How to Make One Room Function as Two
I've mentioned before that our apartment has no closets. Literally none. No linen closet. No broom closet. No hall closet (you'd have to have a hall for that as well). No bedroom closets. I've also mentioned before how we've worked around that (we "built" our own closet).
The only issue is that by using the extra bedroom as mostly storage and a closet, we also eliminate the ability to have the room function as an actual room.
Our compromise/solution? We made it function as two things by making it into a cloffice.
At first I was a little nervous about it. I didn't want to feel like I was stuffed into a closet and working all day. That seems a little uninspiring. But after moving things around a few times (only like four times, I swear) I found that I really love it in there. And I don't really feel like I'm stuffed in a closet at all. Well, most of the time that is.
So, if you're stuck in a pad that has some quirks, here's a few tips on how to make one room function as two.
1. Define each space individually.
At least as much as you can. Technically our linens are on the shelf up above my craft stuff, but that's not really that noticeable. You can clearly tell what space is what.
2. Divide the room width wise, not length wise.
I chose to hang shelves and put furniture behind my workspace. After my last reorganization extravaganza, I put all of my shop stuff on there. It really helps because I am surrounded by my work stuff. If I had clothes behind me I would definitely feel like I'm inside a closet.
3. Make the office space near the window.
I know it might seem a bit weird to technically walk through the closet to get to my workspace, but I love working near the window. It makes me feel like I am in a room and I don't even notice the clothes hanging. My 60-year-old overweight bald neighbor who often cooks chicken without his shirt on is a different story. Still don't feel like I'm in a closet though.
4. Invest in great storage.
I've raved over my storage before and it's definitely important. You want to aim for stuff that holds a lot, but that doesn't take up a lot of space. And definitely don't be afraid of hanging shelves on the wall. They will be your best friend as it's the best way to get the most bang for your buck.
5. Make your office space feel homey.
I talk about that in this post over here. Hang pictures. Get some cool art. Make sure you treat it like it's an actual office space and not a space inside a closet.