My need for order is about to strangle me! Three weeks ago (yes, including the two weeks before Christmas!) we embarked on a big house project. I didn’t know how big when we started!
We have hardwoods in a majority of our house, but the back of the house (two bedrooms and a den) had new carpet when we moved in 21 years ago. Yup, it’s that old. Raising 5 children, numerous dogs and even more cats took its toil on the poor carpet. We had not been able to afford to do anything about it and have just lived with it the way it is because we were waiting for kids to grow up and animals to stop peeing their frustration on our poor rugs. With two kids gone, S moving to a new bedroom, Tim wanting to create a studio in the first “extra” room we’ve had in many years, the first project to tackle was flooring. Tim was at Home Depot at 5:00 on Black Friday and got a great deal on Pergo flooring for our den, music studio and S’s bedroom. When his painting business slowed down it was time to take the plunge. (Of course, it was during the Christmas holidays. Doesn’t everyone do major work on their house during holidays?!)
So for three weeks we have moved things from one room to the next, beginning with our den, which is also the room where all our homeschool materials are stored. Numerous bookcases later I have purged, thrown away and set aside to sell many of our educational resources. Filing cabinets have been cleaned out, cabinets taken off walls. Linens, clothes, music, videos all sorted through. I am so tired of organizing I could scream!
I am also taking the opportunity to redecorate. I haven’t done this in 20 years. Literally, our living room curtains came to us by bartering paint services for window treatments. I have moved things around as our family size increased but so much relied on finding space for seven people and all our stuff! With only four at home our options have opened up. I can’t wait to show some before and afters, but I thought I’d let you all know why I’ve been a wee bit quiet.
How did you spend your Christmas holidays?