Thursday, March 06, 2008

Room of one's own

How to fit two adults, a loom, over a thousand books, a far-from-flat-screen television and a baby in a 600 square foot Parisian apartment:
  1. Double shelve the books. Otherwise, six bookshelves may not prove enough. Start discreetly, so your spouse doesn’t notice until it is too late.
  2. Hang it up. My grandmother, an avid collector of antiques of all shapes and sizes, once told me confidentially, “Remember, if you can’t find somewhere to put something, you can always hang it on the wall.” Lately I’ve taken this advice to heart. Neither the bedroom doors nor the kitchen door open completely anymore for all the stuff neatly hanging on coat hooks behind.
  3. Don't forget the space under the bed. Skip the box frame and get a bed with slats. Buy rolling drawers from Ikea. Sleep soundly, knowing your shoe collection, your summer clothes, and your wedding dress are safely stored underneath you.
  4. Buy a second home in the country. This is Parisian storage secret number one. So what if between winter ski and summer sand you hardly spend any of your vacation in your charming stone farmhouse in Burgundy? If it can store last season’s clothes and your baby’s old car seat, it is worth the investment. Alas, we don’t have the money for this solution yet, which brings me to:
  5. Give it to family. Grandparents, remember, nothing says “I love you” like “I would be happy to store your coffee table.”

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