Title is a movie quote- do you know where it's from? Answer at the bottom of the post!
Our family currently resides in a 915 sq. ft, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, single car garage home. :-) The twins share a room, Miles gets his own, and we’ve recently done some things to make our main living space a bit more managable for our family of five.
Living Room: We set aside some of our tax return to by a flat panel TV. Truthfully, we didn’t want the “big-fancy-TV” as much as we needed the extra floor space it would provide via it’s wall mount. We’ve eliminated the entertainment/media furniture item from the living room and replaced it with a small bookshelf that fits under the television. We sold the coffee table on Craigslist (who needs that silly thing anyway…my son can find something else to bang his head into I’m sure…), and bought a SMALL occasional table at World Market for $20 (it was on sale) to set drinks and whatnot on instead.
Bedroom Storage: The bedroom closets are not standard size in our home, they are smaller. So, we added a second bar in each of the kids’ closets to accommodate their clothing storage needs. We also added a second shelf above the main one to give us some extra storage space. We bought the Billy bookshelves from IKEA for each of the kids’ rooms and filled them to the brim with baskets/buckets for their toys. We’re using a combination of some super cheap ones from IKEA (red and blue only) and some not-quite-as-cheap ones from The Land of Nod (LOTS of color choices).
Note: The current configuration consists of the lower two shelves with the IDEA baskets, the toddler toys have been moved to Miles’ room. We’ve also bought a additional (skinny) Billy bookcase to expand the one you see in the picture. Here is the link for the picture hanging line (actually made for curtains).
Closet Storage: There is one small coat closet, and the linen closet is a JOKE. Seriously, it was homemade by a previous owner and isn’t even deep enough to get a folded towel or sheet set in it. SO, we don’t keep many extra sheets for our beds. The kids each have one extra set, and Eric and I have one summer set and one flannel winter set. That’s it. It means laundry gets done the same day that they bed gets changed…but that’s ok, at least it get’s done…right?! :-)
Bathroom: The bathroom is as small as a bathroom can get and still enclose the necessary amenities. Other than adding the cabinet above the toilet, I’m at a loss as to how to make that space any better. Just to give you an idea of the space: I’m standing in the tub to get the picture taken. :-)
Garage: We gave up getting a car in there long ago. I really dislike the idea of not actually using our garage as a place to keep the weather and whatnot off our main car…but with so little storage in our home it became necessary to kick that car out! So, I have a shelf in the garage devoted to extra pantry items that don’t fit in the kitchen itself. I have another one devoted to extra toiletries and cleaning supplies. This allows me to get as much as I can when it’s on sale for super cheap without totally cluttering up my kitchen.
Okay, that’s it! What are you ideas and methods for living in your small spaces?!
(It's from the Genie in Aladin) :-)