Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Move minus one week...

Tuesdays are my day off...

Tuesdays are my day off...

Tuesdays are my day off...

I wonder how many times I need to repeat it before it comes true?

Well, I didn't have to leave the house by 8am this morning, so that's something. Of course, with the Universe needing to keep everything in balance I do get to leave the house at 7.30am tomorrow and Thursday in order to do a two day course in CPR (getting a First Aid certificate, whoo hoo!!!).

Went to a local carpet store and bought a 7x3.6m off cut for the house. I'm having this cut into 4.8x2.75m to cover the hideous curling up carpet tiles in the loungeroom and 3.5x2m to cover Luey and Bryn's room. They look kind of like this, but the dimples are more subtle - I should have taken a photo, it's really quite nice. This colour is just about right, though...



A very kind and generous friend is giving us a gorgeous new rug that will cover the same hideous carpet in our study and then black rug that usually sits under our coffee table will go into Erik's room (groovy black shag rug for the Tween's room, hope he appreciate's it!)...

Our main bedroom is still unsorted. Our king bed covers most of the floor space, so don't yet know what will be needed.

I have to get a decent mirror for the bathroom. At this point in time there is a tiny handheld hanging on a hook above the sink. I think the previous owner (who we think must have passed on or moved into a care facility) had a bigger mirror hanging there, because there are actually two hooks, but it's not there now. The owners of this property didn't see fit to leave a decent mirror in the bathroom, so it's up to me. It's all good though because I REALLY like the look of this one from Ikea...



The packing boxes arrive today, and I need to finish culling/decluttering the house this afternoon. I won't get everything out, but I think I'll get close - except the soon to be defunct "Dad's study". That study is definitely in it's FINAL DAYS. In the new house it'll no longer be "Man Land"! Dave and I will share the study in the new house and I'll be making sure it stays tidy!!! Man land be gone!!!

Lots of furniture is being recycled for a new purpose, too:

  • The new 8 cubby Expedit shelf I bought for the boys room in January will be placed on it's side in the loungeroom and will become our new tv stand! Not sure what I'll be putting in the shelves there yet as Dave isn't keen for Ari's toys to be right in front of the telly, but I'll figure that out later.
  • The Ivar shelf unit which the tv currently stands on will go into the kitchen and hold kitcheny stuff (nice and vague, that, isn't it?). I was thinking cereals and so on, but might put pots and baking stuff on there, who knows.
  • The 16 cubby Expedit that had been moved from the boys room to the dining room will go back into the boys room, but this time it'll hold a top row of books, then the next three rows under that will have Erik's boxes, Luey's boxes, and Bryn's boxes, in that order.
  • Ari toy shelves from the loungeroom will become a bookshelf in the master bedroom, and another bookshelf in the study will also be re-located to the master bedroom
I'll take lots of pics of the finished, furnished house - actually, I'll take before and after photos, so you can see just how hideous that carpet is in there.

I have high hopes of making this place really nice though. Mum was always a miracle worker when it came to making all our homes (of varying age and condition) really lovely to live in, and she always did it on a really tight budget, so she is my inspiration!

6 comments:

Stitch Sista said...

How exciting!

Any chance you could come help me sort my rooms when you're done lol? You seem to have a good handle on it!

Sif said...

I'd love to! You might not like the suggestions though because it's so personal, the flow of your own house etc. Dave and I have a hard time agreeing and we both live in the same house!

I've decided I'm going to have a no shoes policy (sorry Jayne! I know those lace-ups are a pain to take off and put on all the time). Dave wants us to store all shoes at the back door but seriously I KNOW my boys (incl. Dave) and there is no way they're going to follow through on traipsing down the hall and through the kitchen, shoes in hand. Just ain't going to happen!

At least we've sorted the dresser/old tv stand on wheels/Ikea changetable come printer stand... All these items have a home now... We're going to have a great big FO tv in our bedroom though, hmmmmmm... It's all a compromise, but I LOVE sorting this stuff out!

Stitch Sista said...

I think it's nice to get a set of fresh eyes though for some of this stuff. Like perhaps there are things that wouldn't occur to me, but would to someone else.

We generally take our shoes off in the house. It's a Canadian thing...bit of a faux pas to leave your shoes on inside there...but it's still practical in nature I guess, avoiding traipsing through mud and wet snow!

Sif said...

We were talking about culture in the course I'm doing and this Chinese girl said it's customery to take your shoes off when entering a house so as not to bring bad spirits into the house.

I know it's also a Japanese custom.

Obviously in Scandi countries everyone does this too because of the snow and mud outside, so I'm thinking it's a pretty accepted custom around much of the world.

Juniper said...

Carpet looks fab! Can't wait to see it IRL!

We encourage shoes off at our house, but just for the family. Visitors can do what they like! The issues is getting the kids to put them away and not leave on the floor all over the house.

We have a big antique laundry basket on the front verandah, and in *theory* they are supposed to take their shoes off at the front door (I even provided a chair!) and put them in there, but in practice, they walk through the house, take shoes off in the back room and leave them there. I then make them walk them back to the verandah and drop them in.

This way too, we *in theory* should always know where are shoes are! In practice, it is hit and miss. At least with DS13, he takes them off in his own bedroom, so I don't have to trip on them even though they don't often make them to the verandah basket.

Can't wait to see you in your new place!

katef said...

sending happy packing vibes to you.... can't wait to see the new place. Nothing more fun than setting up and decorating a new place, even with the challenge of a tiny budget!

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