Wednesday, May 22, 2013

When Awesome Isn't Good Enough

When Jay and I purchased our new cabin, we realized it was lacking one very important feature.  In order to convert it from a rental cabin to our home, we would have to add a closet.  Not just any closet.  A Mack-daddy, there-is-no-where-else-to-store-crap mega closet. 

My carpentry skilled, OCD repressed husband went to work.  One evening while I played on twitter cleaned the house; Jay spent hours sketching out the perfect closet.  He counted my shoes.  He inventoried my clothing.  He measured the length of my dresses.  He made detailed notes which he added to his blueprint.

Then he handed the information to our contractor and they went to work.  Surprising no one who’s ever worked on a building/remodel project, they weren’t quite as meticulous as my darling love.  They eyeballed instead of measured.  They assumed it would be good enough.

They assumed wrong.

This weekend we moved in.  This weekend, Jay’s OCD came out of hiding as he proudly unpacked my shoes and arranged them on the shelving he envisioned would make me the happiest wife in the worldUSstatecounty subdivision.


I posted the above picture on Facebook.  What some of my friends saw was an awesome way to store my shoes.  What others saw was the excessive amount of shoes I own.  What no one saw (or at least commented on) was the major flaw with the shelving.

Notice the row of heels turned on their sides? (Just above the boots) The measurements were off by a fraction, making the shelves too short for my tallest of heels.

A similar mistake on the dress section of the closet meant I had to call my mother.  I have an enviable closet, yet I have to store my formal dresses at my mommy and daddy’s house.

Sometimes awesome just isn’t good enough.

Sometimes tiny details matter.

Sometimes a closet turns out to be a life lesson.  It’s difficult to see flaws through the filter of Facebook.  Nothing is truly perfect.  Everyone has their issues. 

But despite it all, I’m blessed.  Because while awesome isn’t good enough, it’s still pretty damn cool.


  1. THAT is pretty damn cool. And I can't wait to see the rest of the closet. :)

  2. Wow! Love your's hard to see the flaws through the filter of Facebook.

  3. Love all those little cubbies. I wouldn't have noticed the flaws (unless it was mine)

  4. I love your lesson! It's a pretty great closet too, but frustrating when you tried to avoid the issues you are left with.

  5. I like your lesson! We can certainly turn it around and remind ourselves of it when we compare ourselves to what we see of others online. I know there are times I don't feel like I have/am/do good enough! I'd love to see the rest of the closet!

  6. I could do with something like that for all my gear! I'm very impressed, even if it isn't perfect it's pretty cool.