so, my sister is an angel, and visited us twice to help out with organising. with an injured foot!! she first helped with toys, sorting, doing a new rotation for springtime until next autumn/winter. we've actually got more space than we need for the primary item around here, playmobil. or perhaps books are primary. at any rate, they are all sorted!! i actually have a couple of open spaces that i'm going to think about what should go there, for while, and a few small empty drawers. fabulous! my tall girl and i labeled as much as possible, so that we know what to put where...i'd like to continue this so that babysitters know too! but i ran out of labels
she made some suggestions for how to not have our games shelf drop boxes on our heads, and i was able to research some for a while and remembered when i used to store them sideways, so i did that. i'm so pleased with it - it isn't perfect, but i'll post a pic anyway. i can see that it will be easy to maintain.
next we looked at the nightmare that is 4 people in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment without a storage locker, just a very awkward L-shaped closet, and some corners. my next plan of action is to get another bookshelf to house some of the business materials and magazine collections around here (not mine!!) and get some kind of set of drawers that has legs or i can put legs onto, to stand in an unused corner and house stuff for my partner's business. then, to get a unit for the bathroom to hold some things i've got in said storage closet, and find other places for things in there...then get rid of the TERRIBLE gorm ikea shelf in there, and install lots of hooks instead, possible some high shelving, and just leave the deep shelf. this last bit may need some thought!
at any rate, some of this could relieve the pressure on us, living here. i would like to do some very ruthless decluttering and see if we can function here longer that way.
the other thing we may reconsider is having bunk beds at all. we have a family bed and everyone is happy there, whereas we really need the play space/studio space.
i hope to post pictures, but we'll see how it goes.
anyone else feeling inspired?