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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Very Own North Pole

Remember this awesome before and after?  After dealing with all that nasty dust and dirt, I decided that I would no longer store my Christmas decor in the garage.  I was determined to never again have to deal with Christmas bins covered in layers of grime.


So I brought all of my Christmas decor into the house and when you saw it last it looked like this.


Do you see the door that is open?  That door leads to an unfinished closet underneath the basement stairs.




When we first moved in to this house we thought about finishing this closet space and turning it into a play nook/reading room for the kids.  But they have plenty of areas to play in and we don't have much of an attic space so using this closet for storage was a better use of space for us.  My hub was previously using this closet for his work supplies (he works from home).  I helped him relocate his stuff to another smaller closet (he didn't really need this much space) so that I could claim this piece of storage gold.

This unsuspecting closet under the stairs looks like this now.







I wrapped the support pole in Christmas paper to help it blend in better.




There is a place for everything and it all fits right inside this closet!  I even made a shelf with some scrap wood and hand saw.


This shelf houses some old kitchen canisters with a few craft supplies.


I brought in a lamp I already had, that didn't have a home, because while this closet was outfitted with an overhead light it was just a single bulb fixture.


To make that single bulb light fixture look a little more "North Pole" and a lot less "unfinished closet space", I wrapped some tinsel around the base and then used some twine to attach a mini-shade.



The finishing touch is a number 25 sticker I already had in my stash.


The very best part about this project is that other than a little time ( I used concrete paint on the floor in here and that took about an hour to complete) all this project cost me was $1.99!  I only purchased one thing - holiday address labels!  Everything else I already had!



The fact that this closet is unfinished actually worked in my favor because I was able to use all of those recessed areas for storage.  If the walls were drywalled I wouldn't have been able to do this.


Pulling as much as I could out of bins and using the walls to hang things also helped me to cut down on the number of bins I needed.  I actually donated 3 large empty storage bins to the Goodwill.  I was really amazed at how well all my stuff fit in here.  I thought for sure that I'd never be able to make it all fit and still be able to walk in here.  Using plate hangers, nails, and hooks, I was able to make storage in this closet easy to access.  Plus it makes the closet look really festive!  Now I get to have a little bit of Christmas all year long!

I love having all my Christmas stuff in one easy to get to and garage-grime-free place!  Everything from my wrapping supplies.....


to my crafting stash, holiday dishes, and decor all fit right inside my very own little North Pole!

Chalkboard can do no wrong in my book!

Where do you keep your holiday decor?  Do you ever feel like it is a little ridiculous that we have so much "stuff" for one small part of the year?  I know that Christmas isn't about the decorations, but it certainly adds to the spirit of the season!  At least next year when it's time to once again deck the halls I won't have to deal with any nasty garage grime.




*Linking up at Thrifty Decor Chick

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37 comments:

  1. Ooo, I have serious closet envy now! I realized this year I need to cull my decorations-- I'm thinking garage sale in the spring.
    Nice job!

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  2. Um, WOW! I love this and I'm so jealous I don't have an amazing spot to store my Christmas decorations! My husband and I just moved into our house in August and most of our Christmas decorations are new this year (or were stored at someone else's house before we moved) so we haven't even begun to think about where we'll be storing it all!

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  3. Wow Carmel! Your North Pole is amazing - I want one! Love that you actually decorated the space - so it won't be complete drudgery to pull out your decorations year after year. Plus with such an organized space you can see what you have - it reminds me of a nicely organized pantry - so smart!

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  4. I am so jealous! My north pole is under the bed. Not good. You are super fast Carmel!

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  5. I keep mine in the exact same spot, however, it looks nothing like this!! :)

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  6. Wow, I wish my North Pole looked like this. If it did, I probably wouldn't have procrastinated getting it all out. Heck, I think I might even like to hang out in your North Pole and have some hot chocolate! Well done girl!

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  7. I LOVE THIS!!! lol i have a really big closet/room in the basement where we keep all our holiday totes (including halloween, easter, etc). it's a huge mess. your north pole room has inspired me to clean up my act. i may get to work on it today!

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  8. that is adorable! and i really need you over here- you are SO good with organization.... so good!

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  9. Oh emm gee!!! Get out of here! You even have the grinch!!! I am one of the jealous ones:)

    Love how the chalkboard paint is basically just brushed up there for you to write north pole. Sooo cool!

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  10. I just have to say--Brilliant!!

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  11. wow what a good use of space! amazing! much better then my method, which is throw everything into bins that get thrown into the garage and hope next year nothing is broken!

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  12. Dying. That is fantastic. We hid all of our Christmas decor under our hidden staircase storage . . but it's not nearly as cute. Maybe I need a sign.

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  13. How stinkin' cute is that!! See creative brilliance! Take that 5th grade teacher!

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  14. That is amazing! Who would have thought to do that. What a cool idea. I was recently inspired by your stenciled curtains and started working on some of my own. Thanks for the creative juices :)

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  15. I am so jealous of this amazing space!!! and you've made it so cute!!

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  16. Darn you! Your storage closet looks better than some areas of my house! Good job. :)

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  17. I am so envious! What an awesome space, and I love that you made it so spiffy and personal.
    Abby

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  18. Wow that is the greatest storage space I have ever seen. It is so festive and fun.

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  19. If I didn't love you, I would have to hate you, Carmel! You have the best ideas! This is the most darling and creative Christmas closet I have ever seen!!!

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  20. Thanks everyone! I've been sneaking in there with my morning coffee. ;) I think I need something to make it smell "Christmasy" then it will be perfect!

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  21. I thought I had seen it all - Your very own north pole is amazing! All you need now is the Polar Express (one of my favorite holiday movies to watch)! It is perfect, Carmel!

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  22. You are a nut! I know I shouldn't say that to a new friend, but in my neck of the woods, being a nut is a highly sought after compliment! This is so cute! The sign is too precious and I'll bet you had a blast putting it all together! My decorations sit on top of the garage and get a nice "patina" of dust on the boxes, while tucked away. Nothing festive going on in our garage...trust me!
    Cheers!,
    Prancer

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  23. OK, I read decorating blogs about every night and I never comment. But this is such an amazing idea! I love it! I am inspired. Thanks!

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  24. It looks amazing! What a wonderful idea. It doesn't even look like a storage closet - it looks like a real decorated room, er, North Pole! And I love how you wrapped the pole there!

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  25. Love, love, love!!! I was literally like, "WHAT?" when I saw it! So fun and festive. :)

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  26. Girl you are an organizing genius! I this is so cute! Jealous of the space!

    Tiffany

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  27. Just found your blog and so happy that I did. This is a fantastic organizational feat! Great job!

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  28. Okay--this is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. What a great idea! I love love love your "North Pole". :)

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  29. I just found your blog! LOVE the North Pole. Such a genius use of space. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  30. WOW! That is the most adorable North Pole ever!! You are so lucky to have such a cute lil perfect spot!

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  31. that is adorable! and i really need you over here- you are SO good with organization.... so good!

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  32. Great point about the grime. There is always at least some dust on it. I love the space, but the best is how cute you made it - that you decorated it! Awesome! I don't have a basement, but my main stairs has under stairs storage just like this... and it's filled with moving boxes! I guess it's my moving land - better be ready just in case. I hate to throw them out.

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  33. WOW! This is amazing and what a great use of space! I just found your blog today via Pinterest and was browsing around and saw this post. We have an area like this in our basement and DH has hunting stuff in it. I am thinking we need to re-purpose that space!!

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  34. when we renovated a 1940's house we in closed part of the area above the stairs to make what I call my Christmas loft! A little climbing so it is not quite as accessible as yours but much better than the crawl spaces... I us to use!

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  35. I love this! I found you via Pinterest, I was looking for ideas to store my holiday decor and boy, you don't dissappoint in the inspiration department!

    Tania

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  36. wow, this is VERY cool!! so creative and a great use of space..I'm a bit jealous ha

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  37. Beautiful and creative. Nicely done.

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