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
John A Roebling Suspension Bridge
Hamilton County Municipal Courthouse
Opening Day Parade!
Over the Rhine Ghost Sign
Stamped bricks in an alley way in the Over the Rhine neighborhood
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
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.
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.
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!
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
Former Factory in OTR
Affixed to a building in OTR
Over the Rhine digs
Downtown Cincy mural
Filming ‘Carol’ in the Over the Rhine neighborhood
Washington Park, OTR
I’m in love with Kentucky Bourbon Ale
I’m also in love with the cincinnati music hall!
Closed up shop, OTR
Over the Rhine, early morning
Chicken at Eagle – second best I’ve had behind Gus’s!
We're Tricia & Keith, travelers that love seeking out local roads & local brews. We've cruised around the country since 2011 and if we're not in our RV in the middle of nowhere, we're smack dab in the city center looking for local food & culture! Our blog is usually 1-2 weeks behind (I blame the much needed & much loved work gig) so swing over to our facebook page for our more up to date location.