Kicking My Hubby Out

Ha! Not what you think.  This is a long and winding road made of a post on a home blog, an embroidery machine, a loud husband who makes a lot of phone calls, barking dogs, a junked up room, and sock puppets.  Try to follow along.  Warning!  Graphic pictures of disorganization ahead.  View at your own risk.

I wish I had a Monday Made It, but I just got out of school Friday.  That was followed up by a busy weekend.  I did manage some awesome scheming.

It started with this sewing room tour at Maple & Magnolia:

Plus, I've been in love with this little baby.  I need it like a hole in the head, but whatever.  Summer's here, and I actually have time for projects, but nowhere to do them.

I've been spending a lot of time in our guest room trying to organize all the junk I brought home from school.  I promise this room looked perfectly nice two weeks ago.

I started thinking about trying to squeeze a little extra space out of guest room and how poorly used this closet is.  So embarrassed right now.  Don't you dare pin this one to your "Shameful Closets" Pinterest board.  We moved in four years ago and just threw some of his things in here.  We've just let it stay our messy little secret.
I was excitedly telling my husband about all of my crafty organization plans when I noticed his grim "this is going to end up requiring a massive amount effort on my part somehow" face.  I flippantly told him if he didn't like it, he could move out of the office and into the closet.

And he said yes.  Say what?  We have a nice, sunny, happy office.  See:

Not, however, ideal for working from home during the summer.  Turns out the reason that I love our downstairs (all separate rooms, but all open to each other), does not make the best business environment.  Throw in a couple of kids home for the summer, two dogs that bark at the ringing in their ears, and a wife that likes to work on the computer and watch Law and Order on the iPad, and you've got one unhappy fancy pants business man.  It is perfect for sock puppet shows.

So, he jumped at the chance to work in the closet.  The guest room is upstairs.  It has a door that closes and actually blocks out noise.  We spend most of our time downstairs, so it gives him a tiny bit more privacy for his constant stream of phone calls.  Feeling sorry for my closet worker?  Check out these pins:


I'd move into any of those in a heartbeat.  However, if I did, my girls would just camp out in the guest room and talk to me all day long, and I still wouldn't get anything done.  My mister works from home usually when he's worn out from traveling.  It may not be a perfect solution, but it is one that solves most of our problems.

So, (yes, this randomness is almost over) I don't have a Monday Made It post, but I do have giant plans for the new few weeks that will result in some Monday Made Its and my very favorite thing in the world--well organized spaces.  Swoon.

Anybody else got a closet office?  Any tips for me?



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9 comments

  1. I turned the closet in our office into a craft closet for me :) I found shelves at ikea that we put together to make a desktop that fit perfectly in the space (to hold my sewing maching and cricut) and some shelves above. I love it! Ikea is a great place to find cheap office/closet materials if you have one nearby.

    Angie
    Teaching with Class

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  2. I wish I could help, but I have an office in desperate need of organizing too. Your closet is not bad at all. I just have to pry myself away from the computer long enough to work on the office.
    Tammy
    Primary Paradise

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  3. I'd like to put my husband in a closet or at least back in his office. He tries to do his work from his Lazyboy in the living room. Due to his hearing loss, he takes most phone calls on speaker phone. Needless to say, I will be spending a LOT of time in my craft room with the door closed.

    Kristin
    Teachntex

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  4. I love the first office picture, especially the color scheme. I am wanting to redo my office area, but it is going to have to be on a budget. It will still look better than it does right now.

    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  5. I'm sure you will turn that closet into a gem!
    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  6. I like the closet office idea! I HATE our current office as it collects everything that doesn't have a home. By the way, thanks so much for donating an item for my blogiversary, my giveaway is up and running!

    Cyndi
    Lacy's Letters

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  7. Wow, Megan, you really pulled me in with the title of this post! :)
    I have no words of wisdom for your office closet, but I feel your pain with the open design on the first floor. The noise!! We actually decided to get rid of a still-functioning dishwasher because you almost couldn't have a conversation in the next room!

    By the way, I also wanted to encourage you in the decision you wrote about in your last post. I did a similar thing once a number of years ago, and never for a minute regretted it. Like you, I had my husband's full support, which made the decision so much easier. Be blessed in your time off, and spend your time well, doing the things that are most important to you and your family right now. Oh, and I'm glad you'll still be doing those adorable blog makeovers! :)

    Linda Nelson
    Primary Inspiration

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  8. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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  9. Well my husband completely took over the ofice. He is so messy-I don't know how he knows wehere anything is. We don't have a second office but we do have a loft. I put in a desk and filled the drawers with everything I need. My laminator and sheets fit in a deep drawer. I use my laptop on top of the desk and am wirelessly hooked up to the printer. I have a view of the whole downstairs as the loft is wide open. My dog Bella sleeps at my feet. It works. Good luck-as Tim Gunn says, "Make it work!"
    Debbie
    debjac9@aol.com

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