Saturday, September 24, 2011


I have loved the word "cubby" since I was a little girl. My affinity for this word (as well as the actual thing it describes) started when I was a kindergartener. Growing up, the public school system in my hometown only offered half-day kindergarten. Since my parents both worked long days, they opted to enroll me in a fancy schmancy private school that offered full-day kindergarten, as well as after-school programs to accommodate parents who worked past 3pm.

While I am a big fan of public schools, I have to admit that I loved just about everything about the private school I attended for kindergarten (although, I didn't fully appreciate all of these things until I attended public school the following year as a first grader). For starters, the teachers were extremely warm and caring (also true of most all my public school teachers). They taught us to speak words in French and Spanish, as well as how to read books in English. We leaned to dance (sadly, this was the peak of my dancing ability), and our art classes were held in an actual art studio. It was a marvelous school. However, the best part about the entire school was the cubbies (picture fat wooden lockers without doors). Every student had one. I loved my cubby, so I was quite disappointed when I entered the first grade the following year and discovered that cubbies didn't exist in the public school system. In lieu of cozy little cubbies, students had to put their belongings inside of cold metal lockers. Adding to my woes, when I referred to my locker as a cubby, I was corrected and told to say locker. This marked the period of my life I refer to as the "cubby-less period." Not only did I no longer have a cubby, I also no longer had a reason to say the word cubby. My two favorite things--gone...

...until now. Our boat is loaded with cubbies! We've got hidden cubbies, ceiling cubbies, tiny cubbies, large cubbies, floor cubbies, wall cubbies--we've even got cubbies within cubbies. Not only are cubbies back in my life, I now get to say the word "cubbies" on a daily basis. Happy days are here again.

Out of all the cubbies in our boat, this one is my favorite:

This particular cubby is located in our kitchen, above the refrigerator. Like many things in our boat, this cubby was added by Sea Gem's previous (and very thoughtful) owners. At first, I wasn't quite sure what I'd put in this this particular cubby, due to its shape and location, but we found the perfect items for it to hold:

Yes, this kitchen cubby may look small, but it holds our French press, coffee grinder, coffee beans and two water carafes (one carafe is not pictured because it is currently filled with iced coffee in our fridge).

Another one of my favorite cubbies is located in our bedroom:

This cubby is original to the boat's design (I think), and contained within it are my accessories:

As evident from the picture above, I don't accessorize very much; however, this cubby is just the right size to fit my few belts, clutches, headbands, etc.

Another one of my favorite cubbies is located in our bathroom, next to the toilet (technically everything in our bathroom is located next to the toilet, as our bathroom is rather small):

This bathroom cubby is the perfect shape and size to hold my curling iron, hairdryer, brushes, toothbrush charger, and Eric's hair clipper:

These are just a few examples of the many cubbies found aboard Sea Gem, each providing us with ample storage space for our many belongings.

I used to think the only way to create more space was to enlarge an existing structure. On a boat, expansion isn't exactly feasible, so you have to get creative if you want to increase a ship's storage capacity. It has been eyeopening to discover how much space can be created by carving into existing walls, as opposed to expanding them.


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