Leah asks: "Have you ever organized Ikea wardrobes for a client? We just bought a pair of Pax wardrobes (the largest size) and it will become my only closet (to hold, ahem, everythingggg for me). I am wondering how I can maximize every inch ... thinking along the lines of hooks in the interior doors and such. I just don't know how well Ikea furniture holds up to changes like that."
I LOVE the Pax wardrobes and have used them many times. I almost always install at least one hook on the side of the unit. Just make sure you use hooks small enough that they don't go through the wall. Here are some suggestions for you:
don't rush it; for maximum stability, it needs to be assembled correctly which means following the directions to the tee!
get it level; place a level on the top of the unit and use shims if needed underneath. Just know sometimes you have to go with what looks better to the eye than to what is actually level.
get it on the wall; once level, mount it to the wall for maximum stability.
planning is key; figure what you're going to store in it beforehand not after.
group like-things together; all pajamas, all workout, all t-shirts, all pants, or all work pants and then casual pants; whatever makes the most sense to you and your lifestyle.
drawer it out; especially when using the deep wardrobes, go with drawers from the bottom, going as high up as is comfortable for you.
don't be afraid to put anything and everything in a drawer including handbags, shoes, boots...
install one drawer at a time from the bottom up making sure you don't waste any space; and if you're doing shelves, install the shelf, put what you're going to put on it so you can place the next shelf up exactly where it should be so you aren't loosing as much as an inch of space.
In addition to the images above, check out Nicole Balch's original post for more shots on her blog MakingItLovely.com. And Lonny magazine's current issue (issue 3 feb/march 2010, page 21) has a great article showcasing Pax wardrobes for even more great ideas and gorgeous shots of Pax in action.
If you like, send me some pics of what you've come up. Thanks for reading and thanks for the great question Leah!
I'm a professional organizer who lives and works with a 'living better with less' philosophy. I'm not a minimalist but believe you should only take things into your life that you love. That your home should not only support your functional needs but be beautiful as well.