Installing bedroom closets
Closets sound boring until you go five months without one. I imagined it would take a week to set up a bedroom closet, so I didn't start the process until after we'd moved in. In reality, it took 60 days (eight and a half weeks) to plan, order, and install our simple closets from The Container Store.
What we started with
The previous owners left old, yellowed shelving in the bedroom closets, but our contractor removed the shelving when working on the bathroom plumbing. (We didn't want it, anyway; it was greasy and didn't match our storage needs.)
When we moved in to the new house, the closets were bare --- no shelves, and no rods. Without a place to put our clothes or baby toys, boxes piled up around the house. Making things worse, the boxes were all labeled incorrectly. We used the same boxes for three moves in four months, and each move added more confusing labels to the boxes.
We ordered shelves from The Container Store with help from one of their organizers. The initial estimate was "a week or two," and it ended up taking eight and a half weeks from the first phone call to installation. The timeline:
Day 0: I request in-home consultation
Day 6: Consultation meeting
Day 17: Received first draft of closet plan
Day 38: Received revised draft of closet plan
Day 40: Order placed
Day 59: Closets arrived
Day 60: Closets installed
It almost took even longer due to their scheduling mistake! Luckily, they were able to get a team from San Jose to come at the last minute to do the installation anyway.
As an added "bonus," they over-charged me by $4,000. Yes, you read that right --- $4,000! Someone repeatedly charged us for the closets, over and over again. I noticed within a few days, but as you can imagine I wasn't pleased by this mix-up.
If I were to do this again, I would spend a weekend installing closets myself. I'd go to Lowe's or Home Depot, purchase a similar modular system, and follow the fairly simple installation instructions. It would save me the hassle of waiting and ensure I am not grossly over-charged.
The final product
Even though it took a long time to arrive, I am very happy with the finished product. The shelving is sturdy, we can move things around as needed, and it looks decent. I didn't want to splurge on a high-end custom closet, so I'm glad that these (eventually) worked out.
In a related upgrade, we replaced the closet doors. The house originally had plantation-style doors in the master bedroom and paneled closet doors in the nursery. Neither style matched the rest of the house, and we didn't feel bad replacing them because they weren't original.
The new doors are shaker-style, to match the original doors and built-ins that remain in the house. We added contemporary glass knobs with a hint of brass.
It's taken sixty days, but at long last: I no longer need to look like I'm living out of boxes!