With little energy and time being at a premium, I tackled the most visible thing that I can handle right now that is driving me crazy.
The girls do most of their crafting, sewing, homework, you name it, at our dining room table. I am constantly nagging at them to put away their project for meal time and yet inevitably I end up scooping it all up and dropping it on the fireplace mantle next to the table. This has led to a fireplace that was overflowing with piles of discarded projects.
I began looking for a free standing piece of furniture to put in the dining room, something multifunctional to hold all of our puzzles, crayons, papers, crafts, board games, etc. I thought perhaps a buffet with lots of storage or a hutch would do the trick. Right away I found the perfect piece, but at $425 I wasn't prepared to invest that kind of money yet.
Yesterday I was searching the internet for inspiration, and I got to thinking about how I could utilize the furniture I already had for the purpose that I needed. A little bit of brainstorming later and I had a solution.
I emptied all of the DVD's from the TV stand and put them into the empty coffee table in the toy room. I then sorted through the junk on the mantle of the fireplace that had been accumulating since Christmas. I pitched the junk, scraps of paper, broken crayons, old receipts and kept what little was left.
Then I had to wait till my husband came home to help with the heavy lifting. We moved the (portable electric) fireplace from the dining room and swapped it for the tv stand in the living room. With such a small shift, I was able to empty the piano bench that was holding all the puzzles and take the stack of music that was on top of the piano and put it in the bench where it belonged! Crazy, I know.
The crafting supplies, markers, coloring books and legos that had been stacked precariously on the fireplace went inside the TV stand where all the DVD's used to be.
Later today, when I find the energy, the board games that have been taking up precious space in my utility closet will get moved to the TV stand turned dining room storage as well.
It was really just a matter of perspective. The Nester is always talking about shopping your own home, and I get a little frustrated sometimes, because I feel like I don't have much to shop from in my home. But last night I proved myself wrong. One simple swap of furniture and all of the sudden both rooms are more functional.
Here are some links from around the web that inspire me to keep plucking away, even during this exhausting time.
Here's to the weekend, and hoping you find yourself comfortable in your own home. That you feel happy, settled, and rested. Happy Saturday friends!