A little over three years ago my husband and I reached the breaking point with the master closet. As a part of a master suite remodel we decided to install the Elfa closet organization system from the Container Store. It is the best closet system ever! I am sold on the Elfa system! We used Elfa when we created a pantry for the kitchen because I like it so much.
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The master closet is a walk-in in name only. The space is long and narrow, too narrow for hanging rods on both sides. In truth, the closet is large enough for only one person.
When I moved into this house, I tore out the two wooden hanging poles and the wooden shelves that the builder installed. I knew the rods would not hold up under the weight of my clothes. I also knew the space could be better utilized. Using my trusty graph paper, I drew out the plan I wanted and drove to the nearest big box hardware store. I purchased a wire closet system and installed it myself. It held up fairly well and certainly was more efficient than the original rods and shelves.
Other than one mishap when a rod collapsed from the weight of the clothes, this wire system lasted through Jim and me getting married and him moving his clothes into the closet. It was a stuffed nightmare! It was so bad that I am glad I do not have a photo to share with you.
Anyway, fast forward to three years ago. Once again out came the existing closet system, but this time we hired out the heavy work. Here is how the space looked once we had ripped out the fittings and removed the carpet.
We took the measurements of our space and headed to The Container Store where the designers spent a lot of time showing us the options that Elfa offers and making very helpful suggestions. They used a CAD system to design our closet and print up a parts list. We chose to have one of the TCS contractors install it for us.
After the closet walls had been repaired and painted white, the TCS contractor arrived with everything needed for our closet. He was fast, efficient, and pleasant and had everything installed in no time.
The new layout and the Elfa system doubled the storage capacity of our small closet. Now we can find our clothes, shoes, and accessories and putting things away is quick and easy. This is a good thing!
We have double row hanging in the back of the closet and on the right side. In the back on the right, I have full length hanging for dresses and long skirts. Above the full length hanging there is a handbag organizer which holds my purses upright. I have one jewelry drawer and Jim and I share the other mesh drawers for sweats, his ties, folded tote bags, and miscellaneous items. My absolutely favorite part, however, is the shelving wall on the left. I finally have enough room for my shoes! (And Jim can keep his under the bottom shelf.)
I I just can’t say enough good things about our new closet!! (You would have had to live with it before the change to truly appreciate how great it is now.) This is no substitute for a beautifully large walk in closet all to myself, but this is as good as it gets with the space we have.
Here is the closet fully occupied by our stuff.
These photos are not beautifully color-coordinated and staged. (I know you can tell.) This is exactly how we use the closet.
I like the neat, stream-lined look of the platinum shelving with the walnut accents because it complements the style and colors of our home and makes the closet look tidy and well-organized (which it is!).
(I was not compensated for writing this. I simply want to share a successful organizational system that I use in my home.)
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