When you live in an old house that was built over 100 years ago – you have no storage. Therefore you have to woman up and invent your own ideas when it comes to the task of creating storage and organization.
Folks in the late 1800’s were more concerned with having a living space, a kitchen, maybe a bedroom or two, and then their concerns turned towards keeping the place warm in the winter and making ends meet than creating storage areas for ‘stuff’. I’m assuming with the tasks of cooking and laundry taking the time they did in those days, women didn’t have time for a lot of crafting or designing. So the need for storage wasn’t even an idea. And the amount of clothing they owned was just a bit less than what I have accumulated today, so they just made do with a few hooks on the wall. No need for a closet