I seem to have a big to-do list (I’ll share soon) for such a small apartment, but I’m keen to get working on it straight away. The main issue we’ve faced over the last ten days of living here is the lack of storage. Apart from the kitchen, there isn’t any. The apartment is an empty box – perhaps a good thing as it means I can start from scratch.


Bedroom 1 is the main bedroom in the house (it has an ensuite), but we’re not using it as our bedroom. Instead this room is going to be a multi-tasker. It’s going to be the guest/office/dressing room!

I wish I knew how to use a fancy online floor planner successfully, but I don’t (ha!),  so here’s a rudimentary photo of what I’m starting with, and where I want things to go.

Bedroom One

As I mentioned above the apartment is lacking in storage, particularly for clothing. We sold our old wardrobes before moving and so finding replacements that fit a small space was a must. The room is only 8ft 6” wide and so we went with the Pax system from Ikea as it can have sliding doors – brilliant for small space living. I’ll share the inside once it’s all completed, but we went with a combo of shelves, hanging rail and drawers. The wardrobe measure 150cm across and is able to house most of our clothing. Coats etc are in another room.


  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Prepare and paint wood
  • Clean out window frame
  • Replace curtain pole
  • Hang curtains
  • Replace carpet + add underlay
  • Fix light fitting (the main light doesn’t work)
  • Hang light shade
  • Hang picture
  • Install fitted wardrobe
  • Make desk
  • Remove shelf (left by previous owners) and make good wall

I’m not setting any rigid timescales on doing the work, but hopefully I can have this room (+ our bedroom) completed by the end of September.

I hope you’ll follow along as I make decisions on what to do with the place. :)