I really debated whether or not to paint the interior of the closet. Ultimately, I knew it was now or never, so I just bit the bullet and did it. I’m glad I did, it just feels much brighter and cleaner now. I will say however, painting the closet took waaaaay longer than actually installing the Closetmaid system.
The next step is a little bit trickier because I had to cut my shelves down to size. Still super easy, I just have an irrational fear of slicing my fingers off with the saw. After my shelves were hung, I added the rods. They also needed to be cut down to size. Once I put them up, I just hung an item of clothing to check and see if they were hung where I wanted them. Once my side was complete, I took my measurements and started on Brian’s side. The whole thing took about 45 min start to finish. Not including painting, which I managed to drag out for a couple of days. My next goal was to go through the giant mass of clothes that I had taken out of the closet and spewed all over the guest room, and purge what I no longer needed. It went surprisingly well. I got rid of things I had been holding onto (and not wearing) for years. I decided to just start by picking out the clothes that I actually do wear on a regular basis and hang them up in the new closet, and then rummage through what was left over to figure out what to donate. It made the process a lot easier for me. It also made me realize that I wear a LOT of black and white….specifically black and white stripes. I promise I do wear color, but most of my colorful things are t-shirts and dresses (which don’t go in this closet). For me, keeping my go-to, staple items neutral is just easier for me to come up with an outfit and feel put together quickly. The hubs still needs to go through his clothes, but he’s been busy with hay the last few days, so he gets a pass. I also still need to add his shoes, I think they are just going to go under our clothes on both sides. I was hoping to have room for some shelves or a shoe rack in the middle of the back wall, but I haven’t found anything that fits right. I also need to fix the light in our closet, it has a pull switch that is missing the pull. Right now we turn it on/off by screwing/unscrewing the bulb. Not the safest thing to do and is really hard for short people like me.
Now I just have to figure out the other closet….and all those shoes!