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Go Into Your Closets

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I came across an article in The Atlantic now entitled Americans Are Turning Spare Bedrooms Into Giant Closets earlier this year and have been meaning to share it ever since. Specifically, these parts:


From the 1300s through the 1800s, Europeans used the word closet to refer to a space that really was a room unto itself. As the late architecture curator Henry Urbach once explained, the term then described “a place for retreat, prayer, study, or speculation.” Such rooms were also used to display precious objects, but above all they were havens, their purpose as much emotional as functional.

What most Americans now think of as a closet—a small void adjacent to a larger room—first emerged around 1840, when consumers found themselves needing a place to store all the goods that industrialization had produced...

...In other words, extreme closets may be starting to resemble those of, say, 16th-century Europe: a collection of prized things on loving display, a comfortable seating area in the innermost sanctum of one’s home, maybe a little desk area to work in solitude.

It seems like some nice context to have for Alma 34:26, "But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness," and "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly," from the Sermon on the Mount. Both translated before 1840.

Edited by SilentOne

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