Our first to-do is to get more storage in the dining room. It's our main entry point from the kitchen side door and is a total dumping area for everything we bring in the house. I clean it daily, but S flips out if I move all his shoes to secret hiding spots. At least I haven't implemented the oft threatened "if you put it where it doesn't belong, it's going to Goodwill within 24 hours." Just wait, buddy, just wait.
This is the view from our side door. Just to the right in his photos are all of S's shoes. We have a two pairs of shoes rule. Guess how many pairs of shoes baby M and I each have there? Two for me, zero for him. Guess how many S has? Guess how many he wears daily? None of them. He wears uniform boots every day, not white canvas shoes, white leather shoes, light brown driving shoes, dark brown driving shoes, six pairs of flip flops or running shoes. But I digress. We need more storage.
So on a whim we put a "gig offered" on Craigslist and to our surprised got quotes from a few really talented woodworkers. We poured over their websites and read their blogs and assessed their quotes. And then we decided on one guy, who had a gorgeous table he'd made on his website, who wrote very well (I know, not really a qualification to hire a woodworker) and plays corn hole in his free time. He's making us two cabinets, painted white, just a touch smaller than the inspiration ones so that they have just a bit of room on either side of them next to the window.
Anyone else investing in storage with this year's tax return? Ya know, if you gave the old government a fee loan this year that is.