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This is a “before” picture of a tiny and weirdly located closet space on the first floor of my old and quirky D.C. rowhouse. The space is only nine inches deep and, at the time the picture was taken, it had Elfa shelving hung inside that was too small and, therefore, inefficient.

But organizing the storage space where we kept our batteries, light bulbs, flashlights and extension cords was never at the top of my home-improvement priority list. That was, until I had to take this picture for my carpenter when he was replacing the closet doors and the image made me scream.

My next actions were swift and decisive. While fixing the doors, I had my carpenter take down the Elfa and hang fixed wood shelving. I used left over blue paint I had in the basement and painted the interior. Then, I located baskets with the dimensions I needed and restocked the shelves.

(See “after” photo:)

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