Monday, August 8, 2011

I Live in a What?!

I’ve been trying to live in denial for almost 2 years now and this weekend it hit me that I just need to give it up.

Hi, my name is Brandi and I live in a trailer. It’s a double wide, but a trailer none the less.

When we bought the place I loved (and still do) how spacious and open it is. But that’s beginning to be the only thing I love about it. When we moved in, we had a bunch of plans of things we were going to do. We started by painting, which was mostly done before we moved in. Lilli’s room was painted and our room was painted, the living room and our bathroom, the kitchen was primed and I really thought since B was going to be laid off all winter (we moved in Nov.) that there should be no problem getting the painting and what not finished over the winter. I really wanted to re-sheet rock everything and get rid of the stupid seams and stuff, but we didn’t have the money.

Well it’s been almost 2 years now, and it’s been 2 lay off seasons and my kitchen is still only primed, with the addition of several huge walls where the puppy managed to scrape through the sheet rock. The living room is still lacking chair rail and molding around most of it. Our bathroom needs molding, Lilli’s bathroom needs molding and a new floor, not to mention new caulking. Our bedroom still needs molding. The play room still needs a coat of chalk board paint and the molding replaced. And even Lillian’s bedroom, that was “done”, is missing 2 pieces of molding on the closet door!

I will give some credit though, B has put in a wood floor in the kitchen and dining room and generally does small tasks I ask of him at the opportune time.

This past weekend my grandfather came over to help me put a few things up and I just realized what a pain in the ass it is to do anything in a house that is purposely made to go up so quickly and easily. All I wanted was some storage in my laundry area and it took forever to find a stud to screw it too! If you want to hang anything that needs to bear some weight in specific place (you know like centered on a wall), you have to first hang a board that is mounted to at least one stud, then hang whatever off of that. Now what looks worse, an off center hook, or a random huge board with a hook on it?

We also have absolutely NO STORAGE. This makes me want to cry. I don’t even have anywhere to store my beloved Christmas decorations. I currently have then in bins, covered by blankets so you can’t see what’s in them.

If anyone has some creative storage ideas that are little cost please let me know. I HAVE to do something.

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  1. And I live in a travel trailer! We do have some storeage, but not a whole lot. Sometimes we simply have to learn to be creative in storeage. When we first got married we covered boxes and used them for end tables, bedside tables etc. There is nothing wrong living in a trailer. You do not need to be ashamed of it.
    We bloggers love you anyway!

  2. Oh there's no shame here. I'm proud to own my own home no matter what kind it is. It's just hard for a girl who studied architecture to come to terms with the limitations that come with a trailer.

  3. Do you have space under beds for storage? There are beautiful ottomans that double as storage. If your coffee table and/or end tables have shelves you can find decorative boxes to put things. If you've got a wall for a floor-to-ceiling bookcase you can always find pretty bins, baskets and boxes to store things!

  4. Joy, Thanks for the suggestions. I really think we need to get rid of our love seat so we can open up a wall. My bed is really the only bed that can fit anything under it and that's less than 6 inches. Maybe I'll see if my crafty granfather can come up with a shelving system.


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