In the past week, we’ve had midnight fevers, Halloween, the election, the Giants winning the World Series, a visit to The Container Store, and much shifting of furniture, boxes, and goods. We visited the storage space (again). We finally moved Eliza into the bedroom–first three days in the Pack’n'Play, then, tonight, a full move into the crib. The walls are closing in on us, it seems–the loss of the shelf space in the sun room, and the general moving about of items, is not diminishing the feeling of clutter as much as I’d like.
Fortunately, we have a deadline. My father-in-law and his lovely wife are in town for Thanksgiving, and if we don’t whip this place into shape by then, we’re not having them over for tea, no less dinner. So tonight, I made a list. Some of it might make sense to you. Some of it, maybe not.
1. Now that the crib is no longer in the hallway, we can use that space for storage–in this case, we’re moving the Elfa drawers from our built-in closet. We long ago took the doors off the closet to fit the Elfas, and it was fine when it was our bedroom, but now that it’s a nursery, we’d like to 1) not have her throwing our clothes everywhere; and 2) have it look more like a toddler’s room and less like a college dorm room. Moving the Elfas will put my clothes closer to our new bedroom in the sunroom, and give me something of a dressing room, as well. We plan to leave the changing table in place for the time being. You can check out nursery pics here!
2. Utilize the new closet space and rehang the closet doors. That’ll automatically brighten up her room.
3. Move the credenza from its temporary home in our room to her room. I’m not crazy about the idea of having a big, dark piece of furniture in a child’s room, but David’s open to the idea of painting the (already ugly) Formica top.
4. Take all the artwork down from BOTH bedrooms, and then be selective about rehanging. This won’t be a problem in her room–we don’t have tons of art for her, so we can do with what we have–but we’ve amassed quite a collection of odds and ends on our walls. That seemed fine, before, but with the queen-sized bed in the room, it’s feeling far too cluttered, even for the likes of me. Cue storage space.
5. Get to sewing. Now that I have some hobbit-inspired confidence, I plan to make a curtain divider for the bedroom/living room (to replace the damned comforter); a curtain to cover our exposed shelving in the bathroom; and pillowcases for the newly discovered floor pillows in the nursery.
That’s our five-point plan. We have three weeks in which to achieve it. You will received information on a popping-by-to-find-out-more-information basis. Expect pictures.