What a fulfilling Saturday. A friend has been dying to tackle her daughter's closet for quiet some time, and knew I could be easily roped in. Buy me lunch at Panera and promise me a trip to the Container Store and I'm yours. Actually I had done an Elfa closet from start to finish once before, so I brought with me the confidence that we could totally do it ourselves. We measured away (when in doubt, just measure everything you can think of), headed to CS, browsed their displays and finally grabbed the sales girl to create the design. TIP: Think in terms of what you wish was more accessible and what problems you are having. For instance my friend needed a spot to toss "grown-out-of-clothes" (a major problem when you have a 18mth old.) It took roughly a hour for it to be cut/prepared and then we brought it home. We were blessed in MANY ways:
- Emptying the closet went quickly.
- Dismantling the old shelf and bar was a breeze.
- Our measurements were correct - YES!
The most difficult part was installing the top track. Got pretty far until drilling into the studs became tough...and drilling is always more difficult when you are laughing really hard. (Her hubby was enlisted to finish this part!) Next we adjusted the brackets to the desired heights, snapped shelves and bars into place, assembled the drawer frame, and slid in the drawers. LOVE how with these systems nothing is permanent and you can easily switch shelves up and down, like when her dresses get longer and longer!
- Total project, 1 Day.
- Trips to Container Store, 1
- Time spent once home, 3 hours.
- Meltdowns/Unforeseen Disasters, 0 (*huge success here*)
- Happy Little Girl, sort of, she's 18mths, she'll thank us later.
- Happier, More Sane Mom, YES!!!!