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With a New Year upon us one thing is always certain, its time to reevaluate and most importantly reorganize. And for us adding in a new home on top of that and we are taking it to a whole new level this year. We purged a bit before we moved into our short term rental and packed away the majority of our stuff, well after living without said stuff for a period of time you figure out what you really need and what you don’t. That being said we definitely have more purging coming our way this year!
One of the first rooms I started to unpack was Hazels. At the rental we really only had our bare necessities, beds, dressers, princess dresses and the clothes hanging in our closets. So as I started to unpack her boxes one thing became very apparent rather quickly, the closest organizer in her room was going to have to go. Her closest was just a simple wire shelf across the top and while there was plenty of hanging space with it, there was also so much unused space, not to mention she couldn’t reach her any of the clothes hanging in her closet. Her not being able to reach her cherished dresses would be a huge problem, especially with the endless outfit changes she goes through on a daily basis. One moment we are Cinderella, the next we are Elsa, its a never ending game and I simply cannot be hanging dresses all day. So on one of our numerous trips to Home Depot the first week in our house (seriously I cannot believe how many times I have been there this past year) we picked up a new closet organizer for her room.
We picked up one of the Rubbermaid® Configurations® Custom Closet Kits, simply because of the versatility it would give us. While there is some hard mounting of the kit into your wall, all the shelves and rods are 100% adjustable, meaning the organization grows with you. Once installed you can easily change and adapt the kit to your current needs with ZERO tools. This was the perfect solution for us. Now as Hazel grows I can change her closet around and adjust the heights so she will always be able to reach her clothes.
So starting with the before picture of her closet, here is the transformation to a closet fit for a princess. Not only is the Rubbermaid Configurations kit amazing because of the versatility but it is really easy to install. With the right tools anyone can install it within minutes. I actually think I found it harder to install the shelves and rods, and they were not difficult at all, I just kept changing my mind as to where I wanted them!
To install one of the Rubbermaid Configurations kits you will need the following tools:
Now to install the Configurations Kits, it really is as simple as 5 steps!
Step #1: Measure your closets width, you will need to know this in order to purchase the correct configurations kit for your closet. Hazels closet is 5 feet wide, so we purchased the 3 to 6 feet kit. Still unsure of what to use in your space? The Rubbermaid Closet Designer is an excellent tool to help design and customize your space!
(Now drive to Home Depot, purchase your kit, drive home, gather your tools, unpack your kit, and its go time. )
Step #2: Mount your extendable hang rails. To do this step you will need to locate the studs in the wall and mark them 86.5″ above the floor. The first hang rail to go up will be the left side, positioning it so the end is against the wall mark and drill 1/8′ holes in the holes that land on the studs at the 86.5″ mark. Next you will make and drill a 3/8′ hole in the second hole from the left, this will be for a wall anchor. Make sure to hammer in the wall anchor and insert the anchor key! Now its time to hang the right side, sliding in the hang rail down behind the first one towards the right wall making sure to line the holes on the two rails up.
Step #3: Time to hang the Uprights. The uprights are the key to the configurations kits being so versatile. These are what allow you to play around with your shelving and rods, giving you up to 12 feet of shelf space and 10 feet of hanging space!! You will hang the first two 47.5″ up rights over the Hang Rail, positioning both of them 6″s from the left and right corners. Mark the bottom hole of each Upright and drill 1/8′ pilot hole into the stud. Next depending on what space you have, you will add one or two more Uprights. Each one can go a distance of 22″ in-between, use the Rail Covers to help guide you. Our closet was only 5 feet so we only added one in the middle.
Step #4: Now comes the fun part, installing the brackets, shelves and adjustable rods. This instantly took me back to my retail days. Simply take your brackets and install them (click them into position) into the Uprights. From here you can add the shelves, they are fully adjustable and require ZERO cutting. The rods install on the underside of the brackets and simply lock into place. You can use the rods seperatly or telescoped depending on your space. I used one telescoped and two separately for a total of three hanging spots. In order to gauge how far apart I wanted the shelves and rods I hung a couple of pieces in the closet and then adjusted my shelves and rods from there. I wanted to make sure I had enough space between items and nothing would be dragging on the ground or other shelves.
Step #5: This is probably the best part, its time to fill your closet! I can almost guarantee as you start filling you will want to make some adjustments to your placements and that is perfectly fine, remember the kit is 100% customizable and you can reconfigure at anytime!
I seriously can’t believe how much of a difference the Rubbermaid Configurations kit makes to her closet! Not only have we used up 100% of the space we have available, she can reach all of her clothes (especially those princess dresses) and we still have room to spare!
I really love the fact that I can change up the organization to her closet from time to time, as well as add in other accessories like shoe shelves or sliding baskets. She’s already been asking to borrow my clothes so it will only be a short while before I need to revamp her closet 😉
We still have Everett’s closet and our walk in closet to configure so it’s safe to say I will most certainly be making another trip to Home Depot to pick up another kit or two. Do you have reorganizing on your resolution list this year? The Rubbermaid Configuration kits at Home Depot have a new lower price until February 15th so now is the time!