start here: Big family in a small house, part 1: bedrooms
part 2: Storage
I mentioned in part 1 that we have a closet in each of the 3 bedrooms, approximately 2 feet deep and 5-1/2 feet wide. These each have hanging space for the clothes of the occupants of that bedroom. Most of our outer wear is hung rather than kept in drawers.
The bedroom closets also have shelves, which are used mainly for board games and excess blankets. There is also a wooden chest in the living room to store blankets. We have far too many small personally owned blankets and could easily pare down in this area! We only keep one set of sheets for each bed, so there are not a lot of extra bed linens to store.
We are currently adding a small linen closet in the bathroom. This will add some misc. storage to the house, for cleaning supplies, tools, guest towels, etc. Since our house is still under construction, we keep quite a collection of building supplies and tools in the house.
(Incidentally, the girls and I framed in the wall that you see – it was our first framing job, done with hubby’s instructions but while he was gone. I really enjoyed learning a new skill and was inordinately proud of my handiwork when it was done.)
I feel it is worth mentioning that we have a fair amount of cabinet space in the kitchen. Not a tremendous amount, but enough to comfortably store all of our food and kitchen tools in the kitchen, a luxury that not every family has.
We also have our new computer counter with 2 small base cabinets and a file cabinet. We plan to add a third cabinet under this soon. This provides some extra storage for computer-related items and materials for our family business, Geneva Bible Pages.
We recently acquired several more largish bookcases, a necessity for our lifestyle. We choose to live without many extensive possessions, but our books are like children: we can never have too many. When we moved from Ohio to Texas 5 years ago, we brought very little besides our dining room table, clothes, and many, many boxes of books. In our small home we have found space for quite a few bookcases. Without them, we might be less crowded but life would also be duller and homeschooling more difficult.
In Texas, we don’t have basements. That may be because we live in the Texas Hill Rock Country, where everything is made of rock and nobody feels like digging an extra 8 feet. Whatever the reason, a common type of building is pole and beam and that’s what we did with our house. Our house stands on the side of a hill with the back of the house 2-4 feet off of the ground and the front of the deck nearly 12 feet off of the ground. This provides some nice storage space underneath.
Down there, we store tools, gas cans, building supplies, and yes: totes of out-of-season clothes. Actually, I think many of these totes are mostly full of girls’ pants which we rarely use and could ditch without ever missing them.
Down the hill from the house, we have a small storage shed. Can you see it, small and far away? This is how it looks from the deck. Note how the well-aged siding blends with the Texas caliche and rocks.
This is where we kept most of our possessions while we were building the main structure of our house, before it was finished enough for us to move in.
Now it’s packed with misc. stuff that we really should have gotten rid of years ago since we rarely use it, but it’s also where the space heaters and A/C window units live during their off seasons.
That sums up our storage space and how we use it. In spite of the square footage of our home I think we have a generous amount of storage and feel rather spoiled in that area, especially after putting it all together in a single post. We certainly could get by on less but I think it’s true: no matter how much or how little space you have, you will fill it up, and ours is rather full, just one more evidence of God’s abundant blessings.
cont’d here: Big family in a small house: the floor plan