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A Sunny California One-Bedroom Gets an elfa Closet Overhaul

by Carly
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It's been a season of fresh starts for Farrah and her sweet daughter Alex.

"When I moved last January, I had eighteen bags of clothing that I gave away," says Farrah.

"We went from a three-bedroom house to a one-bedroom apartment. It's been absolutely refreshing to clear the clutter from our lives," she continued.

Downsizing, at any size, is a huge transition. And Farrah knew that clearing the clutter alone wouldn't be able to provide the organization that she needed to make the most of her and her daughter's new space. With a little help from elfa and The Container Store, Farrah turned this one-bedroom into a sunny and spacious place where she can work and relax.

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Farrah's small reach-in closet had organization prior to us utilizing elfa in her closet, but with the sliding doors, it was almost impossible for her to find a whole outfit without switching back and forth and searching between sides.

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Drawers and free space in the lower part of her reach-in were underutilized with no system of organization.

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"I had to make everything minimalist to make the most of this space," said Farrah.

That meant that in addition to overhauling her wardrobe, she also needed to overhaul her small closet's storage capacity to fit more of what she needed. Utilizing our White elfa decor closet system, we were able to maximize everything that Farrah wanted and needed to store.

Now she has a place to see and easily access all her shoes within our elfa Gliding Shoe Racks. The lower drawers that were in disarray before, now store all her non-hanging items without having to stack and shuffle, thanks to our Grey Drawer Organizers that fit perfectly within the space

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"I loved how they created extra hanging space within my closet with elfa. Instead of the single rod that was originally hanging in the sliding door closet, they were able to double it on one side, giving me twice the hanging space," she says.

"Plus, it's now color coordinated which I absolutely love."

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elfa decor Shelf Baskets organize all her clutches, small purses and accessories, while our elfa decor shelves can seamlessly function as both display and storage.

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elfa Mesh Baskets gave Farrah room to organize clothing by category while taking up minimal storage space. Best of all, they easily glide in and out for ultimate accessibility.

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First rule of closet color coordination? Get the right hangers! Our Huggable Hangers take up virtually no space and their non-slip felt covering keeps any garment in place.

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Farrah used our elfa decor Shelf Dividers to organize jeans by wash and color. Now, they're always easy to pick from the moment she slides open her closet door.

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Our elfa decor Jewelry & Accessory System fits beautifully within her reach-in and makes her morning routine a breeze. No more searching through a jewelry bag.

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White elfa Mesh Baskets serve as a dresser drawer that's instantly concealed when need be.

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There was another area of Farrah's one-bedroom that was in serious need of help. Farrah also helps run her and her family's business out of her home - both in terms of shipment and day-to-day business.

"Both Alex and I AND the business operates out of our home," she chuckles.

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Farrah's mother and father have created an educational, kid-safe and washable tablecloth for toddlers that contains math problems and other educational quizzes to keep kids engaged no matter what table they're at. Farrah helps distribute it through Farmers Markets and through online fulfillment. This left her with a need for open storage space to store the product and a place to fulfill orders with boxes, shipping labels and a work station.

Before, Farrah stored all materials in this "office" closet, but wasn't able to work in it or sort through it. She needed a new system that opened up the space's possibilities.

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Though our elfa Door & Wall Rack was already in use in the space, it needed to be better utilized.

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"My elfa design provided me all the shelves I needed to store the tablecloths on, and space for envelopes and farmer's market supplies. The bins that were used to complete the organization make it so easy to pull everything I need like brochures, measuring tape and business cards out so easily. It's just so easy for me to grab anything I need now. It saves so much time," she said.

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By taking her already existing elfa Door & Wall Rack, we created a fulfillment system right on the back of Farrah's door. Each item has its designated place in the space so Farrah always knows where her necessities are.

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Our classic elfa system gave Farrah the space she needed to pull together orders within the space. elfa classic Solid Hanging Drawers allowed her enough visibility to see where she needed to reach without each drawer being totally see-thru.

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elfa Utility Board Boxes gave Farrah the open storage she needed for the items she accesses most-frequently.

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Our elfa Utility Board system with Boxes and Hooks stores all of Farrah's office necessities.

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We gave Farrah's newly minted office closet a feminine touch with our Bigso Mint Office Storage Boxes and our Bigso Synchronicity Office Storage Boxes. Each comes with a label holder that helps her identify what's inside.

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Now Farrah has a place that functions as an office in what before was a crammed closet!

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Our modular Like-It Bricks system fit perfectly inside of the elfa Solid Drawer, giving Farrah even more organization within each drawer.

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Our elfa Hooks double as the perfect place to store her scissors away from little Alex and still easily accessible to Farrah.

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Farrah also had a coat closet that had become quite chaotic.

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To organize her bulky coats, luggage and a few other odds and ends, we designed her closet with elfa to maximize its space and used a few strategically placed bins to corral her non-hanging items.

"For the first time in a long time, everything is tangible and still organized," says Farrah.

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Our elfa Door & Wall Rack works just as well in her coat closet as it does in her office! Here, Farrah can organize both her and Alex's scarves, hats, gloves and more.

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With classic elfa, her coat closet stores every coat with room to spare, and our Loft Woven Storage Bins and Rugby Stripe Bins can organize every activity from bikes to hikes.

"If I even thought about moving again, I couldn't think about moving to a place without elfa. You can't go backwards, you just can't!" she says.

"We're in a place where we can actually call home and that means more to me than anything else," she continued.

We're so happy you loved your space, Farrah! Check out Farrah's absolutely adorable daughter, Alex's space in our next story!

Stylist: Gena Sigala

Photographer: Meghan Beierle-O'Brien