Monthly Archives: July 2007

Making Space

I entered a contest at Creating Keepsakes for the Scrapbooker of the Year. (They announced finalists today, and no, I did not get a call.) One of the things they wanted was an essay about my ideal day, real or imagined. It was an interesting prompt, and got me thinking about how I could make my life more ideal.
Two things have been bothering me a little, and the essay got me thinking about how I could change them. The first is the inability to share space with my husband while I do crafty stuff or while he’s on the computer. I wanted to be able to say “hey check this out” without dropping everything and running through 2/3 of the house, and I wanted to be able to chat about interesting articles or lurk over his shoulder without having to sit in the most uncomfortable chair in the house, in the smallest room of the house.
I also was sick and tired of every single toy in the house making it’s way to the living room and staying there.
After much thought, and the fortuitous arrival of a second computer, I came up with a plan. I moved my craft supplies into the sunroom/sitting room part of my bedroom. I drew up floor plans and elevations, and debated it for days with anyone who would listen. Then I started moving things. (With some help from my husband and the kids.) This past Sunday I finally moved the last things out of the front bedroom, and into the sunroom. I’m not completely organized yet, but I have lots of work space, and the second computer has a home.
Additionally, the kids now have a play room! The train table and the various toys that were taking over my house have been, for the most part, relegated to the newly christened playroom, and I have a more serene living space downstairs. Once a few more items are attended to I’ll post pictures so you can see the effort we put into making the house more ideal for all of us.