The master closet design just wasn’t working.
Dirty laundry spilled out from the hamper, which was really in the way. I had a hard time reaching some of my accessories, and there wasn’t enough space for folded clothes, but I was determined to make this closet space work.
Three Tips to Successful Space Planning
- You aren’t limited by predetermined layouts, designs or intentions for the space.
- You can create a custom space using only what you have.
- Successful space planning should cater to your desired lifestyle and allow you to be fully you.
With that in mind, I bought wire cutters and replacement parts. Then, I removed the builder installed shelves, cut them down to size according to my design, and reinstalled them.
With an entire section of shelving gone, there was room to move the dresser into the closet, just liked I’d envisioned. This meant less floor space for shoes, so I took advantage of vertical storage space and moved the shoe racks on top of the dresser.
The master closet makeover was really coming together. Then it wasn’t.
Where are my jeans going to go?
What am I going to do with all of Mr. Hines’ shirts? Shirts he never wears.
Where are we going to keep the hamper?
I often wandered into the closet, willing the storage solutions to unfold, and I’d walk right back out, still stuck. One day, I literally growled out loud and shook my fist at the closet. No sooner than the tantrum ended, did I realize my frustration wasn’t about the closet. It was about feeling stuck in the midst of becoming.
My closet and I lived in limbo for weeks as I stewed over what seemed like a dead-end. But, the answers I was looking for weren’t found in the stewing. I found the answers in the living; the day-to-day use of my closet, seeing how we used the space, determining our needs and prioritizing them.
This newfound clarity led to the storage solutions I needed to continue with my custom closet design. And, one by one, each dilemma was solved.
I found space for my jeans. We cleared out the shirts Mr. Hines doesn’t wear, and put the hanger trick to use for the shirts in the maybe pile. And, eventually, I figured out how to keep the hamper in the closet.
Now, when I walk in my closet, I feel accommodated. I feel understood and embraced. Ultimately, I feel like I have been given an opportunity for self-expression; for becoming.
Now, that’s a master closet design that works!
See you in class,