Monday, August 30, 2010

A Woman in her Thirties Reconstructs

Remember when apartment and/or house hunting consisted of you, your friends, and a lease that did not include a sizable security deposit? I miss my twenties sometimes. Now, as a woman in her thirties and SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT HOLY COW, my priorities have changed. L and I bought our first house last year, and buying a house built during the years of Prohibition comes with its challenges.

It would be safe to call this the summer of reconstruction. It's just too bad that the planned portion coincided with the unplanned portion.

I will admit that everything I know about construction can fit into one Chinese New Year hong bao. Here's what I knew going into it: Our master closet situation was not working.

Here's a 'before' view from the front:
And here's a view from the back:
If you can tear your eyes from the cutest dog in the world, you might notice that there are no rods in the closet. No shelves. No drawers. Basically, our master closet has been a secret passageway to what will be the baby's room for the last year.

Where did we hang our clothes, you ask? We hung them here, in the guest room:

I am hardly Carrie Bradshaw when it comes to needing closet space, but this was less than optimal. Especially at 5:15am, when I'm feeling my way through the house without my contacts in to pick my outfit for the day.

Any woman in her thirties knows that there are easy ways and hard ways to do things. This woman in her thirties often chooses the easy way. Without boring you with plans, ideas, and quotes, let's just say that L and I decided to fix the closets the hard way. It involved sealing off a wall, creating a wall, creating storage, and adding doors to THREE rooms in our house. And while I did spend the majority of the month of August ready to scratch my face off, I'm pleased to say that we're finally done.

Here's the finished product:


(Chewy's room)

(Guest room)

It is a very woman in her thirties thing to get excited about closets, but I am, in fact, a woman in her thirties. And as of today, finally, an organized one.


  1. Yay closets!! I'm so glad this all happened before the baby so you can organize all of her tiny little clothes. :)

  2. I'm so glad I have a place to put all my carrie bradshawness when I come to visit! Yay!

  3. p.s I love the Pink! and the Green! It looks awesome!!

  4. Designing, building, and organizing closets is one of my FAVORITE things to do! (Only second to organizing offices.) I am so jealous.

  5. That has got to be SUCH a relief. Yay for something off your list! :)

  6. Hooray for new closets!

    Does Daniel have any idea what a large fan base he has?!? Can't wait to see him...and you...and L...and all your friends...this weekend! YAY!

  7. Prohibition + wacky closet = speakeasy! Check the basement - you may have a bootlegger's tunnel to Canada that you don't know about. Think about all the extra storage space that would give you!