Such high and lofty goals for last week…struck down premature by a fever and a husband out of town. I have a hard time recognizing when I need to ask for help, last week I asked. My parents brought some food over after I had emptied the fridge and resorted to ordering pizza. Thankfully, Forest came home on Friday before the snow hit too hard and life is back to ” normal” (what is that anyway?)
So, here, as promised is the beginnings of my clean out. I am half finished with the closet. I didn’t take before pics, but I have gotten this far so consider these during:
My shirts have been sorted into needs to be thrown into the rag pile, given to others, and keeps. When I was done with this, I later went through and turned the ones I still wasn’t sure about around (as in hung from the back of the bar.) That way if a few months go by in the proper season and they still are turned I know that it is time to give them away. I also sorted through some stuff that was just sitting around. The shelf above my shirts is mainly pictures/frames. I plan on using these in my living room and office when all is said and done.
I still have a ways to go, though:
The step ladder isn’t usually there. We use it to slip stuff up into the attic (for example the Christmas stuff on the floor.) Our shoes need sorted through in a bad way as do dress pants and dresses. All in time.
Then there is the living room. It’s small and was arrange awful with hand-me-down furniture. Well, it still is small and still has hand-me-down furniture, but I’m working with what I’ve got here. Looking at the photos I’m thinking it needs a fresh coat of paint and a better ceiling…and different carpet and better trim….and new curtains with a fresh coat of paint on the front door as well. It all takes time and money, though, and this is what I’ve got to work with (see, I keep telling myself that.)
Pretty bad and pretty small (ignore camera hungry kids still in PJ’s.) I emptied the room except for of the futon (I really dislike futons, but it’s furniture and it is on loan from my sister.) All toys did not return including the shelf they were “on.” They will now be in the office. I should note, this is all part of the original house. It’s a 1940’s ranch that was 600 aq ft when we bought it (before kids.) This is the living room and you can see into the older two’s bedroom that is a bit smaller than the living room. The kitchen was even smaller than that, followed by bedroom number two, and finally the bathroom being the smallest, though fair sized for it’s age. I would love to knock out the wall between the office (old kitchen) and the living room, but Forest keeps saying something about support walls and the roof for the addition we put on (we as in my Grandpa, dad, and a few guys at church minus the foundation that we hired out.) It’s been a great starter home, I’m ready to move on…college loans dictate no. I’m dealing by trying to use what I have to make it my own.
So here is the after:
That last photo was taken with me sitting on the futon holding the camera up to the corner of the room. Now, keep in mind, I realize my furniture is not the right scale for the room, but it was in our budget (free or on loan.) None of it coordinates and the only piece I am really even fond of is the one two of the girls are sitting on (though I’d like to paint the legs.) The recliner is huge and it rocks so it just doesn’t fit. It is going to have to go eventually. The futon also is huge, not my style, but at least it is comfortable. My sister needed a place to store it when we needed a couch. I’d love to get one of those cute IKEA couches that have washable slipcovers. But it just isn’t in the budget. Time to focus on the positives.
- There is more floor space and it is easier to walk through the room.
- I plan on cutting off the bottom portion of the shelf and painting it so it is more my style and hopefully with paint I have on hand.
- I have tons of photos of the kids, the only art I have. They will be arranged in frames and hung to help give the room some “finish”
- No more mass amount of toys at the front door!
It should be easy to come up with some cash to paint the doors and wall, I think I have enough on hand for trim. New curtains would be nice. I’m actually thinking of making Roman shades out of the ones there in a color/fabric that I like and getting rid of the sheers. That is all do-able.
So while I feel better with the start on the living room, the next project up (I’ll actually start this one as I am finishing the last two) is the office (old kitchen.) Why you ask? Because that is where all the toys went to:
Yeah, I need serious help, this is the room we walk through to get from the kitchen (down those three steps) to the living room/girls’ bedrooms. Thankfully, Forest is home and I’m able to work on all this piece by piece. I’ll update as I go.