Several months ago Mr. C told me to empty my closet because he needed to work on it and paint it fresh. We have lived in this home for 18 years and I confess my closet was a disaster. I did not take any before photos with clothes because it was just too embarrassing. I admit to a slight tendancy towards "hoarder" status. I hate to eliminate things even though I always donate to Hospice.
It took me six weeks to take everything out. I was overwhelmed with how much I had stuffed into this space. Oh by-the-way I was so shocked at the size of my closet when I did get it emptied that I measured the floor alone. It is 7 feet x 13 feet and I am embarrassed because that is the size of some bedrooms I have had in my past.
It is nice and bright and I do enjoy having a window. I had to cover that window though because the wonderful sunshine would stream in and fade only the one side depending on how clothes were hung.
So where did I put all that stuff? Well, the library across the hall. Mr. C had the audacity one day to ask, "What is all that stuff in here now?" That man should be silent! I did take loads downstairs and hang them in the guest closets. Then I was talking via telephone to our good friend, Mr. Larry, who recently moved and rebuilt closets. Well...
Brilliant Larry suggested two ladders with poles across. So Mr. C got to hang all of his clothes nice and neat. He did take over the dining room. Thank you Mr. Larry.
So for a solid week Mr. C and his super helper, John, worked in both closets and routed every edge of every shelf, straightened my sagging brackets and rods, and sanded and painted. Two gallons of expensive Benjamin Moore paint and five hours later I could move back in. But..."don't clutter or overload! Remember we are listing the house and buyers need to see a spacious closet."
Now I have donated another truckload of clothes, shoes, boots and hats to Hospice. I just hope I have clothes and shoes left for me to wear.
Now you have seen the after photos and I admit I am so giddy with the transformation. I love to be able to see just what I have and am able to actually wear. Oh, you ask if I kept anything downstairs in the guests closets? Yes, just a wee bit. I have one garment bag in each closet with specialty pieces that aren't for everyday. Mr. C did approve of this.
One last photo to share with you and Thank You for staying with me this long. This is the niche just before entering my closet and I love to display special treasures of family vintage hats and "handbags". Not all are vintage but they are lots of fun.
This entire closet project almost killed me and I am so thankful it is now completed. Now on to more sorting and donating and packing in my craft room downstairs.
Our weather is just right and hopefully we might get some much needed rain this coming weekend.
I am content and finding JOY in each and every day. I did take a day "off" and meet my sister. We spent some lovely hours making beaded charms. She was learning and she did extremely well! I was very proud of her.
Embracing Creative Bliss...