Check out how I turned our basic closet into a multifunctional one
that meets the needs of our family and our guests too!
Organizing A Multifunctional Closet
This closet in our multipurpose room is a work horse. I’ve talked a little bit about this room here so you already know that the room meets many needs for our family. This multifunctional closet is responsible for housing a pretty random collection of things which means it has the potential to be a big mess! But thanks to a custom elfa closet, organizational bins and my label maker, we have a multifunctional space.
On any given day it is
– a closet for guest’s clothing
– a place to store hobbies/arts and crafts
– home to all our gift wrapping supplies
– a space for all of our files and important papers
– And I can even go there to find everything I need to mail a package or letter
Do you have a space like that in your house?
Choose The Layout
We chose this closet layout and added an over the door organizer. This gives us the structure we need to keep the closet organized since it is used everyday.
Organizing The Contents
I organize my items from top to bottom, left to right by frequency of use. The first shelf contains extra art supplies and future projects. On the second shelf I have a few ArtBins. They come in many sizes and are completely customizable because of the removable inserts.
These bins are pretty much my most favorite organizing item. Like ever. I originally saw this idea on Alejandra Costello’s Youtube channel. She suggested using ArtBin cases to organize all those cords and small items that normally just get thrown in a bin.
I confess that is exactly how I organized those things in the past. I threw all like items in a bin and hoped for the best. It looked pretty from the outside but when you opened the lid it was tangled mess. Good luck trying to find which cord you wanted in a timely manner.
Thanks for the suggestion Alejandra because I tried it and have never looked back. Having this system in place has saved us so much time!
I use this label maker to label the compartments on some of our bins. Doing this makes it simple to find what we need AND put it back after.
To the left we have a small section for hanging guest’s clothing. The two small shelves hold items that we use the most often. There is a spot for stickers, ribbons, craft materials and plenty of various painting/drawing supplies.
On the floor I put my sewing machine, Cricut, file cabinet and camera equipment.
Use The Vertical Space
Over the door we have an elfa storage solution. It is the perfect place for all of our gift wrapping and mailing supplies. The top bin is for all of our gift ribbons. The second bin holds the gift wrap tissue. Bin number three has gift bags. The utility wall board has everything we need to wrap our packages and send cards. There is tape, scissors, gift labels and stamps. Lastly, the bottom bin contains all of our gift wrap and envelopes.
*Wrapping paper tip: Use pipe cleaners to keep the gift wrap from coming apart. 🙂
See I told you this closet was multi-purpose! This little closet has been a big help to us in keeping everything organized and accessible.
Now go on, tackle your multi-purpose closet and let me know all about it in the comments!
From my home sweet home to yours,