Simply put, moving is exhausting. Trying to fit almost two houses into one is ridiculous. It really tests your patience and stamina. Yes, we got rid of tons of stuff, but there’s still stuff we can’t/won’t get rid of. I’ve become a near genius at finding places to store things. Everywhere I look is a project waiting to happen it seems. I think being this kind of person is a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I envy people who think of their homes as just a place to hang their hat, but then I snap out of it ;).
Yesterday for the first time the weather was beautiful and we took advantage of it. We Springified the porch (I just made that word up), got the deck furniture out and cleaned it up a bit, and Fisherman put together the last of the three Ikea cabinets we just ordered for my soon to be office space while I milked the fact that it was Mother’s Day and relaxed on the deck for a bit. Then we went to dinner with friends at one of our favorite restaurants. All in all a nice day, and here’s a pic of some flowers sent by my daughter from afar. She also sent two boxes of Shari’s Berries. Have you seen those things?? HUGE! Oh, and she sent me a JibJab card, and apparently I’m the only person in the Western Hemisphere who didn’t know what they were. I need to get out more.
So…without further adieu let me show you one of the spaces I carved out for storing stuff.
Sorry for the blurriness of this pic. You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about here. Well, to the left of the top of this ladder, in a space you can’t see, is a small loft area about 5×5 and just a few feet high. Where the ladder is happens to be a space in the master bath where we typically store our towels and linens. We took everything out and I squeezed onto the ladder and climbed to the top while Fisherman gave me things like tax records and our daughter’s art from elementary school…things that one would normally store in an attic but since we don’t have one we have to make due.
At the point where I had to access the ladder I had 6″ of space and trust me, I’m NOT 6″ wide, so it was quite interesting I must say ;). I didn’t even have enough space to bend my knees to climb the ladder, so the only way to get up was to use my upper body to pull myself. After doing what I needed to do and getting down, I realized Fisherman didn’t give me everything I wanted to go up there! UGH!! There was NO WAY I was going back up though. It is what it is.
One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging much is I don’t have an office space. I’m typing this from my craft space and it’s not ideal. I feel a little out of sorts when things aren’t organized, and between the upcoming wedding, having our important papers stolen and the general chaos of moving…well, let’s just say I have lots of other things to think about. Even though we got rid of a lot of things, believe it or not we still need some items in order to organize the cabin to the way we want it. One of those things was a place to put some books and/or picture albums. I started looking on line for a bookcase for this space, located in the bedroom downstairs…
I looked everywhere…Craigslist, Amazon, ebay, Overstock. You name it. I found something that would have worked. It was $180 and was basically a bookcase AND a small desk which we don’t need and I was seriously considering ordering it until we went to a consignment/tag sales called ‘Grandma’s Redneck Reusables’ (don’t ask) on Saturday and came home with this $20 console.
It’s a solid piece of wood that’s been around for a verrrrrrrryyyy long time, and has the cobwebs to prove it. I’ll show you more in future posts. I’ve decided I’m not going to use it for this wall, but I’m going to switch it out with another piece that was my first ASCP project and I think we’ll be good to go. It needs a little (ok, a LOT) of cleaning up, and one side isn’t painted so I have to fix that, but it’s a super functional piece and at $20 was a steal.
Today we’re going to Home Depot to pick up two wood slab doors for a desk top. This little alcove is going to be my office workspace:
As you can see,we have a way to go before this space is up and running, but the three cabinets from Ikea are put together and I imagine by the end of this week everything should be in place. The cabinets are white, which wouldn’t have been my first choice for this space, but I was truly desperate. Try and find three cabinets that are the right height, width and depth for a desk and you’ll see what I mean. I don’t think I’m going to paint them either, but we’ll see.
Near the Home Depot is the storage facility where our artwork and two chandeliers are being stored. We had this oriental rug there, but happily it was sold a couple of weeks ago.
We still have several pieces of art that I’ve listed on Craigslist that haven’t sold. Here’s an example (in case you’re interested!):
It’s even prettier in person. I wish we could display it, but after today it will be stored under our bed along with the other 4 pieces until it’s sold. Not sure where the chandeliers are going though. Fisherman wants to sell them, but I’m holding on for dear life.
So that’s about it for now. I’m going to get ready for another long day of shopping and maybe the motor vehicles. We went on Friday, waited an hour only to find we didn’t have the right documents. Completely our fault, but frustrating nonetheless.
So tell me…have you ever sold or bought anything on Craigslist? Any tips you can pass on?