Years ago, I sketched what I considered to be the ideal house if I ever got married. It had a small bedroom for my husband and I, with adjoining rooms on each side. One for me, one for my husband. A little space for each of us to call our own.
And even though that was many years ago, it was basically the footprint plan for this remodel. We decided to have a small bedroom, really only big enough for a bed. No dresser. No chair. Just a bed. And separate rooms for each of us that would do double-duty as offices and closets.
So here are the “after” photos of my office/closet. As with the bedroom, the first goal was to gain natural light, which was accomplished by two skylights and a larger window. The second was to get rid of clutter. I needed storage. Shelving and a bigger closet. And I wanted those spaces to be well-organized.
And this is where my love of organizing might have gotten a little out of control.
When my best friend saw this room, she doubled-over in laughter. All the carefully labeled canvas bins, the closet arranged by silhouette and the makeup organized by color. Even though she knows me well, it still shocked her.
But I absolutely love it. Getting ready in the morning is a breeze. Do I feel like wearing wide-leg pants? Well, I’ll just grab them from that section of my closet, which means I’ll need a fitted shirt, which I’ll just grab from that section. Then, based on my outfit, should I grab makeup from the warm, cool or neutral drawers?
Some might wonder if it’s all too much. And I would answer, “There’s no such thing as too much awesome.”
Amy John Headley is a landscape designer based in San Francisco.