Thursday Three: 3 Ways To Use A Closet As Living Space

I realize that nobody really has “extra storage” in their house, but if you’re able to reorganize in such a way that you can free up some closet space, there are lots of great ways that you can turn it into viable living space. Here are three of my favorites…


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I realize that nobody really has “extra storage” in their house, but if you’re able to reorganize in such a way that you can free up some closet space, there are lots of great ways that you can turn it into viable living space.  Here are three of my favorites:

In the Kitchen: Baking Zone
A moveable island or butcher block counter on wheels can slide in and out of the closet to add both storage and workspace.  High shelves allow storage for baking pans, tins, cookie cutters, etc.  Vertical slats offer convenient space for storing cookie sheets, cooling racks, and more.  Hang hooks on the back of the door for measuring cups and spoons, potholders, towels, and other miscellaneous odds and ends.

In the Bathroom: First Aid Center
By storing items that are only used occasionally (humidifiers, heating pads, etc.) on high shelves, that leaves the rest of the space available to store items in bins separated by family member or item type.  Another great way to store first aid products is on shelf that turns so that it’s easier to see everything at once – don’t forget to regularly purge expired products!

Any Room:  Home Office
By painting the interior of the closet a colorful shade and hanging a light fixture, a closet can be turned into a lovely and functional office with just the addition of a work surface.  Adding table legs, wall brackets, and a solid surface to a prefinished shelf creates a perfect desk and by adding some bookshelves, filing cabinets, bulletin boards, and other office accessories you’ve got yourself a nice home office that can easily be closed off when you’re not using it.

There are lots of things you can do with a closet, an afternoon, and a bit of creativity!  Which one is your favorite?

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