February 7, 2011

The Post In Which We Reduce Our Storage Space. On Purpose.

We're working on a giant-ass project upstairs in our Row House. We call it the Insulation/Plumbing/New Bathroom project. The project is proceeding like the song about the old woman who swallowed a fly:

She swallowed a dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the spider,
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she opened up the damn wall between the bathroom and study.
Perhaps she'll die.

For the 'Insulation' portion of the project, we demolished the upstairs study ceiling (more on this later) to prepare for insulation installation (ooooh! alliteration!). Post demo, we took a good long look at the room and determined the closet needed to go. It was one of those Victorian era closets designed in the era before women could vote AGAINST TERRIBLE CLOSET DESIGN.

Like a lot of century-old closets, the space is TOTALLY USELESS for modern use. Tiny door +wide space=Chronicles of Narnia type wardrobe - but with echos to the side instead of to the back. So. Yes. We reduced our storage space. On purpose.

14 comments:

  1. Unfortunately it seems that closet design didn't really come into being until around 1970 because everything prior pretty much has crap for closets. Will you replace the closet with a new one or are you still figuring things out?

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  2. Looks like another big job....Roll up your sleeves!! :-)

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  3. I don't think there ever is a project that doesn't involve mess, pain, anger, anquish, slowly realizing you've gone to far to turn back..and then the beauty of the finished project! Good luck!

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  4. AAAAAAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHA that drawing is FREAKING hysterical hahahahhahahaha Narnia.... hahahahha oh man. but more power to you guys! buck customary thought! do it the way you WANT! The way that works for YOU! now I cant wait to see how it turns out! <3

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  5. LOL! I love how you describe your closet! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  6. I LOVE the illustration. It cracks me up.

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  7. Sweetie, Love, love, love this post! Your drawing should be printed, framed and sent to ALL schools of architecture and construction sites. Maybe a kids book about the "beyond here be dragons" part - it worked for Narnia!
    mom

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  8. Sounds great. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

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  9. Hate the closet, love the drawing. At least your pain and frustration is great for our entertainment :) Hope it all turns out great, as usual!

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  10. Dangit! You got that song stuck in my head!!

    Aleksandra
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  11. lol... this is hilarious! Your sketch is awesome. I HATE old closets like that!

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  12. You know, the Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly is Franca's favorite book. Maybe now I know why!
    I agree with you about the closets. Also, why are they always like 17" wide when a hanger is 18"!?

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  13. I just found your blog and love it so far! This closet drawing makes me laugh!!! my favorite is narnia. Our pantry is similar to this - except the shelves in the far back slowly tilt downwards - they apparently couldn't use a level that far back! Thus boxes & cans that make it that far back are at risk of falling off.

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