Hall Closet Makeover - Hall Closet Decorating Ideas
Transform your hall closet filled with miscellaneous items into a clean, compact workspace.
By Meredith Bryan
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the August 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
When clutter swami Peter Walsh arrives on a warm summer morning, Bridgewater's excuses fall on deaf ears. She explains that she'd initially hoped to turn the area into a work space, but...well, she didn't have the right chair. And her shoot schedule—her credits include Sex and the City, CSI: Miami, and Verizon commercials—left little time to sleep, let alone decorate. Walsh diagnoses her real problem as one of commitment. "Weird spaces get quickly out of control when you don't designate a specific use," he explains. "You say this should be an office. Well, you have to commit to that." They decide to transform the space into a desk that Bridgewater can use to sort mail, work on her laptop, and file away paperwork for her extensive Directors Guild of America application (i.e., pay stubs and call sheets from recent jobs). In other words, "a nerve center," as Walsh calls it—"a place where you run the business of your home."
The duo begin with a typically Walshian purge, ruthless and efficient, narrated by gently barbing commentary. "How many lanyards does one person need?" Walsh asks incredulously, upon becoming entangled in ID passes for dozens of movie shoots. "For Halloween each year, I go as a roadie," explains Bridgewater. "Anyone has an '80s-themed party? I'm dressed as a roadie." Walsh stares at her, mouth agape, and drops the lanyards into the "trash" pile.