IKEA PJÄS Basket Closet Additions

Welcome to the 164th Metamorphosis Monday!

Greetings!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Last Friday I met a friend for lunch in Atlanta.  We lunched in a restaurant by the name of Osteria del Figo.  I think most folks just call it, Figo Pasta.  After lunch I headed over to IKEA.  You may remember after my last visit to IKEA, the closet went from looking like this…

Closet Before Adding Ikea Expedit

…to looking like this.  Definitely a step in the right direction.  After using the closet for a few days in this arrangement, I decided I could use a bit more basket storage.

Expedit for Closet Storage b

So, here’s how Mr. Expedit looks today with the addition of one more row of the IKEA PJÄS baskets.  These baskets, per the IKEA website, are made from banana fibers. Interesting, huh? You can definitely tell it’s a natural material because they are a little smelly. Nothing bad…just earthy, if you know what I mean.

Pjas Baskets in Closet Expedit dsh_wm

I’ve already been loading them up with craft paper, craft supplies, camera gear and general “officey” stuff like printer paper, trash bags, Kleenex, batteries, mailing envelopes and light bulbs.  I still have a couple of empty baskets so it’s nice knowing there’s some growing room if needed.

Ikea Pjas Baskets in Expedit e_wm

The baskets freed up some space in the drawers and baskets in the office which is really nice.  Since the office drawers aren’t so stuffed now, I can put my hand on what I need quickly.  Love that!
Home Office

When I was a Freshman in college, I took a test that was supposed to determine what career/job a person would enjoy.  I was entering my Sophomore year and still couldn’t decide on a major.  (I ended up double majoring in English and Psychology and was one course short of a minor in Art.)

One thing that stood out after the results were in, I loved “organizing.”  Do you ever wonder why our brains work like they do, why  some folks love organized spaces and other folks feel more comfortable in more loosely arranged environments?  I’m so glad we aren’t all the same.  That would be beyond boring, wouldn’t it?

The office can get messy, but after a day or two it starts to get to me.  If you could see my kitchen, dining room and laundry room when I’m pulling out stuff for a tablescape for Tablescape Thursday, you would be horrified. lol  It’s gets pretty bad.

You can still see where I need to sand and touch up the wall paint in the closet.  I’m waiting for the spirit to move me.  😉  That hasn’t happened, yet…but it will.

Expedit for Storage h_wm

The other corner of the closet houses a tripod.  I’ve been using it a lot more lately since I purchased a Macro lens.

Closet Storage n_wm

This gives you an idea of the distance between the Expedit unit and the opposite wall of the closet.  There’s plenty of room to stand and pull out the basket you need.  I may label the baskets eventually, but since they are sort of see-through, it’s pretty easy to tell what’s in each basket.

Closet Storage p_wm

Other than that touch-up paint I’ve been putting off, the closet is officially done and the organization freak inside me is happy.  🙂

IKEA Expedit Built Inside Closet

The “Before and After” of the office closet can be viewed, HERE.   The actual mystery construction of the Expedit inside the closet (in place) can be viewed, HERE.

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  1. Kathy @ A Delightsome Life says

    Goodmorning Susan, So glad I could join you this morning! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE organization. I have though a split personality – I am Monkish, Distracted with a touch of Scarlett – ‘I’ll think about that tomorrow!’ So, when I get things done – I am so pleased! Thank you for hosting and inspiring. I have been hoping to make an IKEA trip – it is over 2 hours for me – but well worth it! Have a great day, Kathy

  2. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Your closet is really coming along, Susan! I will have to check out the restaurant you mentioned…it’s new to me! Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  3. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says

    Thanks LOTS for hosting! XO, Aimee

  4. I could use a closet with that much storage capability in my office area. What a great plan. Thanks for the link party Susan! Have a great week.

  5. Mary Ellen says

    Thank you Susan! It has sure been fun seeing your metamorphosis of this room and office!

  6. black eyed susans kitchen says

    Susan, I like the baskets that you chose for the organization.

  7. How to Nest for Less says

    THank you so much for hosting!! Have a great week 🙂

  8. Thanks for the party!! Love your new closet, too – looks amazing!

  9. I love your basket organization. Simple yet effective! Thanks for hosting. Now I need the spirit to move me off the computer and onto some projects. Have a great Monday!

  10. Your closet is so organized. The basket looks so pretty and just the perfect size…Christine

  11. the cape on the corner says

    your closet is looking sooo good! super jealous!

  12. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Thanks for hosting this inspiring party.

  13. ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life says

    Your closet turned out fantastic. I wish I was more organize. With 3 kids I feel it may never happen. Dee

  14. GREAT job with the closet! I LOVE organization…. it helps keep my mind from “feeling” all “cluttered”…. now…. if only I can have the uncluttered feeling all the time? And it’s wonderful that you have spare baskets! Thanks for hosting the party! It has been fun visiting and getting great inspiration! -Joanne

  15. Thanks for hosting another great party!

  16. Susan, That zucca looks delicious.Never had it but I would like to try it.You closet looks amazing.LOVE your office.Thank you for hosting.

  17. Thank you for hosting! Sherry

  18. Scribbler says

    Love the Expedit. We didn’t make it to IKEA this last week, but soon. Where is the restaurant? Near IKEA? We are always looking for something new when we get to ATL. Thanks for hosting!

    • Ellen, it’s on Howell Mill Road…a few blocks down from Anthropologie. Ballard Designs is near by, as are Forsyth and Lewis Fabrics. IKEA is about 1-2 miles away.

  19. Anu@My Dream Canvas says

    Hi, I just wanted to invite you to enter a Giveaway on my blog to celebrate three years of blogging. Would love to see you stop by. Anu

  20. Cottage and Broome says

    Thanks for hosting again this week, Laura

  21. Liz Chaisson Thompson says

    First of all, I really want to congratulate you on your perseverence and vision! Getting that Expedit to fit was a master-stroke! And it truly makes a remarkable difference. Thanks for sharing it AND for hosting this wonderful party.

  22. Carla Aston says

    My first Metamophosis Monday. Thanks so much for hosting. I love your closet storage…so jealous!

  23. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication says

    Your closet turned out so well! I have major closet envy!

  24. Robin Boyd Jackson says

    Love the spring time header on your page. Made me smile. Thanks for hosting. ~ robin @ itsrobinwithani.com

  25. Gosh can you have just one space in your house that isn’t absolutley PERFECT!!! My goodness! AND as always, thanks for having this party every week!! XOXO Andrea

  26. The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ says

    as always…visiting you is a breath of fresh air!!! i love it here! everything you create if simply fabulous!!! i have a few closets that are calling your name : ) thanks for throwing yet another PARTY!!!! it was a delight…sending hugs.

  27. I love the Expedit- especially with all the baskets in it! Thanks for hosting! xo Becca

  28. The closet looks fantastic, Susan! I love being organized, too, and am always happy to find interesting items I can repurpose for storage.

  29. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    Hi Susan, I took that test in college too and the result was that I valued organization and control, and shared my values with people who were “homemakers” and “military officers!!” Well, I started as a teacher then went to law school. Do you think that works? Love love love your closet organizing! It gives me a little thrill up my spine when I see great organization! Is that sick, or healthy? Linda

  30. Susan, I admire you for conquering that project. I would love to have all that storage. I am sure there will be a run on all the baskets at IKEA now! Can’t get my mind off that Zucca! Hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for all the work you do on BNOTP! We all appreciate you.

  31. Thank you so much for hosting!

  32. Jo @ To a Pretty Life says

    Your closet looks great! It’s now the perfect complement to your beautiful office.

  33. Páginas de Rose says

    How nice to have friends around the world! Thank you for the opportunity. Bj Rose

  34. Hi Susan! Thanks for hosting another inspirational party. Love ikea so much! I really like how you styled your Expedit with the baskets and magazine holders! You are one organized lady!! Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

  35. Been a while since last visit! Thanks for hosting Susan! Fave projects have to be the stripes! xo Lynda

  36. Scribbler says

    Thanks — we will be over soon, and check it out.

  37. Lizabeth @ Infuse with Liz says

    I really like the baskets! Looks like you’ve got enough space for long term storage now! Ballard Designs has the best tag markers I’ve seen- antique brass with a heavy strength string ties.

  38. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says

    We were definitely cut from the same cloth, Susan! I was a double major with a minor, also. Occupational Therapy and Psychology were my majors (although my counselor thought I should major in English), and my minor was in German. And one of the things I absolutely love to do is to organize! 😉 Your closet is wonderful and would be a dream for me. I have NO space for all my STUFF in this tiny cottage. Blessings, Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  39. Cristy @ menemini says

    This is my first metamorphosis Monday, I am so inspired by all the awesome links last week! I linked up the Before and After renovation of our first home on my new blog. I just joined you on GFC and liked your Facebook page! I wish I had hours to spend catching up!

  40. Hi Susan! I LOVE your organization ideas and advice. 🙂 I went to the IKEA website and I cannot find the PJAS baskets. Perhaps they are no longer available? Thank you!

    • Thanks, Karen! Yeah, I think they may have stopped carrying them now. They smelled really funny for about a couple of weeks after I purchased them…I think because they are made from a plant of some type. Maybe folks complained so they discontinued them. That’s a shame because the smell does go away. Ikea does have other baskets too. It’s been a while since I shopped there. You may want to check online to see what they carry now.

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