Looking for extra storage space? It could be right under your nose… or laundry pile. LOL
This spring my family was somewhat packed into a 1 bedroom apartment for about 5-6 weeks during quarantine and then off and on for the rest of the summer. That’s 5 people in a 1 bedroom apartment. We were packed in like a family of sardines minus the smelliness. LOL My favorite “get-away” spot during our stay was this little nook on the balcony. It was a great spot to get out of the apartment and enjoy fresh air.
Luckily, there were spots inside for each of the kids to have a “lair” (as my youngest called it). This is because of the 12+ foot display table with different artifacts, statues, and other collectibles between the sectional and window wall in the living room. It is held up by two saw horses painted black. Each of the kids’ papasan cushions were in their own little spot under the table separated by the saw horses which were draped in their blankies. We had a giant sectional and another futon couch that is in the area that could have been used as a dining space so everyone had a designated sleeping spot.
Writing this I realize how crazy this all sounds but it worked for us. The kids had their own separate spaces and they seemed to be fairly happy during our time there. They mainly just missed the back yard and neighbor friends.
I was really happy there too.
Did I miss my neighbors and friends in our town we are usually at? YES! I missed them so much. The only other thing I really missed was pantry space. There was nothing permanent that I could add to this apartment to squeeze out more storage like I did years ago in the duplex – Pantry on the Sly. Also there was no room between the wall and fridge to take advantage of like When One Pantry Isn’t Enough.
BUT… there was room between the washer and dryer! It had just barely enough room for a little cart. Yahooo! The only place this was possible was between the washer and dryer. I had to push them as far as I could toward the walls on each side of the closet but luckily there was a cart on Amazon that would be just perfect. I think there was literally 11 inches to work within and was so happy to find this. Plus, I liked that it was sturdier than the plastic looking carts.
The pantry items were all stuck under a double cabinet under the island and an upper cabinet to the left of the stove. Neither was an ideal space for kids’ snacks or often used food items like spaghetti and noodles or cereal. I needed a solution for our almost half a year stay in our new little temporary home. This cabinet was packed with snacks, noodles, sauce, raisens, nuts, etc. Here’s an after picture of all the goods we left in the under the island cabinet.
My very messiness self and my oh-so-organized husband were clashing in the tiny space. He was so patient in all of this as this apartment is kind of like his hermitage. I’m pretty sure he could go months on end without having to see anyone and enjoying a perfectly organized abode with no dust and crumbs. Me, on the other hand, am like a happy confetti mess explodes all around me at all times. I try to get it together and keep things clean but it’s just not part of my DNA. I’m still not sure that I’m not adopted or hatched from an egg. LOL If you know my parents you know their house is so perfectly sanitary that it’s ok to eat off their 5 times daily swept floor; how do we have the same DNA?!
Organizing and creating more pantry space in our small apartment was like an olive branch to my husband.
I could have gone with a less expensive option but they just aren’t as cute. I wouldn’t care about how it looked if I knew this was forever going to be used in a laundry room but it is just a temporary apartment. So it might need to be used in a different area at the next place we live. The older I get the more I realized we need extremely versatile furniture and organization ideas. Plus it was extremely easy to put together (another must have for furniture).
Getting to spend so much time together in a small space was such a blessing. Also getting to have some organization made all the difference for everyone’s sanity by utilizing space between a washer and dryer. I bet there is storage space right in front of you in your home. Get creative and try different ideas until one fits for your needs and daily living. It can be done! Take it from this confetti mess gal.
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