Do you ever feel like you’re just constantly bombarded with more stuff? That your hubby, or partner, or roommate or whatever the case may be always seems to show up with MORE? Like you finally got it all under control and then one last thing just makes everything fall to pieces?
Maybe it’s just me.
Maybe I’m being a little over the top. But maybe not.
I love our location, but the lack of storage place in our little rented shoe box really irks me sometimes. Add the lovely boyfriend’s oh-but-this-could-come-in-handy-one-day extras just add to the challenge.
As you may remember, this winter we lived in Shaun’s sister’s basement. She and her husband graciously allowed us to store our (mostly Shaun’s) things in their crawl space, in their shed, in their garage… The list goes on. This was all very wonderful, but eventually, we moved out.
Since this is his older sister we’re talking about, Shaun didn’t feel any pressure to get all those extras moved out right away. So every once and a while, his sister D. would call him up saying “Shaun, you need to get your motorcycle out of our shed” or “Shaun, is this super huge tent yours? What about the one beside it?” Yes. Yes they are.
What happened then? Everything ended up in a pile in our entrance, or in our bedroom, or on our patio, which eventually turned our patio into this…
Are we those people? Yikes!
While I was brainstorming ways to deal with it all, one day I went to pick up our Christmas stuff from her garage. It was easy to find of course, because everything in there is so beautifully organized. “Wouldn’t it be great to have a garage to put all our stuff in…?” I thought enviously.
Then it dawned on me. Maybe that’s what I’m missing. I was only thinking about indoor storage. I completely disregarded the potential outside!
All that long-winded story to suggest: if ever you are feeling squeezed out of your apartment from all the stuff and you do have a teeny bit of outdoor space, take advantage!
I looked around, and ended up with this storage trunk from Ikea.
At $120, it’s a bit steep, but even the cheap plastic bins were around 90 bucks at Target. And hey, it’s much cheaper than buying a storage locker long term! So here’s our new cleaned up patio:
Inside, I store a number of things I would normally keep in a garage or shed. They needed to be a) decently weather resistant and b) not very valuable, since it’s not locked.
All the stuff we want to hold on to, but easy to pack it all out of sight when we don’t need it.
Of course, there is still one very obvious remaining problem… My neighbour’s storage. She’s actually very sweet, but all that stuff is an eyesore. I’m still brainstorming solutions for additional privacy, but if you have any ideas, I’m all ears!