It’s been just over three weeks since my husband and I moved into our new home.  We’ve been super busy doing mini home improvement projects!  Our kitchen is currently under construction; we wanted to give our cabinets a makeover and stain them espresso brown, but the sanding process has been a total PAIN!  My poor husband has been sanding non-stop, but he finally finished a couple days ago, and we’re ready to start staining.  YAY!  I can’t wait to finish!  More to come on that…

While my husband’s been working hard on the kitchen, I’ve been doing lots of cleaning and organizing.  We have a decent amount of hallway closet space, which is great, but there’s one closet that doesn’t have any shelves.  I didn’t like that.  I think it may have been used as a broom/vacuum closet by the previous homeowners.  Anyhow, I wanted to turn it into a laundry closet with baskets to organize our darks, colors, and whites.

I ran the idea by my husband, and he said it would be super easy!  He went to Home Depot to purchase a sheet of cabinet grade white pine plywood (¾ inch thick).  It actually only took him about an hour to finish after he got back.

Here’s how to do it:

1)  Measure the closet space to determine the size of the shelves.  Measure and mark the plywood.  Clamp it into place, and cut with a circular saw.

DIY Closet Shelves

2)  Measure and mark the closet to evenly space out the shelves.  Cut a 1×2 into 15 inch pieces to create supports.  Install the supports with a staple gun, but be sure to use a level before securing them.

DIY Laundry Closet Shelves

3)  Place the shelves on top of the beams.  My husband and I decided not to secure the shelves in case we ever want to remove them.   I lined them with cedar closet liner, and purchased three Sterilite laundry baskets, placing one on each shelf.

Laundry Closet Makeover

I was very happy with the end result, and it was so fast too!  Laundry will be so much easier now that everything’s pre-sorted!  Yippee!

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