Maximizing Your Wall Space
We’ve always lived in small spaces, but after downsizing our apartment size and having a toddler, we’ve stepped up our wall game. I wanted to share some of the changes we’ve made, because I wish we had made some of these changes years ago.
1) Mount Gaming Controllers and Gaming Consoles
Our gaming controllers have floated around for years. It looks so much nicer now (we chose to have them visible, but you could also mount the controllers behind your television so they aren’t visible. It also makes charging them easier and keeps our cords away from toddler hands and kitten teeth.
There are mounts for the consoles sold by the same company, so I’m sure we’ll transition to mounted consoles. Whoever designed the light and sound for turning on the XBox One obviously didn’t have toddlers, because I can’t tell you how many times Gus has walked up and turned the console off while I was playing Dragon Age: Origins (which is not a new game, so the auto save function is almost nonexistent.
2) Add Mounted Containers to Hide and Store Commonly Misplaced Items
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” We never had a place to store our television and volume remotes. Gus ended up chewing up our volume remote to the point we had to replace it, so we wanted to make sure we had a place to store it that was out of his reach. It’s also nice to have a place to put the remotes rather than setting them on a table or the TV stand.
3) Use Your Wall to Make an Inspiration or Photo Wall Space
We had a big blank wall in our living room, but didn’t have anything to hang on it. When I was watching All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I noticed the protagonist had a photo wall with some garlands, so I tried to emulate that with these garlands I bought from the Target party aisle, and magazine clippings of woman goals, home goals, and kid goals. I love Milk Magazine, but also pulled some of these clippings from clothing catalogues. I’m a sucker for good photography.
4) Dress Up Eyesores
A cat tree is not pretty, but it’s necessary for cat people—especially if you have a toddler. Having a designated space for our cats has helped them feel like they have their own space, while also keeping them off other surfaces in the house (like the stove.) I’ve had these prints since I was a little girl—my room had a lot of cat artwork in it, so I hung these above Whimsy’s tower.
5) Create a Designated Charging Space
I found this tech shelf at The Container Store and was so excited for it. Whimsy is a cord nibbler, so we had previously been plugging and unplugging our phone chargers next to our beds every day and night. If we forgot, we might come home to find the cord shredded. We have our shelf mounted next to our desk and coincidentally next to a “bar” that is between the kitchen and living room, so we have a power strip on the bar and all our cords are out of reach.
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