We live in a small terraced house where space is at a premium. When we moved in to our home back in 2004, we were young couple who had previously only lived in our bedrooms as students so we couldn’t wait to expand and fill our home with our belongings. Since then our family dynamics have changed quite a bit. There’s now an additional toddler and a dog under the roof and we never imagined how much extra stuff having a little one in the house would bring to our home.
The house has undergone a series of changes to accommodate our family’s needs over the years. The front reception room was once a study; a haven for all the textbooks I had borrowed from the library, my overflowing research papers and an array of coursework sitting on the second hand dining table we had found as a freebie on freecycle. The front reception room is now our lounge and our relaxing space.
Our second reception room was once our lounge and is now our dining / play room. It’s probably one of our favourite spaces in the house as it works so well. The dining table and chairs can be extended and pulled out to create a large dining area perfect for family dinners and then can put away and used as a smaller table for everyday use. There’s a large storage unit housing all my craft goodies and supplies with boxes along the bottom of the unit dedicated to Little Mr’s toys and books.
Our second bedroom which was once a spare room until Little Mr arrived was a typical unused space; a dumping ground for clothes hangers, the ironing board and the hoover.
Today it is Little Mr’s bedroom filled with all his toys, books and clothes. It’s his own space to build dens, read a book or fall asleep.
Where do people store the stuff that doesn’t live in a particular room? We would love to be able to afford to extend into the loft space of our home and move our bedroom and contents into this space. This would allow us to move all the toys and books in the play room onto the middle floor of the house leaving us with a more grown up space downstairs. Ideally we’d take advantage of the light at the top of the house with a couple of loft windows, dressed with a VELUX blind, we’d see the sunshine first thing in the morning and see the sunset last thing at night in the opposite window. It would be lovely, alas it’s a dream but it would be a dream come true to really use the space in our home to meet our needs.
In the meantime, we will use the space as best as we can, declutter to reduce the amount of stuff we appear to be hoarding and be grateful that we can change the rooms in our home around to suit our family’s needs.