We have now been in our new house for almost 2 months, and we still are not completely unpacked and settled. Life and lack of motivation have kept us from finishing. We did get a lot done this past weekend because we forced ourselves to work on it. Most of the main level is done except hanging pictures and my husband’s office. Everything upstairs is done except hanging pictures as well. The basement on the other hand is another story. It is a complete disaster of unopened and half opened boxes. You can barely walk through where the girls’ playroom/rec room area is. There is stuff everywhere. Then there is the wall of teacher stuff that I never finished going through. The media room is mostly done, I think. We just have to make ourselves get it done. I know we will all be happier once it is finished. No one wants to go down there now to do anything because it is such a mess. While the task is a little overwhelming, we all know that it needs to be done and done soon!
My next project and area of focus, though, is my office down there. It is also a complete disaster that you can barely walk through. I have a small area on the floor carved out where I have a floor chair so I could make the shirts for my daughter’s cheer team a couple of months ago. The room needs a lot of work. The previous owner used it as a woodworking shop so the walls have a coat of saw dust on them that doesn’t just wipe off. He had these big wooden shelves bolted to the walls to hold lumber that are still there and will need to come down eventually. The walls will need to be repaired to cover the giant holes from the bolts. Plus, there is also a hole in one of the walls that also needs to be repaired. Once all of that is done, we can begin painting the walls. We did have carpet installed over the concrete floor, which is nice. I tend to work on the floor a lot so I wanted something soft to sit on. I am not sure how far down the road it will be before we can get the walls done, but I can’t leave the room the state that it is in much longer because I cannot find anything. Plus, you really can’t get to the walls to make any repairs at the moment! That leaves me to the project of unpacking and going through boxes upon boxes of stuff that hasn’t been unpacked or seen since we moved almost a year ago from Georgia.
As far as furniture for the room, I already had a worktable that houses my heat press and silhouette machine. I also have a small, old desk that actually belonged to my mom when she was a kid and that I used growing up. I have mainly used in the past just to store things because it doesn’t really work for me as a functional desk. It needs a new coat of paint and some repair as it has been moved around for many years and is not the most stable desk in the world. Oh, and I also have a small cube shelf that I picked up at Walmart a couple of years ago for more storage. Other than that, I had no other furniture to fill the large space or a decent desk for me to use. My husband has a nice cherry, manly desk that we have had for years that goes in his office. I have never really used it other than to store notecards and the printer. I’ve never had a desk that was just for me since we got married, and I feel like I need one to keep me more organized. Ikea to the rescue! We made a trip to Ikea this past weekend to shop for office furniture for me. I ended up getting a customizable desk so that I had the space and added storage that I need. Basically, I chose a large tabletop with two different storage units to act as the base of the desk. One storage unit has 5 drawers and the other has 4 drawers with one drawer being for hanging files. I didn’t want anything overly fancy. I wanted something that was functional for my needs and that didn’t cost me a fortune. I chose to do it in all white for a clean, modern, and sleek look. I also purchased this drawer unit to store all of my vinyl for crafting projects. I would eventually like to also get this taller drawer unit and something similar to this shelving unit to go behind my desk. Those are definitely purchases for down the road, though. Of course, since I got a new desk, I also had to get a new chair. I really need a chair that is comfortable. I sat in several chairs before choosing. It felt like the one I chose had good back support for me while still being comfortable. Because of the carpet, I also had to get a plastic mat to go on the floor so the chair will roll.
Now that I finally have a desk, I am feeling a little more motivated to tackle the room and the boxes. I can’t put the desk together until I clean out the space to make room for it. I totally have a vision for the space, but it is going to be a long time before the full vision comes to life. My wallet (and husband <wink>) will only allow me to do a little at a time. I cannot wait for it all to come together, though. I will be spending a lot of time down there so I want it to be perfect. I have to get out of this recliner in the family room where I have been sitting to work everyday. It is killing my back and hips! Plus, I feel like there will be less distractions when I am working in my own office that just contains the things I need to work on. I will be keeping you all posted with the transformation so that you can see how I organize everything. It will definitely be a work in progress for many days to come.