There is an old Jewish tale about a husband and wife who lived in a very small home.
They went to their Rabbi and asked him what they should do to make the house bigger. The Rabbi replied they should move their chicken into the house. The couple found this to be strange, but the Rabbi was famous for his wisdom so they did as they were told.
But the house still felt so tiny!
So they went back to the Rabbi with the same complaint. This time he said to bring in the cow. Again they complied and again the house felt even smaller!
This went on until the house was filled with all of the animals from the couple’s barn!
Finally the couple had had enough. They pleaded with the Rabbi to help them with their small home. This time the Rabbi told them to move all of their animals back into the barn.
Once the beasts were out and the house was cleaned up, the husband and wife looked at each other and smiled.
The house felt HUGE without the crowd.
The Rabbi had solved their dilemma.
Of course this story is an old funny tale, but I like the sentiment behind it which is to look at your tiny home with new eyes and see how large it actually is.
The good news is there are plenty of creative ways to make your home feel bigger, and none of them involve farm animals! They actually all use the closet in an unusual way.
Typically the closet is where you store your things. But what if you need to add an office to your home and there is no place to put it? Why not in the closet? Or what about a new baby? Do they really need an entire room to themselves? No way!
The closet is the perfect place to add a crib. Here are six unusual uses for the closet to inspire to you be more creative when looking at how to organize your home.
As someone who has her office in the old smelly basement, this closet desk is like a dream come true!
I just adore how beautiful and glamorous the small space is through use of the turquoise wallpaper and white furniture and accessories.
Have you been dying for your own sewing or craft area but don’t have a room to dedicate to your hobby?
Why not a closet? I love how this person really used every square inch of space for organizing her supplies.
Did you know Tori Spelling’s mother had an entire room dedicated to wrapping gifts?
Frankly that seems a bit excessive to me.
Instead of a whole room, why not use a closet? You already have to store your wrapping paper and bows somewhere, and this way you can use the top of the dresser for papering your gorgeous gifts.
This picture of a laundry room/closet is totally inspiring what I want to put into my new home.
I love how compact it all is!
Though in reality I would probably put in closed cabinets because my current laundry room is never that neat and I highly doubt that will change anytime soon.
Don’t you just adore this little nursery nook? What baby wouldn’t love to sleep in this enchanting closet?
If a baby can sleep in the closet, why not older kids? Here the closet has been turned into a bunk bed and fort. This leaves the rest of the room for playtime!
If you have a closet in your home that isn’t getting much use, or is full of stuff you know perfectly well is just garbage you haven’t wanted to deal with throwing out, why not try to use the space in a new and unusual way?