Smarter Than The Target Shoe Shelves

Sometimes Gracefully

Let’s begin this post with a disclaimer: I do not read directions.

Last week, the shoe rack that was hanging on our bedroom closet door broke, scaring the bajeezees out of me and scattering our shoes all over the floor at the same time. After allowing our shoes to sit in semi-organized piles for a couple of days, we went to good ol’ Target and bought a few shoe shelves to house my Darrin’s our obnoxiously large collection of shoes. I usually let Darrin take care of those things that require tools and drills and hammering and the like, but I had been jamming to Kelly Clarkson’s “Miss Independent” during my morning workout and decided that anything Darrin could do I could obviously do better. Kelly Clarkson sure is motivating.


I dragged the toolbox from the closet and setup “shop” on my living room floor. Like I mentioned in my disclaimer, I tend to set aside the directions that come with a “build it yourself” product because they’re usually too difficult to decipher {Ikea, anyone?!}, the print is uninteresting, and the pictures are boring. If companies started turning their direction sheets into colorful pop-books, then I’d definitely pay more attention to the proper step-by-step process. Until then, those sheets of paper usually find their way to the trash can, and Darrin is usually the one to fish them out of the trash while I botch the design.

This time was no different. I screwed on the boards, hammered the nails, leveled the shelves, and, somehow, one board on each shelf was either backwards or lopsided. So I had to unscrew each board, take out the nails, and redo the entire process. Five times. Yikes, right?! Darrin wasn’t home to fix my problem, so, after giving up for a few hours to eat some popcorn and watch too many episodes of C.S.I., I forced this moment to become a “learning moment” in my life, Β and I persevered until those darn shelves were finished. Now, I have a story to tell you and my future children. Such a happy ending!

My incompetence for construction is a gift, really. I’m always impressed by everyone else’sΒ DIY posts and inspirational sewing crafts. I guess I’m still at levelΒ “Trying to figure out how to put together a set of shoe shelves from the Target home clearance section.” Let’s hope I move up the DIY ladder at a faster rate.

I suppose I should starting reading the provided directions. But then again, where’s the fun in that? πŸ˜‰

I hope you have an awesome Thursday! I’ve posted some more springtime sheer blouses below that are similar to the one I’m wearing above! Also, the new arrivals at Anthropologie are making me want to take a cruise. Anyone else with me??

Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚


  • Reply rebecca May 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I don’t either.. I just rip straight into the packet (and sometimes miss crucial steps..) ahh to be enthusiastic. My boyfriend has to slow me down.

  • Reply Kelsey May 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I FEEL YOU! Directions are the worst, no doubt. Look at you persevering πŸ™‚ LOVE the top too!!

  • Reply jennifer prod May 22, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    not many things more complicated than building a seemingly simple bookshelf. the reason i know? i tried to built one (IKEA!!!) and worked a few hours only to end up leaning the bookshelf against the wall because it wasn’t level…


  • Reply A.Pretty.Thought May 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Love reading your blog! I feel like im experiencing the moment with you! such a fun read!


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