Everyone has one.
No one takes pictures of them. Not one person on earth says, “Welcome to our home, would you like to see our utility closet”?
The dreaded vacuum/extra shopping bags/yard stick/dog leash/mop/broom closet.
99% of those closets are a scary, dark, smelly, small, who knows what you’ll find HOT MESS.
Just as you came in, through the garage, my grandparents had one such closet. Dark & Scary, check. Vacuum, extra shoes, grocery bags, a coffee can filled with rocks (?),the yard stick & also a shot gun leaning against the door jamb. (they lived in the country)
The closet my mother kept her vacuum in was tiny. In addition to her vacuum, she also kept the ironing board, extra vacuum cleaner bags, extension cords (that were always loose and you used your foot to kick them in to be able to close the door) and a couple of yard sticks.
Ours was no exception. No matter where we have lived, that one utility closet was a nightmare. Last week our closet was a jumbled mess of stuff. Toss it in and close the door fast. A clothes rod that only one dog leash was hung from, a mix match of bins and bags. Most certainly NOT picture worthy.
How is it the one space used the most in any and all of our homes is the one most likely to win the “sad face” sticker? Stuff just tossed in, cram it there, tuck something next to that, put up another mismatched nail, needed & useful stuff, yet never a pleasure to open that door.
You have to be ready to block a falling soccer ball or a dog grooming brush that could quite possibly come tumbling down. Resulting in mental or physical scars for life, I tell ya!
Hold onto your feather dusters and get ready for an “oh, I WANT that closet” make over. I fell in LUST with these shelves. Seriously?????? He had me at those shelf fronts.
We are talking about a 24″ wide vacuum closet. (Down-sizing forces you to use your noggin and imagination to come up with solutions.)
I am talking about some white paint ( so long ugly, weird, honey, orange-colored wood) , a trip to the container store, one amazon purchase, two trips to the hardware store, some money to buy the supplies and the best Handyman a girl could ask for!
BEST, HAPPY, NON-SCARY Before & After photos EVER!!!!
WAIT, before I show you, let me tell you my favorite part. The item my handyman used to face the front of the shelves. He knows I love yard sticks. If I wasn’t already married to the handyman, I would marry a yard stick (not really)…weird and wacky but I love those things.
He was wise enough to keep my very favorite one. It happens to be the yard stick that some little home school person drew feet on the 12 ” marks to learn how many feet are in a yard. swoon.
This closet holds an amazing amount of things and yet at the same time, doesn’t make you want to grab an item and slam the door. You want to linger, savor the beauty. ha
mop, broom, vacuum, dust pan, feather duster, laundry folder board, basket full of do grooming supplies, basket of dog food containers, container lids, wrapping paper, 4 aprons, 4 shopping bags, dog travel bag, carpet cleaning products, mail box key, indoor plant food and one beautiful yard stick
Drum roll please……………………………….. I give you pictures of my new and improved, beautiful, organized, clean, useful utility closet. (I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my handyman.)
GOD BLESS handy men near and far. In the famous words of Red Green…..