31 March, 2016

Organising My Under-Stairs Cupboard // Before & After

In every house, we all have that one cupboard/ room/ area which is basically full of all the stuff you don't know what to do with or where to put. Mine was my under-stairs cupboard. I had shoes, bags, craft supplies and pet stuff stacked and wedged sky high.  It was a mess,  so dark and dull, I had to revamp it in some way.
I decided to set myself a budget as I love to be thrifty, so I gave myself £40 for all materials and items needed.

So first thing was to clean the walls, remove any dust, dirt and items that were not needed. I then filled in a few holes and sanded them down to create a smooth finish.   I wasn't going to buy a new tin of paint for such a small area instead, I  searched through our stash of paint. Luckily I found half a pot of cream paint, the perfect colour and amount and quick drying! Mega Bonus because I'm impatient when it comes to  DIY!  Luckily I didn't have to gloss just a good scrub to mainly remove dust and dirt.

Spending Total: £0 

Whilst the paint was drying I popped online to Amazon to order some storage baskets, I love these Rattan baskets. I have 9 in my living room storing the boys' toys in and they look so clean and organised!
At the time of purchase, they were on offer for only £3.50 each so I purchased 6 and used a free trail of Amazon Prime for my free delivery. ( Cancel your trail asap to save being charged for the year! )

Spending Total: £21.00 

To store all my baskets on I wanted a similar set up to my toy storage as it always looks so clean and organised.  I saw that a neighbour had just bought the same bookcase  I was looking to purchase but it didn't fit in the space she had wanted it for so was selling it for online on Facebook  £15 brand new and fully assembled so I quickly messaged her to buy it, thank goodness I checked Facebook before purchasing! I now know to check on Facebook before purchasing items because you can find some great bargains.

Spending Total: £36 

Lastly, I purchased a few plastic command hooks for hanging up the school bags and lunch boxes again from Amazon which were on offer for a multipack.  A quick trip to Morrisons had me pick up a couple of the smaller rattan boxes for £1.50 and another large box for £2.50 Luckily my baskets were free due to saving my points on my Morrisons card, it pays to save those points!

Total Spent: £ 39.50

And that's it, £39.50 to transform my boring dull and rather depressing under-stairs cupboard into something fresh and organised.
Each person has one or two boxes for their shoes and then there is a space on top for book bags and spare school bags. Two small trays for items such as wipes, keys, and all those small little bits you never have a home for.
There are a couple hooks in the corner on the opposite wall that you cant see that are just holding up two lunch boxes.

Now my boys know where to put their shoes and bags and there is no more chaos of finding things.
I would like to add a couple things, like a new front door and possibly a small tall boy unit but for now I'm happy with how everything turned out.

I'd love to know your thoughts on my transformation, leave me a comment below.  


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