I live in a converted garage with an extra ten-foot slab, making my 2-bedroom home a total of 690 square feet. It used to be a pole barn, and when building we incorporated the original pole rafters, giving us vaulted ceilings in the living room and bedrooms. The two bedroom are adjacent and the wall between them is 7 feet high…it does not continue to the vaulted ceiling. We used to have bifold doors in three places but two broke, and the only remaining door is between the two bedrooms. We have curtains across the bathroom door and the door between the bedrooms and living room.
We have one closet in this house, which opens off the bathroom. It’s a deep, walk-in closet that catches everything. My daughter and I now have wardrobes, as in chests wherein we hang our clothes.
Nothing in this house is level or squared. It’s really evident that we learned as we went while building. The bathroom is 100 sq ft and contains a corner tub plus our washer & dryer, along with vanity sink & toilet. We use a coat tree for hanging our towels.
I really want to do some modifications to better utilize this space. I need space to do art, and my fabled art studio may never materialize. We have a small room at the entry that originally contained built-in benches for a dining room. They were ignored so eventually I tore them out. I turned it into an office but discovered I felt too removed from the television, which I enjoy as background noise. Right now it has file cabinets and bookshelves, but still collects a bunch of clutter such as soda boxes on their way to trash, Goodwill-bound boxes, and so forth.
We have lots of stuff, particularly various project supplies and books. I have never been able to come up with a useful system for storing things where they weren’t difficult to get to and sort through. I’ve tended to live with “good enough for now,” but I have now lived here 12 years and am sick of this disorganization.
I’ve done some googling on living in small spaces — don’t any of these people have hobbies? The obvious choice is to convert the ex-dining room into a mini studio, but I really don’t think I can fit everything in there. I’m going to try.
Basically the reason for this post is to ask you if you’ve ever come up with creative remodeling (minimal) or reorganizing solutions, and if so do you have any advice? The standard sets of advice really don’t seem to include people who have to keep a lot of hobby supplies on hand. I paint, bead jewelry, decoupage, art journal, and write.