Katy is a friend of ours at Rubbermaid. She was very stressed out about her small apartment (less than 500 square feet) and a lack of storage.
To make matters worse, she had a very tiny clothing closet, which barely fit her clothes, much less her shoes or her sporting equipment. She had been trying to maintain a system in the living room which consisted of racks and just having the items laid on the fireplace.
However, as the shoes started to “grow” (Katy admits to a strong shopping addiction) and the equipment solution limited space and was unsafe, she realized a solution was imperative.
Here’s what I like about Katy’s thought process: She defined the issue and what was important to her. A priority to her was keeping all of her equipment which she enjoys. She knew that there would be no room for future purchases.
She selected Rubbermaid FastTrack. This system is traditionally used in the garage, but we see that a number of people re-purpose it (including the guys in the office, blogger Shannon, and myself in my utility closets).
Below is the result:
Katy comments, “This isn’t a closet system, but I wouldn’t have a closet to put it in
anyway! This way I can grab what I need and go, without worrying I am going to trip over my skis and break my ankle.” – Katy
I love her attitude and the fact she embraced the notion, “It’s your life. Organize it your way.”
Nice job, Katy!