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Monday, February 22, 2010

A Simple Idea

Eventually, each child needs their own dresser, nothing fancy, just something to store their clothes in, so I'm always on the lookout for cheap (or free!) sources to get the kids furniture. Yard sales, freecycle, side of the road. But it's getting challenging to find places to put all these pieces of furniture. And it's challenging to find a house to house all this stuff on a single income in an area where real estate still comes at a premium. Have you thought about how much room you would really need if you didn't have quite so much stuff to keep? I certainly have. I can reduce the non-essentials, but there's no getting around the fact that they all need beds to sleep in (even bunk beds take up room) and drawers to put their clothes in. I'm dreaming of loft beds (easier to vacuum under) or pull down beds that fold up into the wall when they are not being used (easier to hide unmade beds). And dressers built into the wall. And why stop there? I can imagine floor to ceiling books down a hallway with walls framed deep enough to accommodate integrated bookshelves. Fewer things to dust and fewer horizontal surfaces to catch the sundry junk we tend to fill our lives with. Am I crazy? What's your dream solution for storing the necessities without filling up your living space?

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