Their social media hashtag is #containyourself and I can totally see why. I may have become a Container Store convert over the weekend. It’s not as if that was a huge leap for me, (I love organizers! And specialty tools!) but their line of elfa products passed the ultimate test: Nap-time installation.
I installed a small shelving system in our laundry room from start to finish during Kate’s nap — including a trip to the hardware store for a 3/8-inch drill bit I forgot I needed!
Ok, so it’s not fancy or complicated, but it was EASY to install, made only four holes in our wall and does exactly what I needed it to do. We had to get mops, dusters and cleaning products organized in a vertical way because there is barely room to spin around in the laundry room. By doing so, it freed up space in my bins on the back wall shelf for odd household items I like to have at hand: light bulbs, furniture touch-up kits, felt pads for the bottom of dining room chairs, etc.
I used the 32-inch elfa top rack with 60-inch vertical standards on my only piece of wall real estate. We added two solid 24-inch shelves and a 24-inch utility rack with a combination of accessory hooks and small tool holders (the little grips holding the broom and mop handles).
I was a little unsure of this plan as I compiled my order because, like Ikea (which I have sworn off), you have to buy every bracket, screw and connector separately. I’m usually more inclined to buy products that already include whatever mounting hardware I need, especially if I’m buying online and less able to visualize every component of the job. My order had 10 different items (!), including shelf connectors for inside the brackets and little adapter ends to connect the utility rail to the vertical standards — neither of which you would know you need from the photos.
It took a little investigating via the online instructions and demo videos to come up with every little item I’d need, but in the end I got it. And I didn’t pay for someone else to measure, design or install it, so I was feeling pretty good about it. To me, the ease of installation was worth spending a little more than a similar configuration from another brand might have been.
My next project is the laundry room’s neighbor, the coat-closet-turned-pantry-closet that is in desperate need of functional organization. I sense another elfa design plan and I can hardly #containmyself.