Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Office/Craft Room Closet

 Well, we've been busy around here for the last week.

A week ago Monday it rained all day.   We really needed the rain and it was a nice quiet day of enjoying cooler temperatures and sitting on the back porch and listening to the rain fall.  Tuesday I had an appointment to get my hair cut.  It has only taken three haircuts to finally get something that I can live with.  The first one was the first of July when I was down in Lakeland, then Dan tried to fix it when I got home.  While it was better it still wasn't exactly what I wanted.  So, I finally made an appointment here in the village and got it cut.  Wednesday we took mom into town and went to WalMart to buy groceries.  Then we went by Lowe's and picked up the lumber for the shelves in the office.  When we got home I emptied the closet of all the stuff that was just piled in it.

This is just some of it.

Thursday Dan spent the day building the shelves.  We continued to have rain showers off and on all day, but he was able to do everything in the garage.

The closet is really deep on one end and we didn't want to waste any space, plus we needed a place to store our coats since we don't have a coat closet.

Thursday night we were excited to sit and eat pizza while watching


Football is BACK!

Friday morning I painted the shelves outside and then painted the supports.  We put two coats on each side and, once they dried, Dan installed them.

 It's amazing how much stuff you can cram into a closet.

After waiting overnight to make sure the paint was dried (because we got more rain on Friday)  I started putting things back into the closet on Saturday.  I was determined to have it organized where I knew where everything is.

First the box in the garage with the coats was unpacked.  (Yeah, another box emptied!)

Then I worked on getting things put in containers and baskets.  I figured I would finish things up on Sunday and do this post on Monday.  Well, when we got home from church Sunday I did NOT feel good.  I came in the house, changed clothes, laid down on the couch in the family room and went to sleep.  Now, if you know me at all you know that I do NOT take naps.  Dan said I slept for a couple of hours.  When I woke up, I just stayed on the couch and watched football.

First thing Monday morning, after coffee of course, I came back in the office and worked all day BUT  I got it all done!!!

So, here is my newly organized office/craft room.

I'm going to get a letter "L" and a letter "A" to put above and below the center picture.
These are the latest pictures I have of the girls and they were taken at their first day of daycare after they moved back up to Lakeland.  If you look close you can tell they were taken in the spring, as they have bunnies and an Easter basket.

 We went to the thrift store and found a file cabinet.
It may need a coat of paint - but for now - it does the job.

And the closet.......

All nice and neat.  I still need to make labels for the bins.

On the top shelf I was able to put things that we don't use that often, as this closet has to serve many purposes.  (Coat closet, storage for seldom used things, and storage for all my craft stuff.)

I still need to "tweak" these shelves but they don't look too bad.

Then we added these pictures.
My daughter gave me the sign several years ago and I have always had it displayed.  (I had it in the nursery/guest room down in Lake Placid).  It is a saying by Jiminy Cricket which says
"When your heart is in your dreams,
no request is too extreme"
Since this is a Disney quote I wanted to put the pictures that were taken when Dan and I took the girls to Disney the last time before we moved up to Dowling Park up with the sign.

This picture is very special to me - it's the first time that
Lorelai hugged a character without prompting.
When we walked into the greeting area she just ran up to Minnie and gave her the biggest hug.  Makes my heart happy. 

Today was cleaning house.  So much fun!  Ha Ha!

Well, that's it for today - hope you like my closet - I'm over the moon happy with it!!!
Now, I'm off to warm up some Chicken and Yellow Rice for dinner!


  1. It looks so pretty! I have craft closet envy now :) Love the picture wall and how you staged the shelves of the bookcase. Will we get to see a picture of the new hair soon? Hugs from the still pretty hot Nova Scotia, Sue

    1. Hi Sue - I'll have to get Dan to take a picture of the "new" hair and I'll see about posting it (or maybe on Facebook?) Anyway, it's still over 100 degrees everyday around here and it will probably be another four weeks or so before we start to cool down - but that won't be soon enough for me. Hope you get some cooler weather soon my friend! Hugs!


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