This Clever Closet System Helped Me Achieve the Walk-In Closet of My Dreams

The Rubbermaid Deluxe Closet system transformed my one-bedroom apartment closet into an organized masterpiece even Carrie Bradshaw would be proud of. I have plenty of room to neatly store all my shoes, dresses, and even extra space for adding some new pieces to my wardrobe.

Taking My Closet from Unusable to Incredible

Confession: Even after I Marie-Kondoed my closet, still have a lot of clothes. This wasn't an issue at my previous two-bedroom apartment thanks to my 9-by-6-foot closet (seriously), but when I moved into my current one-bedroom it was goodbye walk-in—or at least I thought.

My closet already had a long rod on one side, but it wasn't close to being enough to store let alone organize my clothes. My dad being the problem-solver he is thought of the ingenious idea to try a closet organizer. After many hours of internet searching, I decided on the Rubbermaid Deluxe Custom Closet Organizer. I liked that I could configure the pieces in several ways, as well as easily adjust them if I didn't like the original placement. The 2,220 five-star Amazon reviews are what really sold me, so adding it to my virtual cart was a no-brainer.

I confirmed with my landlords that adding extra holes in the wall would be okay (I highly recommend you do this to avoid possible fees) and since they said I wouldn't be charged, we installed it. Even for a tool-novice like me, I thought installation was super easy. We used the included hardware to attach the upright pieces, and once that was done we just snapped the shelves into place. It took a few tries for me to find the best configuration, but it wasn't an issue as the pieces could pop out easily.

I used the small shelves for shoe and accessory storage, the top shelves for out-of-season storage, and even opted for the tie and belt rack, which I actually use to hold necklaces. It holds so much, and I even have space to hang coats—or ya know, buy more clothes.

If you're considering this closet system, remember to measure your space. It comes in 3-to-6 or 4-to-8-foot sizes in either a titanium or white finish—I chose 4-to-8 in titanium. You can also customize it with attachments like a sliding basket, pants rack, and shoe shelf and buy extra shelves or hooks as needed. I couldn't be happier with the sturdy quality, and knowing I'll be able to uninstall it and take it with me to my next home is a major bonus. If organizing your closet has been on your to-do list for awhile, now is the time to finally check it off, especially since you can score this ingenious closet system for nearly half off!

To buy: Rubbermaid Configurations Deluxe Custom Closet Organizer, $117 (was $220);