Downsizing from a 5 bed detached to a small 3 bed terrace means that I have so much stuff that I don’t have room for anymore.
Being a huge shabby chic lover though means I have renovated furniture that I don’t want to get rid of and since writing, staging and doing my own photography for my cookbook I have amassed a huge selection of photo staging items. Boxes of cups, plates, bowls, tea towels, cloths and so much more are all sitting waiting for me to complete book two. Its amazing just how much you can collect over the years!
I invested in a lot of those Tuff boxes and bubble wrap to keep anything from breaking in the move and being a sucker for TK Maxx and their seasonal products means I have Christmas, Halloween and Easter items in abundance!
Having never been in the loft and advised that it should be used for lightweight items only I stored as much as possible in the cupboard under the stairs but was still left with an obscene amount of boxes and suitcases full of things I simply can’t part with. The only other solution was to hire a garage.
Not having a car means that the whole of the garage is and will be decked out specifically for my needs, I have fallen in love with those roof racks that you can slide tuff boxes into, its simply some planks of wood attached to the ceiling and you slide the boxes so they are semi suspended.
Everything else has gone on shelving, the walls are lined with sturdy shelving like these to house everything from the boxes of dinner sets to even hiding the Christmas presents! Heaven knows they will find them if i put them under the bed!
The kids have bikes that I will store in some weird and wonderful way to keep them off the ground and possibly suspended too, that way the likes of the YippieYo and the scooters etc have space too. The floor is simply used for my shabby chic projects – well it will be once the weather warms up and I can get back out there to work!
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