All it took was one week of me putting clothes away in the girls' closet vs our closet and I was begging/demanding Dave to redo ours. Wow! I was going to lose it! Not only was our clothes a mess but they were stored in multiple rooms because we didn't have enough room in our bedroom closet. Nothing was in order and our shelving system wasn't very useful. We were short on space and both of us had fought over clothes storage multiple times. It was beyond frustrating.
Now with our new Elfa closet both of us have all our clothes in our room. Dave actually has so much room left over he has empty drawers. All my clothes are now neatly stored. It's much easier to pull things out and put things away. We swapped sides in the closet because Dave often has to leave for work very early. By switching sides his clothes are easier to get to so there's less chance he may wake us up while getting dressed.
This is Dave's side before. There was only hanging clothes and most of it was mine.
Now this is Dave's side. He now has all his shirts, pants, workout wear, tee shirts, shoes, belts and sweaters in here. Previously he had his half of the closet plus a dresser. Now he has the closet and two drawers in the dresser. The rest are now for me!
This was my side of the closet before. You can see what a mess it was. The shelves were so far apart that all my piles toppled over. Look at the wasted space between my shoes and my clothes! It was awful! It was always a mess. I was embarrassed for anyone to see how I kept my clothes. And this wasn't everything. I had to go into our guest bedroom for my bras, underwear and socks!
This now my side! What a difference! Everything is in order! Everything is neat! I can see it all and getting dressed isn't so hard. Before I use to think I know I have a black long sleeve, v-neck shirt but I haven't seen it forever! That's because it was balled up under other shirts. Our new arrangement also freed up space in the dresser that use to be all Dave's. Now I have 5 drawers so I can keep all my socks and "unmentionables" in the same room with the rest of my clothes.
The beauty of being this organized is that I don't want to shop for clothes! Go figure! Because everything has a place and I have limited space for each category I know when I need something and when I don't. If I do buy a new long sleeve shirt, I know I need to get rid of one because there just isn't enough room for more. This may not seem like much clothes but my goal for the last 10 years has been to become like a sophisticated European woman. They dress impeccably with very little clothes. They have better quality items and less overall. That's my goal.
The Container Store did the installation again. They are fast, good and well priced. The only thing we had to do was pull out all the clothes and previous shelving. They actually came in and filled in the holes and did touch up paint. It was perfect! Here's Dave pulling out the last of the shelving and doing a pre-clean up.
I'm so glad to have these closets! This one was $1300 including installation and delivery. If you wanted to save you could do your own installation and pick up the pieces. It looked pretty easy to do. But these days with Dave working so much and me juggling the kids we figured the easier route was better for us.
Labels: bedroom, organization, storage