I live in a really old house. We’ve never actually done research to confirm the age of this house but we’re pretty sure it’s at least 150 years old. People back then didn’t have a lot of clothes and therefore they didn’t have need for many closets so you shouldn’t be shocked when I tell you that my entire 4 bedroom house has only 3 closets. Total.
We’ve done our best over the years to find creative ways of storing our stuff but the one thing we had never dealt with successfully was our bedroom closet — until now. We bought one of those expandable closet organizer things at Lowe’s months ago and it has been sitting in the garage, mostly because I was dreading dealing with the closet. Dale is off this week for school vacation and he finally took the hint and started the closet project himself.
I don’t have a “before” picture that shows how disastrous and messy our closet was so you’ll just have to imagine an overcrowded rack with a shelf above loaded down with bags and boxes. The floor was covered with shoes and discarded clothes and empty bags. It was a pit, I tell you.
Just like “clean sweep” the first thing to do was empty everything out. I did get a picture of that. Like most home improvement projects, things had to look worse before they could look better.
Then Dale swept and painted while I sorted through clothes and shoes and junk. He said the unit was pretty straight forward to install. It took longer than he thought it would but I think that’s true of most projects.
While he worked on the installation I mostly sat around knitting. When things got close to being done, though, I sorted through shoes and clothes and stuff. I made some tough decisions, including getting rid of a sweater that I wore the weekend we went away to celebrate our engagement and the shoes I wore with my wedding gown, but when you have limited space you have to be brutal about how you allocate it. By the time Dale was finished installing the unit, I was ready to “move in” to our new closet.
I was a little disappointed that the “full length” side of the unit is wider than I had hoped but it was important to get the shelves directly in front of the doorway and this was the sacrifice we had to make. Everything fit and the shelves are a wonderful addition to our space.
The trick, of course, will be keeping it this neat.