A Little Organization

I have never been a really good furniture buyer. my home is full of mismatched furniture, some of it hand-me-down or second-hand, some of it was new, but they all lacked a bit of cohesion. it’s something I’m slowly working on. my friend over at swalrus.org is moving and had a set of Ikea Pax shelves for sale. I decided to take the opportunity to upgrade my photography organization a bit to something less cluttered and messy to something a bit more classy. I am a big fan of the steel wire shelving, you know the things most people reserve for their garages. although I didn’t get rid of it entirely, this Pax system works pretty well to keep my photography equipment in order.

Ikea pax closet relocation - before

What started was a meticulous disassembly and sorting out the dozens of screws and dowels for the closet became, what I thin, a pretty nice solution for storage. Obviously the rest of the room still needs work, but this is a decent start with the nice, clean exterior.

Ikea pax closet relocation - after

The doors open and you get a great amount of storage space for all your things. In the first image I wanted to have a space where I could put my camera bag while loading it up by picking things out of the drawers below

Ikea pax relocation - after

the second cabinet was used for storing tripods, bags, lighting equipment and otherwise large and awkward shaped things.

Ikea pax relocation - after

I utilized the slide-out drawers to organize my equipment by their usage types, too. they have a 20 kg (about 44 lb) weight limit, which works well for when I want to load out a bag quickly. The top drawer was a thin one that held some basics: flash triggers, cables, batteries, filters and space for other small objects. the cross-hatched divider really helps keep my stuff together.

Ikea pax relocation - after

The second thin drawer holds my flash units, audio equipment and some flash filters.

Ikea pax relocation - after

The third drawer was a deep drawer that holds my various lenses and other miscellaneous items.

Ikea pax relocation - after

And the last drawer holds my on-body carrying system, a combination of think tank pouches and a double spider holster. I left enough room underneath this drawer to hold my pelican 1560 and 1510 hard cases (the ones I use for wedding loadouts).

Ikea pax relocation - after

The other cabinet has two drawers where I fit all my tripods and light stands. I am going to use some coat hangers to hang some other items as well, but there is plenty of space for everything!

Ikea pax relocation - after

I think the versatility of the Pax system really makes it perfect for storing equipment of all sizes and keeping it organized so I don’t have to waste time searching through bins or other kinds of storage. the clean outside makes it so guests don’t walk in think I live in a constant state of disorganization. well done ikea, well done.

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