Pax is moving in, and he’s bringing a lot of stuff with him. This is about a third of the boxes we lugged up the stairs, all in an effort to solve the lack of closet space in our master bedroom. (The Kiddo actually has a bigger closet than we do).
As you can see, this closet isn’t going to cut it for the two of us. Plus — see the door to the left? There is a little 2-piece ensuite there. We are scheming to add the existing closet space to the washroom to add a shower! (… someday… not now).
I won’t bore you with a documentation of the assembly of our PAX base cabinets. But, you can see, the full floor to ceiling size is going to help us out quite a lot!
We knew when we took our trip to IKEA, we wanted to do this once, and do it right. No skimping. So we invested in the doors, drawers and other accessories we needed to keep us enjoying our wardrobe for years to come. I have a shoe drawer now! Faaaaancy!
After 3 base cabinets, 6 drawers, 6 shelves, 3 rods, and one sliding pant organizer, we were hitting the 6 hour mark in assembly. We started to get the doors on when we finally called it a night.
That would be 12:30 am. When you add the driving and shopping, we had been at it for 12 hours… (we know how to do a “date day” right, don’t we?) and, we decided sleep wins over finishing.
And then… uh-oh. I realized the next morning… PAX was getting a little bossy. Something was going to have to change with my nightstand situation.
Lamp with a smaller table? Not a lot of nightstand function here. I’d have to take the lamp off every time I wanted anything from inside this little guy. Not so good.
Small table with a floor lamp? Looks kinda cute… but I’m a sucker for symmetry, and I think the view from the door with two different lamps might make me a little nuts. (Yep, I’m like that).
See what I mean? The weight of both the lamps and the tables are completely opposite, and you can see it all as soon as you enter the room. Hmmm…
So after aaaaall of that rearranging and experimenting, I thought, maybe there’s a little more room for the bed to get closer to the door? So I yanked on my bed frame as far as it would go to the left, and what do you know?! It worked.
Yep, my old nightstand fits just fine. Go figure! Sometimes the most simple answer is staring you in the face the whole time.
And yes, the wardrobe doors still have plenty of room to open. Win-win!
I gotta say, Ikea has got organization figured out. We have twice as much space as the original closet, but less space than our old closet before the move. But — you’d never know. Everything we had in our old walk-in is in this PAX system, and with Ikea’s Komplement system, it stays neat and tidy. I think I’m a convert.
There is still LOTS to do in here, but at least all our clothes have a home and we feel 10 times more organized than we did last week! It’s a work in progress, but we’re getting there.