Adventures in Closet Makeovers

This past weekend Luke and I decided it was as good a day as any to tear our closet apart and install a new closet organization system. We foolishly thought all we had to do was take down the old closet and install the new one… haha. It ended up being an all-day adventure. We started with removing the clothes, unscrewing and prying off all the boards attached to the wall, patching up holes, re-painting the inside wall… AND THEN we were ready to install the new system. We purchased a shelving track system. First you anchor the hanging tracks in the top of your closet and then you hang the standards off of those. You then determine your layout and place your brackets, racks and rods. All sounds pretty easy, right? Well it should be, but I anchored the hanging tracks upside down and didn’t figure it out until we were finished. OOPS! After we corrected that mistake the rest of the project went smoothly. Upon completion we decided to cool it on the house projects for a little while – it’s felt a little non-stop with the constant tweaks we’ve been making. If you’re interested, here’s the closet organization we purchased.

*Before*
See that sagging rod on the top?
 The top shelf was starting to separate from the support board.
The boards, shelves and rods have been removed from the closet.
The closet walls have also been patched and the inside wall was painted the same color as the bedroom walls.
The paint has dried and the hanging tracks (installed correctly, haha) are installed, the standards were hung and the brackets, shelves and rods are all in the desirable positions.
*After*
The finished closet
See the empty space in the closet on the bottom right?
We left that area empty so we can place a little dog bed there for Gracie!

Europe on my mind

Luke & I booked out first trip to Europe for this upcoming holiday season. To say that we’re excited would be a major understatement! We’re over-the-moon ecstatic! We’ll be visiting London, Paris and Amsterdam. We’ll be spending Christmas in Paris and New Year’s in Amsterdam. I’m fully expecting a magical experience with all the cities lit up for the holidays (and also hoping for a dusting of snow in Paris on Christmas, fingers crossed!). Have you been to any of these cities? Please send any recommendations my way, I’m all ears!

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