Jake wrote:Those websites are inspiring, Katie. Thank you!
My pleasure Jake - it's nice to meet someone else who is interested in the different lives we all lead. If you liked the links, I'll ask Corwen to post a list of our favourite shelter related books tomorrow. I think you've opened up a good thread here for us to reflect. I was quite shocked when I started adding up our square footage to find how much more we 'need' than a decade ago!
Jake wrote:Katie and Corwen, do you have off-site storage or anything? While most of my house is very deliberately and effectively "minimalist," in my office I'm surrounded by overflowing shelves and piles and stacks of books that would almost fill 324 square feet! How do you do it?
We don't have any off-site storage, apart from my tiny piano which is in my mum's garage awaiting restoration (34"tall x 14" deep and 46"wide - very dinky!)
We built a small porch onto each caravan a year or 2 ago so we could store things more accessibly (especially instruments and workshop props), rather than under the bed. Those who have met us at the OBOD gatherings will know we have things like a Hobby Horse, full mumming play costumes, stock for our instrument and craft stall plus all our own weird and wonderful instruments etc. We've also got lots of camping / hiking gear. We've had to erect the sheds so that our entire living space didn't have to be rearranged every time we wanted to rehearse, or record. Corwen's got his workshop in the other shed, but that is really his place of work and not somewhere you'd consider part of our 'home' (full of horns, bones and antlers - way too stinky for me!)
If we have learnt anything, it is to only ever acquire things that are actually useful, and to keep everything as tidy as possible and in a place where you can get at it without moving tons of other stuff. Items which are purely ornamental are a no-no, luckily real tools, ironware, kettles etc are quite decorative, your living tools have to be your ornaments too so they should be chosen carefully!
Accessible storage is especially important when most of your work involves loading and unloading instruments, PA's, workshop instruments and a small shop, (and not to mention the occasional apple tree...)in and out of a vehicle that can't get closer than 300 yards! We use the space outside as much to live in too - we have a picnic table for sunny days and a big table outside Corwen's workshop for working on big projects. We store our firewood and bicycle stuff against the shed, and things like the tin bath, the 2-man saw and sledge hang up outside too. You have to think hard about what level of protection from the elements each thing needs and store things in the right place. Interior design should avoid wasted space, inaccesible corners, damp zones and the plague of built-in furniture that is never the right size or shape or properly ventilated.