I’ve mentioned recently that we’ve got the decorators in this week, repainting our hallway and landing as it’s the only part of the house when we didn’t move in a couple of years ago. We’ve got three floors so it’s a big, awkward job that as complete amateurs we wouldn’t dare tackle ourselves! We had originally planned to get a professional in to do it when we first moved in, but we just couldn’t justify the cost at the time.
It’s more a case of ‘now or never’ though, and the previous occupants had left the walls in such grubby condition that I couldn’t bear to leave it any longer!
Anyway, given that we’re having all this decorating done this week, we needed to get our bums in gear and sort out turning the spare room (opposite ours) into the nursery and the study (on the middle floor) into the spare room. Given that this involves moving a double bed from one floor to another, we thought we’d better do it before the hallway was freshly painted (and just as well too, as hubby managed to take a small chunk out of the wall in the process!).
Oh, the shame! Although most of the mess on the floor is around eight years’ worth of teaching-related stuff that I brought home from school after leaving teaching, so it all got dumped in there! I took this photo last November too, before I started to sort out anything at all (I wanted something to look back at so that I could see I was making progress, even though it was still a mess!). I’d managed to sort all of my paper resources but the general mess was still there, mixed in with a significant amount of hubby’s hoarded stuff!
After what’s felt like a really long school term for hubby, Easter weekend was the first real opportunity to get stuck in (and I think the deadline of the decorator showing up on Tuesday helped too!).
Anyway, we managed to turn the above tip, into this:
So much better, I think you’ll agree! We’re not entirely there (there’s still an overloaded bookcase just out of shot – I think we’re going to need a taller one!) but it’s such an improvement and, importantly, the nursery is now empty of furniture before hubby starts painting. I must remember to take some ‘before’ photos in the morning so that I can show you the transformation there.
In addition to throwing out most of the contents of our study (we put all the must-keep stuff in a built-in wardrobe in the new spare room, which you can’t see in the above photo) hubby has also emptied out the old spare room of all of his clothes (he hoards clothes too, he has far more than me!) and given loads to charity and we’ve better organised the storage in our bedroom to fit everything in there. I’m quite good at chucking stuff out too so we’re feeling a lot lighter now and better for it!
Hubby was on such a roll he even ventured into the garage and got rid of most of the books and magazines he has needlessly kept for years. 1993 soccer annual anyone?!
Have you had to do any major clearing out to prepare for a new baby? How did you do it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.