Sometimes, practical just has to win out over pretty.
I loved this cabinet that I fixed up to use for the grand fairies' clothes, in our laundry room/closet. Our walk in closet has a washer and dryer in it, making it easy for me to put away my own stuff. All mine and my husband's things just hang or go on a shelf right there in the laundry room.
When the girls came along, I was not going to get back into the habit of hauling laundry up and down the stairs again. After a taste of total convenience, there was NO WAY that I'd be going back to schlepping baskets around.
So, I decided to add storage to the closet just for them.
But- as they got bigger, their clothes got bigger, and the cabinet seemed smaller. The shelves were dark and over stuffed. There was no room to hang any of their dresses.
Even though it looked nice, it just wasn't working.
So, I picked up this rack at Target. Everything fits on it soooo much better, and I can find thier matching clothes without a major search party and a flashlight.
I don't like the way it looks.
But, I sure like the way it works.
Sugarwings decided that the space behind it would make a great changing room for her. She uses a a couple of wooden clothes pins to hook a vintage table cloth onto a hanger on one side and the rack on the other. To get in and out, she unhooks the hanger side and pins it the table cloth back onto the rack.
And of course, if you move a piece of furniture, it kind of starts an avalanche of moves... I replaced a vintage, radio cabinet with the larger one from the closet, to have more space for the grand fairies' games and electronics, which cut down on some clutter, but now, where will the replaced cabinet land?
And so it begins, the furniture shuffle. If I was smart, I'd snap a photo and do a craigslisting for the smaller cabinet right NOW. Or load it in the truck and take it to Salvation Army, instead of creating a kerfuffle of moves with other pieces in the house.