(This is part 2 of a 2 part series. You can read Closets: An american horror story by clicking HERE)
The house I currently live in is over one hundred years old. It’s beautiful and unique with slanty floors and hand-planed doors. I love it. I’m also very glad I discovered minimalism before I moved in. Our house has three bedrooms and five closets. Three of the closets are not in a bedroom. One of the spaces I call a closet could also technically be called a pantry, but it’s huge and I don’t just use it for food. One of the closets is empty (see yesterday’s post HERE for the picture).
I promised a picture of the closets so here goes.
The largest picture is of the pantry-closet. This area is currently undergoing an overhaul since I purged again. It’s a little messy. The left side is mostly food, with some storage above and below. A few space heaters and a blue sleeping bag are up top, too. On the left side(not pictured) are some side shelves. There we have some linens (there is no linen closet in the house. I will talk more about our obsession with linens later this week). Also all my coolers are just piled at the bottom. I have several since I peddle cheese in my spare time ( I really mean that). Remember in the first week when I talked about a maybe box? That toaster oven is sitting there while its fate is decided. We recently went with a much smaller pop-up toaster, but we do sometimes use the little oven even though it stopped toasting well. If I don’t miss it before Christmas it won’t stay, but I am allowing myself some space to decide. Oh and that really is all the food we keep except what’s in the fridges. Yes, we have two. One came with the house. I do kind of love second fridge when I live far from the store. We have too many weights. Those are the next items to be reassessed.
Now, moving quickly from the top right down:
The coat closet: This is where all five of us have our coats. Most of us have only two, light and heavy. I have two dresses and a skirt in here as well since I have no closet. Hunky has more than three coats and so does youngest. She wears coats in the summer time so she gets a pass. On top (not pictured) is our board game collection. Underneath are Hunky’s shoe shelves. He recently did a major wardrobe overhaul. I like his shoes better now.
The teens’ closet: That’s right. I have three teenage girls and the middle picture is their closet their whole closet and nothing but their closet. They rock the minimalism and I am not ashamed to brag on them. They have adjoining rooms and the other one doesn’t even have a closet. They are neither deprived nor naked, and I think they look amazing all the time.
Hunky’s Closet: The bottom picture is Hunky’s closet with mostly my shoes on the inner door. I love shoes, I struggle with getting rid of them. I used to have about twenty-five more pair. No lie. It really is a process. Hunky’s closet is about four feet wide with two half racks and a full rack. He also is pretty amazing with the minimizing which has also been a process.
One more picture to answer potential questions. Here is where I keep my clothes:
There you have it. I even moved my winter things in here recently. It was much emptier this summer. Top left are my running clothes. T-shirts, jeans and pants are in the third drawer down. The bottom drawer will ideally hold my shoes one day, but today it holds yarn. That’s all of it. Life without a closet. It takes some getting used to, but I like it.
For the rest of this week we’re going to dive into a quick room-by-room overview of how I minimized. Always remember that your way of doing things will probably be different from mine, but it helps to hear someone else’s voice to get you started some times. I hope you will keep checking in!