One of the principles of permaculture design is stacking functions–whereby one item serves more than one function at the same time and in the same space. I just finished putting together this bed which occupies a corner of our finished basement, and it provides room for guests, as well as room for storage underneath. (Now we just need a mattress.)
Since we downsized, we’ve needed to be creative about how to manage multiple functions in a smaller space. We really want to be able to offer comfortable hospitality to guests, but we also have been struggling with storage options. So the two major requirements for this bed were that it be comfortable, and also that there be room for boxes underneath. I have a lot of boxes–the archives of my life you might say. Some early writing, some political work, some letters and photos… When I considered the possibility of getting rid of them, I realized that I wanted to keep this history–if only to go through it again in my old age.
Now, I am happy to see it before my eyes. My plan is to organize the boxes, and make a diagram of where they are, so that if I need to get access to them, I know right where to look. Otherwise, they will be hidden under a bed skirt, and the room will be neat and welcoming and uncluttered.