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My Harry Potter Closet Gets a Makeover

one of many storage solutions from the Home Depot

When I moved into this house a year ago, I was so excited to discover the closet under our stairs. I fondly named it “The Harry Potter Closet.” You know, because Harry Potter slept in the closet under the stairs in the first movie. Yep, only the coolest people name parts of their houses after ficticious movie characters. Ahem. Anyway, it’s a cool, slanted closet! (Apparently, it doesn’t take much to impress me.) I figured I’d leave it empty because it’s a totally cool place to play and I knew my kids would love it. Plus, it would probably be a good place to hide if there’s a hurricane, or an armed intruder, or a giant swarm of cockroaches.

However, despite my plans of being the awesome mom who lets her kids play in the empty Harry Potter closet, I ended up using it for storage. In fact, the closet ended up being the dumping grounds for all sorts of miscellaneous stuff (especially my tools). Being a single mom who is incapable of fixing pretty much everything, I have very few tools besides my shoe, butter knife, and duct tape. Still, the couple screwdrivers and other tool thingys I own had ended up scattered on the floor of the Harry Potter closet, thanks to my kids who like to use them for their “experiments.”

After a quick trip to Home Depot, I got things under control and organized. Here are the BEFORE and AFTER pictures of my Harry Potter closet.


  • BEFORE 1 of 4
    BEFORE
    Here's the infamous Harry Potter closet. It was a dumping place for cleaning supplies and the few tools I own.
  • BEFORE 2 of 4
    BEFORE
    My kids like to use my tools and then A. lose them, B. leave them outside in the yard, or C. toss them in the Harry Potter closet.
  • AFTER 3 of 4
    AFTER
    It's amazing how a quick clean-up can improve things.
  • AFTER 4 of 4
    AFTER
    This tool box from Home Depot is the perfect size to organize my meager tools and keep them nice and neat and off the floor.

A big thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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