Top 5 Closet Organizational Systems

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Closet systems have flooded the market in the past few years. From wire to wood to hanging shelves, each closet organizer offers its own unique approach to getting your wardrobe organized. Even if you have a tiny closet, a closet system can help you organize it better by taking advantage of all of those little nooks and crannies that are hard to utilize.

The most important thing to remember is to organize your wardrobe before you buy a system. A beautiful closet system may lure you in, but if it doesn't fit your wardrobe, it won't be useful to you. Declutter your wardrobe, measure how much hanging space you use and how many folded items you have before you start shopping.

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    California Closets System

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    California Closets

    California Closets provides customer closet solutions, including walk-in closets, for any sized space. They are pros at maximizing wall space, corners, or under bed storage.

    California Closets will send a specialist to your home to work with you on your closet design. They will help you assess how much space you need, the best way to organize different elements, and quote you on pricing.

    Then, a closet specialist will come to your home and install the closet for you. This personal attention and customized experienced mean you'll end up with a closet that perfectly suits your wardrobe and your home. But keep in mind this kind of luxury will cost you. Prices range from $1,500 to $5,000 installed.

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    Elfa Closet System

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    Each piece of the Elfa Closet System is sturdy, strong, and comes in distinct styles and colors to match with your decor. It's a great option for renters because Elfa can be installed in either a closet or free-standing on a wall. The system features adjustable, coordinating drawers, hanging rods and shelving. It's sold exclusively through The Container Store. Elfa is great for spaces when you need to store your clothing without a closet. The system can be installed on flat walls, around corners and in reach-in closets of any size.

    To get started, you measure the spaces where you want your Elfa system to go. This could be a wall space where you want to create storage for your kitchen, or a reach-in closet for coats and shoes. You then work with an Elfa specialist to create your design. You may do this at The Container Store, online, or over the phone. In addition to the measurements, you choose colors and finishes for your new Elfa closet.

    You have the option to install the system yourself or you can have someone from The Container Store install it for you.

    The strength of the Elfa system is its flexibility. The con is the high price tag compared to similar systems. Prices range from $300 to $3,000 installed.

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    Easy Track Closet System

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    Easy Track

    This is the budget-friendly option if you're interested in a matching system to store clothes and shoes. A typical Easy Track system comes with three to four bars for hanging clothing and two to three shelves for folded items. There are a few different systems to choose from and each come in dark wood, light wood, or white.

    The Easy Track is super easy to install and is well reviewed. It's not as chic looking as California Closets, nor is the system customizable like Elfa, but it gets the job done in a walk-in closet, a traditional reach-in closet, or installed directly on a wall.

    Before ordering, measure the height and width of your space. You may also use their online closet designer where a designer suggests a system set up for you based on the width of your space. You must install Easy Track yourself. Prices range from $160-$1,000.

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    Rubbermaid Closet System

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    Just like the Elfa System where everything hangs from a top bar, the Rubbermaid Closet System starts at the top and can be customized with hanging rods, shelving, and drawers.

    A big bonus is that the configuration is adjustable to the size of your closet and you can buy separate configurations to fit items like ties, belts, shoes, and other accessories.

    Unlike Elfa, the Rubbermaid system doesn’t come with as many options to customize the look of your closet. You can purchase three different types of closet setups:

    1. The HomeFree series, which comes in different size configurations. This is the one to pick if you’re outfitting a closet with both hanging and folded clothing.
    2. The FastTrack Brackets system is for closets that will only have shelving.
    3. 4-8 Fit Configurations Deluxe Closet Kit, which can fit a 4 to 8-foot space. There’s less flexibility here than the HomeFree series, but the price is lower.

    Pricing ranges from $150 for the closet kit to over $1,000 for the HomeFree series.

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    Closetmaid Closet System


    The Closetmaid closet organizer system is similar to Elfa and features a wide array of customizable options like valet hooks, over-the-door storage, and adjustable shelving. This means you can customize your closet to fit all of your accessories so they're easy to reach. Unlike Elfa, where the shelving is made of metal, the Closetmaid system features ventilated wooden shelving. You can design your closet in either white, light brown, or black wood colors to fit your tastes.

    You design and purchase your own system online. The prices range from $250 to $2,000, depending on how many customizations you purchase.