Reality bites. It really does. My obsession with decorating books and magazines only serves to make this fact more painfully obvious! The latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens? Be still my heart. There’s nothing I love more than a French Farmhouse-inspired home decked out for the Holidays in vintage splendor (but seriously- white everything? And you have kids?). But Hannah, you’re saying, you have such a lovely little home! So charmingly imperfect, so packed full of love! And this is all true.
But what am I supposed to think when I see pictures like these??
I know EXACTLY what I’m supposed to think. I’m supposed to think that my closet sucks. Because that’s called reality.
Since I started this blog I’ve worked really hard to not ever show you the inside of my closet. The problem isn’t the closet’s size, although it isn’t a walk-in closet, the size is pretty decent- for a tiny 1970s ranch house in the midwest! Compare it to one of the closets above, and suddenly it looks pitiable (in its current state, compare it to ANY closet and it looks pitiable). The problem is my lack of motivation to actually use the size to its best advantage. Instead, I simply pile/toss/throw/discard clothes in the closet like a crazy person, because I can just shut the doors.
It’s obvious that I need help. And in this case, I need help in the form of external motivation. And so, at long last, I will subject you to the
(and fun shoes)
(yes, those are build-a-bears hiding on the bottom shelf)
(yes, i know that those strappy sandals are ridiculously adorable, i have worn them 1 time. i almost slipped and died, and decided that 4 inches is my heel limit, but haven’t gotten rid of them yet)
(i do love plaid, especially plaid jammies)
(i also love Coach, so much that i even save the paper shopping bags that my handbags come in)
(no, i can’t remember why that suitcase is up on that top rack. there’s nothing even in it)
You can stop crying now (or laughing, whichever. In situations this dire, I tend to alternate), because THIS IS THE WEEKEND I TACKLE MY CLOSET. In my Monday update I will have triumphant pictures of a lovingly organized closet, most likely accompanied by harrowing war stories.
My (Realistic) Closet Inspiration
In case the inspiration pictures didn’t clue you in, I’m going to attempt to move our dresser into the closet! By swapping the dresser & bookshelf, not only will I add more storage to the closet, but I’ll be creating more floor-space next to the bed (the bookshelf is more narrow than the dresser). I’m also planning to remove the closet doors. *gasp* I know it’s crazy, but although you can’t tell it from the pictures I posted, our closet doors actually run into our bed’s footboard when they open. Plus, there are FOUR DOORS on the north wall of our bedroom (door to the room, two closet doors, and the bathroom door). It’s just an awkward space all around. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Take off closet doors
- Paint inside closet (I have a lovely light blue for this. OR- should I use the same peacock blue as the bathroom??)
- Swap out dresser & bookshelf
- Sort through/organize clothes, pack away summer clothes (I still haven’t done this…gah)
- Organize shoes & handbags
Wish me luck! (and seriously, which would look better in that closet: a light blue, or a deep peacock blue?)