We have a hall closet, that was always just not quite deep enough to be a proper jacket closet. It was kind of useless when it came to storing out of season coats and apparel. But with little space in our home, they had to go somewhere.
I opened this closet last week and just gazed in. It was the silliest thing, but I just stared at this closet now feeling grateful. Post Reno (in which we added a basement to our home, and the kids’ bedrooms are downstairs, a Rec room, laundry and an extra bathroom – on instagram under ‘mcfaddencontracting’ but I have lots more photos to add!), we no longer try to jam coats in here. It is now shelved, with my cleaning supplies, extra bathroom supplies, such as soaps, the first aid kit, the medicine bin, and the cat litter supplies. The coats fit in all our own closets, as well as a spare downstairs Rec room closet. All it took was staring at extra bars of soap in this closet to make me think of the quote above.
I let it wash over me. Still so grateful we could do this, and expand our home to fit our family better. Living in the previous version of our house already feels like a long time ago. We did the renovation in 2019, after living in this house since 2007. We lived in the old, tiny version for so long. When I am looking for something I still think of where I used to keep it in the ‘old house.’ We changed everything though, so it’s all just a memory. A memory of praying everyday for what we have today.
That last sentence made my eyes water. All because of bars of soap in a closet.
I wish for everyone to have their own version of my hall closet.