Small, But Spacious

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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

tendency ~ maneuvre ~ rainbow ~ legitimate reason ~ apple slices ~ prank
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I’m going to stick to talking about our small apartment, making it work, and updating and organizing our place in the Use Your Words Posts. This will make it a fun challenge.

We decided to stay in the small space, thought our lease is not up until the end of the summer. Yes, we have legitimate reasons to stay, you can read them all in the previous post, Do We Stay or Do We Go? Unless a decision is made for us, we are staying and making it work.

With a small space there is a tendency to just have everything at your reach, out all the time. When that happens, things get easily cluttered and messy. It’s a habit I have fell into time and time again, though hubby doesn’t help. While I love him dearly, he tends to want to keep everything, which is why we have too many things.

Yes, if we put everything away and everything has a spot you will have to maneuver things around to get the one thing we want. That is a small price to pay for a clean and spacious feel.

My parents, even though I protested, bought us new rugs, blinds, curtains, and a bathroom mirrored cabinet. While I can’t have a rainbow of dark colored walls and bright accents, the maroon curtains add the color that is much needed in our place. Even the one in the kitchen (which we tied to the blinds so they go us and down with the blinds) looks darn cool. The multi-colored rug blends with the couches and curtains and makes the place feel roomier.

Hubby often gets mad now because I won’t let him accumulate or hang things anywhere he wants. He says I’m being a witch and I just remind him that I worked damn hard to make this place clean and organized. He needs to show me he cares and respects me by following those rules. I know I am cruel and sort of pranking him when I take things he left out and leave them on the bed or dresser. I just refuse to see clutter in the neat kitchen.

I have a crazy routine in the morning, but when I am done I make sure I leave the kitchen clean and organized. I expect the same when I come home from working all day. I mean how would he like it if I left the apple slicer and discarded apple slices on the counter to for him to clean along with the dirty food processor, pots, and dishes?

Next few posts I’ll show you AJ’s updated room, how I am making my 333 wardrobe capsule work in my closet, and my morning routine and how I still leave a clean kitchen.

Now onto the organization. The clean and organized kitchen. yes, I need to decide how to use those hanging baskets or get rid of them. That is our whole kitchen, but everything has a place.



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With the new rugs and dining table out of the way, the small apartment looks more spacious.  A long run from the kitchen to the living room makes the place look longer. The new rug is a low pile which makes both AJ’s and Bonus’ toys roll and fly on the rug with more speed.

Yes, we have to pull out the table each time we need to get into the basement, which holds all our office and household supplies. We moved AJ’s art organizer to the basement door to cover it’s non-appealing door and give color and joy while we eat.

I have no problem moving the table near the kitchen or in the middle of the living room if we need have lots of people over. Between the table and some hidden folding tables we could entertain lots of people.

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There is even room for AJ to place his Lego board on the table. It’s a tight squeeze getting it through the door, but we can turn it sideways if all the pieces are securely on there.

Next to AJ you can see our tower of towels. We ditched our bulky wicker baskets that were falling apart. This open shelf stores all our towels and has a cleaner look. It works that it’s close to the table, since our washcloths do double duty as napkins. I rather keep washing them then buying and throwing out paper ones. 

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Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts


Small, But Spacious — 17 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! The LEGO rack!! Love it! 🙂 The Art Gallery, too!

    It is so hard to get and REMAIN organized. Especially with guys in the house. Husbands equal Hoarders. Mine is the same way. And then he goes ahead and claims to be a neat person at heart. Huh?

    Don’t give up, though 🙂

    • thanks, It was a moment fo clarity and a smart decision to get that organizer for the legos. makes building so much easier. I even labeled the drawers. I hear you, mine claims he’s neat too…I call bullhit.

  2. I love it. We had an apartment like that when we were first married until the kids (2) were 1 and 4 and we had some of the best times in that apartment. It was warm and cozy and laughter. That’s what matters. I love the new curtains and rugs. I had to laugh when I saw the curtains. I just so happened to buy my daughter the same exact set. Same color and everything and a matching tablecloth!

  3. We rent a tiny house. It’s such a struggle to stay organized. It’s definitely an uphill battle. I’m really working with Gigi to get her to start helping, at least where her toys are concerned. I think the kitchen looks fabulous. I love his Lego setup!! Whit has a tiny table, but we don’t have a table. Our place is too small. Once she is big enough for a big table, we will buy one, the size of yours! I’m envious of your cabinets! Love the art display! Obviously, you’ve done amazing!!! I look forward to seeing more updates!!!

    • it is a struggle, but fun, right???? Thanks, really trying to keep the kitchen organized, since it;s the first thing you see when you walk in. Thanks, we can move the Lego table and container which is a life saver. You don’t have as many cabinets and I thought I had too few.

  4. When my kids were little our house was 400 square feet and we lived there for 7 years — with 2 dogs as well. Thank goodness the property was an acreage — the kids spent most days out side LOL

    • wow, that is really tight, but what wonderful memories you have. We don’t have lots of outside space, but it’s enough to not make us mad. I’m glad we are in town, we can walk to most places.

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