House Tour: Kitchen and Storage Room

 

House Tour: Our Room

House Tour: Upstairs

House Tour: Living Room

House Tour: My Bathroom

House Tour: Outside

 

Happy Monday, readers! I hope you all had an amazing weekend.

Time to move on with the house tour!

I'm taking you down this hallway from the living room... you can see our pantry (yay pantry!) on the right, then the bathroom door (from Friday's post). On the left is the kitchen, and at the end of the hallway is our storage room.

 

Kitchen

Our kitchen is probably my least favorite part of the house. There’s only one small square of counter space and it’s very narrow, making it very difficult for Jorge and I to be in there at the same time.

We've tried to make things less cluttered by putting shelves and hooks up. They've been a huge help!

You can really feel the smallness in this one. I love how the refrigerator door opens directly into a wall. You have to stand in the corner to open it.

Jorge's cereal collection on top of the fridge, and part of my vast fruit collection on the counter. Our boxes of milk (yes, in the Yucatan, they're boxes) have a special place on the floor.

Jorge and I dream of one day having a big, open kitchen with tons of counters and cabinets. For the next few years, this will have to do.

 

Storage Room

Our Cancun rental house was advertised as 3 bedrooms, but I’m not sure this room is big enough to count as a bedroom. Maybe for a 3-year old with no need of closet space? I dunno. At any rate, we use the back room as a storage space.

In the right-hand corner, we have some old clothes and a bunch of wedding gifts that we love but can't seem to fit into our tiny kitchen. We're hanging onto them until we can get a bigger house.

We recently got the brightly colored bins to organize all our stuff. So far, they've been amazing for papers and random junk.

 

House Tour: Upstairs

 

House Tour: Our Room

House Tour: Living Room

House Tour: My Bathroom

House Tour: Kitchen and Storage Room

House Tour: Outside

 

Next stop on our house tour is the rest of the upstairs! Just like our bedroom that you saw yesterday, the other rooms upstairs have had a few improvements done, but still have a ways to go.

The Guest Bedroom

This is probably one of the more embarrassing parts of the house because we haven’t really touched it since we moved in. Right now it houses my old bed (the one I used my first 5 years in Cancun), my old plastic dresser and our broken ironing board.

We use the bed for drying damp clothes and storing stuff we have no good place for.

We recently brought down my old bedsheets/comforter from the US, but I'm scared to put it on the guest bed because I dunno what the humidity will do to it!

Yet another amazing closet! I cleaned most of it out last month because it was filled with papers, but it still holds my mini-library , my wedding dress and my "winter clothes" (which in Cancun means light jackets)

 

Jorge’s Bathroom

The upstairs bathroom mainly belongs to Jorge. Ever since I discovered that the downstairs bathroom has amazing water pressure, I have taken it over as my own. You’ll see that later this week!

A few months ago, we had our friend Leo (who also made our headboard) install some shelves to clean the bathroom up a bit.

The shower is pretty big! I still can't wait for the day when I have a bathroom with a counter, though. Dare to dream...

Here are the shelves Leo made. We'd been waiting so long to have a place to put our soap dish / toothbrush holder set that we got as a wedding present.

 

Upstairs Landing

The upstairs hall is surprisingly bright thanks to a small skylight. We also have a linen closet. A LINEN CLOSET! Like I mentioned yesterday, it’s so hard to find a rental house with closets in Cancun, and we have several really big ones. We really lucked out.

Look at the size of that linen closet!

Skylight! Maybe someday we'll get a light fixture to cover that bare bulb... but probably not.

House Tour: Our Room

The most asked for thing on my Reader Photo Requests was a tour of my house, so I’ll be posting that all this week! Let’s begin with our room.

This house is our first home, so we’ve been setting up furniture and whatnot slowly but surely. Since we spent so long focusing on the backyard and the living room (which was empty up until last December), we haven’t done much upstairs yet… and that’s reflected in the sad, sad state of our bedroom. Still, there’s lots of potential there! At the same time we don’t want to do too much because, well, we rent.

Also, the sheets are weird-looking because they’re new (from TARGET!!!) and I had just taken them out of the box the night before.

Here goes:

The view from the door. As much as I like the green curtains, they clash with the wall color. We plan to switch them out for bamboo shades and maybe some white sheer curtains soon.

I like this one because you can see part of our flip flop collection strewn about the floor.

No, it's not wonky... the roof just slants. We had some of this paint color left over from painting the living room and used it up here. Love it 🙂

The view of the top of our beautiful copa de oro tree

My nightstand usually looks like this: water, book, cell phone, perfume and sunscreen

This is the saddest part of the room. I'm (still) in the middle of organizing a lot of our stuff to clear junk out of the bedrooms and move it to the downstairs storage room (more on that later this week). At this point, some of the stuff is still sitting in our room waiting to be organized.

It's really hard to find a good closet in Cancun. We lucked out with wood doors, shelves, drawers and cabinets! Luxury 🙂

Our dresser always looks like a mess. This is a HUGE improvement from before I started organizing last month, but we've still got a long way to go, baby.

On top of our dresser: some wood bowls from Belize, a flower girl basket and the lazo cross from our wedding, pictures, a borrowed DVD player, a small mirror from my childhood friend Catie, and a few other odds and ends.

 

Tomorrow we’ll tour the rest of the upstairs!

 

House Tour: Upstairs

House Tour: Living Room

House Tour: My Bathroom

House Tour: Kitchen and Storage Room

House Tour: Outside


Renting a House in Cancun Part 2

We decided against the first one. It’s a great house for a great price, but it’s just not for us. The patio is too small for our doggies, and the bedrooms are miniscule. Plus, no window in the master bedroom? Really? Everything else was great, and I’m sure someone else will snatch it up quickly.

(before you judge me for passing this up, they were only renting us the ground floor)

Goodbye, beautiful bathrooms:

The second house, which we LOVED, isn’t going to work out, sadly. I mentioned there were a lot of small issues and elements missing. We offered to pay the rent price ($6000 pesos a month) and take care of those things ourselves, so long as the owner took it out of the rent price. The owner hasn’t answered yet, so I’m guessing it’s a no. (or she’s waiting it out to see if she can get another renter by July, which would be a smart move on her end) Anyway, we simply can’t afford to pay 6000 pesos PLUS the cost of fixing everything that needs fixing, so oh well. Such is life. Actually I guess we COULD pay it, but it would be more than we’re looking to pay and quite frankly I’m not gonna pay that much for a house that needs that much work.

She still might answer eventually and say yes. I’m kinda hoping that she’s just waiting it out to see if a better renter comes along. (It’s been 6 months, woman… just accept the offer!)

I’m gonna have to bid farewell to this kitchen:

Beautiful kitchen (and that’s only half of it!) but those clear cabinet doors? Yeah, there’s nothing there. Thought it was glass? You were wrong. Nothing there. Nada. There are also drawers with no handles and no spaces on the sides to grab onto. Not cool.

Goodbye beautiful bathroom with non-functional lights.

Goodbye beautiful closet where I can proudly display my shoes, along with the ugly, almost-falling-out-of-the-ceiling fan!

I certainly won’t miss the front of the house (with a bit of paint and grass, it would actually be quite cute!)

Overall we’d love the house, but we’re just not gonna pay that much for something with so many small issues. We’re cool with fixing them, but we ain’t payin for it. The owner lives in Merida, so I understand she can’t do it herself… but at least help a girl out! (please say yes, please say yes, please say yes…)

Good news: 2 houses are available for rent in my neighborhood!!! One is on my street and looks very cute. The other is right in front of my favorite tree in Cancun!! Both cost $4500 pesos a month. (Lower end of the budget! Hurray! Car soon?) I think I’m gonna call this weekend and set up a time for us to look. I’ll try to sneak some pics for you guys…