|Bunch of monkeys on the deck.|
|When our furniture was first delivered and stuffed into the room.|
When we moved to Colorado, we downsized from a 3400 sq ft house with loads of storage, 2 living rooms, huge kitchen, large dining room, a sewing room, a workshop, 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms... it was big. Now, we live in a 1000 sq ft apartment with little extra storage, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an almost nonexistent kitchen. Honestly, I'm extremely thankful for the amount of buy-in we've gotten from our children for the change. We kept both our couches when we moved, and they barely fit in our living room, but they were old, worn out, and extremely uncomfortable.
A couple weeks ago, Gary and I abandoned our children for the day and went to the larger city about an hour away to look at furniture. We had already decided to replace our couches with multiple recliners to allow for maximum flexibility when moving out of the apartment. Of course, when the chairs were delivered, they really didn't all fit in our living room. We ended up moving 3 bookshelves to make room. Not only did that make extra room, but it opened the room up to the kitchen/dining room, making the room look better.
A couple weeks ago, we moved our dining room table onto the balcony to give us extra room in the kitchen area. We plan to install a rug, more lighting, and maybe some other things to make the balcony seem more like a room, but it works. We'll add plastic to the balcony come winter to insulate it. In the meantime, we're now looking for something to add to the dining area to make more counter space.