September 30, 2012

Closet Case


Believe it or not, we ALMOST didn't get our house because of one teeny tiny major thing - the master closet.

We had a list list of "musts" and this was basically number one on MY list. Of course the house we love - has a crap master closet. I am not sure what the former owners were thinking when they built it. I suppose they are clothing minimalists, but it was NOT going to work for us. We loved the house and decided it was "the one", so I was willing to TRY to make it work.

Doug was automatically booted to the guest bedroom closet. Even then I knew my stuff wasn't going to fit without some major help. We took the measurements and enlisted inThe Container Store and their ELFA closet system. They worked their magic and we came up with something that would work. It wasn't going to be perfect and I was give no choice but "let go" of quite a bit of my wardrobe, but I took a deep breath and got to work. It wasn't the end of the world because most the stuff I haven't worn in forever or shouldn't wear again anyway. It's just the mental process of letting go, it was so hard but I dwindled down - some.

The closet situation is so important to me that we convinced the sellers to let us in the house a day before closing to allow ELFA to install my closet system, that way I wouldn't have to pick outfits out of bags/boxes for weeks. So you can imagine my *gasp* when the hubs sent me this picture of my "finished" closet!

Ummm, what is this?? Shoe racks hanging into the entry way? No!!! The guy shad to literally turn sideways to get in, not to mention it just wasn't what I was expecting. They look so pretty in the store and my little drawing looked so perfect?!  I called The Container Store and basically what happened is somehow the doorway measurement got put in the system wrong. This meant we had to do a total closet re-haul AND re-install! After going back and forth with the designer (thinking I was going to have to lose even more space) she came up with some solution to still keep my most my shoes and almost all the hanging space that I needed. Bad news - I had to wait until today to get someone in to fix it!!

Finally the hanging process has begun. Guess what - another issue. When I gave them the number of shoes (non boots) I owned, I included flats and wedges in that number. Umm, wedges do NOT feet on heel racks!! Thankfully my husband is a handyman! He removed a gliding shoe rack or two and we are returning them for shelves. After that, all should be well in my closet world.

In the meantime I will continue to pick outfits out of plastic bags and hope for the best. So if I repeat outfits or look like a homeless person - don't judge.

Mrs. Green

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