How to utilize the dead end space in a closet from Thrifty Decor Chick Leave a comment

I shared
my plan for adding a ton more storage and other changes to make this room work even better for us a couple weeks
ago. I’m so excited about these changes! They’ve already made a BIG
difference in here. 

I’ve moved things around a bunch — including moving some things from the
garage that just work better inside. I’ll show you all of that soon! This
week I’ve been focusing on the closet we have in here: 

Whitestone paint light blue gray

My dream was always to have a big closet in our mud room! When I saw how big
this laundry/mud combo was going to be, I knew we’d have plenty of room for
a closet. My favorite part is the OUTLET I had put inside. Game

Anyway, when we moved in a few years ago I just started chucking things in
there as we got settled: 

messy cleaning closet


A few months after moving in I went through it all and got it
organized…much better: 

mud room closet for cleaning supplies

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I made this a spot for all kinds of things! Laundry items like the ironing
boards, cleaning supplies, all the brooms and vacuums, and even gift wrap
items like wrapping and bags. You can see the whole
organized mud room closet here
Now that I’ve been moving things around, I went through this closet again.
It was still looking really good, but I knew I wanted to move the cleaning
supplies into the upper cabinets instead. I also got rid of a few things we
don’t use anymore. Like that
SpotBot carpet cleaner
— it was my BFF for years, but now we have so little carpet we just haven’t
used it. (And for any animal messes we have now,
this cleaner is AMAZING!) 

I knew I could make better use of the space in this closet! That dead space
at the ends of closets like this has always bugged me. Unless you are
filling it with clothes, it’s usually an awkward spot that can be utilized
MUCH better.

YEARS ago I realized I could
add some shelves to that spot to make it work better for us. This is a great project if you’re a
beginner at do-it-yourself projects! There’s not a lot to them, especially
when they don’t have to be perfectly finished like in other rooms. I’ve
how to make these floating shelves
many times over the years. (See how I added them in our bathroom at that

You just need to secure your supports (a 1×2 is perfect) into studs or
anchors on the back wall and sides, then nail a board into those. Before I
started in here I removed the door trim on the inside of the closet so I
could bring the front of the shelves right up to the edge: 

using painters tape when caulking

This little tape trick is awesome when you’re caulking on a painted wall!
Tape it off first and then caulk — remove the tape before the tape dries
and you’ll have a perfect line and no mess on your wall. 

I was going to leave these pretty basic, but then I realized they’d look so
much better with some trim on the front. So I added that. I planned to leave
them unpainted…but then I realized how good they would look in white. And
this super simple project turned into two day process. 😂

After the first coat of paint, the underside of that top shelf was bugging
me. Of course it was: 

shelves at end of closet

I ended up cutting a piece of luan to fit underneath to hide the

I also cut down the door trim (that I had taken down) and put it back up in
between each shelf. And then filled holes. Caulked everything. And finally
did one more coat of paint. This is how you turn a 90 minute project into
one that never ends. 

But it was worth it! They look really good: 

DIY shelves dead space at end of closet

I didn’t add bottoms to the other shelves since we can’t see that part.
These shelves are about nine inches by 24 and add a TON of storage! If you
aren’t using the ends of your closets I highly recommend this little

organized mud room closet
Command broom holders
are the bomb. We had one and I picked up a couple more. For everything else
I used hooks we had. 

I almost did another set of shelves on the right as well, but I needed a
spot for a dryer rack and step stool I wanted to hang. It’s SO nice and
cleared out! 

Oh, and I added some battery-operated motion sensor lights I found at
HomeGoods the other day. I hung them around the inside door trim. I kick
myself that I didn’t have lights added to our closets! So far this light
strip is working really well. (These
motion sensor strip lights look to be
the same thing.) 

I can’t wait to show you the last part of this little closet makeover —
I’ll show you that next week!

Here’s where we started in here a few years ago: 

And this is what we have now: 

using dead space at end of closet

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