I love flexible storage systems. When something fits perfectly into a space, I get a certain sense of satisfaction. But sometimes, you just can’t find a cabinet or bookshelf that is just right. You could pay a carpenter to build a custom cabinet, of course, but there are times when the budget is not justified. (If you do want a custom cabinet, call me – I know just the person to help you.)
For those times when you need something created to fit your space, Elfa Closet Systems could be your answer. Elfa is a modular shelving and drawer system that can be customized to your needs and your space to help you get organized. It can be used in a closet or on an open wall in any room including an office, living space, garage or pantry. You can buy them at the Container Store in Walnut Creek. Check out the photos for inspiration here.
Here’s how the process works.
1. Decide what you want to store in your space. Let’s say you are working on your office closet. The first step is to sort and purge, so you know how much volume of space your items will require. That’s the short version, of course…if you need help, call me!
2. Measure your space and your stuff. Measure your stuff? What I mean by that is to figure out what is the largest item, and how deep of a shelf do you need to store it? If you hang off-season clothing in your office closet, you will need to know how long of a hanging rod you will require. Get an idea of how much space you need to store small items. Take lots of notes. Write down the width, length and height of your closet.
3. Make an appointment at the Container Store to meet with a designer. This appointment is free. Take your notes with you. They will create a custom layout for you on their computer. Along with the design, they create a parts list and tell you the total cost. You can either go home and think about it, or buy it on the spot. If you choose to think about it, they keep your design in their computer for quite awhile. When you’re ready, they will gather all of the items on the parts list and bring them to the curb for you to load into your car. If you have a small car, you might want to enlist the help of a friend, since some parts are quite long.
4. Install. You can do this yourself, using their instructions, which are clearly written. Or, you can hire them to do it; they will give you a price quote with the original design.
Now, I don’t expect you to get quite as excited as I do when you are finished with your new office closet. But, I do believe you will find it easier to locate what you need and to keep it nice and neat.