During one of our latest jobs as professional organizers we were asked to re-organize a laundry/ pantry area in someone's home. When organizing small spaces such as these it is important to maximize your storage space and find solutions that serve two purposes. After assessing the space and identifying the zones in the room we came up with the plan to use a customized shelving unit. By doing this, we were able to provide shelving from floor to ceiling maximizing our storage space. There are several different types of shelving out there that can meet any style or budget but the one that we decided to use for this project was part of the Elfa System from The Container Store.
At first glance, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the pieces. The walnut stained shelves looked solid and consistent in color and the chrome pieces were heavy. Although the system came prepackaged with detailed instructions it was fairly easy to just see how the pieces fit together. I highly recommend having two people work on this project together since most pieces need to be lined up exactly and have even pressure applied when assembling. Once you have the basic frame in place, the system offers a wide variety of drawers, shelves, and other accessories to meet your needs. These are easily added by clicking into the pre-existing notches. With the combination of shelves and baskets we chose we were able to create a workable laundry area that also had plenty of pantry room for surplus food and supplies.
Overall I would say that the Elfa system is a good pick for someone looking for a ready to assemble shelving system. The end product not only looked nice but provided a functional workspace for our client.
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