Operation Closet


Article by: Ieuan Dolby

When the wife comes to you one fine day and says, "dear, I think we need a new closet for the bedroom", the heart surges in joy. Immediate thoughts of grabbing the coat and rushing off on a mission to the nearest DIY center enters the mind before realization dawns that first must come a shower , 10 Ways To Cut Your Electric Bill and then work. Thursday today, Saturday would be best! A whole day of fun and joy to look forwards to! "Yes dear", you say casually, "I will get the car out on Saturday and look for something nice".

What a shame it was not Saturday when she had told you this. That would have meant immediate action. But this way you have two whole days to plan , Selling Houses: Payback of Window Treatments and work on OPERATION CLOSET. Two days to think about where to search for the perfect piece in all of the hundreds of shops surrounding your town. Two whole days to dream about buying this closet, taking it back home , Improvements – General Points and assembling it and afterwards proudly displaying the finished product , PVC Strip Doors From Kaiser Doors to a proud and satisfied Wife.

Saturday seems ever so far away. Sleep becomes impossible as the day draws near and the happy thoughts of OPERATION CLOSET, the fun and the happiness that goes with building , What To Look For In USPS Mailboxes ones own furniture , Choosing the proper frame style when installing new windows is soon to become reality. Ah, come on and hurry up Saturday!

Eventually the day arrives and out of bed , Vinyl Lattice Fences you jump, eager to be on the road and out on the Search. Eager to return with your purchase and to be deeply involved in its construction, eager to be surrounded by the endless panels and screws , New technology or an old standard: choosing the right vacuum cleaner and eager to see a creation come to life. Yep, it is Saturday and "happy" day. The Wife's attempt to ruin all by suggesting that you buy an already assembled closet and using a past occasion as reason for this (when you had assembled the Kitchen , Design Psychology: Fabrics Dining Table and stuck a screwdriver through your foot) are ignored and you stick by your guns. A DIY closet must be purchased as a DIY closet can fit in the car and is cheaper; a pre-assembled closet would cost more and have to be brought back home , How to Fix Your Groove! by a delivery company. "NO, DIY it will be", you say with authority and stamp out the house , How To Refinish A Vinyl Or Tile Foor Using Floor Finish on the start of your mission before the wife can lay other obstacles in your path. , New technology or an old standard: choosing the right vacuum cleaner

As you get into the car the Wife shouts after you, "I'll be out all day, try and get it all finished before my parents come this evening will you"?

Freedom and on the road at last. After much searching around the various shops and comparing prices you soon have the perfect unit balanced across the back of the car and are winging your way back home. , Laminate Floor - Stylish, Convenient and Robust Part one complete. Part two coming up.

Back at the house , Home Improvements – General Points you gleefully bring the whole box of panels and associated bits into the bedroom, having previously made a space for it and removed the old closet out of harms way. So you have space and the various sections to be made into something usable. All that is required now are some tools , Helpful Household Rust Tips and a cup of coffee. Downstairs for the toolbox, into the kitchen , Gutter Maintenance for the hot , Marble Repair cup of coffee and back upstairs it is. NB: Must clean up the coffee spill on the stair carpet , Duct Cleaning - Proper Principals and Practices before the family return.

Okay, everything is in order, coffee at hand and you are all alone to enjoy life at its best. First of all you sit there just soaking up the atmosphere and considering changing jobs to that of a Test Engineer at a furniture , Choosing the proper frame style when installing new windows factory, then you make your first move of laying out the essential tools , Spring Cleaning in the States vs End of Year Cleaning in Japan in a neat row along the floor , Laminate - Stylish, Convenient and Robust by the door. , What To Look For In USPS Mailboxes A screwdriver, a sharp knife, a hammer, a tape measure and another screwdriver all placed neatly and ready for use. Next you use the sharp knife to open up the box and smile at the sight of all that wood! , How to Design a Hard Floor Like a Professional Laying out the panels in order you slowly empty the box until nothing is left, sitting back and grinning from ear to ear at the sight around you, now that phase two has been completed.

But wait! Something is missing! , Duct Cleaning - Proper Principals and Practices You search around desperately for the assembly diagram, the one that should have been stuck inside , How To Refinish A Vinyl Or Tile Foor Using Floor Finish the box, under the wood , How To Refinish A Vinyl Or Tile Foor Using Floor Finish or in the bag of hinges and screws. , A Short Installation Guide Of Solid Wood Countertops And Kitchen Islands It must be somewhere and you search again, looking in the car, under the wood, , Know what you need to buy home security system in the box and in the kitchen , Helpful Household Rust Tips - anywhere that it might be. Calm down, you tell yourself, , Home Inspection Basics phone , Gutter Maintenance the company ask them if they have a new one or spare one or maybe it fell out at the shop. After a few phone , Storage Barns calls' you sit back in total despair. The lady at the shop had kindly said "have you looked in the box"? And the lady at the factory condescendingly said, "oh no, we don't include diagrams with our latest range".

NO DIAGRAM? What do you mean NO DIAGRAM?

All is not that bad. Gaining second wind and laughing at yourself , Hardwood Laminate Floors for the panic you go back upstairs convincing yourself , Bathroom Renovation for a Modern and Aesthetic Home Space that it can not be that difficult. A couple of shelves, a back and a front and some sides' that is all there is to building , 10 Ways To Cut Your Electric Bill this up. What could be easier than that? You are now convinced that all will be easy and back to work you go with gusto and renewed energy! , Selling Houses: Payback of Window Treatments All you have to do is to arrange the separate pieces into order of place , Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide and work from there. Find the back, the bottom and two sides and then screw , New technology or an old standard: choosing the right vacuum cleaner them together. After that, well, just fit the doors , Hardwood Laminate Floors and "bobs your uncle".

Seven hours it takes you. Seven hours of head scratching, sweating nervousness that the wife should return early and of seriously considering running out and buying a pre-assembled unit. Seven hours of puzzlement about why no panels are of the same size, why the floor , Spring Cleaning in the States vs End of Year Cleaning in Japan is three inches shorter than the top and why there are not enough screws , Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide for the job. Seven hours of panic and heartburn as you precariously balance on one foot, holding one side up with your elbow and attempting to get a screw , Laminate Floor - Stylish, Convenient and Robust into place , Home Plans Buying Guide with your mouth. Seven hours of trying to figure out how you managed to get the door , Home Improvements – General Points handles inside , The History of Refrigerators instead of out and why you had to open the left door , Affordable Saunas Really Do Exist before the right door , Bathroom Remodeling Information and Ideas would open.

The first hour of all of this was spent trying to work out which piece was the floor. , An Affordable Shortcut To Designing Your Dream Home Deciding that it was the oblong section that had screw , Ceiling Fans - That Don't Require The Ceiling holes in it you had suitably attached it to what you thought was the right side. Whilst trying to balance on the washing basket and fix what you thought was the top onto what you thought was the side, you fell off seriously damaging your ankle and cutting your finger on the knife that had been lying beside the door. , How to Design a Hardwood Floor Like a Professional It was whilst looking upwards and deciding whether to nurse your ankle or suck on your bleeding finger that you noticed that the top was not the top after all. And that the bottom was actually an internal shelf and that the side that you had made so many holes in was after all, the door. , The History of Refrigerators

It was after seven hours that you managed to assemble a closet into some sort of order. One door , The History of Refrigerators did have a few extra holes in it and the other door , How to Hide Wood Paneling did have a rather large coffee stain in the middle but it was together. Oh, and the back did look a mess as in a temper you had accidentally punched a hole through the thin plywood and nailed it crooked to the closet frame. The door , How to Design a Hardwood Floor Like a Professional handles that you had broken whilst removing them from the inside , The History of Refrigerators of the doors , Design Psychology: Fabrics to the outside , How to Hide Wood Paneling looked okay once taped together and the mirror that you had cracked was not needed anyway - that you had removed outside , Choosing Finish Materials When Building Your Own Home to the garage , How to build an energy-efficient home never to be talked about again.

Tools away, cup back in the sink, plaster on the finger and a soaking hot , Spring Cleaning in the States vs End of Year Cleaning in Japan bath later and you are sitting comfortably with a newspaper in front of the television. Secretly swearing to yourself , Spring Cleaning in the States vs End of Year Cleaning in Japan that you would never ever do such a thing again. Pre-assembled furniture , Bathroom Renovation for a Modern and Aesthetic Home Space all the way from now on you say to yourself. , Bathroom Remodeling Information and Ideas The wife on her return complains about the coffee stain on the stairs, makes some comment about the closet looking like a twenty year-old disaster , 3-Tab Roofing Shingles and then goes to make dinner. Operation Closet complete and behind you!


One fine day, there you are eating your cereal in the morning and the wife comes along and says, "we need a new dresser in the spare room". Your heart jumps and without falter you say "yes dear, I will get the car out on Saturday and look for something nice".


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Author and Webmaster of Seamania. As a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy he has sailed the world for fifteen years. Now living in Taiwan he writes about cultures across the globe and life as he sees it.

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