Friday, 7 October 2011

Organization saga

What do you do when you have taken over the in suite storage room as a walk in closet? Either cut down on buying more things... OR, get really awesome storage/organization items to help tame the abundance.

Most of my shoes have been living inside shoe boxes for some time now. The reason being I simply do not have enough room to store them any other way.

I have yet to see shoe racks that can hold more than 20 pairs of shoes. Not only that, good quality ones that are not made purely of plastic and cave in onto itself when it is loaded with shoes are REALLY expensive.

So, when I discovered a 50 pair shoe rack at a low price, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase one. At first it was from an online site, but after waiting weeks for its arrival, I decided to cancel the item and source it from a local supplier.

Finally, 2 days ago, I finally had my 50-pair shoe rack. So it claims...

Anyway, the installation process was simple enough. It was merely shoving metal rods into plastic holders repeatedly and then stacking 3 of the smaller holder together to form a big one that would hold my 50-pairs of shoes!

After 15 minutes I was free to enjoy the fruit of my labour by re-organizing my "walk-in closet". I can finally liberate all of my shoes from their captive boxes.

After 45 minutes I was finished. Big sigh of relief as I stepped back and enjoyed the beautiful finished product. Then I petted myself on the back for a job well done and drifted off to enjoy the rest of my night.

One hour later it was midnight. As I crept into bed and began my wind down process... a nasty... loud... disturbing noise disrupted the peace I was just about to enjoy.

Fearing the worse, I slowly crawled out of my bed. And what do I find?

broken shoe rack with lots of shoes everywhere
weak-ass shoe rack

That's right! My worst nightmare!

The shock of seeing my shoes intermingled with each other lying decrepit on the floor and the now dilapidated shoe rack made me laugh and cry at the same time.
Upon further inspection. I found the culprit.

So it would seem that one of the holes that the metal rod was previously inserted into has decided to abandon post.

As it was already late into the night, I decided to go to bed and worry about the carnage the next day.

In the morning, I risen out of bed with trepidation. I cautiously approached the carnage.


It looked as if I was super lazy and really didn't know what shoes to wear and thus decided to pull most of my shoes out, try them on and then haphazardly thrown them back.

Or my closet finally had enough and revolted by vomiting my shoes up.

This is definitely not the state I should leave the shoes in. What can I do then? I thought about putting the shoes back into their captive boxes again. But since they have tasted freedom, there is no way they are going to go back without a fight.

Then, ding!, lightbulb! Since only one of the three sections were broken, I can salvage what I can and settle them in their temporary home until I can find a more permanent solution.

After 20 minutes.


Mess begone!!

I was pretty pleased with myself. Those are some drastic before and afters.

But this is not going to be the permanent solution. Since one would be crazy to think I would keep the shoe rack after what it has put me through. That POS is going back for a FULL REFUND!

So after lunch with a friend, I set out to seek a permanent solution.

After scouring my brain for a solution, I realized that the best thing is probably something similar to what is currently holding my boots up.

Then I went to forage Canadian Tire and Home Depot for the product.

Alas! Canadian Tire had it. However, since the rack is meant to be a storage room space saver, it only came standard with 5 shelves.

That is not nearly enough. But they did not sell the shelves separately. So I was forced to buy 2 of those things. I will then have to MacGyver my own ULTIMATE shoe rack.Armed with one rack in each hand. I charged home.

Once in my humble abode, I eagerly unwrapped everything and poured the contents out. After studying the instructions I went off looking for tools.

My heart sunk as I realized that I didn't actually have any tools!!

I needed this,

wrenchand more importantly, this
Flat tip screw driver

But all I had is, this
Jasmine Zhu's thumb and finger

and, you've gotta be kidding me, this

Butter Knife

So armed with my fingers in one hand and a butter knife in the other, my arduous journey of screwing 105 nuts and bolts began.

2.5 hours later I was still not done. So I said, screw this! And went to meet a friend to walk his this.Victor Kam's black pug, Pugsley
The walk plus venting rejuvenated me. With new found gusto, I finally finished the last 10 bolts.

The finished product is beautiful. Standing just over 5' tall, gleaming in industrial grey and sparkling with metallic silver accents. My shoes would have a new home!

As I slid, not-so-weak-ass shoe rack home. I can't help but be reminded of the graph of success. Usually phallicly represented by this.

Graph of success

But in reality, it's much much less glamourous and probably looks more like this.

But it was all worth it when, in the end, I went from this,

broken shoe rack with lots of shoes everywhere
weak ass

to this,

Jasmine Zhu's organized walk in closet
not so weak ass

Now I have a functional closet, and finally I can see all of the shoes I have.

I would say it was well worth the tumultuous couple of days to finally have the peace and order of my newly organized closet.
Life is often filled with frustrating situations. But if you stick to your guns, after 105 nuts and bolts screwed together by butter knife and fingers, you too can enjoy the fruits of your labours.

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  1. Awesome post!!! Love the content and the visuals!

  2. Thanks for reading. I am glad you enjoyed it :)

  3. Bahahahah thats so funny.. its so much orgnazed now!

  4. Totally! Yay no more having to hide shoes in boxes!

  5. Found you through AF! So glad, because you're hilarious. :)

  6. Thank you Lindsey. I am so glad you enjoyed this post. Who knew a coffee at 8pm plus watching the boyfriend play scary videogame would manifest itself as a muse that kept me awake from 2am to 530am.

    Appreciate the compliment. :)