Movable Cool Closet Organization System

I may be just a little bit jealous of my teen daughter because she got a closet makeover and now I want one!  When she asked for a new closet for her birthday, we liked that idea because she works hard in school and aims to be organized.  Since she is on the right track and is being a pretty good teen for us so far (crossing my fingers this continues) we decided to incur the cost and purchase one of the elfa sets from The Container Store.  We also decided this because the organized closet set can move with us when we move out someday. I had been under the impression that the big get organized closet makeovers were permanent pieces, so this is good option.

At a little over a whopping $1,000, was this new closet system worth it?  That is an awful lot to spend on my girl’s closet, but again, we can take it with us when we move in the future.

My answer is yes.

For us, it is worth it.

I will tell you that money can be saved by ordering a similar online kit and doing the measuring and installing yourself.  With our busy schedule, it was worth it for us to have it professionally done by The Container Store.  Units sold by this reputable store are good quality and the design team, personal consultant and installation person were all professional and good to work with from start to finish.  So, I do recommend it, if you can stomach the cost.

The Container Store elfa set we selected gives her five shelves, eight drawers, a hanging area and four racks for shoes that hold 16 pairs.  Her reach-in closet is not that big, as you can see from the before picture below…














With the new elfa system, she can hold a lot more clothing and shoes than she could store before in this closet.  Plus, she doesn’t have a dresser and didn’t want one, so that she would have more space in her room.  This system works very well for her.  I am especially fond of the racks that pull out and hold so many shoes.  My girl added a few hooks to hang her caps on as well. 

Deep drawers are nice for her bulky sweaters and sweatshirts. And the thinner compartments are perfect for socks, lightweight workout pieces and more.  All of these drawers nicely pull out for quick and easy access.  

Since the closet space is tall, Jen, our wonderful Container Store organization consultant, fit in high shelving for additional storage.  Perfect!

This closet is terrific.  My teenager has stayed organized and clutter-free since we had this system installed.  That makes me happy as she works hard to balance her honors classes with her intense community theatre rehearsal schedule, her high school dance team, her involvement with National Charity League which involves community volunteer hours and cherished time with her gal pals.

With her room organized and peaceful, she finds calm there to study, rehearse and rest.  Since she is a hard working and good kid for us, my job is to support her and get out of her way at times. This room gives her that space.  Teens definitely need our steady guidance, but that is also balanced with giving them space.  This bittersweet and amazing time is when a teenager employs the roots we provide, but really start to spread their wings at the same time.  This can be a confusing time for all.  Having just done this not long ago with my college son, it is hard to believe how fast we are back here in this stage.

For my daughter, this closet gift gave her control to streamline her stuff, get organized and dive into her high school years ready to rock and roll.  It is truly amazing how being organized and clearing out clutter can make one feel more relaxed and on top of things.

Yeah, I thought this purchase through.  It was a big purchase.  It was her one big 15th birthday gift and she cherishes it and appreciates it.  So together, we give the Container Store elfa unit a thumbs up.  We could have gone fancier with wood paneling, etc…but we didn’t want to add to the budget.  This simple, clean and efficient system was the perfect choice for my girl’s reach-in closet.  
Her busy arms reach in there multiple times a day to keep up with her different wardrobe needs for her many activities.  Being organized like this saves time since items are always easily found now and keeps her less stressed.And that keeps this teen Mama less stressed, too!

A DeClutter Buster Family Plan!

Manic:  The amount of clutter we accumulate as a family during the busy school year!

Yep! Call us hoarders! That WAS one of our rooms! Granted, we were having hard wood floors installed so we had to move a bunch of stuff from room to room, but then is when I knew that we needed a declutter buster plan!

Yep! Call us hoarders! That WAS one of our rooms! Granted, we were having hard wood floors installed so we had to move a bunch of stuff from room to room, but this is when I knew that we needed a good declutter buster plan!

Managed:  Taking some time during the summer break to declutter!  It is amazing how much more relaxed we feel after doing so!  Here are our declutter buster tips for a cleaner, organized and more relaxed home.

  1.  Three box rule – when attacking a cluttered room, have three empty big boxes ready that are labeled recycle, trash and donate.  Don’t put out a box labeled “save” because that box fills up quickly and ends up becoming future clutter.  Instead put each item away as you decide that it will be saved instead of putting it in another pile.  And by doing this, you just may make your daily Fitbit steps goal faster than you think!
  2. Go right to Goodwill (or to another donation place) and to the dump that same day that you fill the boxes.  If you place them in the garage to deliver later, chances are that later never comes…or comes so much later that you have simply moved one stack of clutter from one room to another.
  3. Check out the year labeled Best Box boxes that I buy from the Container Store for all of my paperwork, tax returns, health care records, kids keepsakes and more for each year.  yr boxesFinding all of the documents needed when we refinanced our home last year was much easier than I had anticipated it would be due to the handy box labeled by year.  You can also label a box yourself but I like how these look, store and how the year is printed at every angle.  This makes the desired year I need to find easy to locate.
  4. Consider renting a storage unit to house some of the items that you want to store long term and to free up space in your home.  My own example is my professionally preserved wedding dress.  My daughter tells me that she wants the option to wear it someday.  I think that is so cool and I have told her no pressure at all and that she can cut it up and alter it or not wear it if she changes her mind.  Either way, it is great to know that it is safely stored in our air conditioned storage unit for that someday when it arrives.  And for our son, who is headed to college in August (still hard for me believe how fast that got here), we are storing a few furniture pieces that he wants after he has lived in the dorm for two years and then moves on to an apartment that needs furnishing.  Yep, that will get here so fast, too!

I recommend a nice storage unit facility like Desert Storage.  They have multiple Valley locations with a brand new shiny and clean storage unit facility that just opened in the Scottsdale Airpark area on Scottsdale Rd. and Acoma Drive.  ds unit officeThis beautiful location offers air conditioned units AND this location (and some of their other Valley locations) also boasts air conditioned drive in access so that you stay cool while loading and unloading your items.  Right about now, we love that in this state! They have a safe state of the art security system, which is important to me since I am storing my priceless and very sentimental wedding dress for my daughter.

And they have a variety of storage options for very cool items like wine (I am loving that one), vehicles and self storage along with other services such as document shredding and mailbox rentals.  All good features for a strong clutter debuster plan.

Another cool bonus is that Desert Storage offers a free and nice move-in truck, too!  truck insideAvailability does vary by location and if it works for your location, how helpful is that?!  Love it!

Month to month plans are offered giving you and your budget flexibility, which is a great added bonus. organized store unit

Desert Storage also offers high quality, reasonably priced boxes and a wide variety of packing supplies to simplify your self-storage process. In addition, they can offer packing advice and help customers select the right materials to protect property, making the move much easier.

With their 100 % Buy Back Guarantee, any unused boxes or unopened packing supplies can be returned. So there’s no worry about buying too many supplies. And there’s no worry about unnecessary trips to pick up that one last item. This makes good sense.

Learn more about Desert Storage at their website and Facebook page.

So this is the declutter buster plan that we followed and check out our front room now!  after front roomWhat a terrific after picture!  We feel so much less stress with this declutter buster plan in place and implemented!  From this to this feels amazing….

Yep! Call us hoarders! That WAS one of our rooms! Granted, we were having hard wood floors installed so we had to move a bunch of stuff from room to room, but then is when I knew that we needed a declutter buster plan!

after front room

What declutter buster tips do you have?  Share in the comments section because we love to help each other by sharing great ideas to make our manic lives a little more managed, which results in less stress and more time to relax and have fun.  Now that is a good plan!

A big thank you to Desert Storage for helping with some great declutter buster ideas with this sponsored post.  My opinion about how much I love Desert Storage is 100% my very own. 


Get Organized Tips For The Family To Turn Manic Into Managed

Manic:  Having a family, period!  Balancing schedules, appointments, deadlines and more while trying to keep an organized home is not easy!

Managed:  Implementing some get organized family rules and tools that have helped us to achieve a somewhat organized household…I say somewhat because there is definitely room for improvement, always…but here is what has worked well for us over the years.  I am amazed just how less stressed we are when we work together to be more organized.  Take a look at these ideas and share your ideas in the comments section, too!

Clutter Cutting Get Organized Tips & Tools for 2014

Manic:  My clutter!  Just when I think I feel organized, a new pile of papers, laundry, etc appear.

Managed:  Did this segment and found some cool tools to get my home and life organized.  Plus I’ll share some top tips that make such good sense when it comes to cutting clutter in your home, kitchen and more.  It feels great to do so, so take a look at what I found and get organized with me as we dive into 2014….

Tried & True Tools for Back To School Success

     Manic:  Back to school supply shopping!

Managed:  Asked my kids (one is now in middle school & one is a sophomore in high school) what their best advice is for back to school tools that really hold up and helped them stayed focused in class.  They gave me some good tips to share with you, plus I threw in a few of my own mom tips when it comes to back to school organization items.  See the segment to see a good tip to help your Kindergartener adjust, the best back pack for tweens and teens that comes with a lifetime warranty and much more.  We wish you a happy and healthy back to school season.  For my readers outside of Arizona, we start back on Monday, believe it or not!