Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Long Tale of Shelving...

Well, what a week!
My Hubby got it in his mind to clean out the office. I mean really clean out the office!
Now, let's review. A little over a year ago, his Dad and my Father-in-Law passed away. Much of his stuff came here....papers, books, and electronics. Most furniture was sold through a company that does Estate sales, but Hubby kept electronics, books, papers and so on.
It started suddenly...he was down in the office for quite a while, and next thing I knew he was taking things out to the donate.
So, I helped.
I had things to go through as the closet area used to be my office...
So, I went through the filing cabinets and shredded and tossed....soon I had empty filing cabinets!
We put those in the car too, along with the top that acted as a desk.....
Then, I came up with a plan to create shelving in that closet area for photo albums. And that my dear readers is the Tale......
I went to Container Store first to look at the Elfa system, which we have used in a couple of places before.
Well, let me tell you........
I had a terrible listener at the store that day, and found myself frustrated and getting angry. She wasn't listening at all to what I wanted to accomplish.....and then she created a plan (after finally getting the idea) that would cost $300! That was for two shelves!
Yeah, not happening.....
So, then I went to Ikea....hoping they would have ideas. I went through the entire store....really, the whole warehouse! Nothing. Zip. I left feeling frustrated and grumpy.
Then, I went to Ace Hardware.....they had your basic old fashioned types, not what one wants to put hundreds of pounds of photo albums on.
Did I mention that Hubby used to work for Kodak, so photos, lots and lots of photos have accumulated?? Did I mention his parents and grandparents had lots of photo albums??
That being said, I decided to try Home Depot.
Frustrated, I was standing at the Closet Maid area of Home Depot, trying to decide what to use.....
Then, there was this man, who started talking to me. He does this for a living he said. He had been to Container Store thinking he'd used their Elfa system himself for his own pantry, but it was really too expensive, he said....and the lady there didn't listen he said...
We got talking and I told him my tale.....and HE had a solution!
He listened and had an affordable idea, using the Closet Maid system (which is an Elfa knock-off)....
It's a closet. It's for photo albums. The closet is an odd size that is the problem, not square and not easy to get a strong shelf to go all the way across.
Want to know what you do?
Stagger the shelves! Using 36" shelves, stagger them! Duh.....
The closet is 69" across....not easy to create with. So, stagger them. The ends of the staggered shelves create bookends to help hold the books! Yeah. Genius!
Wanna see the imperfect perfect solution???
Here is the first half of the closet. I kept closet rods so it can be recreated into a closet in the future. That closet rod holder that is 54 years old...well it isn't in the center! It is 36" on one side of it, 33" on the other!
By doing one side first, I could pull this off....And yes, by the way, I put this system in by myself! With a drill with a philips head driver, you put up the track...
It is a hanging system, hanging on a 24" really does work! (Home Depot doesn't cut the pieces and the tracks start at 24", then jump to 40"...)
Simply screw the track up, and hang the bars and put up shelves and brackets....
(See the old shelves from 54 years ago at the top?? Yeah, sagging a bit, under the weight of boxes of photos.....)
And here is the final result....with room for the rest of the albums....that we need to go through.
Cost was more than half  than what the Elfa system was, and far more storage.
No, it still isn't pretty, however, floor is clear....even since I took this photo it is far more organized. We got rid of an old bookcase and a table and a chair and other stuff.
If your room is simplified and open, then you can think! If you can think, you get more done. If you get more done, you feel accomplished and then you sleep better at night.
Since this picture, Hubby has organized and straightened more of the room.
It is a good ending to a long tale.
There is a solution that fits most everyone's needs.
Think outside the box.
In this case, think outside the "line", by staggering the shelves, we got what we needed.
Ok, I am off to play with my Grandbaby.......

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