The key to living in this tiny space is staying in touch with every square inch. Are we utilizing it as efficiently as we possibly can? Are there forgotten things taking up space? Even in this tiny space we accumulate stuff we don’t use.
After living in our house for almost a year and a half, we realized that we were wasting about 9 sq. ft. with our unused desk-top computer. It was easy to procrastinate this remodel, since we had six years of data including music and pictures to deal with. I finally made getting rid of the computer a priority, and it has totally changed the feel of our living room.
Once we moved all data from the old desktop to our external hard drive and donated the computer to our local alternative school, Blue Mountain School, we removed the desk and Karl built a simple platform. I went to School House Fabrics, an amazing local fabric store, and had the nice man cut a piece of foam the exact size of the platform.
While I was there, I picked out complimentary fabric and totally splurged on these funny angled pieces of foam and some fabric to cover them. They make the couch way more comfortable by supporting our backs. I do have a thing for fabric and pillows.
My mom just left after spending five nights on the couch; she loved sleeping on the new section. It was great, because there was enough room for everyone to lounge comfortably. I bet we can even fit a couple more friends at our next dinner party!
That desk corner was only functioning as a surface on which to dump junk. Without it, we have to process our piles immediately, and our space feels cleaner and a lot more comfy.
Here’s to tiny changes making huge differences!
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