Rebuilding the Skeleton of your Closet

Welcome back from the 4th of July weekend! I hope everyone had a great holiday.  After visiting relatives this weekend who are far neater than myself, I feel the sudden need to organize my cluttered house…starting with the closets. So in episode 15 of BargainJill TV, we’ll discuss the art of closet organization.

From a very young age, my mother told me that Jimmy Hoffa’s body was probably either in my closet or under my bed.  I was too young to know anything about teamsters or mob bosses, so I just assumed that Jimmy Hoffa was a guy who enjoyed mountains of shoes and layers of dirty laundry as much as I did.  My closets have always been a  disaster.  And I have this weird fascination with home organization products…which makes no sense.  I hate putting stuff away, but man do I LOVE to buy things that inspire organization.

And sometimes, it even works.  My latest kick is wanting everything in my house to have an actual spot where it belongs.  My husband and I each have our own closets, which is probably why we’re still happily married, BUT the closets are SMALL and they’re NOT very smartly designed.  So…I’m thinking of starting fresh with a Rubbermaid closet kit.  I’ve been eyeballing these things at and other places for over a year and I think it’s finally time to pull the trigger and REALLY get organized.

I’ve looked at a lot of closet systems, and I’ve weeded down the options to two different Rubbermaid closets kits.  The first is the Rubbermaid Configurations 4- to 8-Foot CLASSIC Custom Closet Kit in White (shown farthest left) and the other is the Rubbermaid DELUXE Custom Closet Kit in Titanium.   The Classic kit is 58% off right now and sells for $79.99 and ships free from Amazon and the Deluxe kit is 45% off and is on sale for $119.99 and it also ships free from Amazon. The main deciding factor here is in how much shelving and hanging space you need.  The Classic kit includes 12 feet of hanging space and 14 feet of stacking space, while the Deluxe kit includes 10 feet of hang space and 22 feet of shelving.  This means that the Classic kit actually has 2 more feet of hanging space but has a lot less shelf space.

If the vast majority of your closet is just clothing on hangers, you can save yourself about $40 and go with the classic kit.  On the other hand, if you have purses, folded sweaters and jeans, shoes and trinkets from your glory days taking up half of your closet space, the Deluxe kit is a great way to go.  The Deluxe kit comes in the nice titanium finish and is rated 4.5 stars after 110 reviews, while the classic kit comes in white, and scores a solid 5 star rating after 10 reviews.

So you can see why I’m still on the fence between these two, but either way, it’s going to be far better than my current catastrophe of a closet.  In fact, what I might do is put the classic kit it my closet so that I can have extra hanging space, and then install the deluxe kit in our guest room closet where we tend store a lot of boxes along with some smaller amount of clothing. And after reading reviews, I’m even halfway tempted to try to install it myself.  There’s no cutting involved thanks to the fact that they made the hanging bars and shelves expandable, and most reviewers think that it’s fairly easy to get a nice, strong and solid installation as long as you are armed with your trusty electric drill.

If you need to organize a smaller closet, check out the Rubbermaid Configurations 3-6′ Starter Kit for $50 from Amazon.

While you’re at it, i HIGHLY recommend purging all of your plastic and wire hangers and replacing them with wooden hangers.  I did this a couple of years ago and will never go back.  Amazon sells some wooden hangers via Target, but I prefer to buy these from Linen’s n Things thanks to the fact that the LNT Home 24 Pack Boxed Wood Hangers are priced well AND, very important, they have notches in them to help your spaghetti strapped and wide-necked tops from sliding off and ending up as carpet decoration.  A 24-pack costs $14.99 and if you use coupon code  JULY408 during checkout, you’ll receive 20% off of any one item. And that Linens n things coupon is good through the 12th.

Yay for closet organization.  I’m off to find Jimmy Hoffa.