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I need to start this post with a bit of a humorous story, so that you understand the dilemma of living in an older house . . .
Our “master bedroom” has two closets – both not much larger than the door that opens to access them. Mine is right inside our bedroom door and the door opens toward the room, blocking off the light source. A few years ago, I asked for a light in my closet and Brian got me one of those little push-on lights. It sheds very little light on my shoes and still makes it difficult to find what I’m looking for. The other day, I saw a shoe rack on sale, so I bought it. Yesterday, Ian and I assembled it and it is HUGE. Way too high to put in my closet (which is what I had planned). I guess it’s designed for someone with a nice, spacious walk-in closet (though I’m hard pressed to understand why they would need it).
And therein lies the dilemma . . . these old houses lack storage. For the past several years, I’ve tried to focus really hard on simplifying. But, when it comes to our homeschool and my desk/office space, it’s just so hard!
Enter the Yube
A company called Yube started following me on Twitter a few weeks ago. Before I follow back blindly, I like to check out who is following me. This company intrigued me with their storage solutions. Very trendy, very handy, very versatile. So, I followed back, sent a Thank You note, and told them how much I’d love to add some of their products to my storage-lacking home. That Tweet started a relationship with Yube, and I was sent some products to check out for myself.
When the box arrived, Ian was on hand to help me check it all out. He was more than willing to help me with the assembly project as well. Here’s a quick video showing our project, from start to finish:
What the video does not show is the fact that, once we had all the cubes put together individually, I had to decide where I wanted to use the system. I tossed about stacking them 4 high and using them for towels in the bathroom, but thought that might be too high for the area I wanted to use it in. I considered the coffee table option; but I know my family – they junk up coffee tables. In the end, I decided to be greedy and use the system to enhance my desk and workstation. I’m THRILLED with the extra storage space and it makes the perfect home from my printer!
As you can see, BEFORE the Yube, I had my printer sitting on a wooden end stand. See that pile of “junk” on top of it? Now, with the Yube, it looks much more efficient. Notice I still have one section of the Yube unfilled! (This excites me!) And behind the door (in case you’re curious) is my essential oils (which used to sit on top of my desk for lack of a better place to keep them). So you can see where this sits in relationship to my desk, here’s a different angle:
One thing I especially love about the Yube system is its versatility. If later I decide I wish I had used it for something else, I can easily disassemble it, rearrange it, and use it elsewhere for a totally different purpose. In fact, there is so much more to Yube than meets the eye. I love this company-created video that really showcases its many uses:
Yube To The Rescue from Delta Design Company on Vimeo.
I also want to point out that, because we chose a side-by-side configuration, we were unable to use the legs. We would have needed two sets of legs in order to raise up the system the way that we configured it. (If you’re wondering how I know this, it might be because we put the legs on the outsides only and the system collapsed in the middle when I started filling the cubes!) If I had gone with the stacking approach, the legs would have worked just fine. I’ll keep the legs handy for when I decide to reconfigure!
A bit more information
The European-styled Yube® modules are 13-inch cubes made exclusively of recycled plastics and biodegradable materials. (30% of it is derived from ground North American Oak reclaimed wood.)
This unique furniture system can then be personalized using Yube’s wide range of fun and funky accessories – doors, feet, shelves and drawers. Consumers can configure, build and decorate a layout to suit their personal taste using Yube’s flexible building-block system to create tables, desks, shelves, room-dividers and any piece the user can devise.
The modules snap together easily and lock rigidly when the back panel is slid into place.
What do you think? Have you heard of Yube? Where could you use a Yube system in your home?
***This post made possible by Yube.***