Before & After: A Single Man's Closet Cleanup

Before & After: A Single Man's Closet Cleanup

Janel Laban
Feb 2, 2011

Jeffrey Calandra is the organizational mastermind behind ocd4life (Organization Concepts Designed 4 Life). For our look at all types of Home Projects this month, we asked him to share some before and afters of work he's done for his clients to help inspire all of us to get more organized by tackling our own projects. Here is a remarkable one to kick things off...

...and After!

Here is what Jeffrey had to say about this transformation:

A man's closet can often be in need of some ocd4life. While he will have the space to create a great closet, it is almost never a man's top priority to get things setup in a functional way. Aside from the clothes coming back from the cleaners on a hanger, the closet can often be a dumping ground for everything from shoes to sweaters. This project was no exception.

When starting the project our objective was to create a clean closet that would provide ample storage and be easy for the client to maintain. The challenge that we faced was that the client, who is living in a rental, was not interested in changing the closet structure. Even though there are excellent temporary closet solutions on the market, he wanted to maintain what the building had put in place.

Our solution was to utilize several cost effective items that would help us create more usable space. Since the shelving was sized inefficiently for sweaters, jeans, etc, we made use of shelf risers to split the built-ins in half. This makes it easier for the client to remove a sweater or a pair of jeans and not destroy the entire pile. We also used three stacking shoe racks and placed them both below and above his hanging clothes. While it is not common to put shoes above one's clothes, the height on the top shelf made it the perfect spot for a shoe rack that would house his off-season footwear.

In the end, the total transformation took about 6 hours to shop for supplies, sort the clothes, purge old/unworn styles and reassemble the closet in an easy-to-maintain, organized way.

The total cost for the supplies for this project was about $150.

Thanks, Jeffrey!

Images: Jeffrey Calandra/ocd4life

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