I feel like the time we spent living in a tiny space is sort of like having a newborn. You forget about the details over time. And sometimes, you feel like it never happened at all. It’s all a bit of a haze.
Yes. I’m comparing having a BABY with living in a BARN. I have issues.
Anyhow, after moving in June, I basically let the barn turn into a dusty, dirty dumping ground for all the things I didn’t need or want to deal with.
BUT NO MORE.
My personal goal for the space was to have my own bonus space for crafting and working as well as space for guests. But it had became this big, ugly project I didn’t want to deal with. And the longer I put it off, the worse it seemed.
Then over the summer, after lamenting the state of the barn to my mom, she showed up and helped me move all my craft stuff in, all the garbage out, and clean everything well. It was SUCH A RELIEF to have so much space for storage.
I have a spot for all my crafting supplies – from the Silhouette to paint to paper crafting to sewing and fabric. It’s all stored away but super accessible. And there are still lots of empty spots. Which I probably won’t need, but that’s a good feeling.
More recently, it was time to think about the guest space. We kept the daybed in the space (because it’s not coming out without taking it apart). It’s currently housing a twin bed, which works out okay so far. I can add a second twin to make it larger for families/couples.
But I really needed a different solution in Henry’s old room – which only had a toddler bed before. MOST adults don’t fit well on a toddler bed. Luckily, my cousin had this cool wood slat futon and they let me have it for the room. It’s a small, low bed, and also folds up into a chaise or sofa. Isn’t it adorable?
This weekend, we christened the guest space with my college friends Ali and Cara. There’s something special about reconnecting with old friends, and I was so grateful to have a space we could all gather.
I cleaned the barn again and even touched up the wall and trim paint. (It’s kind of insane how beat up some of the walls got.) I love having a space that works for our current needs.
It was fun to watch movies and craft in a private space and not have to “keep it down” for the family.
Here are a few other views of the space. It’s nothing “staged,” but it has worked out well.
We have more guests coming in December (SQUEEEEEEE!). More fun!
The ONLY issue I’m currently troubleshooting is Internet. The Wi-Fi isn’t reaching to the barn from the house, which is clearly a DEVASTATING BLOW TO ME. It’s not a huge deal, but I would like to use this space for computer work, too. If you have any suggestions to boost the signal, I’m offering a reward. (Just kidding. But I’ll send you a very perky thank-you note.)
Now I just need to book some friends every month next year. Who’s in?
Interested in our barn?
- Here’s a tour when we lived there.
- Here’s a little peek at Christmas decorations in 320-square feet.