Thursday, October 30, 2008


Joe works from home most days, and for the past year he has been shoved in a corner of our bedroom. There are several inconveniences associated with this located. First, my bedroom is never tidy. Even if I clean all my things, make the bed, and vacuum, there is still a huge paper mess in that one corner.

Our house has 4 bedrooms. One is ours, one the girls' and one Sterling's. That leaves us with one spare room. We have been using that spare room for a playroom since we moved in. However, I have noticed that the kids rarely play in there. I don't know why, but they always feel compelled to bring their toys and crafts into the family room/kitchen. Other than housing the toys and a guest futon, it was sitting mostly idle.

The girls were previously in a room that has the original laminate floor in it. We originally planned to build out the upstairs, and turn that room into the new mud/laundry room, so I didn't want to put carpet in, when we would be changing the floors anyways. After a year of living in a half finished house, I have decided we are not even touching the upstairs until the downstairs is done (probably won't be until the day we list the house for sale).

So a few days ago I was thinking about the configuration, and considering giving Joe his own office in the old playroom. I wasn't too excited about that option, because that room is the biggest "kids" room, and it has carpet. Joe hates carpet under his office chair. And I hate it that the girls room has the laminate. Then, all of a sudden, I had an epiphany. If I changed the girls' room into Joe's office, and moved the girls into the old playroom. Everyone got what they wanted. Joe gets wood, the girls carpet. The girls room is big enough for all their furniture, and most of the toys.

As with many projects, this one turned out to be a lot more work than I originally thought. The first thing that took forever was moving the beds and other furniture into the girls' new room. I had to take apart their bunk beds, and reassemble them again. I also had to get rid of a bunch of toys (which is good), so there would be space for all of them in their room.

I got the girls moved into their new room on Tuesday, and yesterday I was supposed to work on putting Joe's office together. But I also had a bunch of laundry, and miscellaneous household things to do, so I took a day off. Today I had to get back to work.

A while ago I started painting the girls' room pink. After about half the room I decided I didn't like that shade of pink, and kind of just stopped. Joe doesn't want a half pink office. I wonder why. So I pulled out the paint and supplies, and got to work. Let me just quickly say that our ladder had been stored in the chicken coop, and I have NOT enjoyed the aroma of chicken poop all day!

I have been working all day (6 hours straight so far), and I needed a break! My neck and back hurt, and I'm sure I won't be able to walk tomorrow. I know, I'm pathetically out of shape. So now that I had a quick blog break, I better get back in there and finish the job, or it will never get done!


Nancy Sabina said...

Life's funny - I just blogged about a space switcheroo today too!
It sounds like a wise decision you made. Good luck finishing it up!

Kaitlyn said...

Wow, what hard work, but what a good idea!

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