At long last, we're starting to move into the 2nd level / attic living space of our addition.
The attached garage below has been a treat this winter. Aside from having a place to house all the snow pants & boots, to hop into a comfortable room-temp car without having to go out in -20° or colder weather is an ultimate amenity.
All that we have left to do upstairs is waiting for oak lumber, whcih is just out of the kiln & will be home soon. (Closet doors, a small bathroom cabinet, and window trim.)
For now, our closets are officially ready to move into.
In designing the layout of our master bedroom, we decided to make use of eve space for our closets.
I attempted all kinds of research into best use for non-traditional closet space like this, searching my heart out on Pinterest, to no avail. So, out came the graph paper & good erasable pencil, and I came up with what I think is the best possible use for our closet space.
"Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means." - Einstein
Here's my new closet:
• Mitch's is matching, opposite mine. They each measure 5.5' deep by 5' wide.
Though it looks
small, I'll actually have more useful space than before.
closet rod on one side as well as the back, I've got almost 10' of hanging rod - more than I had in my standard closet. And I can reach everything!
already moved Mitch into his. We were able to reach my goal of doing
away with a dresser for him. (After many years trying to defy it, I've accepted that he's never going to start closing dresser drawers.) All of
his clothing, from long johns to wool socks (we have lots of those in
northern MN) fit on the shelving. With plenty of room to spare.
• Mitch insisted on wiring lights into our closets. I didn't think we needed them, but I can see now that it'll be nice. I won't have to be woken by a bright light when he gets up extremely early in the morning.
• We happened to have some aromatic cedar logs that he ran through the sawmill to use as closet flooring. It smells fantastic.
• I treated myself to new hangers - they're slim (space saving) and
actually pretty dreamy. Less likely to leave hanger marks & clothes
don't slide around on them.
We've had the same closets for over 15 years, accumulating & hiding stuff.
I've started cleaning them out over the past couple of days. This is kind of a big deal!
I'm trying to be very mindful about what moves into our new space, which has led me to pare down.
One thing that's going is my wedding dress. If I felt attached to it
at some point before, that feeling is now gone. I gave it fair
consideration, and after hanging in our closets for going on 17 years, it's
packed to go.
I think my leather biker jacket is next. It's a pretty sweet jacket - maybe someone can use it. I'm just not a biker.
yet to reach the top shelf. I've honestly never been able to reach the
top shelf, and so what goes there has always stayed there, who knows
what I've yet to unearth in this process!
My next house update will be more exciting. But I have to say - the clean slate of new closets to move into is pretty darn exciting!
Do you hang your pants / jeans on hangers?