For some time, Stephanie and I have been talking about shifting the use of space in the house. We feel that each room (except upstairs) is not quite right. It is partly a legacy of having bought (or inherited) furniture for a larger house. But also because we have, frankly, been in survival mode due to the demands of the kids and my lack of energy.
But that is slowly changing, and so the house is too! Last weekend I assembled some new shelving for the basement, we moved the TV and brought furniture from ‘the bump-out’ next to the kitchen into the basement. It was weird at first, but it’s really growing on us now:
And, it’s much more functional for a family movie night than the two mis-matched chairs we had down there before!
We also rearranged the living room:
The boys (like cats) are testing things out for us. :)
Not sure it’s quite right yet – I am definitely still trying to get used to the secretary behind the sofa. But it is great to have it out of the dining room, and we used the move as an opportunity to get rid of a bunch of junk we had stored in there.
That was yesterday! So far today I have spent a bunch of time re-organizing the bump-out with the kids Legos, moved the TV and gaming system from the basement, and generally turning the room into a mini man cave: Except for the lack of adult seating, I love it! And I hope they will too.
I still have to finish putting the basement back together – especially the areas where Stephanie and I bead and sew, respectively.
Last up will be the office. I love that space – it gets wonderful light, and there are huge surface areas to spread out. The only heartache for me is giving up the shelves we had in there. I know the space will be more open, but it’s always hard for me to part with books (even if they were just relocated to the basement!). With Stephanie relocating her desk to the living room, I can’t wait to shift around the furniture and make a really great workspace for myself! With both the kids in school full time, I hope I may even be able to work at home occasionally.
We’ll see … end of summer (and the start of school) feels like it is just around the corner. So we’ll know soon enough.