ReDesigning A Closet Organizer For A New Space

ReDesigning A Closet Organizer For A New Space

While I wait for my Pinterst Challenge project to dry, I thought it was time to give you an update on the closet organizing situation in our new master bedroom.

When we were in our last home we installed a Rubbermaid closet organizer (here), which worked really well for us. And since we were renting, when we moved, the closet organizer came with us.

Enter the room we chose for us in the new rental, and this is the closet within.

Yet another single rod, one shelf system. In our opinion, a serious waste of space, and a system that doesn’t work for us.

Why? Because this is what we had to find a home for…

‘Ours’, hung temporarily on a rolling clothes rack during the closet system installation.


Could you tell this pile was ‘his’? What was your clue 😉

And ‘hers’…

And this doesn’t include dresses, skirts, and shoes!

So we set to work taking the existing system down…

…which we re-installed in the basement for additional off-season coat storage.

We had to make some changes to the organizer configuration from the way we had it installed in the other home. The other closet was a bit longer, and had a set of built-in shelves at the same end that you see here.

But not this one. So we put the shorter bar on this end instead, which we use to hang pants at full-length.

We kept the double bars in the same location as before.

But what we completely changed is the addition of the baskets in the center of the closet. Did you notice, these are the same baskets that used to be in our laundry room in the last home (here)?

The only other addition is the basket on the floor (which may, or may not stay). That one wasn’t in the old laundry room, but it was used in a closet in the last house.

We actually had to put the closet together in two stages, because we needed to buy the brackets and shelving material to set the baskets on. But we wanted to install the system to this point first.

So this is a glimpse of stage one before the shelving was installed. The clothes were hung up temporarily in the interim.

One of the crucial components of this closet system is the tie rack. This is what happened to the ties while we were in limbo between closet systems.

They were hung over the quilt rack with the quilt of many colours… (I wrote about the quilt here). Imagine trying to pick out a tie first thing in the morning from this rainbow of colour!

Here’s a look at the tie storage now.

The rack actually slides out.

Like this…

Much easier to work with!

So in the end we have a similar configuration with some trade-offs, but with a closet that is far more functional than the traditional single rod, single shelf system you so often find.

The point of this post is just to show you how a Rubbermaid closet system can be redesigned into a new space, and still deliver equal functionality. And with this post what you also get to see is how baskets were re-purposed and integrated to optimize the usable space of this closet.

Do you have a closet system in your home? Would you be able to take it with you and redesign your new closet space with it if you moved?

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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9 thoughts on “ReDesigning A Closet Organizer For A New Space”

  • Looks nice. Makes sense. But….what about those baskets? Do you put t-shirts in them? Do you have to take one down every time you search for something? And the top ones – can you reach those? I’m just wondering, after you’ve used this system for awhile, if it still worked for you and if you would make any changes.

    • Hi Cathy!
      Thank you for your comment, and great questions.
      In the baskets we have exercise wear, painting/working in the yard clothes, a few bulky sweaters, leggings & jeans, and scarves. The very top basket is for my husband – he’s taller than me 🙂 but I can reach the rest. We have a dresser as well, so it holds t-shirts, etc. Yes, a basket has to be reached down when we want something, but we know what is in each one so the searching part is minimal. If we were designing this system from scratch and not using the baskets that we already have, we would buy the slide-out baskets that are extra add-ons to the Rubbermaid system. They’re quite nice, wire mesh – so you can see what’s in them -, and the fact that they slide out alleviates having to lift the baskets down. You can also opt for drawers and/or matching open-front shelves in lieu of the baskets, or you can mix and match to suit your needs. We had thought about just installing open shelving without the baskets, but decided we wanted to contain our items. So far the system is working for us, but on our wish-list is a new dresser or wardrobe, so who knows what will happen then!

  • Sheila,

    You’re so handy! It’s looking so good. I love it!

    Also, I sent an email thanking you for the recipe. We can’t wait to make it! Thank you so much!

    Wishing you a great week, my friend!


    Luciane at

    • Thank you Luciane!
      Every project is a learning experience, and some turn out better than others 😉
      Thank you for the email – I hope you enjoy the mussels when you get a chance to make them!
      xo Sheila

    • Hi Victoria!
      We really like the flexibility of the Rubbermaid system. It’s pretty easy to install, and we like that you can add on other components if you want to… Home Depot was the best for price and selection here where we are.

  • I have a similar reach in closet… I love the hanging systems like Rubbermaid and closetmaid’s… In my daughter’s closet I did the baskets with shelves on the right side wall and the double hang on the left side wall with a mirror on the back wall… Now to replace the light so we can see where to put things away at… Always an improvement project brewing here…

    • Hi Tammy!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment. Your daughter’s closet sounds like it’s super functional, and I love that you installed a mirror! Lighting is always so tricky, but once it’s in place you wonder how you managed without it! I hope you find your replacement light without too much trouble!!

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