My master closet has been a disaster area for a few months. Its one of those things that I chose to let go because... well, I don't know why. Wait, yes I do, its because not everything can be ideal. There! Ha! Die, Perfectionist. That's why this blog is not called "In Perfect Order." Its "Decent". You know, definitely "Good Enough."
Anyhow, it got to the point that the door would not fully swing open and my husband and I would trip over clothes, shoes, and suitcases every time we went in there. I had a closet installer come over to give me an estimate on getting some nice shelving done. $5000. Oh yes, not $500, it was $5000. I guess that's because I said I hated horrible wire shelving and I pretty much wanted the whole thing built out with drawers, shelves, hanging rods, cubbies galore and so on. Well, for me& my family, it is not appropriate to spend that kind of money on a stupid closet, when there are orphans all over the world who need parents. And I just finished reading "Radical" by David Platt. As much as I would love a closet like this one ::
So, I decided that I will live with my horrible wire shelving and make the best of the unused space that existed above all the shelves. (Side note :: if I lived near Ikea, it is very affordable to build out a closet using some of their systems and I would consider it. But, I have no plans to hit Atlanta's Ikea any time soon, so whatever, I think I will let go of this dream. My husband will be happy that he doesn't have to build any thing. And that, my friends, is worth a lot.)
There are 2 main categories of items that have no proper home in my closet :: suitcases and folded clothing. We have plenty of hanging space, but for jeans and tee's, there is simply not enough room in the dresser that already lives in there. I will probably solve that problem down the road with an inexpensive Ikea dresser like the one below. Until then, I'll attempt to keep my jeans and tee's nicely folded and stacked on the horrible wire shelving. I can't help myself, I have to say "horrible" every time I say "wire shelving."
So, on to the suitcases. We store our suitcases in the closet because we need easy access to them for various travels. In case you haven't seen the blog before, we tromp all over the place. Sure would be nice to live next door (or even in a bordering state) to family and good friends, but we are modern-day nomads. We wander. And therefore need our suitcases, which don't fit under the bed (that would be convenient, though, no?). The offenders ::
My husband suggested hanging the suitcases on hooks in the "white spaces" above the horrible wire shelves. That would have worked, but I didn't love the idea of entering the closet and seeing a lot of visual clutter on the walls right away. What about hanging them in the white spaces above the door way on the opposite wall? Still easy to access, yet you don't really notice them unless you walk in, turn around and look up. My husband went to town converting our pile-o-suitcases into a purposeful, neatly organized set up.
One last side note... my husband Dave is a hoarder of hooks. I don't know why. But, in this case, the hoarding came in handy, as we had many matching hooks to choose from and didn't have to run to the store for supplies. This project was totally free, well other than the hour or so that Dave spent with the drill. For the record, that hour of work was SO worth not stumbling in and out of the closet. Good work, my darling husband.