Closet Organization

I found a Craigslist deal for Closet organization shelves. The remodeler had removed the shelving from several closets. This type of shelving can be very expensive when new but the home owner sold all of the sections and parts for $50.

Closet shelving ad
Closet shelving ad

Some of the shelving was put together and some was loose but there were several vertical and horizontal pieces. The load filled the truck.

Shelving on truck
Shelving on truck

Originally these were obtained to organize the master closet but there were enough to do three separate areas.
First I used a couple of verticals and shelves for the mudroom. Later I cut one of the verticals back a bit and removed some shelves but this section added many open shelves to the layout.

Mud room shelves
Mud room shelves

The master closet is large about 8×8 but the steam unit is located in one corner. I intended to install shelves over the unit but they decided to leave the area open. But we used several of the Techline drawer sets that I also found on Craigslist. These are heavy, high quality modular drawers that went well with the shelving. I paid considerably more for six sets of drawers. But $300 worked out to a moderate $50 per set plus I got the matching mirror.

Techline furniture ad
Techline furniture ad

We used three sets of drawers in the master closet. At first they were separated like this but later we rearranged them so the hanging clothes would not interfere with the drawers.

Trial master closet layout
Trial master closet layout
Final master closet layout
Final master closet layout

The dressers were secured to the shelves with screws. We found plenty of instructions online using Easy Closets. Including customized layout for the space.

Easy Closet layout
Easy Closet layout

The instruction booklets really helped understand the closet system and I ordered three long metal supports so that these would fit exactly and not have the divisions of the old closets. They were about $100 added to the cost.

More master closet
More master closet

They were happy with the customization in the closet. Since we had many sections left over they suggested an install in the children’s area of the basement.
That was quickly accomplished with most of the remaining parts. This project allowed me to install the drawers that came with the shelving too.

Basement shelves
Basement shelves

For all the shelving we installed, top shelves were purchased and cut to fit. That added another $60 to all the sections. An 8’ x 15” white board was about $20 at Home Depot and we used three.
The kids shelves were nicely decorated with books and toys. We were even able to fit a dollhouse on one shelf.

Kids playroom shelves
Kids playroom shelves
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