Decorating: How to make your home look amazing

I can’t afford an interior designer, but I also do not have any natural talents for decorating. So I have tried to educate myself a little.

I am by no means an expert, and believe me, sometimes I get stumped and have to consult Pinterest/decorating magazines/phone a friend.

Please allow me to share a few ideas that I have learned along the way.



1. Group things of varying heights to keep the eye moving

When you’re decorating a mantle or shelf, group things that are varying heights so the viewer’s eyes will keep moving across the shelf or mantle. This makes it more interesting and visually pleasing.



2. Use trays or baskets to ground your objects, and make them a little more orderly as well

Adding a wood tray or basket adds texture, but it can also make your vignette appear more grounded. For instance, check out this before and after:


See what I mean? Doesn’t it seem so much more finished and intentional?


3. Layers add a level of comfort and softness

Our bed has a duvet, a quilt and a throw, along with pillows galore. I just love how cozy and comfortable it makes our room feel.


4. Pillows and throws add a layer of softness to a room, and can be easily switched out for seasonal decorating

We have six pillows on our couch most of the time and a throw draped over our chair. We have eight pillows on our bed. I can’t tell you how much softer our room feels with these pillows and blankets. Just swap out those fall/ winter colored pillows for pillows with pops of color and heavier fabrics for lighter, breezier textiles for spring. Plus, textiles really soften a room.


5. Group objects in odd numbers

Always group objects in odd numbers. I can’t really explain why, but I think it really adds a lot to your room.


Use natural elements in your decor. It can be a plant, pine cones, birds’ nests, or a grapevine wreath, but there is just something so beautiful about incorporating nature into your home.

Thanks so much for reading today! I’m always shopping for new ideas, so please feel free to share your favorites!

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21-day challenge: The entry way


As you know, we are currently doing the 21-day challenge, where you focus on decluttering and organizing a different area of your home.

We lack a mudroom, so our small entry is all we have. It is a nice space, but not well utilized.


The table is nice but it catches EVERYTHING! The baskets are nice but also catch everything. 

They used to have a clear cut purpose but then we just started cramming stuff in them. 


See what I mean? Organizing this area took exactly ten minutes. I emptied both baskets and put things in the following three piles: put away, throw away, and belongs here. 

I designated one basket for going out items, that we commonly need when we are walking out the door. 

The yellow folder houses my daughter’s school papers, so I made that basket a “homework basket.”


I wasn’t too crazy about the cloth baskets once I got them, and I’m still not satisfied with these cubes. 


I also have plans for this area:


Why not use this as a little coat rack area?

I’m diggin’ any of these ideas:



Since the 21-day challenge is more about organizing than revamping spaces, I’m putting my focus on decluttering. 

But I can’t wait to show you my New and improved entryway next month. 

In the meantime, here are the before and afters:

Don’t forget you too can participate in the 21-day challenge! Just use the hashtag #ons21daychallenge! Here’s what’s coming up next:


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Making an entry way when you have no entry hall 

Currently, our home has no mud room or entry way. When you enter the door, here is what you see.

We do have this lovely sofa table and mirror and I like how it looks in this space. What I don’t love is how the table catches everything and how the space is so boring. Just look at all that wasted space behind the front door!

Our plans for our home do include an improved Kitchen and laundry room, with the addition of a mud room. This could be years away, so we’d like to repurpose this entry into a mini mudroom of sorts. Here are some ideas I’ve found:

These would be awesome for behind the front door.

From “Downright Simple”

We don’t have a lot of room behind the door so this would be great.

From “Apartment Therapy”

We also talked of adding a hall tree on the wall where the sofa table is now.

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Or maybe this one, but in white:

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Either way, we are looking for something with a storage bench and an upper shelf. Something that looks built in.

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Once we build our new mudroom, we would repurpose this hall tree elsewhere.

What does your entry way look like?

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Our front porch transformation 

We have been working on the interior of our home since we moved in three years ago. Even though we’re far from finished with the inside, we have begun working on the outside.

I tried to find a decent before picture but I could not. Our front stoop used to look like this:

Part composite board, part splintered red-stained wood. Here’s another picture.

Back in the winter, we hired a local man to rebuild the steps and to build them a little less steep. I don’t have a picture of that.

I will tell you that between work, and two children, one of whom is an infant,that banister and those steps stayed a natural wood for months.

Natural wood with muddy red paw prints anyway.

Like I said, we have wanted to improve the curb appeal of our home. Our first course of action was to paint the banister and steps. We painted the rail white and painted the steps to match our composite wood.

I really love how it turned out. We also plan to replace our front door and light fixture, but for now, we’re starting small.

We used a ready mixed paint from Sherwin-Williams called SuperDeck. The grey is a color called Kings Canyon and the white we used on the rails is just white exterior paint in a satin finish. We used a brush to paint spindles and near corners but painted the rest with a small roller.

My only advice to you is to not paint outdoors in the summer in the South, but if you do, do it in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler.

Here is our complete to do list for the front yard:

  • Have an actual sidewalk installed 
  • Buy some decorative planters for the area beside the garage and in front of the steps 
  • Install a lamp post in the front yard 
  • Replace the landscaping with something lower maintenance 
  • Get a decorative house number sign 
  • Replace front door 
  • Replace light fixture 

Check back soon for more updates! 

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Re-organized entry

We have a sofa table in our entryway. It’s nice to have, but what isn’t so nice is that it catches everything. We all have a problem just sitting things on it until it’s piled up and cluttered. Did I mention it’s right inside the door?

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If it isn’t catching things on the table top, we’re leaving things on the floor below it. See the glass jar on the floor in the picture?

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We do have these really great baskets in the cubbies, but just like the table top,we’re bad to leave things there that should be put away.  This week, we went through those baskets and straightened up.

Before:

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We started by throwing away any unneeded papers. We put the pencils and music CDs away, and put the box tops in my school bag so I could take them to work.  We sorted and purged and put away until we were left with this:

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And that random vase? We put it away, too. We’re still trying not to let the table top catch things, but we are doing  better.

What problem areas exist in your house?

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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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