Shelves, Shelves, Shelves! Pt. I

Our small little Garagehome is 672 modest square feet of (sometimes) cramped, (often) overstuffed and (always) homey abundance. I love my home with Maple (though I do look very much forward to one day having an actual closet, an indoor toilet and enough room). However, with the imminent arrival of a little one Maple and myself are doing some serious work to restructure the interior of the Garagehome to comfortably accommodate us, the dogs and a child. While Maple and myself have long suspected that we would definitely have one kiddo in the ol’ Garagehome, we’re budgeting feverishly so that, ideally, we will only have one child in the Garagehome.

As we move from corner to corner of the Garagehome we’re brainstorming ways to better utilize the space we have already. On the positive side of things, having limited space does truly force you to be creative. Maple and myself have been a little lazy in the past in regards to areas rarely used (such as under the bed) because, while it’s been a little frustrating sometimes not having enough space, it’s never been truly necessary to delve into that dust ridden no-mans land. Until now.

We’re gearing up for under the bed but we needed some minor successes first. So we started with shelves. Lots of shelves. The space by the door looked like this – cramped and underused. And then those boxes. Which were driving me crazy.

1450165_816438414352_86621948_n1384019_816438494192_1640789019_n1453544_816438484212_284846879_nThe first set of shelves were actually my idea (of which I was pretty proud). We scrapped the shoe shelf, bit the bullet and bought some lumber! Shelves mounted to the walls that would leave open space on the floor were the order of the day.

Build the frame.

Build the frame.

Divvy it in half.

Divvy it in half.

Up it goes!

Up it goes!

Maple and I had so enjoyed our process with the Wall Shelf that did the same thing again. Build the frame and then build the shelves in as we go, figuring out how big they need to be as we figure out what needs to go in them.

Xtra-Tuff shelf in the summer, mukluk shelf in the winter.

Xtra-Tuff shelf in the summer, mukluk shelf in the winter.

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All done!

All done!

This finally made room for the changing table that we were given. Now the little one can be changed in the sunlight of the big window by its’ parents who actually have enough room to move. Wonderful.

So much room!

So much room!

And so tidy and neat!

And so tidy and neat!

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Cheers and Love,

Maple and Me

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