OMG! My house is a CLUSTERF*CK!!!!!!!!
Go to my previous post if you don’t know what’s going on-
My ‘game plan’ for the revamp is this (not in order):
1. we have a 10 day dumpster rental (it was rented last Weds, so we have 7 days left).
2. The ultimate goal is to get the back room turned into a studio for the oldest son- we will have to empty it of my clothing and stuff, drywall and paint, put down carpeting.
3. I had to clean out parts of the basement to make room for extra stuff from the other rooms to be moved into storage there.
4. I have to clean out the upstairs kitchen (which houses stored furniture currently) in order to turn that into the master bedroom’s closet.
5. The “Red Room”/my office has to become my son’s interim office while the remodeling happens.
The basement part was carried out on Weds/Thurs. All day yesterday we worked on the red room. We weeded out junk and papers that were no longer needed and threw them away. Walls were scrubbed, furniture polished/scrubbed- the whole 9 yards. My Art Deco burled walnut library table and lamp that I purchased in Paris were spiffied up.
The furniture was rearranged to better suit my kid’s needs. My handmade rug from Afghanistan was hung on a line and beaten with a Victorian wire rug beater (which, for some reason, always intrigues the neighbors/tourists/passersby when I have someone beat the carpets- I DON’T know why! We always did this when I was a kid…).
For SUCH a small room, I was shocked at how much crap we had to throw away! It’s just crazy how things pile up.
We went through every old paper, receipt, scrap and disposed of everything that we no longer needed or used.
The walls and floors and furniture all needed a good scrubbing. Everything was SO gross. I have neglected this room for 2 yrs (since becoming pregnant and having the baby). The problem (#firstworldproblems) with owning a huge, old house is that it is SO easy to pile junk into a room and close the door/forget about it for a while.
At this point, my stress levels (and everyone else’s) were pretty much at max. We had to drill a hole into the floor to run the ethernet cable to the modem (and fish it out through the basement and back up through an air vent again).
The end result was worth it- it looks lovely again and no longer like a dark storage hovel. It took me all day, in between doing other stuff, just to finish writing this post!