For those of you that don’t personally know me, I have been living overseas for quite some time now. Our adventures began in Kuwait where we resided for 3 years. Next it was Germany. Finally we nested in our newest location. Thankfully we are still in Germany, but nevertheless it was another move to endure. Living in Europe has been an awesome experience and it is undoubtedly an AMAZING location for travel!
Okay, Rach! Get on with it. What does this have to do with being ‘creative’? Well let me tell you. A whole heck of a lot! You see, I’ve been living in rented homes for longer than I care to admit. For someone like me, that has proven to be a HUGE challenge. I LOVE to decorate (and get bored with my surroundings quickly). I don’t think I’m ever truly DONE decorating. Eventually we will move home… to OUR house, and put all of this behind us. Until then I am limited to temporary ‘fixings’ and cheap solutions. I do not have my familiar Target, nor my extravagant Pottery Barn. I do, however, have Ikea! And trust me when I say that you will see so much of it that you may think I am endorsed by them. I wish, but I’m not.
Hopping around has honed in my skills of adapting to different living spaces. And when I say different, I mean DRASTICALLY different. I’m an extreme kinda gal. If these homes were mine, I would take extreme measures. But alas, they are not. So I will be posting some of my personal solutions for how I’ve made things work along the way, and how I’ve made things ‘fit’ in areas they most certainly were not meant to fit. I hope I’m able to spark some new ideas for you!
Wardrobe Room or Exercise Room?
This particular room is primarily our current Wardrobe room. Now before that sounds lavish, let me explain that here in Germany you will VERY rarely find built in closets. Germans have what are called Schränke. It’s the Deutsch word for Closets. Think armoire. Some of the bedrooms are so tiny that they just did not fit into our individual rooms. The solution? One room for all of them. I was able to leave plenty of open floor space which doubles up as my exercise area. I have plenty of floor space to lift weights, use my exercise videos, and the best part? Use my treadmill! What treadmill?!? What? You don’t see it? I’m not a big fan of exercise equipment staring me in the face unless it’s in a space devoted for exercise – aka, a gym. (Remember, I’m type A). Since using another room as a gym set-up was not an option, I chose to section off space to hide the treadmill. I mounted this guy on the ceiling, along with 2 of these and 1 of these. Tada! These easily slide back while exercising – no one wants to feel claustrophobic – and back when you are done. The gate looking thing behind it is to keep my 2 year old from killing herself from curiosity as I get my sweat on.
That little basket in front of the mirror?
Those are a few of her favorite toys to keep her occupied. On another wall I have a few other surprises, but I will save that for another post.
Stay tuned for Making it all work – Part 2!
I hope you’ve gotten some great ideas! Now share yours!!! I want to hear all about it! What are some ways that you organize and/or conceal your wardrobe or exercise area? Post in the comments below and on my facebook page! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to ‘LIKE’ me!
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