I swear they must have been nudists.
When we first moved in, I took the closet in the master bedroom because...well because it seemed bigger and I'm the girl. Husband used the closet in the spare bedroom. A few months back, I freaked out and told Husband that I either needed to switch closets with him or we needed to move.
We switched closets.
Well, actually, I switched closets. He sat downstairs and played on the computer and said he wanted nothing to do with my nonsense.
The switch worked relatively well. I had a bit more room, but I still felt cramped. The California Closet appointment was another attempt to convince me that moving immediately was not necessary.
Here are what our closets looked like (my closet - well half my closet since the stupid sliding doors prevent me from seeing the whole closet at once - and Husband's closet, respectively):
The consultant arrived at our house promptly at 9am last Saturday morning. First, she set up her computer on our dining room table and then we showed her the closets. She took all sorts of measurements and asked us questions about what items of clothing we wear most frequently and what our priorities were. Did I want shelving for 30+ pairs of shoes? Did I want double rows of shelving for shirts and skirts or did I need more full shelving for dresses and pants? What about belt racks? Or tie racks for Husband?
After she measured the space (and she seriously measured everything: the width of my shoes and the length of my pants), she worked on her computer to create a 3D image of her design proposal. Once she finished, we were able to make suggestions and recommendations which she could immediately reflect in the design. Very cool.
We had anticipated that the price would be the deal breaker for us, but we were pleasantly surprised by the estimate. Neither of our closets had all that many bells and whistles in the design so the cost of redesigning both ended up being about $1000 less than we were expecting.
Once the consultant left, I told Husband that I wanted to change my closet doors. The consultant had recommended doing that anyway and I thought it would make quite a difference. So off we went to the Home Depot to buy closet doors. True to form, the doorway of my closet was 47 inches while the standard doorway is 48. I swear nothing in this house has been standard. The previous own really seemed to think that no one would ever want to make any design changes to his handiwork. He did the same thing in the kitchen: they redid the cabinets and left a 32 inch opening for the refrigerator. A standard refrigerator (French door) is 36 inches, but good ole Johnny Homeowner couldn't imagine that anyone would ever want to have a wider refrigerator than his stupid little top freezer refrigerator so he had the cabinets built right up to the edge. So annoying!
Shockingly Husband, who has never been all that handy, was able to install the new closet doors. Yes, it took a few hours, but he did it and the difference is absolutely amazing!
Finally, I can open my closet doors completely and see everything in my closet at once. This also means that more light shines into my closet and I can use the space back beyond the doorway (at least a foot on each side). By using that space, I was able to get rid of the double rod I had been using and none of my clothes are dragging on the floor anymore! We decided that I'm going to use my new closet for a few weeks and that may alleviate the need to hire California Closets at all! As much as I'd love for them to redo the closets, there really are much better ways to spend that money.
And it turns out, that we can fix Husband's closet with a door too:
All I have to do is shut it and I can't see the mess that he has going on in there!
I'm home sick today so no What I Wore post, but hopefully I'll be back to my healthy self tomorrow!