Changing the Space

LinenClosetGameClosetWhile I have a ginormous pantry that I absolutely adore… my linen closet leaves MUCH to be desired.  The “linen” closet at the top of the stairs isn’t even deep enough to hold a regularly folded towel!  How am I supposed to work with this kind of “non-closet” as I call it.  Well, I finally got frustrated enough that I decided to transition the space.  In my office closet we were storing all of our board games, my exercise equipment, wrapping paper accessories, and photographs.  I decided that my “non-closet” could store all our board games, and my office closet could become the linen closet!  It was a wonderful day in my household.  I learned not to resent the “game closet” and I didn’t have to fold my towels in some weird messed up way anymore!

So my question to all of you, is there a space in your house that completely frustrates you?  If so, start to think “outside the box” and figure out a better use for the space.  While the closet in my office wasn’t frustrating me, it was working just fine with what it had, the “non-closet” bugged me to death!  By switching the functions of each space I now love BOTH spaces not just one of them. 

To help you figure out the best use for your frustrating space ask yourself a few questions.  First what will fit here?  That’s how I figured out the “non-closet” was the perfect depth for our games.  If it’s an entire room that frustrates you ask yourself what you would enjoy doing in that space.  Is the light just perfect for scrapbooking?  Does your children always play in there anyway?  You could even do double duty in a space.  For example, my office is also a playroom for Maddie.  This way she can play while I work!

Break the mold of what was built to go in certain places in your house, and make your house more functional today!

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  • Interesting ideas, Sarah. I’ve discovered that where I once put all my towels in the linen closet, I’ve been thinking of ways I can store the extra towels right in each bathroom. Maybe a little shelf above the toilet or somewhere, and that frees up more space in my linen closet for first aid supplies and medicines out of reach of children. Also, I’ve now got dedicated towels for each bathroom: the white waffle weave for the master bath, the burgandy and forest green ones for the basement bathroom, and the Costco white ones for the guest bathroom, so the towels on display actually help in the decorating scheme for the bathroom.

  • Genius! I can’t wait to turn my “non-closet” that has towels and sheets falling out of it into a game closet. It is on my list to do this weekend!! I can easily store the towels and sheets in my girls’ bathroom cabinets and we have been frustrated about game storage for a long time. Thanks for helping me think out of the “closet”.

  • I use my linen closet to store games & arts & crafts supplies. It just didn’t work as a linen closet for my family. I keep the towels in each bathroom & the extra linens are stored in each bedroom closet. When I change the sheets on the bed then I just grab the extra set out of the closet in that room. I don’t have to worry about picking up the wrong sheet out of a pile because the set that goes with that room is the only one in that closet. It saves me a lot of time!

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