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The Walk-In Closet – Before

Our former house had only one closet in the entire place.  It was located in the bathroom at the back of the house.

We survived.  Most mornings, I worked my way through the dark to the wardrobe in our bedroom.  I’d feel my way to the right pair of pants and shirt before dressing later on.  It was manageable.

When we bought this house and realized that there was a closet in nearly every room, it was like we hit the jackpot.  I was especially excited to have the ubiquitous walk-in closet.

Wasn’t that supposed to be every girl’s dream?

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The first thing I did after moving in was unpack my clothes.  Then, I arranged them by weight from lightest to heaviest in true minimalist style.

The next morning, I woke up in the darkened room and made my way to the nicely organized closet.

I pulled the chain on the utility light…

and nearly fell over.

The bright light had the brightness of a thousand suns that burned the eyes.  The Mr. even groaned from the light that had also spilled into the bedroom.

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It was so unsettling that I never went straight to the closet right after waking up again.

No, my new plan involved getting out clothes the night before (thanks mom) and using the closet as storage space.

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As the months went by, I dodged the obvious by telling myself the closet wasn’t set up the right way. I told myself I would use it more if I put in another bar and a soft organizer with drawers. Some things got hung, some were folded, and some were put into drawers on a hanging, swinging organizer.

The space ended up becoming bright and cluttered with half empty storage.  It’s been like that for a while now.  Whatever happened to, “A place for everything, and everything in its place?”

The pull chain got stuck last month.  I managed to fix it, but I left the bulb out in case it happened again.

I’m back to feeling my way through the dark for that pair of pants that’s probably not where I think it is.

It’s time for this to end.

Here’s the plan for making better use of the space:
  1. Change the light.  CHANGE THE LIGHT. Done!  See here about how I tried (and nearly failed) to change it.
  2. Choose one method of organizing clothes, not three.
  3. Donate clothes that I don’t want anymore.  Does this item ever feel done to you guys?
  4. On that note, the space should be for clothes and accessories only.  More storage space, more space to store junk. 

Want to see the final result?  Click here to see the reveal and get some tips about organizing closets.

10 thoughts on “The Walk-In Closet – Before

  1. LOL “The brightness of a thousand suns!” You could just have changed the wattage of the bulb to something lower. We don’t have walk in closets but I didn’t like the way the doors slid open. I felt I was losing valuable space in the middle so we took the doors off all the closets. I had thought about putting curtains up to hide the clothes but no one goes in our room for the most part but us so I’ve just left them open…so I guess I do have walk in closets! Looking forward to your next adventure. Janet

    1. Oh my goodness, I never thought of changing the wattage of the bulb! I feel pretty silly now. I really thought that having closets would be wonderful because I would be able to store things out of sight. I think they’re all mostly junk collectors now. Loved your comment. Do you find that your things are more organized without the doors on?

      1. Yes and more accessible without having to slide the doors back and forth. I mean, I still throw my shoes on the floor but there is a shelf there when I feel so inclined to neaten up a bit. 🙂

  2. LOL “The brightness of a thousand suns!” You could just have changed the wattage of the bulb to something lower. We don’t have walk in closets but I didn’t like the way the doors slid open. I felt I was losing valuable space in the middle so we took the doors off all the closets. I had thought about putting curtains up to hide the clothes but no one goes in our room for the most part but us so I’ve just left them open…so I guess I do have walk in closets! Looking forward to your next adventure. Janet

    1. Oh my goodness, I never thought of changing the wattage of the bulb! I feel pretty silly now. I really thought that having closets would be wonderful because I would be able to store things out of sight. I think they’re all mostly junk collectors now. Loved your comment. Do you find that your things are more organized without the doors on?

      1. Yes and more accessible without having to slide the doors back and forth. I mean, I still throw my shoes on the floor but there is a shelf there when I feel so inclined to neaten up a bit. 🙂

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