If this weekend’s craft project does not identify me as a total type A personality, I don’t know what does. Even my mother gave me a look that said “How did I create such an anal-retentive daughter?”
You see, I saw something like these on a blog recently:
How neat! My little munchkin will likely receive clothing in all sizes between now and shortly after he arrives, and well, all baby clothes look small to me. I can’t yet visually distinguish the difference between 0-3 months and 3-6 months. Closet dividers like these would be a great way to keep his adorable little onesies organized.
The thing of it is, the nursery’s closet is already well organized into four sections with rods. So in theory I could put one size in each section. But that would be too easy and not nearly as much fun, right?
While at The Container Store on Friday I spied these ready-made dividers:
I came thisclose to buying them. At $10 for five at The Container Store, and $15 (including shipping) for five from Etsy, I thought they were pricey and wondered if I could make them myself for less money. After all, I had cute scrapbook paper left over from another nursery project, some Mod Podge, and my trusty label maker. All I needed were blank dividers, so I bought five of these for a total of $4.95:
To be honest, I think that $0.99 is too much money for a little piece of plastic that probably cost less than one penny to produce, and you may find them cheaper elsewhere. But I was already at the store, so into my basket they went.
Cutting the paper to fit in between the raised edges was a bit tricky and required me to borrow my dad’s compass. Like, the kind you use in geometry class, not the kind you use while hiking. I’m sure it would be possible to create a template on the computer, too, but I decided to go old school with this project.
I started with a sheet of scrapbook paper that had a graph paper print on the back (5 for $1 at JoAnn on sale), and used the first one as a template for the rest. It took a little trial and error to get it right. Well, mostly right. The final outcome is not perfect, but remember, they’re hanging in a closet. My anal-retentiveness only takes me so far.
After cutting out all the circles, I adhered them to the plastic dividers with Mod Podge using a small foam brush. I’m not convinced that this is the best medium for adhering paper to plastic, because when the dividers are bent to put them onto the rod the paper buckles a bit. I’ve already added a little double-sided tape to some to ensure the paper stays in place.
Finally, I used my label maker to do what it does best – make the labels. I pondered printing out the labels on card stock so I could use fancier font, and had to remind myself yet again that these are going in an already well-organized closet so there’s no need to go crazy.
It took me about an hour to do the project before leaving the dividers to dry overnight. Cute, huh? These would be a good project for an adult’s closet as well.
The rest of the scrap paper is being used on another clothing organization project that I started this weekend, which I will share later after we finalize the nursery’s furniture layout.
Now that I’ve let you in on my overly-organized ways, how do you organize your closet? By size (fat jeans and skinny jeans!), color, season, or something else?