The One with the Secret Closet

February 26, 2014

I’m a minimalist, which means I don’t do clutter: the only place any kind of mess is allowed is No 1 Son’s bedroom (because there’s only so many times I can go in there and try to tidy it). Everywhere else in the house is pretty much free of any kind of unnecessary things, we only have the furniture we actually need, and all the drawers, wardrobes and cupboards in the house are fairly tidy and organised.*

Except one.

Secret ClosetThis is one of the built-in wardrobes in my bedroom; as you can see, I can’t really shut it, which is why I’ve had to tie the handles with ribbon. Don’t be fooled by it’s innocent appearance. Inside it’s groaning with clothes, boxes of goodness’ knows what, and all kinds of junk. When we moved to this house I put everything in there that didn’t seem to have a place, and now… well, frankly, I’m afraid to open it, because everything inside bursts free in a big scary mass and it takes me days to close it again. And yet still I haven’t got round to sorting it. We’ve been here nearly eight years.

I should, really, try to go through it. Maybe there’s a valuable antique in there I didn’t know I had, or money, or important documents we really really need. Maybe there’s a lion, a witch, a frozen forest and some Turkish Delight at the back of it.

Or maybe it’s just tut.

For now, until we move house later this year, it’s going to remain a secret closet. Don’t tell anyone, will you?

This is my entry for The Gallery and the theme this week is ‘guilty secrets.‘ Actually it’s ‘guilty pleasures.’ I am seriously jet lagged.

(*I didn’t say clean, necessarily. I’m not actually Monica Geller).

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  • Molly February 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    My closet is such a mess that the door won’t even shut properly.


  • Tara February 27, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Oh my god Lizbeth, OPEN IT. I could in no way live with a closet like that. I’d be in like Flint. In fact don’t invite me round, I’d be right in there

  • kelloggsville February 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Monica had a cupboard didn’t she?! Every cupbaord of mine is like that though LOL

  • Susan Mann February 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Interesting take on the prompt lol xx

  • English Mum February 26, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I want someone to open it and get caught in the landslide. Where’s Chanandler Bong when you need him?

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought February 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Haha, I was definitely thinking of Monica’s cupboard when I saw your picture. Good luck sorting it out when you move 😀

  • Adele February 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Your post reads like a book, I want to read more….just waiting for you to open the doors 🙂

    My nan moved eight boxes three times, over a 20year period and never opened them. When she died my aunts just took them to the tip. I was devastated, what treasures were hidden inside those boxes, we’ll never know now

  • Lou's lake Views February 26, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    As soon as I saw this I thought of that Friends episode! Are you sure you aren’t Monica?! 😀