Make do and live comfortably

No MATTER the size of the home, it is the way you plan it that counts. Like me, you may start off in one room. If so, make it snug and comfy, as it will probably be your home for a year or two.

Try to get that room in a large, old-fashioned type of house. The rooms are large and airy and the rents cheaper in such places. I’ve noticed another thing, too – you get eatables much cheaper in the old-fashioned districts.

Choose as large and long a room as possible and plan it with a ‘his ‘side and a ‘her ‘side of the fireplace. At ‘his ‘side have a small bookcase with two or three drawers for his own private papers, cigarettes or tobacco, and have the wireless on a small table near his chair, and of course his slippers warming for his return – how men love this touch of welcome I Let him find his things just where he leaves diem.

No matter how big a house you may one day own, you two can still only sit together at one fireside at the same dine. So make that fireside snug and cosy and arrange your side with your sewing-table, handy-box and all your odds and ends just where you want them.

Choose a few odd rugs rather than one big carpet, then you won’t have one that may be too big to fit any of the rooms of your future home. Apart from the fact that any furniture you buy may also not fit, it is wise to look ahead and save money, rather than buy furniture, while living in rooms.

Besides, you want to keep the maximum space free in the centre of the room for comfort and convenience, or you will soon feel cramped and discontented.

A tea-trolley is handy for fireside meals. Set the supper on the trolley, then wheel it up to the fireplace, where the sight of it daintily set will be a pleasant surprise to a tired husband. Have things very appetizing for this meal, and yourself looking smart and pleasant.

Men love this cosy supper-time fussing. Keep quiet until he is well fed and well warmed, then ask for what you want – ten to one you will get it

If there is not sufficient room in the wardrobe for your own and your husband’s clothes, have dummy wardrobes made in the corners of the room. A triangle of wood can be fixed as a top, then hooks and screws and a curtain to match the furnishings, and you have a wardrobe for outdoor things.

Cosiness and comfort, and ample places for storing away clothes and essentials, are first things to consider when making do.

When living in one, or two, rooms, extra cupboards are worth their weight in gold. Have one for all cleaning materials, brushes, sweeper and ironing board. A single wardrobe (secondhand) is ideal for this purpose.

You can buy small tables with ‘set-in ‘tops; one could be used for cutlery, another for writing papers and magazines, another for tea-towels and other cloths. A handy man can enclose the legs and make two-shelved cupboards of these little tables, one for shoes, the other for soaps and other cleaners.

A storage place for the china is inside a chest which is covered to match the chairs. If hooks are fixed inside the chest, the china will pack away nicely; you can keep out just what you require for a meal and this can rest on the window-sill near the stove.

Have shelves made to slip under chairs, pockets made at the sides of each chair and the settee, flap shelves fixed to the wall for meals and cooking purposes. A couple of collapsible card-tables are a boon where space is limited.

From the picture-rail suspend two glass or wooden shelves on knotted, thick coloured twine, and you have bookshelves.

Use plenty of mirrors – they help to make a room look larger than it really is – and use cream and green paint to give a further suggestion of space. Set furniture close to the walls.

A bed-settee and footstools which tuck away under chairs and in corners when not in use also save space. Have plenty of odd cushions to share out when the stools are in use.

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