Monday, December 14, 2009

Simple Pleasures for Simple People Entry #12098

Or maybe I should consider naming this post "taking pleasure in the little things in life". Whatever you want to call it, I am a happy camper. All because of a front closet.

You see, when we moved into this house in August, it had more closets than we've ever had before. A front closet, a back closet, a linen closet, three walk-in closets, one "normal" closet. We were in closet heaven!

The catch? They all came with wire shelves. Have you ever tried to organize a bunch of little stuff on wire shelves? Not fun. Things just don't line up right. A person needs a million baskets to keep them all contained in one area. Plus the "pantry" is so small that if you blinked, you'd miss it. All of a sudden, my closet bubble burst. Yes, we had the space, but not the shelving required to get our life organized.

I've been patiently waiting for the right time to add "shelves" to Hubby's long list of tasks to complete. His plate is so full already, I hated to ask him to add more to it. Last week he started talking about building a sauna in the basement and I decided I couldn't wait any longer. I asked him, rather sweetly, if he'd be willing to do a few things on the main floor for me first before he started on the sauna. Don't get me wrong here, I would love a sauna but would rather have some order in my day to day living. After all, if Mama ain't happy...

Being the great guy that he is, he agreed and started in on the front closet. A few hours later, here's what I had...
Isn't it just lovely?! Yes, those are empty shelves you see there. I haven't had time to fill them all up yet. This closet was such a mess (I forgot to take a before picture). It was one of those spaces where you open the door, throw whatever in and shut the door really fast. Then you'd hope that when friends came over, they didn't open the door because you never knew what was going to spill out of there.
Now when I'm feeling stressed and disorganized, I'm going to throw open this door and gaze at the top shelves, all neatly organized. I know well enough the bottom ones won't stay neat for long so I won't even look at them...
I can only imagine how delighted I'll be when the shelves in the laundry room are done.

3 comments:

Sarah Niemela said...

Go Tom!!!

Amy Wittenberg said...

A little organization does go a long way on the contentment scale!!

Bob and Reb said...

I think I'll need to have him come up and do some of that around here, in our new, closet-LESS house. Ugh. It's really hard to go from having to having-not. Stacks of stuff are everywhere, waiting to find a home.