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When Jeremy finished building our house two years ago, we began to install several Rubbermaid® closet systems. I purchased enough for a closet at a time, until we had them installed in most of our house. I put off doing the laundry room closet, and I’m almost ashamed to show you how cluttered it was. It became a catch-all for things that I decided we didn’t have room for elsewhere. The Rubbermaid® FastTrack® and Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits are easy to install, and you can quickly add-on to an existing Rubbermaid® system. Today I’m sharing some closet organization tips and tips for installing Rubbermaid® FastTrack® pantry kit with optional accessories.
One of the greatest advantages to installing a Rubbermaid® Closet System is the ability to add-on accessories as you need them or when you have the budget for them. I prioritized finishing the laundry room closet last, and it quickly became a cluttered eyesore. I breathed a sweet sigh of relief when we finished it, and I could start reorganizing. We chose the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Pantry Kit for our laundry room closet. The 4×4 kit was the correct size for our space, and included all the base pieces that we needed. Most of the Rubbermaid® systems in our home started with one of the kits because like I mentioned previously, they’re expandable.
Want to see the laundry room closet that I’m so ashamed of? Yes, that’s the cats’ litter box.
This laundry room closet is oddly shaped and our kitchen is on the opposite wall. I wanted to make the most out of this small space to store items that I didn’t have use for elsewhere. I like to buy paper goods in bulk, and I knew this would be a good storage space for that.
Jeremy, Gabe, and I headed to Lowe’s to look for the system that the Rubbermaid® Storage Planner recommended, and the matching accessories. Our local Lowe’s has a nice selection of Rubbermaid® HomeFree™ and Rubbermaid® FastTrack® kits.
Before you go, carefully measure the space where you plan to install your Rubbermaid® closet system. The kit we chose was a very tight fit, but ultimately fit perfectly. The top of our closet was slightly wider than the bottom, and we could have easily ran into trouble.
Rubbermaid has an online Rubbermaid® Storage Planner, that really helps with planning your space and itemizing what you need.
- Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Pantry Kit
- Rubbermaid® FastTrack® White Plastic Wardrobe Kit accessory (the Pantry accessory was out of stock)
- Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ White Wire Shoe Shelf Kit (to add-on to our existing system in our master closet)
- Extra vertical and top mount bracket to install the wardrobe kit separate from the pantry kit.
Jeremy and I emptied the closet when we arrived back home, and prepped the space for installation.
Jeremy gathered the tools he needed including his stud finder, level, drill, tape measure, hammer, a pencil, and some screwdrivers.
He used his stud finder to locate all of the wall studs and marked them. Jeremy then drilled pilot holes to install the top steel rail. He installed wall anchors in the locations that didn’t have studs.
Once the rails are installed, the rest of the installation is a snap (literally).
There are multiple ways that you can install a Rubbermaid® kit, and a wide variety of accessories available. The Rubbermaid® FastTrack® White Steel Valet Rod was out of stock in-store, and I hope to purchase it on our next trip to Lowe’s to help with hanging laundry straight from the dryer.
Doesn’t our closet look better?
We couldn’t install deep shelving in the area above, the attic access door is just above this nook.
Here is a glimpse of some of our other closets and our pantry. Please excuse the mess, we live here. Now that I have the laundry room organized, I hope to start cleaning my closets for a yard sale.
When we installed the system in our closet, we put a shelf nearly all the way around the top to store miscellaneous and/or bulk items. Jeremy loves to save his shoe boxes.
Here are some of my best closet organization tips:
- Always install your Rubbermaid® system according to manufacturers instructions.
- Follow the weight restrictions on your shelving, and leave space between the lowest shelf and the floor for very heavy items.
- Don’t try to tackle a closet in stages. Make time to pull everything out. Sort through items that you don’t need or use, and find an organization system that works for you.
- Adding accessories helps to maximize your space, and you can add them on when you have time and money.
- Be creative with storage space, and store items that you don’t regularly use but feel that you need to keep.
- Work on eliminating clutter by sorting through unneeded or unused items regularly.
We shopped for our Rubbermaid® closet system, cleaned the closet, installed the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Pantry Kit and accessories, and reorganized the space in a single evening. I spent just under $200 and I feel like it was money well spent.
Trying to decide between the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® and Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™ Closet Kits? Here are a few things you should know about each:
- These systems are made for laundry closets, linen closets, pantry closets, and mudrooms.
- The shelving is available in various sizes from 12 to 20 inches.
- The rails and uprights are made of durable steel, and easily customizable to fit your space.
Rubbermaid® HomeFree Series™
- This system was made with bedroom closets in mind.
- Available in expandable wardrobe kits for closets 3-6 feet, 4-8 feet or 6-10 feet in length.
- Can be used on both walk-in and reach-in closets
- A wide selection of accessories that make expanding or customize your closet easier.
- No cutting necessary and kits include all installation hardware.
I’m about to tackle organizing my Master Closet this afternoon. Who’s up for a yard sale this weekend?
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