When I began repainting the first floor of my house a few months back I knew it would take some time to complete. Working a full-time job pretty much relegates painting to mainly evenings and weekends. With those limited time frames, it isn’t a quick process, nor did I expect it to be. I mean let’s face it after working all day I’m not always dying to pick up a paint brush when I get home. We’ve actually completed three rooms so far but summer was fast approaching and I’d done nothing with my gardens so the painting had to take a back seat for a time. Unfortunately that left my house in a bit of chaos. Once we began clearing rooms, moving furniture and knickknacks, I suddenly begin to realize how much stuff I actually have. Things I’ve just accumulated over the years. I have a large red antique cabinet which I wanted to move from one room to another. I knew it was full of mainly dishes, china, crystal and serving ware, however once emptied, the contents of this one cabinet covered entire floor of my living room! I found things I’d forgotten I even had – and some things I’ve no idea why I ever kept!
My husband is one of those people who cannot abide clutter. He firmly believes there is “a place for everything and everything has a place”. I’m not a huge fan of clutter myself having grown up in a house full of it so I guess we’re like-minded in that respect. Yet even though my husband understood the reason for the temporary mess, and we have a door on the living room I purposely kept closed, it was getting on his nerves. I think it had something to do with my son calling it the “I Spy” room. See one day when putting my family room back to rights after painting it, I went into the cluttered living room looking for some bowls I wanted to put on a shelf. My son followed me in and asked what I was looking for. I told him I was looking for three wooden bowls. He stands there, looks around and says “This is like a real life version of those I Spy books I liked as a kid! Find three wooden bowls”……wise-ass…..yup, time to relocate the cabinet and put the contents back in it!
The home office space was originally a dining room on the house plans. We initially used it as one but quickly found it unnecessary and inconvenient. Whenever we had people over for dinner or parties or holidays we always ended up in the kitchen anyway so really a dining room had little purpose. Years ago we decided to turn it into a study (or home office, call it what you will) my husband is quite handy and it was his idea to re-purpose the room. He constructed some built-in shelving and we moved the computer and printer in. A home office space was definitely a much more efficient use for the room. Over the years my children spent many hours in there at the PC doing homework (or likely playing games when they should have been doing homework). The only issue, which recently came to light, was that we always had the computer facing the wall. It wasn’t exactly ever a problem but there is a large window in that room. After the room was repainted we rearranged the furniture so the computer now faces the window and instead of the wall. While typing I can now look out over my gardens. That one small move left me dumbfounded. Why did I never do this before?
It’s amazing what one little change can make! By repainting a room or rearranging furniture it suddenly looks and feels like an entirely different space. While this room is not large, with new paint and the furniture in different spots it not only looks bigger but it seems like a whole new room! The room is not yet finished. I still need to repaint the white trim on the windows and get an area rug. I also haven’t decided yet if I’m actually going to put curtains back up or not. I need to clean the windows (obviously) but I sort of like the wide open view.
I encourage you to look around your own home. You don’t need to spend a fortune. Heck with all the changes I’ve made in my house so far I’ve actually only purchased paint. Regardless, you don’t need to go all out like me. Start with some small changes. Paint a room maybe or move some furniture! I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut for so long, making a few changes in each room has literally been eye-opening. I honestly thought my house looked nice but I hadn’t changed anything in years. I don’t know why, I guess I simply got complacent or okay maybe lazy? I have to admit that my house used to feel old, stale and dated. However after making some minor updates in room after room the end result is more uplifting than I anticipated! It’s renewing my sense of pride in my home. I no longer feel like it’s the “same old place” and I’m starting to love it all over again! And really, shouldn’t you want to love the place you come home to day after day?