Do you ever look at your closet and feel overwhelmed by the clutter and disarray? Is finding that perfect outfit a daily struggle due to lack of organization? Enter a new closet system! In this post, I'll show you how adding structure to your closet can help you maximize vertical space and stay organized.
Step 1: Assess Your Needs
The first step to achieving closet nirvana is understanding your storage needs. For this client, I helped them purge and assess their inventory to determine what they owned and where they lacked storage.
For example, they needed more hanging space for shirts and pants. Additionally, they didn't have adequate shoe storage. And lastly, they needed drawers for socks, undergarments, workout clothes, loungewear, and pajamas. By identifying their specific needs, I was able to tailor their custom closet system accordingly.
Here is what their closet looked like originally.
Step 2: Design Your Dream Closet
There are many custom closet companies, which can be overwhelming. I helped this client evaluate options and determine which closet system made sense for their needs, timeline, and budget. We landed on the Elfa Decor system from The Container Store because they wanted something quick, adjustable, and a little more affordable than some of the other systems out there.
From there, I measured the space, put together a rough design, helped the client decide on finishes and customizations, and then worked with an Elfa Decor designer to obtain a quote. Once approved, I finalized the order, scheduled delivery of the product, and coordinated installation, making it hands-off, easy, and hassle-free for the client.
Step 3: Installation Day
Elfa systems can generally be delivered and installed within a couple of weeks (versus a three to six-month lead time). For this closet, it was planned, approved, ordered, installed, and organized in under three weeks.
Installation day is typically quick and easy (a minimum of a couple of hours, depending on the size of your closet), and that includes demoing the existing closet structure and patching!
For this install, the client wasn't home, so I arrived early, pulled everything out of their closet before the installer arrived, greeted the installer, guided him as needed, and then simultaneously prepped their belongings for organization once the installation was complete.
Before Installation - lacking closet structure!
During Installation - more hanging rods, drawers, and shelves!
Step 4: Getting Organized
The beauty of Elfa Decor lies in its versatility. There are several colors, finishes, hardware options, and accessories you can choose from to enhance the functionality of your closet to help keep it organized and clutter-free. The shelves and rods are also adjustable, which means you can move things around as your needs change over time.
Once the closet was installed, I moved the client's belongings into their new closet and organized everything with baskets, labels, and other organizing solutions to keep things contained and systemized. I also swapped all their hangers for a clean, consistent look.
Step 5: Final Touches
Every client has unique needs, and that's my favorite part! For this client, I added a jewelry cabinet with an external mirror to keep her large collection of jewelry easily accessible and also serve a dual purpose by having a mirror to help her and her husband get dressed in the mornings.
I also noticed that she's tiny and may not be able to reach the top shelf in her closet, so I purchased a folding step stool that she could use as needed. Its low profile, when collapsed, makes it easy to tuck away when not in use.
And that's it! Now, this client has WAY more structure in their closet, making it so much easier to store all of their belongings, stay organized, and keep a clean and clutter-free environment for the long term. Plus, doesn't it look like a happier place? I don't know about you, but a bright and happy closet = a more peaceful start to the day!
Before & After
If your closet is stressing you out, schedule a free consultation! Let's chat about the right solution for you.