Movin’ right along with my Sandy Toes beach condo. Here’s the final result from this visit. (No changing/rearranging anymore. Additions only!)
My “No Entryway” entryway
The desk zone
1 of 2 bedrooms
The 2nd bedroom is not worth looking at yet.
I’m leaving this time with Sandy Toes beginning to actually feel like a home.
Have a closet or using an alcove as a closet, but don’t want the eyesore? Do what I did. I didn’t have enough room for a door in the hall closet, I opted for a window blind instead. People don’t even notice it at first.
Riviera Maya goes from slightly humid to “Omgawd, I can’t breathe” humid. So I chose to start the blind not quite at the top and have it pulled up slightly at the bottom. Circulation is key.
Eventually, I will have built in shelves and nicely organized, visually appealing storage. Until then, I’m totally okay with this.
When I got the keys to Sandy Toes, I had big plans for my patio. Specifically, a tiny zen space. Something like this:
And then this happened:
Living in Playa, there are certain realities:
- Dryers are not that common. There was the possibility of a stackable, but then they were few and far between to find. Not a popular item I guess. So, like most of the other “Playanese’s”, you will find me line drying my clothes.
- Central air is also not that common and I wanted air in each room. Therefore, I have 3 air conditioners beautifully stacked in front of my bedroom window. Air conditioning is worth it.
- Aesthetics are not always a priority in Mexican construction. You can see the tubes to my air conditioning units and the add on wall my neighbor did, but didn’t finish on my side. Do I really want to pay to make this more visually appealing? Nope.
- Caged patios are common. This is a necessary evil aesthetic, especially when you are not a full time resident. The bars are on the windows are not my favorite either. Bars=Investment Protection and I’m okay with that.
- Grass is a no-no as it’s a welcome mat for critters. That’s all a local has to tell me. No grass, check.
I have now accepted that my patio is for utilitarian purposes only. It provides my safety and comfort just like a zen garden, just in a different way. Plus the benefit of clean clothes.
I had a decent size bar built into the kitchen of Sandy Toes. I love this bar and have no regrets. However, it did leave me with an incredibly small dining space.
Instead of a small bistro set, I decided on a desk. The deciding factor being the bar is not that comfortable for extended periods of time on my computer. I needed a desk more than I needed a bistro table (which in reality, I would probably never use).
The usable space was 80 inches long by 38 inches wide. Because the space is so small, I knew I didn’t want any heavy looking furniture. I found a glass and metal desk and it’s perfect.
I might switch out the chair, but for now it’s fine.
It’s been almost 6 months since I’ve been to Sandy Toes. Last time I had only a few months in between visits to Sandy Toes and the bug/worm population exploded inside. Well, maybe I exaggerate. You can look up the past post and see for yourself.
Sandy Toes was closed up from August through December and I was nervous to see what I would find inside. Would there be mold on/in the couch and beds? Scorpions somewhere, anywhere? My neighbor found a huge one in her condo, so the fear is real. There we were at Sandy Toes. The moment of truth.
And it was mostly fine. A few things were showing some mold. A wood coaster I had in the bathroom and the wooden spoons in the kitchen. A couple of creepy crawlers dead on the floor, but that was it. This was success in my book.
Here are the precautions I took before leaving Sandy Toes the last time:
- Thorough cleaning of the entire condo.
- Laundered bedding was not left on the bed, but folded on the side.
- Windows cracked open.
- I have a small condo, but I used large amounts of DampRid in every room with the exception of the bathroom.
- I sprayed outside and inside the condo (including around the windows & doors) with Home Defense 6 month bug spray.
- I blocked the bottoms of the doors shoving cardboard underneath to prevent bugs.
Regardless of how long I am away, this will be the routine I use against bugs and mold. Now onto enjoying Sandy Toes.