Gained A Room, Lost The Closets

Gained A Room, Lost The Closets

Tess Wilson
Aug 7, 2014
(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

Our new house has all the rooms we're used to, with the exciting addition of what we've dubbed the sunroom—a wood-paneled, many-windowed room we're planning on filling with books. Fun! Unfortunately, the house also has less than half the closet space we're used to...

Our current house boasts 3 large closets and 2 standard closets, in addition to a large finished basement. Our house-to-be has 1 large closet and 2 standard closets, as well as a cellar. Your math is correct- that is so much less storage space! Where in the world are we going to put all of our stuff?

[Now, before anyone despairs over materialism and how we all have Too Much Stuff and should jettison all of it, I want to mention that we live in the Land of the Polar Vortex. Bulky winter clothing is required for survival, and even if we each only had 1 coat, 1 scarf, 1 pair of boots, 1 pair of gloves, 1 set of long underwear, and 1 hat, we would easily fill a standard closet. And that's to say nothing of the countless sweaters and all the gear my partner requires for a year-round outdoor job. Also, it's always nice to have a place to hide your broom, mop, and bucket, no matter where you live. End of rant!]

So, what's our plan? I will have the standard-sized master bedroom closet to myself. My partner will have the larger guest room/office closet to accommodate all of the aforementioned gear. The 8-year old has the lone large closet to fill with LEGOs, toys, books, art supplies, his winter gear, and all of the family games. The linens and towels that used to have their own closet will now reside in the 8-year-old's inner closet (his closet has a closet) and on a long shelf in the bathroom, respectively. Winter coats will hang from hard-to-reach hooks along the basement stairs, broom/mop/bucket will go in the little pantry, and everything else? I really don't know...

Stay posted for updates—perhaps we'll stuff our winter clothes and gear into pillowcases for the guest room!

Have you ever gained fun space (yay!) but lost utilitarian space (boo)? How did it work out for you?

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