So, before I show you what it looks like today, lets take a trip down memory lane.
Originally (pre-Derrick), the closet looked like this...
It was our only "extra" closet in the house, which became the out-of-sight-out-of-mind closet. Open the door, throw it in, and shut it real fast so nothing falls out.
Then, little Derrick came along and we used it to say, "SURPRISE! WE'RE HAVING A BABY!" to our parents...
Don't you just love how the sheets and blankets are covering up the mess?!?! Priceless right there.
A baby on the way meant we HAD to do something in there. So, we moved some things out and got a nice start on it...
It still looked like a mess when Derrick arrived, but we knew that he wouldn't be using it for a little while, which meant we had some time to slowly get it done.
Then, after tackling the closet pretty heavily during our last Christmas break and this past January, we left you on the last post with it looking like this...
You might be thinking that it looked pretty much done, but this momma still had a few more things to tackle before calling the project COMPLETE.
I included the list below at the bottom of my last closet post.
- Move the fire safe.
- Organize and store his books.
- Remove the large grey tub on the floor.
- Take out the family photo albums and store them somewhere else.
- Shoe organization.
- Create a memory box for his keepsakes.
- Purchase an additional basket for his puzzles.
Well, I am happy to report that I got them ALL FINISHED!
Move the Fire Safe
The fire safe is now in our closet. My husband had some extra room on his side, so we moved it there. It helps for it to be in our sight too. My daughter thought it was fun to take out pictures and photo books and play with them.
Organize and Store His Books
After a lot of thought and deliberation, you do not see Derrick's books in his closet. I have an idea in mind for them. So, until that moment, they are being stored in a plastic tub in the corner of his room.
Remove the Grey Tub on the Floor
Recognize the grey tub that Derrick's books are being stored in? Yep! It is the tub that was in the bottom of his closet. Once we move his books, this extra tub will go in the attic until needed.
Take Out the Family Photo Albums and Store Them Somewhere Else
We placed the family photo albums in the entryway dresser. This area is a work-in-progress at the moment, but I know all of our photos will go in that dresser.
Derrick's shoes, which aren't many at the moment, are housed in a MacBeth shoe organizer in Perry Ocean Drive that I purchased through Amazon.
Create a Memory Box for His Keepsakes
This is going to be my weekend project. I have the boxes and all of the important items that are going in the box. Now, I just have to get started. Stay tuned to see this post next week!
Until then, here is a look at everything that I am evaluating for his keepsake box.
I will show an updated picture of this corner in Derrick's closet too.
Purchase an Additional Basket for His Puzzles
I went ahead and purchased another set of 6 Sterilite baskets from Wal-Mart. I used 2 of them in his closet; one for puzzles and another for his wooden blocks.
Another item marked off my 2014 projects list (insert happy dance)!
If you missed the first couple of blog posts about Derrick's closet, I have provided the links below.