Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday Listicles - The Closets Come Open. I Wish.

Stasha has chosen our Listicle topic to be 10 Things in Your Closet.

I have some good news and some bad news.

First, the good news.  I don't have any skeletons in my closet.

The bad news is, I don't have skeletons in my closet because I DON'T HAVE A CLOSET!

Our house was built in 1866.  Would normally be a good excuse, as most houses didn't have closets back then.  Alas, the builders were forward thinkers, and each of the original rooms has at least 2 closets.

Our bedroom was added on in the 1990s, and the family in possession of the house at that time had more of an "I don't care if it's practical or even proper" attitude.  So, Hubby and I are left without a closet.  We do have a wardrobe that houses a few of the things that we wear regularly.  Basically, a few pairs of Hubby's work pants and shirts, and a few blouses and jackets for me.

Today, I give you 10 Groups of Things That Would Be in My Closet Instead of Scattered About My Room.

1.  The Drying Rack.  (We're starting out small.  Don't want to appall you right out of the gate.)


Right now it simply hangs out against our wardrobe.  I suppose I could get a towel that goes with the decor of our bedroom, but honestly, the decor is awful.  You'll see glimpses of it in future photos.  It was chosen by the previous owners.  The ones who thought a closet was too much trouble.

2.  The million or so bags of the duffel, backpack, and beach variety.


The bags seem to multiply rather rapidly.  Perhaps the dark, private ambiance they have under the bed has something to do with it.

3.  My robe.


Draped over the bedpost isn't exactly attractive.  (Can you see even more bags worming their way out from under the bed?  Multiplying, I tell you?!?!)

4.  My shoes.


I do have a shoe hanger on the back of our bedroom door, but it ain't enough.  First of all, I can't keep boots in it.  Second of all, there isn't enough room.  You can only put one heel in each slot.  So, I get to trip over my shoes as I enter our room.

5.  Old computer paraphernalia.


For some reason, it is a rule here at the coop that we can't just get rid of old computers.  They are tucked into closets all around the house.  This one is in our bedroom, right outside the bathroom, just waiting for it's chance at a permanent home in a closet.

6.  My sweaters.


Have you heard me mention that it gets rather chilly here in Indiana?  I must wear sweaters, but they take up a whole lot of room.  So, into boxes under the bed they go.

7.   Future Christmas store gifts.


Our church sponsors a Christmas store each year.  All year long I am on the lookout for things on super-clearance that would be good for the store.  Unfortunately, there is no closet in which to house these awesome deals, so wedged between the wardrobe and the wall they go.

8.  But where are my fancy frocks, you ask?  Surely those are not stuffed into a ball under your dresser?  No, they aren't under the dresser, and don't call me Shirley.  (Catch that??? Movie quote from last week's list.)  Fancy frocks and other articles that must go on a hangar.


From my room, go across the landing, down three steps, up 5 steps, across the other landing and into the little boys' room.  I get the approximately 8 inches of closet space that Hubby's suits don't take up.

9. My hot tub.


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OK, so we don't have a hot tub.  But I would love to have on in my closet.  And yes, I would get one that, when I sit in it, makes me look like I'm being made into wine.

10.  And while we're dreaming, might as well add this.




Have a lovely day!



35 comments:

  1. As I was reading this, it struck me that you don't really need a closet... what you need is a bigger bed. Think of all the things you could stash under a double king! Also, we added a ton of closets when we added on a few years ago and I have to be honest with you...stuff multiplies in closets. Kind of like the bags. Having ample closet space causes one to become lax and stop discerning what is or isn't needed. Seriously. AND... monsters LIVE in closets. That's what my 2-year old tells me anyway. btw, that top is so pretty!

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    1. Hahaha! I was thinking the exact same thing about needing a bigger bed!
      True about closets breeding stuff you don't need. Our other closets have that problem. Unfortunately, we still have stuff that we don't need (computer!) and it's just cluttering our room.
      I don't think we have monsters in our closets. According to our three-year old, they live in the basement.
      Glad to see you here. Does it mean you are feeling better?

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    2. I am lying down in bed wishing people would blog faster so I had more to read. I was reading the hobbit for the hundredth time but it fell under the bed. So yes, I am feeling better than sometimes and not better than others. :) usually, my pregnancies are so bad that I can hardly function at all....so I 'm doing pretty well. Thanks for asking!

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  2. Oh my gosh I don't even know how in the world I would make it without closets! And I totally get it with the multiplying bags thing -- how in the world do we accumulate such things...

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    1. Part of our accumulation comes from having so many kids. Each time we do an event together, we bring home 8 of something, like the 8 backpacks from the turkey trot. Ridiculous.

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  3. I'm so glad to see that there are other people in this world who are not neat freaks with things all put away in special little places. I do have ample closet space, but things still manage to be thrown around and piled up everywhere. I could so enjoy a day or two in that hot tub full of vino.

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    1. I'd like to say the clutter is from my lack of a closet. However, we've had closets in other abodes, and there was clutter there, too.
      Yes, a hot tub of vino would be delightful.

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  4. You crack me up! My eyes got really wide when I saw the hot tub, you trickster! My favorites were, "Don't want to appall you right out of the gate" and the bit about the bags...dark ambiance, hee hee! We too have a serious bag problem, and ours seem inclined to reproduce as well. What a great list!

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    1. My eyes got wide when I saw the hot tub, too. And green with envy.
      Glad you liked the peek into my cluttered life. :)

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  5. My home was built in the '50's which gives us just a few tiny closets. Can't imagine having none! Hot tub would be killer!

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    1. Do we really have so much more stuff than they did in the 50s?
      A hot tub would be fantastic.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. A hot tub in the closet will be certainly great!!

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    1. I'm thinking a hot tub anywhere would be great!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I feel you pain about no closets, not that I use them much anyway but.....

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    1. You don't use them??? You don't have things to put in them or you just leave the stuff lying about? Just curious. :)

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  8. Have you seen the beds that flip up and you keep everything under a compartment under the mattress? Your room looks like mine and I have a closet, I just don't put them away.

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    1. I've seen the beds, but I didn't know there were compartments. I always wanted one of those beds when I was a kid. Actually, I wish my kids had them.

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  9. Oh man, I see your need for closets. I have closets, but I tend to use the chair as a hanger a lot. :-)

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    1. In the original parts of the house, the closets are so narrow that a regular hanger from Target cannot hand normal while the door is shut. Which is hard on C's sports coats.
      #1 that is the same reason I am not a nurse
      #2 I recognize that 31 bag pattern!!!
      #3 I don't wear a robe my boys wish I did
      #5 All our old computer parts/pieces we take to BestBuy then recycle or something we just clean off the hard drive {I say we like I actually know what those words mean}
      #7 glad to know I am not the only one who shops for GREAT deals all year.
      I have 8 inches of my husbands closet, and Little A has about 2 feet of space, the rest is his, but when you own AND wear 176 ties, you need a place to hang them all, he has enough dress shirts to go a few weeks with out ironing, I get a smidgen of closet...

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    2. Chairs are so handy that way. Half the time, once the clothes dry, the drying rack becomes a shelf for things we don't feel like putting away just that minute. Or that day. Or that week...

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  10. I am in love with your fancy red dress!! I am impressed that you can survive w/o closets :)

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    1. That dress was a serious outside the box purchase. I have worn it to two of Hubby's work Christmas parties. Most years, it's the usual black.
      Surviving, yes. Enjoying the lack of closet, not so much.

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  11. We have the breeding bag syndrome at our house too. Oh and the storage place between the dresser and wall...of course on the side that you can't see when you enter our bedroom. :)

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    1. Ha!! That space between the wall and the dresser is a little magical hiding spot, isn't it?

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  12. I was just about to say "dude, you have that in your house" who needs a closet if you have that hot tub. I didn't admit it on the blog, but there was an old laptop computer in my closet, which, now that I think about it, I have no idea where I put it to get rid of it...I suppose I should find that, huh. Also, I did not admit on my blog, was that MY closet, is in my son's room...so I technically don't have my own closet :)

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    1. Glad you feel comfortable admitting such things here. :)
      The whole closet in the kids' room gets a little old sometimes. Especially when they are sleeping and I need something out of it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. That hot tub in my closet would be AMAZING!!!

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    1. That hot tub anywhere would be amazing! :)

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  14. We have drying racks but I hardly ever use them. Instead I just fling non-dryer laundry over the upper bannister and then don't put them away, so the landing is always festooned with wet clothes. It's very attractive.

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    1. How pretty! My sister does the same thing. I would too if we had a banister. It would clear out my room a bit. :)

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  15. I hang blankets to dry over the bannister all the time. Incredibly functional!

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  16. Love the way you ended this. My eyes got big at #9 and I said out loud, "Nice addition!" followed by "Oh she got me." LOL!

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    1. Ha! Can you even imagine having that hot tub in your house? Impossible dreams...

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  17. You absolutely should have a hot tub in your closet! Love the leopard rainboots, such a classy chick!

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