Sunday, July 19, 2009

What I did on Sunday

A week ago Laura & I decided that it would be a good idea to give the girls the own rooms. Their room is awfully cramped, and we were starting to feel guilty having one room dedicated to an office while they were stacked up like sardines. Oh, and also, all the home-staging shows we watch always advise people to make their bedrooms look like bedrooms so potential buyers visualize it that way. We figured for the sake of being able to eventually sell our house, so that we could buy one with four bedrooms (so the girls can have their own and we can have an entire room dedicated to an office) we’d sacrifice now by letting them spread out into their own rooms. So we gave up an office, so we can get an office. Go figure.

First was the fight over who got the new room. Then there was the fight over who got stay in the old room. When it became clear to them that although I was willing to move all this furniture around, I was not willing to paint for this move, somehow that resulted in a happy decision for all that Zoe would move into the office and Sophie would stay in her room.

Today was moving day. Behold the before and after pictures.

Office – just after I started pulling stuff out to begin moving:
Before - office

Office bookcase.

Shared room – before. And yes, this was a pretty typical day for their room.

Kids Room - Before

Zoe in her new room, it’s starting to look a little better. She was afraid we were going to leave our great big desk in there…
Zoe in her new room

And, after… Zoe’s actually in bed already. And let me tell you how much easier it is to make her bed without having to climb a ladder! Making a bunk bed is a nightmare. Needless to say, we’re quite happy we bought bunk beds that convert to two single beds.
Zoe's New Room

Closet, after. No more big bookshelf.

We left the sleeper sofa in her room because the girls are the only ones who really use it during sleep overs, so now Zoe has her own couch. Such a big girl.
Zoe's New Room

And here’s Sophie’s “new” room…much better for her too!
Sophie's new room

Ok, so perhaps I forgot to clean that mirror before taking the picture. Or maybe I thought about it, and said screw it – I’m way too tired to windex!
Sophie's Room

So where’d we put all of our office stuff? Well, it’s not all put away yet, but (obviously) I got the computer hooked up at least, and the desk back together. And the great thing about moving it all downstairs is this wall of cabinets next to the desk. With a little rearranging of those, we were able to hide most of the clutter from the office. Not too bad…

New "office"

Now If only I could capture a picture of the way my back felt before and after. Ouch.

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