Real, Tangible Progress!

For several weeks now I’ve promised to share progress on some of our more intractable problems. And I can! Moreover, I can show off a solution that’s been in place for a couple of weeks now, so I know it’s working. Mostly.

Disorganized From the Start

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I don’t have a before picture, so enjoy this cute image of Amelia instead.

As you know, our house is seriously lacking in storage, and the lack of entry storage anywhere near the actual entry we use has been a major issue. I outlined a plan of attack a few weeks ago, and since then we’ve been to Ikea for the base of our solution, contracted plague and mastitis, suffered for our art, and I’ve started a new freelance project.

Ikea's Hemnes Shoe Cabinet, in our house.
Ikea’s Hemnes Shoe Cabinet, in our house.

But now! The time has come to reveal . . . a solution a lot of people on the internet are using, actually, and I know why: it’s attractive, and it’s effective. Beside the door, where we had a lovely low wooden chest holding sports balls, we now sport this lovely cabinet from Ikea. It actually only has feet in the front, and attaches directly to the wall behind the cabinet. To be perfectly honest, it barely fits in the space, but it does fit, and fits beautifully. On top of it we’ve added a few little details:

  • A small lamp with a low-wattage LED bulb. This can be left on for a late arrival without breaking the bank on our expensive electrical service.
  • A jar for loose change. Somehow the loose change is finding its way to a little tray inside the drawer first, but I can live with that.
  • A little Japanese statuette of Neal’s. He’s always had a few little Japanese items, mementos of his brother’s and mother’s travels, and they’re even more fun now that he’s working for a Japanese company and will likely travel there himself some day.

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    Hooks for coats. They’re also from Ikea, and the hooks match the handles on the cabinet.
  • A beautiful carved bowl my MIL brought us from Hawaii. It’s holding sunglasses.
  • A clear space for mail.

We also have a small trash can for a quick mail sort and a rack for keys. It used to hang on the other side of the door, but that area’s serving another purpose now too, as a coatrack.

Inside the drawer are some little organizers and some space for Neal’s pocket stuff (mostly empty right now because he’s at work).

A drawer for all the things a certain someone carries in his pockets. I still occasionally find them elsewhere, but now I can cheerfully tote them over and stash them where they belong.
A drawer for all the things a certain someone carries in his pockets. I still occasionally find them elsewhere, but now I can cheerfully tote them over and stash them where they belong.
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Plenty of room for storage.
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