We didn’t really need a three bedroom apartment.
I knew we could get by with two bedrooms but when this apartment became available we jumped at it. We liked the layout and location and the open kitchen. The third bedroom was a perk. At the time we were hoping to have another baby so I felt like the third bedroom would make it a reality.
It’s been useful to have an extra bedroom. My sister has stayed it in a few times already and will visit us three more times by the end of the year.
What hasn’t been useful about this extra bedroom has been the way I’ve used it to store things I don’t want to deal with.
The picture above is it at its worst just yesterday. We had friends over for dinner on Saturday and we cut things a little close with our afternoon activities to do a proper clean up. So, of course, we just threw the remnants of our outing into the spare room.
As I mentioned the other week, I’ve let things slide with my pregnancy fatigue. The spare bedroom has been a great place to hide things I didn’t have the energy for.
I should know better because this is what our spare bedroom looked liked for months after we moved into a new home in the summer of 2009.
Think long and hard about having a guest room or spare bedroom. I know we’ll end up using this room quite a bit and could see Henry or his sibling moving into it in a few years. We’ll use it but it certainly wasn’t a necessity. And when I look at this photo and the really disastrous one from three years ago, I’m reminded again that for me, extra space means more work and more clutter.
The good news is that unlike our old guest bedroom, this one only took thirty minutes to straighten up.
Not perfect but making progress.
I have a few other areas of our home to work on so I’ve signed myself up for Mandi at Life Your Ways Simplify for Fall Challenge. It runs next week and I’ll have my own posts going up each day on how I’ve simplified our home and made some order for fall. Need a kick in the pants to get your house in order for September? This is it.
Anyone else have a spare room? Is it a clutter attractor or do you use it wisely? I’d always hoped that if we had a spare bedroom I would turn it into an office. Unfortunately this room is a touch too small for that.