This is probably my least decorative but most useful post. Buckle up and take notes.
I’m kind of an anomaly. My list of house-related fantasies does not have “super-duper closet” at the top, or even middle, of the list. That scene in Sex and the City, where Carrie’s seduction by Mr. Big is sealed when she walks through the closet that cost more than a Volkswagen…
was completely lost on me.
However, as I might have mentioned, I am now an engaged woman facing the reality of two becoming one in the household sense and I feel I now have a duty to get my p’s and q’s in order. Since mine is going to be the matrimonial home, it’s time to purge and reorganize the closet.
I hesitate to share these because I may lose all the respect you never knew you had for me:
Sad, shlumpy, awful closet. I admit it. It’s embarrassing. In my defense, I took this after the purging had started. There wasn’t always an industrial-strength garbage bag on the floor.
Which brings us to the age old question……IKEA or Container Store.
It’s so interesting to me how a store named after the lowly container is such a budgetary minefield. Diamond Store or Caviar Store….plan to spend some major bucks, I get it. But the Container Store?!?!? I’m a sucker though, just like everyone else.
Conscience made me look to IKEA first, however. I knew that IKEA had closet systems, and I knew that they had to be cheaper than the Container Store. Turns out, it’s cheaper for a reason. First of all, the guy at the store couldn’t grasp the fact that I wanted one that you mounted on the wall and not in their Pax wardrobes. After two or three attempts at saying, “No! wall mounted!” using pretty much those same exact words, he led me to this, their grutenmagenflergen system:
I made up that name, by the way. This pretty much has the components you would need, they are just pretty flimsy.
The rods don’t really look like rods and the whole thing just isn’t super solid.
Container Store it is!
One of the many great things about getting their Elfa system is that you have the benefit of one of their designers helping you to put it together in the store or online. There are a ton of options (pull out jewelry drawer anyone?) and upgrades that really didn’t seem necessary to me including faux wood veneer thingies meant to conceal the front of the wire shelving. Let’s face it…it’s pretty apparent that it’s wire shelving….let’s not try to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
Here a couple of the hundreds of scenarios you can come up with:
Assembly is easy….said the person who didn’t assemble it. However, what I do know is that they give you a personalized direction and ingredients list for each section, and specify how many and which pieces apply to each. Also, all of their pieces are labeled, so it’s pretty impossible to get mixed up about what goes where.
So, two weeks later, we finally emptied the closet and fiancee dealt with plaster, sanding and painting:
Ed in his artsy Instagram filter shot. Trixie, below, making sure she could keep an eye on the progress.
We painted the walls and ceiling this deep blue just to snazz the place up a bit. Ed put up a little snit about painting the ceiling, but I pointed out that he was marrying a bonafide design professional and he really didn’t have any say in this matter. Turns out, he likes it.
So, because the closet is tiny and I’m not a pro photographer, these after pics aren’t that great, but take it from me, the improvement is ginormous:
Can you trust your eyes? Yes, that is actually extra space, although after this purging episode, I don’t want to to bring anything new into this house ever again. I’m sure all of my clothing is timeless fashion-wise anyway. Elfa has some fancy pull-out shoe shelving, but we opted to just use stationary shelving because the pull-out shelves take up valuable space and don’t really accommodate THAT many shoes. The pull-out drawers on the left are amazing….much better use of space than the fancy shoes pull-outs.
Final tip….find out when the sales are. Elfa is pricey, but our saleswoman was kind enough to let us know that their 30% off sale was starting in two weeks, so we went ahead and planned the closet and made the purchase by phone once the sale had started. What a huge difference!