So now that you’ve gone through the emotional experience of spring cleaning your closet, you may want to invest in a closet organizer to max out space. The very thought of that might cause your wallet a bit of panic, but there are several closet systems with easy to use websites that are easy to design and install.
ClosetMaid Shelf Track System
This closet system is a good, affordable option for reach in closets and can be purchased at Lowes, Wayfair.ca or Home Depot. Visit the ClosetMaid website for an easy-to-use DIY planner before you head to the store to buy. It’s quite customizable. You’ve probably seen this system before with its familiar wire rack design. It might not look quite as chic as other laminate options but it won’t break the budget.
Algot by Ikea
I grew up with the ClosetMaid system but we just installed the Algot system in the walk-in closet of our new condo. Instead of wire racks, the shelving units are flat metal so they wont leave grooves in your stacked clothing. We double racked most of our walk-in closet, and added one full length section for long dresses. This left a little room for storage up top. The customized solution cost us less than $700 and allowed enough storage for two people. If you dislike spending your afternoon at Ikea as much as I do, you’ll be glad to know there is an online design tool so that you can order to a store for pick up, or go in to the store for a quick round of meatballs, then pick up exactly what you need.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Online retailer, EasyClosets, helps you to design your closet organization solution either through an online planner, or you can use the company’s designers to assist you. The look is laminate cabinetry, which you can customize with staggered racks, drawers, slide out belt racks and tilt out hampers. Residents in Ontario and Quebec receive free shipping if you spend over $100, but you will be charged HST and a five per cent brokerage fee.
Pax by Ikea
Older house and apartment designs aren’t exactly large wardrobe friendly. Even with a great closet organizer, there’s only so much you can do with a limited amount of space. A friend of mine and her fiancé were strapped for closet space and had the brilliant idea to install the Pax wardrobe system in their living room. By choosing the mirrored option, the condo is bathed in more natural light and you’d never know what they were storing in the clever units. Depending on how you customize this system, it will run you any where from $250-1,200.
If your budget is super tight, hang your clothing rod higher than usual, if you don’t need (much) storage space up top. This gives you the option to double rod your closet, or squeeze a low dresser inside your closet for even more hidden storage options.
Which closet organization method are you dying to try?