I agree, “home is where your heart is,” but I have to admit, there is something to be said for ample closet space.
On the first day of the year my family and I moved almost 1,500 miles to a new house in Miami, Florida. It was hard leaving a community that we loved and friendships that we spent over fifteen years cultivating. On top of that loss, the people of Miami have not exactly welcomed us with open arms. That is just not their way.
I was just telling a new found hair dresser that we are planning to invite our new neighbors over for a Friday night cocktail hour. With a smile she said, “you’ll be lucky if you make it to the door with the invite before they yell for you to get off their lawn.” She was smiling, but I’m not quite sure that she was kidding (we thought we’d try the party anyway, call it a social experiment! I’ll keep you posted).
Even though our hearts have been a little heavy missing old friends, we have not had much time to think about being sad! The kids started new schools two days after our plane landed and we have all been preoccupied trying to adjust to new schedules.
We rented a home in Coconut Grove that is almost 1,000 square feet bigger than our house in Dallas. I had not laid eyes on the house until we arrived with all of all earthly possessions and were handed the keys.
Kuddos to my husband and realtor! The property is even better in person that it looked in pictures on the web. The pool is a gorgeous blue, the palm trees and foliage are so dense the kids tell their friends we have moved to a forest, and the hardwoods throughout the entire upstairs are beautiful!
Despite the sheer beauty of the neighborhood and yard, AND the very well made details of the entire home, the best part of this house are the closets! The architect of this property did not let one inch of space go to waste. If there was wall, she put a closet there, and she did not skimp on square footage. These closets go both WIDE and DEEP and they are glorious! The home was built about 40 years ago and some time between now and then a resident certainly had some “stuff.” Either that or the local Container Store was having a liquidation sale and the owner could not resist a good buy. It looks like the Container Store threw up in here, but I am not complaining. The shelving is wonderful.
I have to admit, my mother was right! It DOES feel good when everything has a place, and when every place has a thing. Clutter really can start to bring a person down. It has made my unpacking experience almost fun. And I will tell you, even though I can’t get one of our neighbors to lift a hand in a wave, much less a smile, my new 8 foot 5 foot closet makes me smile each morning. I think with the empty floors and the matching hangers, that closet might be smiling back at me, and for now, that is enough! I’ll work on the Miamians tomorrow. Baby steps!