I am so thrilled with my new room! I had a few items I had to work around which included my cedar wardrobe, my sweeper, my big mirror and my chest of drawers. I decided to move the wardrobe out of the corner and hide my sweeper beside it and move the chest of drawers under the mirror. Not too much thinking to solve that problem. My hubby did the research on the actual shelving and rods. I wanted something that would withstand a lot of weight. Wire racks cannot withstand very much weight so we went for heavy duty rods and shelving. He found what he was looking for at Lowes and I couldn't be more pleased with it. It's not going anywhere and especially not on the floor :o) They only come in certain lengths so make sure you get out your measuring tape and have your plan in place before you buy.
My best friend had this beautiful mirror made for me for my basement at my other house. Of course I couldn't leave it or cover it up so I've worked around it. It's quite awesome! If you don't have a wall hanging that you can't part with you could add more shelves and rods for clothes, shoes or storage.
The top shelves I used to store items I don't use everyday...my sewing basket, my suitcase and a big Longaberger basket. I use my suitcase and basket to store things which need mending or things I want to give away or sell on ebay. I tried to find a spot for everything and keep things together. It's been one of the best things I've ever done! My hubby is taller so he uses his top shelf for sweaters. I didn't have anywhere to put my skates so I snagged part of his spot to put those. There is also a middle shelf which I use to rotate things. Like I put my pajamas there if I can get another night's wear from them without going into the dirty clothes. I also can sit shoes, undies or anything I might need should I get the energy to pick out my clothes the night before. My hubby uses his to sit his favorite everyday shoes on. I also purchased Pottery Barn baskets to fit on top of my wardrobe for extra storage space.
I needed a step-stool so after some looking around I found this great chair which doubles as a step-stool. When you are dealing with small spaces if you can find one item that can double for another I say go for it every time. It's all about being able to keep what you love and having room for what you need too.
Even though our house had been remodeled they did not add any electrical outlets. Old houses just don't have many so you have to make decisions on where to put stuff sometimes strictly as to whether or not you have an outlet to plug it into. I had to find a spot for my laptop and my hubby's netbook where I could keep them plugged in and easy to get to. Since there are only 2 outlets in the whole room I knew I would have to find a way to hide cords and have enough outlets for the computers and I wanted one left empty for the iron, hair dryer, chargers or anything else I may need to plug in. I decided to get a basket and put an electrical strip in it and hide the cords inside the basket. I use an additional extension cord to my laptop. There is also room in the basket for the mouse for the netbook. I can sit my ironing board right in front of the dresser and plug my iron in the empty plug-in right there which gives me plenty of cord to work with.
I found this great little computer desk at Target. It pulls in and out. I love it! It even has a small drawer. I wanted a spot where I could also sew if the mood were to strike me and there's lots of space on top for that. The stool is also a file cabinet. Another item that doubles as something else! It can be rolled in and out and fits nicely under the desk.
This chest was left by the road for the garbage and we saved it a few years ago. It needed some TLC but I think it cleaned up nicely. Since we already have chests in our bedroom for socks, undies, pajamas and those sort of items I use this one for toiletries, belts, purses, hair items and general storage. I keep my perfumes and anything that smells good in the large basket you see. I also keep whatever book I am reading at the time in it. I found it's a good spot to put things you use daily. As you can see by the picture I still have the right-hand corner there to deal with. I have plans to replace my coffee table with a large storage ottoman and put my quilts in it which will open up that space some but since that is down the road I think I will need to do something sooner. I also have a few plastic storage tubs under the quilts which are currently storing pictures and keepsakes. I am thinking maybe storage shelves with cubes or baskets but I haven't gotten that far yet. There is plenty of room to go to the ceiling on that side of the mirror so that's the way I am currently leaning. From the looks of it I need to get on that!
I keep my ironing board behind the door as you come into the room. I got a corner Longaberger laundry hamper to save space and we added a cupboard to store towels and such. The picture on the right shows my old closet in our bedroom which my hubby turned into a shoe closet for me. Now you can see why I am so thrilled to have some room! I had crap stuck everywhere. There is another just like it on the other side of the wall and we now keep coats in it along with my hubby's personal stuff. Those were the only 2 closets we had for awhile. I don't know how we lived with just that much space for as long as we did. I guess you don't miss what you don't have but I certainly would not go back :o)
I am so pleased with the outcome of our endeavor. I still have a bit of work to do but I'm loving it!!