Once the homeowner was caught up with her laundry, I was able to identify how much storage she needed for the family’s clothing. The hanging shelves she had placed in the closets were a valiant attempt to provide storage solutions, but:
- they did not provide enough space for the clothes (the ‘before’ photo shows empty spaces, but there were still 5 loads of laundry waiting to be washed, folded, and put away).
- everything fell out when items were put away or retrieved because the shelves swing when touched.
- cubbies were not labeled so everything was squished into any available pocket of space, which made it difficult to find items.
Identify storage needs for clothing
For the children’s closet:
- Installed a custom Elfa closet system.
- Placed a little stepstool in the bedroom so that the children can reach the drawers and shelves.
For the main bedroom closet:
- Removed miscellaneous items from an underutilized dresser in the bedroom (items that were later stored in the newly configured storage closet on the second level).
- Moved the dresser into the closet.
- Added drawer dividers and drawer organizers to the dresser drawers.
- Bought new hangers for a uniform look.
Photo credits © Paula Berman Organizing