Do you know how many calls I get from people whose homes aren’t working and they aren’t managing… and then I come and see Keter closets all over their house!
This Keter closet is more of a problem then a solution. You know which one I’m talking about. That 65 cm wide one with 4 shelves, claiming to be the ultimate multitasker – a pantry, a clothes closet, a toy closet, a tool closet, an arts & crafts closet, a closet for the machsan, the laundry room, and the linens, all rolled into one! For only $99!
Well, let me break it to you – this Keter closet is not a good solution.
It’s just an awkward mess of wasted space.
You can tell your husband – you don’t lack homemaking skills, you lack a good storage solution.
It’s not wide enough to fit anything substantial. It can store a toy and a half on a shelf. Or one and a half piles of clothing. And yet its too deep to keep your stuff neat and tidy. Craft supplies, tools, card games, paper goods and bags of noodles all get lost in there, never to be seen again until some massive clean-out operation which rarely happens.
The shelves are not strong enough. I’ve seen these shelves buckle under the weight of all of your canned goods and stock of flour, never mind your kid’s ever-growing Magna tile collection.
I totally get it – you’re trying to save money. You can’t afford a real closet with ideal solutions for your stuff. “A custom closet? Designed for my stuff? A real pantry? A compartmentalized laundry room! Yael, my husband is in kollel! I can’t afford these kinds of things..” I hear it all of the time.
But here’s the truth: You could save much more money by firing your cleaning help, if only your home was designed correctly.
Picture this – a home where every item has a place and every corner serves a purpose. You could finally fire your expensive, inadequate cleaning help who spends half their time just figuring out where to put things back.
Imagine tackling the tidying up yourself, because it’s become less of a monstrous task and more of a straightforward routine.
It’s not cleaning help that you need. It’s those stupid closets you need to get rid of. Picking the right furniture for the right tasks is the golden rule of a functional, organized home.
Take your daughter’s world of accessories, hair paraphernalia, and school books. Instead of jamming them into a catch-all storage unit, how about a custom piece? Where each shelf and drawer does the job it was designed for.
Imagine a toy storage unit with sections designed specifically for different kinds of playthings. Low, open bins could be used for dress up and trucks, making it easy for little ones to put away their toys. Medium-height shelves could house board games and art supplies, all within arm’s reach. A section of cubbies could be dedicated to Legos and other small toys, with each cubby holding a clear, labelled box.
Instead of stacking cans and boxes haphazardly on a keter shelf, think of a pantry with different zones designed for each category of food. Pull-out drawers, keeping everything visible and within easy reach. A specific shorter drawer for baking ingredients, with small, clear containers for various ingredients.
So, the next time you feel like reaching for that cheap Keter solution, pause and think. Maybe the smarter choice, the real money-saver, is a home that’s thoughtfully designed for you and your belongings. A home where your stuff doesn’t run the show, but you do.