In my previous post I wrote a little about the concept of finding storage in your apartment. One of the hardest things for me has always been the challenge of keeping your space "clutter-free." What clutters my rooms? There are three major things: paper, books, and office supplies. I find it easy to keep everything else where it belongs, however, when it comes to stationary and books it gets a bit tricky. If I were to put all of our family's books in the living room it would turn into a small public library, and you do not want your living room to be so startling. So, surprisingly, I found a little corner in my laundry room where I thought I'd hide yet another book case. Then it dawned on me that I should probably hide these books somehow so they don't look "out of place." Here's what I did:
This is the way the laundry room looked before we moved in:
Now, this is the moment when I found storage for an extra hundred books, well, almost a hundred... There were two problems with this "nook." First of all, it's not really a book corner, secondly, I hated this metal plate that covers the circuit box. The box is quite important, and you can't just cover it permanently, but somehow I felt a need to hide it.
So, I found a few curtains that I no longer used and made this hanging that covered the breaker box and at the same time served an aesthetic purpose. I also found a round tablecloth that I didn't need anymore and draped it over the shelves. I might add a few things here and there, but this is what it looks like now.