We've lived in our home for 10 years. This was supposed to be our starter home, but it looks like it will just be our home. Period. So I guess I need to accept that and make it the best I can. Don't get me wrong....I'm very grateful for my home and really do love it. I just have never put a ton of effort into making it feel homey. I'm not a decorator by any interpretation of that word. I am clueless when it comes to room design and layouts. And with raising kids over the past 10 years, it hasn't been a big priority. Let's face it...if I have one picked up and clean room in the house at any given time, I'm doing GREAT!!!
Our home isn't big. It's about 1785 sq ft. It only has 3 bedrooms, but the living areas are sufficient for the most part. I know that a lot of people live in a lot smalled space, so I know it's doable. We have just accumulated WAY too much stuff over the years. And some of it needs to go! And what stays need to find a better way to be stored.
I am finally figuring out what organization systems (if you can call them that) work for our family and our space. I got this piece at IKEA maybe a year ago. It has been awesome!!! Each kid has their own backet for shoes and stuff as well as a cubby to put their bags or other items. It's a great way to dump (we are total dumpers) and hide. So I will probably be getting a few more of these in various sizes for other rooms. I like that it's not too deep and you can put almost anything in the baskets, and the space will still look neat.
We have a room in the front of our house. I think it's supposed to be a formal dining room, but really...who uses those???? I don't have the extra space to let that area go to waste, only being used a couple times a year. So it has been our living room, a play room, and a fish room. We had a HUGE 175 gallon salt water aquarium in there. While filling up the tank a year and a half ago (or so), Matt got distracted bathing the kids, and it flooded. And of course, it was our only room downstairs that had carpet. So we ripped up the carpet because fish water and old carpet aren't the best of friends for the nose. The room ended up being a dumping ground (again, we are dumpers) of sorts. It had my big upright freezer in there, my elliptical, an oversized chair and ottoman. Not a very functioning space. We got some carpet and laid that down a couple weekends ago. Then this weekend I painted. What a transformation!!! This room has hope now! It has potential!
I still have a big list of projects to get my tush moving on, but I will have to pace myself. Projects take money and time after all. ;)