Closet turned kids reading nook

As some of you already know, I have been working on a minimalist lifestyle.  I’m not quite their yet, but have made a lot of progress in the last few months.  (More on that in another post.)

When you walk into our home there are two closets within 10 feet of each other.  One, your standard coat closet.  The other, a cedar closet that has been here since the house was built and it hard to access because you have to take a two foot step to get into it.

This closet has always been my storage area for my faux flowers, travel gear, kids “extras”, etc.  It was a huge catch-all.  When I started on the  minimalist journey, this closet was the first place I started.

I probably went through the closet 10 times in the last year, slowly weeding out things I hadn’t been using or that just didn’t make me happy anymore.  I was constantly organizing it, trying new shelving arrangements, trying to make it more functional.

Finally, I had had enough.  I was so tired of the crazy ritual I had going on with this closet and I dumped everything in a box and donated it!  Our travel gear was moved to the coat closet that had an empty top shelf (that was previously cleaned out), the kids workbooks and art supplies were moved to their actual art desk- mind blown!

There sat my empty closet.

   

All junk removed.  All shelving removed.  Just the lonely closet.

It hasn’t been this empty since we moved in 9 years ago!

Another thing you may know is that I LOVE to read!  I read all these amazing books last year and have already made a huge dent in my goal for this year.

When I was a kid, I would have absolutely adored a place where I could cozy up, read a book and forget about the world around me. I’m trying to instill my passion for reading in my kids because I could never imagine life without a good book.

Empty closet.  Love to read.  Want to do something fun for the kids.

READING NOOK!

I didn’t want it to look too perfect.  I wanted it to look cozy and loved.  So when I painted it, I left all of the imperfections and didn’t cover up the cedar completely.  It looks slightly white-washed and old which I love.

    

In one of my closet organizing projects last year, I purchased some solid metal shelves from the Container Store (which they seem to no longer have!) similar to these, but not angled.  They work with their Elfa system which is amazing and we have done all of our closets already!

Once everything was installed, I got to work organizing the books, hanging all the decor and adding all the cozy. (As of when this post went out, I was still waiting on a few pillow covers.)

The art on the walls are printables from different Etsy shops as well as the wooden “read” sign.  I also purchased the floor cushion and pillow covers on Etsy as well.  Michael’s was having a BOGO sale on their frames so I picked out some basic black ones for the artwork, stuffed the pillows and all done!

The kids were so happy with the final project!

    

The kids stayed in here until dinner and then went back in!

    

They even slept in there that night! (I’m not kidding)

This was before they fell asleep, but they did it!

 

 

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