#trashouttuesday / 3 steps to making your tiny space work

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OK, so maybe the space I’m using as example today isn’t so tiny, but it sure does feel that way when you have big furniture and a thrown together room. Such. Big. Furniture. Y’all.

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In progress – as of today

This past week I’ve been taking steps to make our playroom space “work” for our family. For 10 years, it’s been the other way around. We’ve been hostage to our big clunky furniture and thrown together space that had no rhyme or reason.

If you’re like me and you need help making your tiny (or not so tiny) space work, this #trashouttuesday list is for you.

 

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#1 – Make sure your furniture is in the best place for the room.

I knew we wanted to keep our old entertainment center in the playroom all along. We need the storage and I actually love this piece. Brian and I bought it for our first home. It is super large and that has been difficult in a small room.

This week I realized that this huge piece has been crammed up into the corner. I’m not exactly sure why we did that???

This created several issues.

I can’t get curtains on that window because there is no where to let them even hang.

I couldn’t paint the end of the cabinet because I couldn’t reach back there.

And the red couch is right up against those drawers that pull out making it difficult to reach items we store there.

Now, here is the other end of the cabinet.

Ha! Look at all that space!! I also realized that I needed more of a hidden space for random toys that won’t fit into the cabinet and I don’t like the idea of that being what you see right when you walk into the room.

Brian had to help take the entire cabinet apart…he was so thrilled. And we finally shifted it to the other end of the wall (this only took 8 years to realize this is SO MUCH BETTER).

Now there is room to hide spare toys in the corner.

 

#2 – Sometimes you need to switch out furniture from other rooms in your house.

I wanted so badly to use these zebra bar stools in our playroom (we have 2 of them).

They just don’t work in this space. They are too tall and bulky. We have enough bulky furniture, duh!

I knew we needed something practical for this space. Something that could double as seating when our girls give a performance on their stage, but could also be used as a table top and is easily moved when they want more room to play.

Buying furniture is the LAST THING ON EARTH I need to do. So, I searched our house high and low to figure out what might work here.

I didn’t have to look far – it was right on the front porch!!

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Those two benches were left on the side of the road in our neighborhood. We painted them last summer when we repainted our front door. The color is great!

I just cleaned off the spiders and bird poop and moved it right in!!!

Perfect!

 

#3 – Get rid of the random items you can’t find a permanent space for.

We love these items, we really do – they just DON’T FIT!

The little corner is the only space I wanted to hide random toys in this space.

If these items didn’t fit we had 2 choices : find somewhere else in the house or get rid of them.

Having all of the cleared space in our room has made a huge difference. I wish I had started this project so long ago!

Also, this is what happens when I take photos for the blog, ha! He’s saying, “Cheeeeseee!”

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