It’s not always easy to see. Sometimes I feel like we’re living in a never-ending cycle of incomplete and forget to take a look back even a few months to see how far we’ve come in the house.
The room in our house that’s seen the biggest change recently is the study. This room was always intended to be a multipurpose room. A place to sit up late finishing up work so as not to disturb the other person, a place to play music, a place to read, and so on.
So far the room has served the following purposes: a place for the litterbox, a pathway to the bathroom, a place to pile boxes we’re too lazy to take downstairs and out to the curb, a place to store tools for the bathroom project, a place to store the iron after that one time that we used it last Fall. In other words, it hasn’t really been given the opportunity to live up to its potential.
Since the Fall when this picture was taken, it felt like very little had changed. To be fair, the biggest change we made to the room since these pictures were taken was done this week, but there are so many other little things that we’ve done to make this room more functional. Here’s how it looks as of this morning.
What’s funny is that it’s so obviously a drastic change, but we just couldn’t see it ourselves. Far from “complete” in my eyes, but it’s progress. For one thing, the tools for the bathroom renovation no longer clutter the entrance to the bathroom and the bathroom is a much more relaxing shade of green. We finally put a light bulb in that light on the desk. It’s the little things that take the longest to get around to. For instance, if you notice, the old light bulb still hasn’t made it to the garbage. Pillow and blanket from IKEA. Pictures are finally hung on the walls. We brought the Mister’s keyboard up from the basement. Every little detail really helps to pull the room together.
I’m sure there will be lots of before and after update pics to come as I’m embarking on the 40 bags in 40 days challenge with fellow blogger Ann Marie over at White House Black Shutters. Instead of giving up soda (which I no longer drink anyway) or Kraft macaroni and cheese for Lent (which I actually think I might die without… yes, I’m 5 years old and yes, I was infuriated by the little girl in the commercial that’s making art with her noodles), I’m tackling something I really need to get a grip on. CLUTTER. Moving in with someone means a lot of “oh cool now we have 2 of these” and “ummmm I’m just going to put this in the basement for now.” It’s been 9 months since the Mister and I decided to be roomies and I have yet to actually unpack a couple of those “deal with later” boxes. Wish me luck…