The lady of the house has her own walk-in closet (I make-do with a clothes
tree and an underwear box beneath the bed). This closet has about five
linear feet of unused wall space.
The lady has about 80 pairs of shoes.
I'm considering removing the sheet rock on these ten feet of wall space,
priming and painting the innards of the space and erecting shelves for the
shoes. I compute a 10x7' foot of wall space, with 6" shelf spacing, will be
enough to contain about 120 pairs of shoes.
My question, then, is this: Will the sudden availability of shoe-space be a
relief to the closet floor or will it inspire her to simply buy more shoes?
Three principles in physics to be aware of :
1) The size of a computer program eventually increases to fill all
2) Programs passed in Congress swell to use up all available tax
revenue, as a minimum
3) Stuff in a wife's closet expands to fill all available
I suggest you just give her your clothes tree, underwear box,
and dresser drawers
instead, and keep your stuff in the garage. Women don't like
to get dressed in a garage.......
Andy in Eureka, Texas
The idea was inspired a few days ago while we were getting ready to go out.
The woman at issue was frantically flitting from one room to the other, like
a cat on nip.
"What's the holdup?" I asked.
"I'm looking for my shoes," came back the answer.
"I don't know much about that sort of thing," I said, "but they're on your
[Withering look] "Not THESE shoes, dummy! They don't match my (purse, hair
color, nail polish, tan) or they are the wrong (season, size, heel height)
or they (have buckles, do not have buckles, straps, bows, or miniature
leprechauns counting gold coins), yak-yak-yak. I forget.
Sure enough, when we get to her cousin's house-warming, the cousing says
"Yellow shoes with a blue dress? How gauche! Come with me, dear, perhaps we
can find something."
I hung out with my cousin-in-law and a beer. We talked football. The subject
of shoes never came up.
Kurt is right !!! And it gave me an epiphany of inspiration !!!
Just build your wife a small shoe rack !!!!
She'll fill it up and stop buying shoes.....
So simple..... and yet, so elegant....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
PS No thanks are necessary...... That's what I DO !!! :>))))
Not the way it works. It is she who organizes all shelves and
drawers...that drawer in your dresser where you keep the junk that
doesn't have any other place can easily be filled with out-of-season
shoes. That stuff under the bed can go to the garage and be replaced
with shoe drawers. Having no room for my shoes and purses absolutely
inspires me :o)
The major factor in my divorce was organizing my husband's tools...he
laid them down anywhere after he used them and when there was a good
deal to be put away, I put them away. "Where did you put my tools this
time?" He had a chest of drawers in the front clothes closet, given
over to tools. I arranged the drawers according to type of tools and
put most away in there...I could find them when I needed them, but kept
my own under the bed in guest b.r. so's he couldn't find them. He
didn't take care of any of his, so.............still got tools that
belonged to my mom; dad had no use for them :o)
Serious questions only please.
Before considering removing the closet drywall and turning it into
workshop storage, replete with blue painter's tape and Sharpie labels,
run it by the woman before she considers removing you from the
No, no, much more elegant. I would prime and paint the cavity, run some 1x4s
thru the planer to get narrow shelves (stained and varnished), use oak trim
(also stained and varnished), maybe even put in an overhead emphasis light
like you see for works of great art.
I mentioned my plan in passing to SWMBO and she got so excited she began to
"You'd do that for ME?" she exclaimed while hopping up and down.
"Of course, dearest. That's what I'm here for," I explained.
"Oh goodie! Oh how sublime! I love you, I do!" she offered while twirling on
one toe (had to dig out the ballet slippers first).
Got a spare bedroom or guest room? Do a wall of pretty cubbyholes with a
few drawers in there. If room is ever needed for company, all the shoes
can be chucked into a couple of plastic bins and carried down into
basement until company leaves. Shoes are light- a box of 3/4 plywood
(like for a bookcase), with the sides kerfed to accept 1/2" horizontal
shelves, and the shelves kerfed to accept 1/4" or even masonite vertical
dividers, would work. Add a face frame if it needs to be pretty. Of
course, if cost is no object, the 'design a closet' places all have all
sorts of shoe storage wall units available.
That closet is her territory man keep your nose out of it. Let her
worry about how things are arranged in there. Why in the hell would
you even be going into her closet in the first place? You have no
business in there whatsoever. I really hope your not in there trying
on her stuff.
What would you say if she decided to rearrange your work room? That
would border on justifiable. Men have important things to be
considering. The state of a pile of woman's shoes does not even come
close to warrant a mans consideration.
If you are looking to fulfill an urge to do some meaningful then build
yourself a man room. Unless she's carrying your balls around in her
purse I would suggest you start with a budget at least equal to what
it cost you to fill her closet.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.