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Using The Elfa Closet System in Greta’s Closet

August 9, 2023

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It’s no secret that one of the things I miss the most about our last home is our closet. We used the IKEA PAX system and hacked the wardrobes into our very favorite luxury closet. While we are anxiously awaiting a shiny new closet in this home, I had to show you what we did a while back in Greta’s closet to give her some much-needed functional storage. This is Greta’s closet using Container Store’s Elfa closet system.

Custom Elfa System

Brushed Silver Knobs

The Elfa system (purchased at Container Store) is a versatile storage solution that can be customized to fit specific needs. You can configure it to include shelves, drawers, hanging rods, hooks, baskets, and more. Its modular design makes it easy to adapt as needed, which is perfect for a teenager’s ever-evolving needs. We worked with one of Container Store’s Closet Designers (totally free) to come up with a good storage solution, but you can also design your own using their Closet Designer tool!

Greta’s closet is a mini walk-in with a sloped ceiling and a second door that opens up to unused attic space. It’s kind of a clunky space, but I think they did a really good job at making the most of an awkward space. We wanted to give her drawers for bottoms, socks, underwear, and whatever else. She also has shoe shelves, enough closet rods for tops and dresses, and plenty of shelf space for additional baskets and bins. You can even customize your decor pieces, and I really loved the birch finish for all the shelves and drawer fronts.

Wooden Hangers

The installers removed the existing closet rods, patched, painted, and installed everything! This costs an additional fee, but you can also do it yourself. In fact, the Elfa system is known for being a really straightforward, simple install. Depending on the size and complexity of the design, it could take you only a day install, but likely less.

This is all getting me very excited to have a better-functioning closet space of our own! Do you have any closet organization or storage hacks that I should know about??

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  1. REK981 says:

    I once had a huge walk-in closet and we used the Allen and Roth Hartford system from Lowes. It was magical. I miss that closet.

  2. Sunny says:

    I don’t have any tips or tricks, but we have capsule wardrobes (The kids and I. Sadly, cannot get my husband on board haha). But even with capsule wardrobes, I would LOVE these units in my closet! We live in a small house with teeny closets and even with minimal belongings, I struggle to keep it organized.

  3. SM says:

    I wonder if Faye will wish she had something like this when she gets a few years older. The amount of shoes alone will fill up her whole armoire.

    • We’ve mentioned that we are TOTALLY open to adding a closet to Faye’s room down the road. Just not needed right now.

      • Emily says:

        That is such huge change to make knowing you may change it a few years down the line. I’m so fed up with influencers designing rooms for a few Instagram posts and not for real life

      • Kris says:

        I love that you are doing what is best for your needs right now. I have a friend who wants to take out a closet in a bedroom to make her living room larger and her contractor and designer are booing her choice bec of “in the future” scenarios when what she wants is a more comfortable space for her family right now. I encourage you as I encouraged my friend that only you know how to use your space best even if ppl accuse you of designing spaces for insta 😉.

  4. katie says:

    Purge! Keep only what you NEED- not what you ‘want’.
    I follow the rule of fives and it automatically keeps me organized… 5 jeans, 5 work pants, 5 sweaters, 5 sweatshirts, etc… and donate the rest to those in need!

    • Esther says:

      I follow this rule for my kids now, while they’re all still little, but I suspect I will let them make up their own minds (within reason) as they get older and begin to develop their own personal style.
      For this “little kid” season, though, it’s been the best decision to stick to five items of each type, plus one of each jacket/outerwear item.

  5. Lark says:

    My hack is to have less clothes.

    • Mara says:

      I had a chuckle over this comment. Same! I just don’t own many clothes. Be as ruthless as you can.
      I will add: Swap seasonal clothing and store away winter shoes (so bulky!).

      I love this closet update so much that I reached out for my own free consultation! Hooray for pretty and practical spaces!

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