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Getting my closets organized

May 11, 2016

The first thing I needed to do when I moved was to clean my closets and get things organized. I wanted a closet system that could fit all of my clothes and look great. After doing some research I decided to go with the elfa system. Cost wise I knew I was going to be in for a doozy…..and boy was it a doozy but was it worth it is the question? Continue to read to find out…………………

When my hubs was alive and we had our first home we did a closet system ourselves via closets from Lowes. We loved the system but because we did it ourselves…it didn’t quite hold up to what we needed so we had to buy some extra plastic containers to put our stuff in. It was a hassle to have half of a closet done and then the rest of the closet was in plastic bins. Now don’t get me wrong it worked for the most part but I wanted something nice. Something that would last. At that time when I called around the starting price was over 3,000 I hung up quick because I was like who paying…..not I said the cat. Fast forward about 6 years later……I thought about those closets and said to myself…I deserve a nice closet because well….I deserve it…SHAT.

So the container store sends someone out to get an estimate. You will have to pay for the estimate which does not go towards your balance. Be prepared to shell out a couple dollars for that. Time is money and money is time so you will have to pay for them to come and measure and to go over what you want. I did set a budget to have my closets done, my office closet done, and my kids closet done. My budget was $3,000 I work hard for my money so I thought hmmmm surely I can get my closets done for under that price…right? Read on…………

IMG_9615 elfa closet system

As you can see there goes all of my shelves. The container store has someone that they use to come out and do all the work. The person I worked with was Dina…she was awesome. She answered all my questions and gave me options to make things cheaper.  If you want to get some closets done here is her info

Dina R. Smith, Life Coach and Professional Organizer
Facebook: Organized Life works
Phone : 678-358-0061

Here are some reasons why I wanted to get my closet organized

  • To get rid of the plastic containers
  • To have some type of uniform in my closet. I was tired of looking for stuff
  • Because I always wanted one…………..

When your closet is organized your entire life gets organized or at least a piece of it. My sons room is below…he now has space to put his boxers, socks, and other stuff that he collects.

IMG_9852 closet system

I got my daughters room identical except for maybe an extra space to hang things up because of course she’s a girl

elfa closet system

I even got my office closet done….I now have space for all of my photography gear, paperwork, and styled stock photo things that I collect.


My closet of course was the biggest one to get done and it cost the most money


Overall the experience was painless…except for that money part. So as I said my budget was $3,000 for 4 closets. Dina decided to add in the pantry closet..just in case I wanted it…damn her because now I want it but how much is this going to cost me. I won’t say the final price but yeah the total to get all my closets done went above and beyond $4,000. Was it worth it? YES! I don’t spend money so when I invest in something…I invest in something and I love that these closets grow with you and you can change things around because that makes it much easier to get a return on my investment. Think long and hard before you invest though because it can become pricey the good thing is though you can start and then finish when you can get some more moolah. I am happy with the final look and I am still unpacking. After unpacking my closet I discovered that I need more shelves so…yeah Dina will be getting called before Spring ends.

The Container store did not pay me for this nor did I receive anything for free. 

getting my closets organized

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    May 11, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I really need to organize mine. I honestly can’t remember the last time I organized my closet. I Need to set aside some time and just get it done.

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    Jeni Hawkins
    May 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Wow! What a brilliant idea! I think around $4,000 for 4 closet renovations isn’t that bad, and they look great, too! I might have to consider revamping all of my closets now!

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    May 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    It looks great Kita! Does she travel to Florida? LOL!

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    May 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    My closet needs a new system to organize all my stuff. I have one that my hubs and I put together and I think it’s from Lowe’s too. It’s a big investment, but oh, the peace of mind you must have now that you know where everything is.

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    Vera Sweeney
    May 11, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I am so jealous of your closet organization!! I love how easy it is to see everything and easily grab what you want.

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    May 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    You have inspired me to get my closets organized, looking fantastic! I bet it wasn’t an easy feat either, I know closets can be a collect all for most households.

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    May 11, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    I really need to get my closets organized. Yours look so great! Mine are a little out of order right now.

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    May 11, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    The closets look great. Money well spent! We did DIY closet organization for our home. Eventually, when we buy another I want them professionally done.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    May 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Organizing my closets is something I enjoy because it’s always so satisfying seeing everything neat & orderly. You have inspired me to go tackle one of my closets that’s been unruly!

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    May 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I am a Virgo so I absolutely love order….and when my closet is a mess I feel like a mess. Sounds like you are well on your way to having order all over. I got a closet remodel done a few years ago and it was such a treat.

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    May 12, 2016 at 12:28 am

    It feels so good to be able to put everything away in its own place and be able to find it easily. Your closets look great!

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    May 12, 2016 at 2:07 am

    This looks like such a refreshing change! My closest need to be emptied and gone through – a good shelving system would help!

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    Brenda Pace
    May 12, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Holy shat girl! You sire you aren’t living the life of the rich and famous now? Lol I’m too damn cheap for sure!

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    Rebecca Swenor
    May 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I would love to do this some day. It would be nice to have someone come in and do all the work for you too. Your closets ended up looking good and if you feel you are satisfied than that is all that matters. thanks for sharing your experience.

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    May 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    My husband installed an organization system in our closet when we moved in and it was the best thing ever. Lol, seriously. I’m so thankful for all of those shelves now!

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    May 12, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Oh man, do I need a good closet system! Right now, our clothing system is non existent, LOL. We have clothes EVERYWHERE in our room. It’s awful!

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    May 13, 2016 at 2:49 am

    I love the looks of those silver drawers! I have the hardest time keeping my closet and clothes organizations. This is great motivation!

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    The Cubicle Chick
    May 13, 2016 at 6:30 am

    This is awesome. I’m preparing for a move and will def use some of these tips. Organization saves soooo much time. Thanks for sharing. – Yolo

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    Nikka Shae
    May 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I love an orginized closet! You did a wonderful job on your closet!

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