This week in Cincinnati, Ohio

Now that we are in week 3 of our stay here in Cincinnati, I continue to grow more & more fond of the city. The people are crazy friendly, reminding me of PDX where people just stopped you on the street to talk. I still remain amazed by the architecture in the Over The Rhine neighborhood and this past weekend we finally got to walk on the waterfront & across the Purple People bridge – what a great area! Enjoy the Instagram photos – there will be more to come.

Over the Rhine neighborhood

Over the Rhine neighborhood

 

John A Roebling Suspension Bridge

John A Roebling Suspension Bridge

Downtown Buildings

Downtown Buildings

Hamilton County Municipal Courthouse

Hamilton County Municipal Courthouse

Opening Day Parade!

Opening Day Parade!

Over the Rhine Ghost Sign

Over the Rhine Ghost Sign

Stamped bricks in an alley way in the Over the Rhine neighborhood

Stamped bricks in an alley way in the Over the Rhine neighborhood

Over the Rhine Neighborhood

Over the Rhine Neighborhood

 

Another visit to The Eagle!

Another visit to The Eagle!

Details on a Church Doorway Downtown

Details on a Church Doorway Downtown

Over the Rhine Neighborhood

Over the Rhine Neighborhood

Put Art Everywhere

Put Art Everywhere

Cincinnati from the river

Cincinnati from the river

Purple People Bridge

Purple People Bridge

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Converting a TV to Shoe Storage

Written by Keith, handy man extraordinaire

One of the concerns of going full time in an RV was the storage. We were used to living in huge homes (3,800 square feet was our last home) and paring down to what we could fit in the RV was daunting. Every facet of our lives had to be examined and turned on it’s head to make us fit. We’re also not very willing to give in to pressure, normally making our own solutions to things when an easy option doesn’t present itself.

In one of our homes we organized the closet with ClosetMaid products including the shoe storage. Two of the shoe storage units gave us storage for 50 pairs of shoes and we had most of that filled. When we were moving into the RV there was a low cabinet that appeared to be for shoes but it was a ridiculously small at 12 inches deep by 24 inches wide and 19 inches tall. There was no separation in the space and we could fit about four pairs of shoes laying flat or more if we wanted to just pile them in.

It was obvious that we’d have to increase the capacity to store shoes and it was equally obvious that piling the shoes up wouldn’t really be an option. As we looked around we noticed the 19” television in the bedroom. We aren’t big TV watchers and we normally watch the same thing when we do watch TV so that space seemed ripe for converting.

Ready to go

Ready to go

My first thought was to make some shoe storage like the storage we had, it was a short trip to realizing I could just cut down the storage we had. For the lower cabinet, there wasn’t much space so I just cut down the inserts to fit in the space we had available. For the TV space we removed the frame and the TV and coiled the cable behind the cabinet in case someone decides to put a TV back. The space that was left wasn’t the right size to hold just the inserts but I noticed that the frame of the shoe storage was pretty simple, the sides screw into the top and bottom and the back nails on to the frame.

Ready for the second cut.

Ready for the second cut.

It was pretty easy to cut the sides down and put the whole thing back together. The whole thing slid into place very easily, one way – it didn’t fit the other way, and the frame went easily back into place.

Just Fits

Just Fits

Now we have nice storage space for 31 pairs of shoes. It works great, but shortly after we got on the road we were asked if we ever put a door over the shoe storage. We hadn’t but had never considered it either. We’re about to go into another yard period for Crush so maybe we’ll add a door, and who knows, it might even have a TV on it!

Done!

Done!

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This week in the Over the Rhine neighborhood – Cincinnati, Ohio

We’ve begun our 6 month stay in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio and we are loving the neighborhood. While we miss some aspects of RV living, for us it’s nice to take a break and immerse ourselves in some city living. The architecture here in Cincy is beyond impressive, so I’ve decided to post on a regular basis some of the shots I’ve taken. Many of these also end up on instagram.

Street Shot in OTR

Street Shot in OTR

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Former Factory in OTR

Former Factory in OTR

Affixed to a building in OTR

Affixed to a building in OTR

Over the Rhine digs

Over the Rhine digs

Downtown Cincy mural

Downtown Cincy mural

Filming 'Carol' in the Over the Rhine neighborhood

Filming ‘Carol’ in the Over the Rhine neighborhood

Washington Park, OTR

Washington Park, OTR

I'm in love with Kentucky Bourbon Ale

I’m in love with Kentucky Bourbon Ale

I'm also in love with the cincinnati music hall!

I’m also in love with the cincinnati music hall!

Closed up shop, OTR

Closed up shop, OTR

Over the Rhine, early morning

Over the Rhine, early morning

OTR architecture

OTR architecture

Chicken at Eagle - second best I've had behind Gus's!

Chicken at Eagle – second best I’ve had behind Gus’s!

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