The other day, I had a truly radical thought: do I really need a dresser?
Some background: I love my dresser. My mom and I refinished it the summer before my final year of college, to take to my first-ever apartment. We stripped several layers of paint off it, but couldn't get the oil stains off the top (I think it had been stored in someone's garage before we bought it secondhand). So instead, I painted the top and wooden handles red. It has loads of personality, and I love it.
It's gone with me from that apartment to one in Paxton just after I graduated, to a cute little basement apartment on Springfield Avenue in Champaign to my current home.
However, it is a little small and my clothes fill it to capacity plus some. Plus, Rob moved in and with him came his entire wardrobe and a large dresser.
When that happened, mine got moved to the end of our bed, where I have trouble getting into it. I tend to drop clothes in front of it when I'm in a hurry, and they slither under the bed, where I might not find them for days (or weeks).
Rob has mentioned a couple of times that he thinks I need a bigger dresser, but I couldn't stomach the thought of replacing mine. Also, I have a hard time making the decision to bring home more furniture when I know we don't have room for it.
Possible solution: making my dresser a part of our porch spruce-up.
I want the porch to have a table-like space and it needs more storage. I'm wondering if the two bar stools I own would allow the dresser to double as a table. Its drawers would certainly give us ample storage for gardening tools in the summer and hats and gloves in the winter. Plus, moving the dresser to the porch would prevent our need to buy a table. That would be good for both our budget and space issues.
However, I need a way to organize the clothes currently in my dresser. I could possibly do that with shelves in the lower half of my closet (which is a pretty good size, considering my house is less than 700 square feet). We could also buy or make a storage bed.
Or until Rob and I have the time and/or budget for a new bed, we could probably store my clothes in shallow bins under our existing bed. Not quite as glamorous, I know, but it's something we could do this weekend, and brief conversations I've had about this on Facebook indicate it would work.
What about you – could you survive without a dresser?
Photo is from this Flickr page, because I forgot to take a picture of my dresser.