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Getting scrottie all settled in has been a project, but not an insurmountable one, nor nearly as exhausting as getting all my junk situated, even if I am a little worn out this morning. It's certainly motivating me to devote further energy to the storage and management of my own stuff, as noted yesterday.

Here's a thing that drives me crazy: California closets with those double sliding doors. The first time I had to deal with one of these was the first place where I lived in grad school. What's the point of this obnoxiousness? Sliding doors make it overly difficult to access the closet contents. Maybe they theoretically make a space look more neat by hiding all of one's junk? Maybe they are okay if the only thing they contain is clothing? But even so, no matter what you do, you wind up having to slide the two doors over to one side, then slide the two doors over to the other side, so at that point, the doors are just a barricade preventing you from extracting a thing or putting a thing away and moving on with your life. Accordion-style doors make way more sense.

I think I'm going to remove the doors from the current California closet, and then maybe things will improve. I don't have a tremendously huge amount of clothing hanging up in there, so most of the closet serves as easy-access storage for things like the toolbox anyway.


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Apr. 27th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
It's not just California: our house has those too. We've dismounted a few of them because they are a huge nuisance.

I think builders install them with some ill-conceived idea of making good use of space. With sliding doors, one doesn't have to be as careful about what's around the edges of closet doorway the way one does with accordion or standard doors.
Apr. 27th, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know the whole history of the term, but as far as I can tell "California closet" is the generic term for that deplorable style, presumably because it originated in this part of the country? Regardless, it's terrible.
May. 17th, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
our house was built in the 60s
everything was horrible
closets, windows, lack of bathrooms, layout
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