When we moved in eight weeks ago everything was plucked from the old house and
thrown placed into “appropriate” spots in
the new house. We are still figuring out
how we want things to function and working on organizing everything. But one area has bothered me since moving –
the master closet.
I’m grateful the closet is about three times the size of our old one and we have lots of unused space. I’d love in the future to get rid of the wire shelving and install custom built ins, but that’s for another post. For now, the problem is the unused space.
WHAT?!? Extra space is a PROBLEM?!? Are you NUTS?!?
Yeah, that sounded like I was off my rocker, didn’t it? Let me explain. Because our clothes and such were just placed in the closet without much thought things don’t function the best. The biggest culprit is the dirty clothes hamper. Although it lived in our old master bath our new bath didn’t have an obvious place to store the hamper so it wound up in the closet. I have three main issues with it: 1. It’s always in the way. 2. It’s always full (or overflowing). 3. I really don’t like having it in there.
One day while in the bathroom (don’t ask!) an idea popped into my head. There is a tall two door cabinet that had to be added as an afterthought because the finish/style doesn’t match the vanity. It’s not my favorite piece and I’d love to get rid of it but it does provide really good storage. Again, because things were just placed in the master bath when we moved this cabinet certainly wasn’t living up to its full potential. I wondered if by moving the shelf in the lower section to its highest point if the hamper would fit under the shelf?
No time like the present to find out! I began by emptying the lower section. Removed the shelf and supporting brackets. Reinstalled the brackets at the highest point and replaced the shelf. Grabbing the hamper form the closet I held my breath as I started placing it in the cabinet. It fit! Even with the handle fully extended, it fit! Insert here a slap to the forehead with the comment “why didn’t I thinking of this sooner?” coming from my mouth!
It’s been a few days since this update and let me tell you it has been great! I’m not bumping into the hamper in the morning when getting ready for work. I don’t have to look at it overflowing onto the closet floor anymore. It’s much more functional to have it back in the bathroom. Sometimes the quick, little updates make things so much better that you wonder why you didn’t do them sooner.