I’m continually grateful for the place we’ve called home for 17 years. Our babies became men surround by these walls and our girls took their first steps right in the middle of our kitchen (on our beloved “tacky floors.”)
When I was designing it during my 20 something, know nothing about functionality, age, I knew I wanted light. Lots and lots of light.
Plus, I did know that storage was going to be key. I may have been a youngster, but my propensity for those yard sales was well under way.
What I didn’t think through were things like light fixture placement and centering of electrical things, details that unless you’ve already lived in a house, you can’t imagine on paper until you go to hang a mirror in your foyer and realize the heat box is in the middle of the wall and not nicely placed to the side so you can decorate it well. (Only a man does that. ;)).
I also didn’t realize just how odd a long, narrow room would be to configure, especially with large windows and not much wall space.
I showed glimpses of that “sitting room” awhile back and it sits waiting patiently while I ponder what to do with it. It’s virtually unused and it’s crying for a function. I am a horrible decision maker with this stuff.
My daughter is begging me to go the craft room route, so I’ve been starting to pin ideas of what might work, Organizing Ideas for Small Spaces is a big one!!
When Sauder asked me to try out a piece of their furniture, fond memories of that young mom came to the forefront. You see, the very first brand new furniture purchase that my husband and I made occurred in our first year of marriage. Newly pregnant and thinking through the “essentials” for our little rental, we knew that we needed a wardrobe.
We purchased a shelving/wardrobe unit that moved with us from WI to NC and was in full use until TWO YEARS AGO. Marked with pencils, sharpie drawings, duck tape remnants and more, that piece served us well for years. It was fun to browse their site because there are so many sturdy, functional and beautiful pieces that are for every budget. I knew I wanted some organizational piece, but I also looked at all the furniture pieces as well because I know many of the dressers can do double duty on function.
When I told my hubby about our new storage cabinet, he chuckled. Memories of putting that first piece together were still at the forefront of his mind.
I had to head out of town last week, and pleaded for his help in assembling it. I got it started (by opening the box and sorting the pieces. 😉 ), then left.
He called me when he finished and declared, “Either I am much smarter or these are so much easier to put together than 20 years ago.”
I was hoping that was a rhetorical comment. 🙂
Honestly, it went together so easily and the sturdy factor that we need in our rough and tumble home is excellent.
It’s an antique white, and once I paint this room, its shade will really pop. (Three other rooms are in front of it on the “need to paint” list.) I’m overly excited to have a new place to put my globes. Paired with my two thrifted frames that I painted white, it looks SO cute with them on it.
Can you even believe how much storage there is? I have no more excuses for clutter piles laying around. For our uses, it’s so much better than dresser drawers which don’t give enough height for paint and craft items. I think I have finally found a home for the sewing machine that sits in the attic.
Now I just need to reconfigure the remaining area and make the decision of adding a desk and built in bookshelves on the opposite wall.
I am thrilled with this new storage cabinet. It will help so much especially since we got rid of most of my homeschool book shelves when we painted the dining room, so I am in desperate need of down stairs storage.
Have any of you added built in book shelves?
I’d love some thoughts or suggestions for how you’ve dealt with storage in a small room?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.