WANTED: Good home for pencils
Now that we’re back to reality, and determined to make our cozy newlyweds condo into a home suitable for a … gulp … family of three … I’ve got my work cut out for me!
My mother is optimistic, as always, and says of course we will have room for a baby — and its gear — in our condo.
I have always been a realist, so I am not so certain, because the second bedroom — now the office, someday the nursery — contains:
- Hubby’s computer desk
- Desk chair
- My art/drafting table
- Chair from the dining room set
- Tall white bookcase
- Filing cabinet
… let’s not forget the closet, which looks like a Tupperware aisle exploded, and is crammed with:
- My sewing machine
- Six drawers of fabric
- A small storage cabinet full of art supplies
- 12 plastic containers with more art supplies
- Three drawers of office supplies
- Three drawers of paints
So basically, everything in that room has to find a new home — except the white bookcase, possibly, because I could fill it with childrens’ books and wicker baskets.
The best place for Darling Husband’s computer is probably the bedroom — living room would be too cluttered. And the filing cabinet can definitely be shoved in the storage room.
As for my art stuff, this is what I have come up with …
OPTION A: The mini-studio
- My art desk & chair move to the storage room off the kitchen — wait! Here me out!
- The heaps of art supplies moves to the storage room (has built-in shelves along the back wall)
- The crap in the storage room moves to the closet of the second bedroom, and my mom’s basement
- PRO: I will have my own space to work
- CON: I may develop claustrophobia
OPTION B: The mobile studio
- My art desk is stored in the storage room, and I do most of my crafting at the dining room table — but it is pulled out for especially large or messy projects
- My art supplies remain stowed in the second bedroom closet
- PRO: No need to move anything except the desk
- CON: I won’t have a place to work, so I may choose not to create simply because I don’t have the space
I’m really not sure which is the best solution. I like the idea of the mini-studio, simply because I could work and store everything in the same space. Yes, it is a small space — and I’m not totally sure about the ventillation? — but it would be the one space not infiltrated by Hubby or Baby.