My poor husband.
He left for one day. One.
When he walked in the front door he stopped in silence.
“I can you see you had an idea” he says.
Our front hall and my studio were torn apart. Seven weeks post-partum I’d had the brilliant idea to re-organize everything to give us more usable space and make my photography studio more (a) permanent (b) functional.
I’d got 1/4 of the way through my plan when the baby duck woke up and insisted he be held.
The bench you see below: I wish we’d got rid of it sooner. It’s served a purpose for the last two years but it’s caused more headaches than it’s worth. The shelf is too deep, which means we’re always on our hands and knees digging for shoes. The shoe digging was a nightmare when I was pregnant. The bench itself is a repository for crap: give a family a flat surface and they will litter it with junk. Not to mention the fact the fact that cat claws and faux leather = grouchy pet owner (Why, why can’t we have nice things?!?)
It’s currently for sale on www.usedottawa.com
The dresser is fabulous. There is tons of storage and room on top for essentials like photos and sunscreen and keys. Except we never use the fabric bags in the bottom drawer because we forget they’re there and the boys fight constantly over the contents of their shared drawer (“The hat is mine!”).
The dresser has now found a new home thanks to www.kijiji.ca
So our old dresser from the studio made its way to the front hall. The empty space underneath gives me lots of space for my diaper bag and it’s narrow width means we have somewhere for the baby ducks car seat without it being underfoot. The best part: it was free!
The shoe rack, which has space for all our shoes and requires no digging, was only $19 at IKEA. The best part: I don’t have to wipe it off like I did the shelf under the bench.
The storage bins (one for each boy and one for DH and I to share): they were on sale for $12 each at IKEA (half price). The compartments come out so you can dump the contents or clean them and the boys no longer fight over what items are theirs.
I love that we have more space, that we’re using the space we have more effectively, and that we came away from the reorganization with money in our pockets.
The studio, however, is not yet finished and there’s been a moratorium placed on any more ideas until August.