #3 — Small bags
- Bag #4 — Ribbons & bows
- Box #1 — Tissue paper
- Box #2 — Smaller boxes
I labeled each bag and box with cute tags that I made from construction paper.
Zone 2: Paperwork
Location — filing cabinet
In the center of my closet is a large 4-drawer filing cabinet that holds ALL our paperwork.
- Drawer #1: Personal paperwork
- Drawer #2: My business paperwork
- Drawer #3: Hubby’s school paperwork
- Drawer #4: Craft paper, cards, envelopes, etc.
I use the tabs down the center for our main categories, and the tabs on the left for subcategories.
If the main category is be “utilities”
The subcategories would be each of the different utility companies we work with (DTE, AT&T, Consumers Electric, Allied Waste, etc.)
This system works wonderfully for us.
We also keep a small fire-proof safe on top of the filing cabinet for important documents and information.
Zone #3: Tools and Craft Supplies
Location: Peg board
Inside our closet, on the right side, I installed a small section of peg board to house some of our smaller tools and craft supplies.
Our larger tools are either in the shed outside or down in the basement but I like to keep these tools on hand for more regular use.
This section of the closet would otherwise just be a bunch of wasted space
So there you have it… 1 small closet transformed with virtually no out-of-pocket costs to fit 3 distinct needs in our home office.