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$100 Room Challenge- Hall Closet on a Budget Week 1

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DIY projects can transform a space, but its even better when the project is on a budget. A $100 budget.

I love a good challenge and of course I love to save money. Naturally I was drawn to this $100 Room Challenge put on by Erin with Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry. Myself and quite a few other talented bloggers will be taking on this $100 Room Challenge and you can also follow along with their projects too, the link is at the end of my post!

Budget DIY, $100 Room Challenge
Join myself and other talented bloggers as we take on the $100 Room Challenge.

This $100 Room Challenge came at the perfect time since generous friends of mine gifted me a $100 gift card for my birthday, making this whole project essentially free to me!! (You can’t see it, but I’m totally flossing right now, and if you don’t know what that is, Google “flossing dance” and you’ll get what I mean.)

Budget DIY, $100 Room Challenge
Here is a slightly cleaned up version of the hall closet before.

With the start of the new school year I was DYING to tackle the hall closet, which is the closet where we keep our girls shoes, socks, coats, and backpacks. Courtney, my husband, and I keep our stuff in our master bedroom since our master is super close to the front and back doors. I have always been a huge advocate of keeping systems simple and have a dedicated space where certain things live. The hall closet was exactly this for the girls as it’s the first space they really pass when they first walk in the front door.

QUICK TIP: We keep our girls socks in the hall closet as a way to help with the morning flow during school. It’s how we’ve done it since they were little and it saves us time and frustration in the mornings. Anything to keep the kids moving in the right direction instead of all around the house is a win in my book.

The problem is, there is a bench across from the hall closet, but it’s not where they put their shoes and socks on, instead it’s where they pile their stuff.  In their defense, there wasn’t enough space in the hall closet making the bench the easiest option. Except I’m super anal/OCD and the bench being in the wide open didn’t work for me.

Budget DIY, $100 Room Challenge
The door closest to you on the left is the hall closet and right across is the bench that was a dumpy ground.

First things first, I needed them to go through their shoes and the stuff that was living in the closet to see what would be left. No big surprise that after they went through the shoes, they were left with less than half of what was in the hall closet. Once I could see what space was left, I could then start planning on how to make this space more functional and aesthetically appealing. Here’s a look at the space from a few more angles.

Our goals for this project:

  • Space for shoes and socks
  • Place to hang coats
  • Storage for bookbags
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Fully functional

Now that we have our goals, its time to look for inspiration and plan out how to make the magic happen, all within the $100 Room Challenge budget.



Budget DIY, $100 Room Challenge
Similar baskets can be found at Walmart.
Similar shoe cubby


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  1. Lucky you for that gift card! I love to makeover a space that is going to be functional. I can’t wait to see what you do. I know it will turn out great!

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