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Getting this House in Order

November 14, 2008

I’ve had many false starts in getting my house in order in the past six months or so. My intentions are good and we’ve even gotten some rooms about 90% completed before we petered out and the room ended up almost back at start in a matter of weeks.

One thing that was pressing was sorting out our upstairs bedroom situation. We have two bedrooms upstairs. One had been the guest room and one had been Maddy and Isabel’s shared room. Juliana is still in ours. With Maddy just turning 12 and Isabel and Juliana being so much younger, it was becoming increasingly difficult to referee bedroom messiness and equity. In August we decided to go ahead and turn the guest bedroom over to Maddy. This had been an idea that we always planned on doing, but hadn’t ever really had a time line.

This was an undertaking because the guest room was also functioning as a storage room and quite a mess. We needed to sort through many seasons of children’s clothing and apparatus, books and miscellaneous items, in addition to deep cleaning and painting. This along with a halt of work to allow Maddy to sort out some attitude issues, dragged the project along for two months.

Since it was a infrequently used guest room, we never got around to painting it. It was still the same chalky white as when we moved in 9 1/2 years ago.

Maddy chose a golden yellow called honey pot. She had her heart set on a blue originally, but the carpets are blue and we thought that it would be just too much blue. Yellow was her second choice. It was a mess during the middle of the project!

Now, for the finished room:

Lawrence and I purchased this bedroom set when we were first married and Maddy is the proud recipient.

Lisa might be excited to see her gift being utilized here as a message board type of thing. It will hold notes, photos and random girl stuff with straight pins. We got this wedding band quilt on Ebay.

This room gets a lot of light from these two tall windows. It also gets a good amount of noise since it looks over the street. Good thing Maddy is a sound sleeper!

This project didn’t only include fixing up Maddy’s new room, it also included sorting and rearranging and donating unused and extra items from the original bedroom, which is now for the two little girls. We got rid of a lot of stuff and put away baby things, like the changing table, which had been taking up space in our bathroom and still holding Juliana’s clothes. Now, her clothes are in part of the wardrobe in the bedroom. The upstairs looks clean and organized now and it has been tidied daily by all the girls. I’m so thrilled. I could only get happier by removing the blue carpet and refinishing the wood floors. That will have to wait. In the meantime, there is a whole twin bed waiting empty, with a matching butterfly comforter for Juliana when she’s ready to sleep upstairs.

Peace has mostly been restored. The little ones can pull out all their pretend animals and built blanket forts and not have Maddy yelling at them for pulling everything out. Maddy can have a project out on her table under the window and not have the girls mess it up. And we can move our focus to another room and sort and donate more things that just get in our way and don’t add to our lives. I’m making a serious effort to pare down (in between other projects!).

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy permalink
    November 14, 2008 8:04 pm

    I love the yellow walls and blue accents. How bright and cheerful is that! It always feels so good to get things organized even if it doesn’t last long.

  2. Evelyn permalink
    November 14, 2008 8:07 pm

    It looks great! I am sure Maddy is enjoying it and the Isabel and Juliana are happy with theirs too. You all did a great job!

  3. Lisa permalink
    November 15, 2008 1:15 am

    Yeah! The blue elephant thingie goes great! I knew it wasn’t THAT bad, right?

    The room looks wonderful. I’ll be right over to move in! LOL

  4. Mon permalink
    November 15, 2008 7:26 pm

    Great colour choice Maddy!

    It feels good to sort out a room like this doesn’t it?

  5. underthebigbluesky permalink
    November 15, 2008 9:53 pm

    A room full of sunshine! Love the color.

    Happy kids, happy household.

  6. underthebigbluesky permalink
    November 15, 2008 9:53 pm

    A room full of sunshine! Love the color.

    Happy kids, happy household.

  7. Angelina permalink
    November 16, 2008 7:03 pm

    That looks great!!You are way ahead of me now on the whole straightening and decorating thing. Must get moving!!

  8. Angelina permalink
    November 16, 2008 7:03 pm

    That looks great!!You are way ahead of me now on the whole straightening and decorating thing. Must get moving!!

  9. Cathy permalink
    November 18, 2008 6:51 pm

    Hi Lisa – I left a little note of appreciation for you on my blog today. I really enjoy and admire your blog.

  10. Tonia permalink
    November 20, 2008 1:12 am

    I LOVE the yellow! How cheerful! I am very enthusiastic as you can tell by my overuse of exclamation points! I can’t help it, I think yellow is a wonderful color for just about any room. The blue accents make think of France for some reason.

  11. Lisa permalink
    November 20, 2008 7:56 pm

    Thanks for all the kind compliments. It does look great and she’s really enjoying it!

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