2012 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate uncluttered gift

Since we began putting together our annual gift-giving guides in 2007, we have always included an ultimate gift in our series. The idea of the ultimate gift is focused on uncluttering and/or organizing and it is sometimes at the high end of the price spectrum for our gift guides. It’s a gift you might give to a loved one, but it also might be an item you add to your wish list.

In 2007, we recommended the Fujitsu ScanSnap (PC and Mac). In 2008, we chose the Kindle. In 2009, it was my book, Unclutter Your Life in One Week (now also in audio format). In 2010, we went with the Intellishred paper shredder (now called the Powershred). And, in 2011, we went off script a little and recommended hiring a professional organizer with a list of recommendations.

After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to return to the world of the physical and suggest a tangible item. Like last year, though, it’s a bit unorthodox. It’s not necessarily something you can unwrap, but I’m sure if you are creative you could find a way to put something wrapable under the tree (like a screw or small piece of it).

The 2012 Ultimate Gift is a closet makeover.

Over the past few months, we’ve become fans of Rubbermaid’s Configurations system for its price (much lower than Elfa’s) and quality. The arrangement options and sizes are numerous, and we believe a well organized closet is a thing of beauty. In addition to bedroom closets and office closets, don’t forget your pantry, coat closet, and supply closets in your garage and/or basement. When uncluttered and organized, these areas can increase functionality significantly, such as with my old “Mary Poppins” closet in our previous house:

Also, the system has attachments like pull-out baskets, chests of drawers, tie and belt valets, angled shoe shelves, sliding pant racks, as well as preassembled kits for your pantry and clothing closets.

This is a gift you would want to consult with the recipient before giving, but I think in many cases it would be very well received. As I mentioned before, it is a non-traditional gift, but non-traditional doesn’t mean bad. A beautiful, new, organized closet would be a truly wonderful way to start the new year.

The full 2012 Holiday Gift Giving Guide.

14 Comments for “2012 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate uncluttered gift”

  1. posted by priest's wife (@byzcathwife) on

    I’m drooling over that ‘Mary Poppins’ closet…and can I have the gift giver also organize everything to go in the closet? ;)

  2. posted by Dusty @ Wine Logic on

    Great idea! Now… if only someone would give my basement bar a makeover to organize everything down there.

  3. posted by Rubbermaid on

    Erin, We’re honored to be selected as the Ultimate Uncluttered Gift. Thanks so much!

  4. posted by nichole on

    LOVE this, my closet is a diaster, and i have no dresser right, So this would be a awesome..Please find your way to my house

  5. posted by Aanel on

    If one just wants several plain shelves, like the closet pictured, what’s the best option?

  6. posted by Iowa Gal on

    Received the exact same Rubbermaid configurations closet for my birthday. Absolutely LOVE it. I went a few days with the closet doors open so I could just look at it.

  7. posted by JustGail on

    Before we moved into the current house, I put closet systems in all closets. One of the best decisions I made. Except for the coat closet, the shelving space far exceeds the hanging space in every one. I used one of the DIY systems available at home improvement stores.

    The only downside is that all those shelves hold so much, it’s easier to let things accumulate more.

  8. posted by Denise on

    Aanel, I had shelves very similar to those in my older apartment. I used them as bookshelves in my office (Elfa bookends worked well with these), and as houseware storage in the guest bedroom. I got them at Home Depot, and it looks like they still carry them: http://www.homedepot.com/Storage-Organization-Shelves-Shelving-Systems/Rubbermaid/h_d1/N-5yc1vZaq62Z1an/h_d2/Navigation?catalogId=10053

    Happy organizing!

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    posted by djk on

    Love that Rubbermaid system! I will have to see if it’s available in Europe…

  10. posted by Cathy on

    OK, I LOVE the look of the Rubbermaid system!! It’s EXACTLY what I need for my closet. My Christmas gift to myself? :) Hmm…

  11. posted by Diane on

    The rubbermaid set up is gorgeous & I’d love to have it. I have something similar that came from Home Depot, just not as pretty.

    Just keep in mind, if you fill it up with clothes, bags, etc., it won’t look quite like that! ;-)

    I’d love to have a closet large enough to organize with office & craft supplies, or just a spare closet for that use!

  12. posted by Monica on

    My Father-in-law gave my daughter “a closet” for a birthday present last year. The girls had just moved into their new, big-girls room and were going to start sharing that closet. He announced his present for my oldest, who was turning 5 in a few weeks, would be a closet system. Much to the dismay of my Mother-in-law who wanted to gift ballet lessons.

    It felt a bit odd for a present, I thought, but I’m so grateful he did. He bought the Closetmaid adjustable system with all size baskets and stuff. We can fit so much in there! I mean it: tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets, socks, undies, pajamas, hair accessories, next’s season’s clothes and the hand me downs I keep for two girls.

    And I am a big kids’ clothes shopper, I’m not joking, my girls each have around 80 outfits per season. Not exaggerating. It’s a disease for me. But you won’t see it all over the place, it’s all neatly organized in there. ;)

  13. posted by Marie on

    What I really need is someone to design the closet for me, and not charge a fortune to do so. My closet has strange cubbyholes and cut-outs due to some weird renovations on the room that shares the wall on the other side, and I’m at a total loss for ideas that use the space effectively.

  14. posted by Ali on

    I bought one of those systems for myself, and really loved it. I left it behind when I moved into a new place, though. I also highly recommend getting one of those jewellery hangers that hangs on the closet bar and has dozens of little pockets an velcro loops for hanging necklaces. I can now see my stuff clearly, and I have it hung on the wall because it looks so pretty with all my shiny things hanging on it!

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