We have decided to stay in the Deer Park apartment for another 13 months. But since we are staying, we have decided to make a few changes. I have to find a way to fit 5 people into 900 square feet of apartment.
First, we are getting rid of everything we don't need, donating all clothes that don't fit and toys we don't play with, throwing away everything that is too worn, torn, or broken. If we wouldn't pack it for a one-month trip, it goes.
Second, if you don't have room for children, just stack them! Bunk beds will be purchased to stack the big kids. Their entertainment center will be moved to the inside wall and they will each get a bean bag chair, which can be easily shoved under the beds for more play space.
Third, storage! Brian is going to build a set of book shelves to put against the long wall in the living room. We'll paint the wall sage green and the bookshelves dark brown. I am re-positioning all the stuff that needs to stay in the kitchen and bathroom cupboards and the closets. For example, the vacuum has a new home in the pantry, and the stroller permanently lives in the car.
Fourth, this many people requires more floor space. I turned the couch to create office space for Brian behind it, so the whole couch can be sat on and the computer desk is not taking up valuable space. The couch will soon be replaced with a loveseat and two end tables.
Fifth, clutter isn't just stuff. We're also cutting the cable. Summertime is full of good weather that allows us and the kids to be outside as much as possible, and if we have to be in, we'll get free RedBox codes to get free DVDs to watch, or play Uno, Monopoly, Sorry, or chess. None of those things rot your brain! Plus it'll save us $50 a month.
How do you cut clutter? What are your favorite tricks for making a small space feel larger? How do you organize your life?
Slowly regaining control,