I may have mentioned previously that the entry closet was near the kitchen in the original floor plan. There was some re-arranging on my part (I played Sims for the better part of the last 16 years, I am obviously very qualified to make these types of design changes) where the mud room and half bath switched places, and two feet of space was added to the entire width of the main floor to accommodate an entryway closet, adjacent to the entry door. You know, where Entryway Closets are SUPPOSED TO BE.
I love drawer organizers. You need to understand how much I love drawer organizers. But the people who make them have a very weird idea about the specific sizes that drawers come in… and they are wrong. There are certain kinds of drawer organizers I like, and certain kinds of drawer organizers that fit the utensils we have, and making all of those things intersect into the perfect fit so that nothing is sliding around in the drawer every time you open it is a complicated and frustrating process. #FirstWorldProblems
Now that we are (sometimes) adults in an adult home, I’ve started to learn that the hub of a foodie house is the kitchen. We spend a lot of time in there cooking, prepping, partying, and yes, cleaning. Which is why the bulk of our design meetings centered around arguing about designing a kitchen that had a lot of space for…
I had already altered the floor plan to create a larger entryway with a nice big coat closet for guests (and lets be honest, Bella) so it seemed even more unnecessary. I was just about to have them erase the small closet when I realized that nowhere, in our giant brand new home, had I planned for a place to keep the larger cleaning gadgets. And so, the little coat closet was turned into a broom closet.
Of course this broom closet required some elfa designing and planning. I needed it to keep the broom, the vacuum, the swiffer, a steam mop, a step ladder (we are a short people), a bucket, as well as parts and pieces for the above mentioned gadgets, other cleaning supplies, and paper towels.
I enjoy doing laundry. It’s one of my more shameful secrets. Shameful because I was raised by a woman who, along with several of her friends, imparted on me the notion that feminists hate all things that homemakers do. I couldn’t be a successful feminist woman and want to do laundry. But then I started watching HGTV and realized how wrong they were. I could want my home to be beautiful, I could love to do laundry, I could enjoy cooking dinner for my significant other… and still want to get paid the same as men.
This was a giant weight off of my chest.
For the first few years of cohabitation, I tried to mind my own space and not force organizing on Chad. I’ve always been super aware that not everyone does things the way I do, and THAT’S OK! But sometimes I notice that Chad is doing something… inefficiently… and I keep quiet about it to the point that I want to kill someone. Because I lied, it’s not ok that people do things the wrong way, it just isn’t.