Tackling the Closets

Posted by Rebecca

This weekend I tackled a project that has been in the back of my mind for months.  My bedroom closets. 

I have a surprisingly generous amount of closet space in my tiny home, especially for one person – an eight-foot wide full closet, and a six-foot wide half closet, in addition to 14 drawers.  More than enough room to house my concise wardrobe, but because it is also a catch-all for things like luggage, old photo albums, keepsakes, extra flooring and the vacuum cleaner, it was bulging at the seams.

I love clothes and shoes, but I work hard at only keeping items that I love and wear often.  When I moved into my trailer I eliminated more than half of my wardrobe.  And, believe it or not, it was liberating!  However, stuff continues to accumulate, and spaces fill up, and you suddenly find yourself with a disorganized kerfuffle. 

But this weekend I got it back under control and found a couple of amazing things that I had forgotten about; like some old framed photos that I love – my parents wedding portrait, a beautiful old picture of my grandmother and her sister, and a photograph of my grandfather and great-grandfather with Winston Churchill, when the three of them were business associates.  I also found my old teddy bear collection that includes two of my favorite childhood toys – my orange bear, Marmalade, and a wise old mouse in a dress, named Hunka-de-Munka-de-Moo.

Deep inside an old weathered box, I found a dress that my mom crocheted for me when I was a baby, and the bonnet that I used to wear to the beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where I lived until I was two.

A trip down memory lane was not expected, but it was a welcomed break to my organizing, cleaning and vacuuming.

A few hours later I felt lighter and content, pleased with the results of my project, and warm with happy memories of my childhood and my family.  And on top of all that, the realization that living in a trailer has given me the best shoe closet to date.  Ahhhhh, this is the life!

Rebecca Knabe

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