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Bedroom remodel, after

Painting the floor

A little more paint and the bedroom is done. It's tough to take a comprehensive photo of such a small space (literally about twice the size of a twin bed), so here are a few shots from each direction as a sort of tour.

Storage under the bed

The raised bed gave me plenty of room for storage. Books by me (multiple copies of each, so they don't need to be easily accessible) go in the bookcase support while bins of clothes and ancient journals/sketchbooks are safe in mouse-proof bins.

Closet color

The closet is pretty empty at the moment, but I'm just thrilled to have finally found the spot where rodents were entering my sleeping space. Down beneath a built-in cabinet, we discovered a four-inch hole that Mark has now filled in with wood and liquid nails. No wonder that corner of the trailer was mouse central for the last decade!

Everything has a place

Better yet: my boots and winter coat finally have a home other than draped-over-that-chair and tossed-in-that-corner. Here's hoping that cutting down my possessions to the ones I really use and giving each a place will prevent future clutter. For now at least, it's a joy to have everything so shipshape.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Another great option for filing a mouse hole is steel wool or a Brillo pad, followed by whatever method you choose to patch it up. I learned this from a long time maintenance guy at a former church. The steel wool deters the mouse from re-chewing the same hole through the patch.
Comment by Robert Fri Jan 20 10:28:13 2017
I put my goats' copper in marshmallows. I have also tried peanut butter and oats, but that only worked for one of them.
Comment by Mike B Fri Jan 20 13:51:38 2017

Isn't is just amazing what a HUGE difference a few little changes and some elbow grease make?!! Love your new digs!!--- It will be so much more pleasant and efficient as well- Great job!

Comment by Jayne Wead Sat Jan 21 09:07:52 2017

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