A Continued Exercise in Contentment: Reclaimed Space

Have you heard?  Our house is teeny.  Lately we have been feeling trapped in our small home and, in some ways, had just kind of resigned ourselves to living in a crowded, cramped space.  Toys taking up square footage in the living room, disorganized junk making certain rooms feel like a mess…this, apparently, was our life.

And then we got over it and decided to make our house work for us instead.  My husband is the type of guy who LOVES projects, so we came up with a new one for him to tackle.  He would turn our back room (which had pretty much become an extra storage space) into a multipurpose play room.

First, let me show you the embarrassing “before” pictures.  When we moved into our house we made this a guest & exercise room.  We don’t have overnight guests often, so as my husband’s collection of climbing gear grew it got parked in the spare room…and it basically turned into a storage unit attached to our home with a small pathway to the treadmill.  Needless to say, the door to this room remained closed most of the time.

The plan:  get rid of all our unnecessary stuff, reorganize the shed & garage storage areas, and make this a usable multipurpose room – office, playroom, exercise, and guest room.  That’s a pretty tall order for such a small space!

The whole project only took about a day, which was much quicker than we both expected.  We had to buy paint (and we splurged on a less-bulky wall-mount TV) but other than that we didn’t have to buy anything else.  The futon will convert to a bed when we have guests, and the closet was reclaimed as a desk space.  We are pretty thrilled with how it turned out!  The rest of our home is less cluttered with toys, we feel like we added square footage to our home, and the embarrassing closed door can now be kept open.  Just making the space usable has made us so much more content in our home.  Hooray!

Today’s post is linked to “Works For Me Wednesdays,” tips to make your family’s life easier.  WFMW is hosted by Kristen at We Are THAT Family.

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