I ran a quick errand to the mall this evening. Honestly, the awkwardness I witnessed at Aerie made me look around for a camera, and could be the focus of a blog post all by itself.

As it stands, in light of what happened after that, the story about how I saw a young 20-something-year-old man bra shopping for his girlfriend (who was not present) WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER will have to suffice as the opener. Seriously. People are so.weird.

As I was walking out of the mall, I got a text from Matt. It was a picture of our closet, with all of the belongings from the long side of the closet on the floor, and the brackets dangling from the wall.

So yes. While my children slept, and my husband minded his own business, our 22-year-old shelf in our closet decided it had had enough, and dumped all of my clothes and the few remaining Christmas gifts stored up high to the floor.


this is a first world problem. fully aware. still a major pain in the butt.


previously, this bracket was the opposite direction. this is not very helpful for holding up a shelf.

I’ll cop to having said a pretty bad word in my head when I looked at the picture a second time, and realized that the kids’ one and only Santa gift had just tumbled to the floor.

Sidenote: this is the last year for Santa in our house, and he’s going out big: the kids are getting an iPad! They have NO idea. It will be such a fun surprise. If it works after the 7-foot drop it took, of course. (I did open the packaging…the screen did not shatter.)

The following is Matt’s and my text convo before I got home:


The wine was waiting when I walked in.

And then Matt said the words I hoped he’d say: “Let’s just redo the closet.”


The timing is horrible, but it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. It’s ok-sized for a walk-in, but so poorly configured that the space is not nearly maximized. From the moment we laid eyes on this house, we’ve wanted it changed, but just haven’t wanted to spend the money on it.

With the brackets all busted and my belongings scattered about on the floor, this seems like as good a time as any.

So…have any of you used a custom closet company? Would you recommend them? We are not handy people, so installing this ourselves is likely out of the question, but I’ve already found a couple of online design tools that I’ll at least give a try. Fill me in on your experience!

13 responses to “blogworthy.

  1. I’m wondering how Matt knew this happened–was there a huge noise?? (I’m assuming he was still downstairs at the time.) But wow–NOT a handy thing to deal with! I don’t think I’ve ever heard you mention wanting to re-do the closet. I don’t even remember exactly what it looks/looked like; all I know is that I wish we had that space! I’m sure it would be so neat to have a really good system in there, though! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    I’m soooo glad the iPad appeared to be OK; it will surely work fine.

    Loved the texting! πŸ˜‰

    • Yes…loud noise, sounded like one of the kids had fallen out of bed. When he realized it wasn’t one of them, it took him a while to find this mess.

      • After realizing it wasn’t one of the boys & seeing that your bed was still standing, I’d have started to feel spooked & would have been afraid to look! 😦

  2. Apple wine πŸ™‚

  3. i love your text convo!

    an ipad!!!! FUN! jeff for sure is going to want one when he hears this…

  4. We redid the girls closet while living in the Lou. After getting several quotes, we decided to plan and do ourselves. I measured about 500 times to double check my work. It took a while to hang everything, BUT I LOVED it and we did it for about 1/3 of the price of all of our quotes. Just FYI.
    Excellent decision to have a glass of wine first. πŸ™‚

  5. “That’s a good way to make this problem go away…” Sigh…if anyone ever wondered why you married him, they need only read that sentence. ❀

    Also, IKEA is great for closet stuff. Merry Christmas, Diehls!!

  6. St.Louis Closet Company does a great job.

  7. Pingback: “Remember That One Christmas Break When We Built a Closet?” | Here's the Diehl

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