The offbeat occupants: WhiteWolfBohemian (student/stay-at-home mom), my husband, and three children
Approximate square footage: Under 650 sq. feet
How many bedrooms? Two bedrooms
Lives in: Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Let’s start with the neighborhood. What’s it like where you live? We live in a medium-sized town, that is situated in the middle of Amish country in Pennsylvannia. Our town is surrounded on all sides by farm land.
We live in an extremely conservative/religious area. My husband is Agnostic while I consider myself an eclectic pagan, which is unusual for our area. My husband and I are both attending a local community college and while I stay home with the kids he works part-time at a local restaurant. We do this with one car and a very limited income.
While extremely devoted to each other and best friends, my husband and I will occasionally open up our marriage for short periods of time. This is because while we value monogamy, we also recognize it’s something that does not come naturally for humans… but something to strive for. We use our brief times of opening our marriage as a kind of release valve for our baser instincts.
What makes your home offbeat? Our home is unique due to the fact that is a two-bedroom with five people. My husband, myself, and our three children. Our two sons (ages 11 and 4) share the big bedroom, while our daughter has the smaller bedroom. My husband and I sleep on a king-sized mattress on the floor that doubles as a very large couch during the day.
My style is somewhat between Bohemian, gothic, and hippy-ish. While my husband is an all-out gamer/nerd type. Our home reflects us from what’s on our walls to what’s on our bookshelves. We have a very eclectic taste in everything.
What’s the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? Organizing the closet space is a challenge. We have decent-sized closets in both bedrooms, but when you have clothing for two boys and my husband on one side of the closet and my stuff in the other half, it can be a challenge. My daughter’s closet is the same way… her stuff on one side and other storage (out of season stuff, etc.) on the other.
It is a challenge not having an attic or garage space for our outdoor stuff, Christmas stuff, etc. I am still working on organizing the spaces, including under bed space as storage. Another issue we deal with is dealing with shoes, coats, and our winter stuff by the front door.
What’s your favorite feature of your home? I would say it would be a tie between our living room/master bedroom combo and our kitchen. Our kitchen is tiny but the way it is set up I have plenty of storage space and room for a kitchen table (which is something we didn’t have room for in our last apartment).
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from this home? Maximizing storage space, and organizing five people in a two-bedroom home.
What’s your grandest plan for the space? I am planning on adding shelving/cube space to the closets for organizing clothing under the clothing that is hanging, and finding ways of creating more vertical space in every room. Plus, I want to do a lot more with my sons’ rooms. Since my older son is into anything science and Star Wars I have been trying to go for a steampunk naturalist look in his room. I just have not gotten his room together enough to look like much of anything.
What advice do you have for other Offbeat Homies? That no matter what size home you have, you can make it your own and make it work.
Any stuff or services you want to recommend? I don’t spend much time shopping but there is a little toy store down the street from me called The Fun-nest Toy Store Ever. It is a tiny store but has a lot of really cool wooden/educational games. They also do a lot of activities in the community like Santa in December and Fun Day in the Park, where they have their toys out for kids to try out.
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