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The Closet Jim Built

Many moons ago, when I first started talking about Mabel’s nursery plans, I mentioned that she had this disaster of a closet that we needed to take care of. The shelving was inefficient, I needed to go through Abigail’s tubs of clothes to see what would and wouldn’t work, and without any plans for a dresser in her room, we needed a space that could store all of her things.

So, Jim went and did what he has been doing over the last few months. Took something that was completely mediocre and turned it into something amazing- all by himself.



I’m not even going to claim to be remotely close to the queen of organization, so don’t try to understand how I chose to put what things where- I mostly put them where they fit and tried to leave space for rearranging after Mabel is here and we’re actually utilizing the things inside her closet day in and day out.

 Baby Sleeping Sign c/o LetLoveGrowCA
I’ll move this sign to her actual door once she’s here and it needs to be used, but for now, on her closet door keeps big sis from messing with it 🙂

The mint basket full of teensy tiny newborn diapers will be carted around the house to wherever Miss Mabel is. I loved having a portable diaper station with Abigail so I plan to do that again- diapers, wipes, and vaseline all in one place but capable of being moved from room to room.

My pump, our small little stockpile of diapers and wipes, and IKEA boxes filled with her newborn and 0-3 size clothes.

These other IKEA baskets hold her shoe collection and bibs and a third basket I’ve left empty because I have a feeling I’ll discover the perfect somethings that need to go in there once she is here!

The IKEA baskets above hold 3-6 month clothes, burp rags, swaddles, sleep sacks, sheets, mattress pads, and boppy covers. The little labels on the boxes can be swapped out and changed so I’m sure things will be rotating through this closet pretty frequently!

Most of these hang up clothes are big sister hand me downs, although there are a few new additions from my consigning last month. Including an adorable 4th of July outfit! Eeep!

All in all, Jim painted the closet, cut, painted, sealed, and installed the shelves, and added a hanging bar. It’s absolutely perfect and I know it will last her for years to come!

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  1. It looks perfect. I also spy some Target brand diapers in there! Aren't those just the best?! That is, if you have a preference. I loved them with Katie and plan on using them with Ella too. 🙂

  2. Five cheers for a perfectly organized closet! I LOVE IT. And I'm so jealous. Since kenz's room WAS a closet hers is lacking in a pretty nice big closet. So here's me. Green with envy!

  3. Hey, friend… when you're done with the "honey-Jim" list, send him my way. I have a few items to check off. 🙂 haha It looks great!!!

  4. Oh it looks so much better!! I have had organizing our closet and Ellie's for the past two years! But other things keep bumping it down on the to do list. Both of our closets are a disaster and really need to be refreshed…I have a feeling that Ellie's will probably happen first, seeing as how she and lil bro will be sharing a room once we bring him home!

  5. Jim sure is a jack of all trades! I'm not sure what the builders were thinking with the previous closet design. It's so functional now!

  6. What a nice closet! Jim did a wonderful job fixing it up! I think it's so much fun to organize a closet or space, especially when you have bins and baskets. I'm sure you'll be getting a lot of use out of this little redone space and that she will love it as she grows up! 🙂

  7. I love my portable diaper box (a plastic storage box) so convienent! I never owned a changing table and wonder how moms walk all over the house just to change a diaper, but maybe that says more about me being lazy… 😉

  8. He is just so handy! I am loving all these projects and am so impressed with his skills! Way to go, Jim! Little Mabel is a lucky girl to have such an awesome closet:)

  9. Excellent makeover!! That closet is perfect for all kinds of organizing systems. Miss Mabel is set up and you might need to start complaining about other closets in your house 🙂 Jim could makeover them all!!

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