Do you have enough ‘quirky’ space in your life?

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I can’t help but laugh even as l type this post … you see l am laughing because the image l have used for this post is NOT right directly, but it is indirectly directly right! Still snarkling here! This question as you will soon see is NOT about space – the final frontier – but about ‘quirky space’ and if you have enough for your needs?

I was watching a programme this morning whilst having breakfast called ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ which is a home improvement series about properties that are sold via auction and are not always top quality and or notch and how the new buyers then make them good with renovations, repairs and overall at times needed structural improvement for either a ‘keep for themselves project’ or more often than not buy to sell or buy to rent on as a business concern. The presenters of the show walk around these properties and speak to the cameras and thus the soon to be watching audiences about the properties negative and positive factors.

The episode l happened across this morning, showed a somewhat dilapidated property soon to go under the hammer in the auction and the presenter was talking about how the building had an assortment of nooks and crannies which could serve as quite often needed valuable additional space, but they were somewhat quirky and whether the buyers to be [whoever they are/were] would keep these strange areas as invaluable spaces in a house or would they knock them through to create larger space.

This in turn got me to thinking about my house here – Willow – and some of the other places l have lived in over the years and thinking about ‘quirky space as opposed to larger space’ and the benefits of having additional space in a house for the items that you have that you need but you don’t need to actually see or use daily – and where do you put them – if you don’t have a ‘garage that’s NOT holding your car or bike’, and you don’t have a loft that you can utilise and so on?

My previous rental property didn’t really have any additional space – we had a shed that leaked and had damp issues and stored things in boxes in there, as a bungalow it had no loft, we had a small cupboard which housed the metres and there was some space there, an airing cupboard that was shelved and we had a car porch and so no garage to store stuff in and we struggled for space at times despite being technically a 3/4 bedroomed house.

Now l know that some people who ‘may’ respond to this – will have differing viewpoints and are quite possibly minimalists – l know of two -possibly three that may respond and so they will have very different outlooks, but still the question would be NOT so much about how minimalistic you are today or now are but more importantly to do with quirkier spaces you have in your house/apartment that you have use of or utilise to the best advantage that you can to store your life away.

Most modern houses are now built to do away with those quirky spaces in favour of more open space and yet so many houses end up using garages for what some might refer to as unwanted and unrequired clutter and yet in many cases it is not so much clutter but simply ‘life’. More and more newer houses are now being built with space only in mind and yet newer builds are not always that spacious but it’s usually smaller space.

You live to your space … Willow is a quirky house but she is also a very old house – and yet as a three bedroomed property, she doesn’t always have what l consider valuable space – she does have a lot of quirky spaces though but they are not always practical modern quirky space as is sometimes the case in older houses like this one.

I have a cupboard underneath the stairs and although it is a deep cupboard it is not a practical cupboard – but l guess it is more of a bitsnbots cupboard – but not terribly practical, l also have shelves and cupboards scattered around the house in various locations and l utilise them very well, but my so call usable space as in functional space is not that practical and l still end up having to stow and store in places that shouldn’t be stowed and stored into. Suze has a new build property, it is very small and although it is spacious it STILL small spacious only and doesn’t have enough quirky space to be practical so she has to be quite inventive and create quirky space from so called practical space.

Anyway, to the questions …

How much quirky space do you have as opposed to practical functional space in your house/home?
Is it enough or too little or are you a minimalist that doesn’t need too much space – practical or quirky anyway?

Let me know your thoughts below – thanks

43 thoughts on “Do you have enough ‘quirky’ space in your life?

  1. I don’t have any quirky space here, nor do I need any. I know what you mean though. If I had more money, it would be fun to have QS and collect quirky things…

  2. Ours is a newer house and so there aren’t many quirky spaces. The best that could be described as a quirky space is under the stairs. We covered it when we moved in this house. It houses our UPS system, and storage space for whatever we need to store. Like old newspaper, space heaters in summer etc!

    1. Hey Sadje, yes l think the stairs or rather under the stairs in most houses that have stairs is considered one of those quirkier areas for many – it certainly seems to be … l can remember most houses l lived in had an understairs areas [well not the bungalows]

      1. The concept of creating storage space in modern houses is dying. All available space is used for a bedroom, or a usable room. Though we constructed this house ourselves, we never thought to live here. We wanted to sell it and make a custom designed family home. But as fate has it, this is our home now.

        1. Yes, we were living in the housing provided by the uni for students. Over here it’s not unusual to get your home constructed yourself.

        1. Very much so. The heat in these old solid brick houses stores, that has advantages and sadly like now when we have heatwaves going on serious disadvantages .. sometimes l am reminded of the days when l lived in the caravan of the metal igloo from hell 🙂

        2. Yes it is Sadje, l have been an environmental advocate since 1995 and interested since the early 80’s as a youngster educating people or trying to long before Greta T was even a spark in someone’s eye.

          The planet has been suffering since the early 1900’s but in the 120 years since 1900 humanity has totally screwed this planet’s flora and fauna up doing and performing irrefutable damages to our planet daily.

  3. I’m not sure what ‘quirky space’ is…storage closets under stairs I think is a quite practical use of space. I live in a somewhat older building and back when it was built they really liked closets and I have many – put stuff away and close the door. Yes, I know that you know I am a minimalist LOL I don’t need my home to be quirky or even charming – I am quirky and charming enough – give me space and closets!

  4. Like Grace, I’m not sure what quirky space is. But I’m pretty minimalistic, so I don’t need a lot of space for stuff.

    1. Quirky space Ashley is space that is not conventional. Like for instance, some houses have cupboards under the stairs over here ……… some newer builds have practical space that is boxy, rectangular and so on, whilst quirky spaces are irregular and non conventional and built around pipes and so on.

      My cupboard space is narrow and high and deep but because the stairs are steep, the space at the end of the cupboard is not able to be used and that space equates to 50% of the available space – it is not dead space – but it is not practical space.

      In older houses and older builds, the living arrangements and lifestyle and day to day components that residents used on a regular basis are very different to today’s functionality.

      Victorian builds as an example were considered clutter palaces on account of them liking to have many ornaments and constantly changing their ornaments around so needing more ‘quirky’ space to fit ornaments in storage, whilst modern builds do not have a true passion for lots of cluttersomes – that’s quirky space.

  5. Our last house in Liverpool was definitely quirky. There was a ‘secret room’ in the attic space which had been walled off and never finished when the house was built in 1911. It was the other side of a little hatchway and it took us ages to realise that it was even there… quirky or spooky?

  6. We bought a home with plenty of space, not particularly quirky. But as quirks ourselves, over the last 23 years we have created the appearance of quirky space. I am not a minimalist but fantasize about being one and try to move in that direction. Conversely, I have a daughter-in-law who is a true minimalist but I suspect that philosophy is more a result of necessity than preference.

  7. I guess we do have a good amount of quirky space as we do have a room called “The Room of Requirement” (from Harry Potter). It practically has everything and reveals themselves as needed. My husband is such a hoarder so it’s his quirky space and hates how I refer to it as the RoR.

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