Here, dear reader, is a corner of my extra bedroom/storage facility right before I spent two days excavating it with the expert help of my visiting friend Anne Johnston Albert, a.k.a. the Marie Kondo of Great Barrington, MA.
And here is the same room after two days of clearing it out. (Please excuse Sammy his very dirty paws.)
And I’m extremely pleased with how organized (for me) my Vitsoe bookshelves look. But there is still much to be done if this space is going to function as an office or—in a pinch—a guest room.
First off, now that I can see the floor in there for the first time in years, I feel a rug is called for, so I ordered this one from Aelfie.
This room is where most of my shoes live (see them in the bookshelf picture?), so I’ve acquired a number of these shoe stackers, which will economize closet space and keep them out of sight.
In the top photo, you can see a bunch of black cardboard storage boxes in various states of disintegration. They contained my old magazine clippings, all sorts of Sassy-and-Lucky era stuff, 90s era fanzines, photographs, letters, and even some (tastefully) nude portraits I let a friend take when I was 30. I went through all of that, got rid of a ton of stuff, and will keep what remains in this clever box bench.
I have wanted this Uten.silo for years—we had one in my house growing up, as I’ve mentioned before, and I think it’s such a classic. And I have so much crap to fill it with that I could probably use two.
I might have just enough space for a small desk like this one.
And if price were no object, I’d pull the trigger on this Saarinen desk chair to go with it.
I did a major handbag purge, but I still have more than a few left. I’m thinking one of these hooks could easily accommodate them all.
My jeans have all been moved to the upper shelf of that room’s closet (my bedroom dresser doesn’t have the room to accommodate them), so I’m thinking a small stool like this might come in handy.
Finally, there’s not much room for a sofa, but I might be able to make this timeless Nelson daybed work.