It is also the electrical room so you will see circuit breakers for half of the house and the other one is for the centralized generator. The other circuit breakers for the other half of the house is in the guest bathroom, on the other side of the building. I also kept boxes of dish overflow here and clothes that I have not sorted and put away since we moved. I have since given 2 boxes of clothes to charity and will be delivering some more this week.
This is one wall of the closet, on the right side as you enter the door. It already has built in shelves.
John bought all the plastic bins from Home Depot. Twice he has depleted their supplies and we still do not have enough. I like the size because they are not too big so they do not get too heavy when filled with dishes. The only problem is if the set is big, I might have to put them in up to 3 bins, which is fine with me since I just label them as such. They also close securely and stack nicely.
John bought this whitewashed pie cabinet from an antique store about 2 or 3 years ago. He would not give it to me to use for my dishes because he said it reminds him of his grandmother's. He used it to store cleaning supplies and garbage bags in the garage instead.
I was pretty happy with it at first but then realized that I will have to move a lot of bins if I want to use the dishes that are in the bottom bins. And if you know me, I like to use different dishes every week if not almost everyday.
And so I measured one of the stainless steel shelves to see if it will fit that wall and it did! And I figured we can just roll it out if we need to get to the electric panels. So, I told John to give me one and he can just order more. He asked me to order 3 more. and I tried but I could not believe that they were $25 more in price, so I am still waiting for them to drop to what we paid.
Again, I dragged that shelving cart all by myself into the closet. Before I could drag it in there, I had to take down ALL the bins that I previously organized and take out the folded table that they were sitting on. Too much double work here but I better do it which I was in the mood, lol.
There was so much lifting but it was all worth it. You can see that I have the bins all labeled.
I use this basket to store my organizing supplies, scissors, pen, tape and labels. I also use it sometimes for flatware when serving buffet.
I placed some overflow plate chargers here since they are too big for the bins and they won't fit in my charger plate closet inside the laundry room. Notice some are yellow, which is my Mellow Yellow contribution.
Do you see that tall green drum to the left of the cabinet? It's a central vacuum system for the house which we never use. I don't even know how it works. It looks so unsightly so I think I will cover it with a curtain. John suggested we take it out but I think it might be a selling point if we ever decide to sell the house. What do you all think?
I added a throw rug for a warmer effect.
Notice the green wood chest. It used to sit by the wall to the left as you enter the door. I never moved it because it is very heavy and I could not remember what was in it. But I finally dragged it to the right side of the stainless steel shelves.
I opened it and guess what I found it in! Yep, you guessed it right! More dishes and glasses and some placemats, lol!
I am really very happy with the way it turned out and it is making me breath easier even if my muscles were all sore for a while. It was definitely worth all the work and I am proud to say that I did it all by myself.