Sunday, April 9, 2017

Overwhelmed on Where to Begin

The trunk I want to keep, but where?
I think I've lied-lied to myself for sure and maybe hinted through this blog that I've accomplished more than I have on pulling my office together. I've accomplished nothing more than thinking, and moving clutter around. The plan for years, particularly now that DD1 will  now just be a guest when she is home, is for me to have a lovely office in her old bedroom. When we got the new floor downstairs, we moved furniture into that room, plus tons of other clutter. It became unusable, and we still haven't done anything with it. I see the photos in the Saturday post of the My Scandinavian Home office update and think, "That is exactly the feeling of space and order I want." My blog friend Scarlet at When Robin's Appear, has mastered an attic space and I just wish I could fly her over from the UK to be my planner and interior decorator.

The room is perfect office space. It gets nice sunlight, has a shelf that runs along two walls due to it being in the lower level of a three level home, created by the partial basement wall. It's a space I can shut the door behind me if I am done working, as opposed to the computer armoire now being used at the back of the family room. When we turned it into a bedroom for DD1, we bought a closet unit that has nice organizational capacity, perfect for use for my stockpile of gifts, holiday disposable items bought at season's end, and to stow away projects not being worked on. 

Mirror, removed from dresser.
I am overwhelmed at where to begin. First, we need to decide what to do with the furniture that had been in the family room. We rather like the sparseness of the room, though still are waiting to buy a TV stand. There is an old trunk, which I absolutely love, and a contemporaryish oak book shelf, but neither  fit the current room. There's DH's old  desk, which, I think I'll just use in the office, but it really needs a wall of it's own. We need to decide if we will keep or get rid of DD1's old dresser and mirror. I'd love her to take it, along with the head board for the twin bed, and a night stand, but it was too big for the truck we had when we moved her so  still need to store for a while. I want to keep the mattress and frame and use as a day bed in the office. We could try and sell it all, but again, I think DD1 does want it for her spare room, or a possible house in the not too distant future. It  is a nice suite of furniture. The last item is a little red child desk, used by DS, and then later DD2 for crafts and coloring. It is the sweetest little thing, made by DH's grandpa, so a family piece we can't get rid of. It could be a cute little piece in the office, if room, for a future grandchild or great niece or nephew to play at while I work. 

 The room needs to be emptied completely as it needs new carpeting, which we thought we would do ourselves with just finding a padded remnant. Now that we solved the exterior problem that was creating the interior water problem, I feel fine putting carpet there for an inexpensive spruce up, even though I'd prefer tile, or to extend the vinyl planking. I suppose I just need to dive in, make some decisions, and move forward. Remember that procrastinating challenge? Well if I can get this done by end of April, I will declare success.

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  1. I find it really hard to tell with everything inside of the room. What about removing everything, addressing any paint, flooring, lighting, & then adding one piece at a time back in until you can envision how it will look?

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    1. I know that is what we need to do-just need the three of us to be on the same page with it, and then be willing to make tough and immediate decisions. The downfall of never moving-never starting form scratch.

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  2. I agree with Hawaii Planner! Empty the room and do whatever cosmetics to the room you plan on doing and then move in what works and toss the rest.

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    1. Toss? I need to get over that scary feeling.

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  3. My office/guest room has gone through many transformations. I feel your pain. I have a trunk like yours and it sits at the foot of our bed in the master bedroom. I keep extra pillows and comforters in it. How are you liking the vinyl plank floor? I think I may want that in my office, but I'm not sure yet.

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    1. Since we bought it, the bottom has held extra school supplies. Ther is top shelf that lays over and we've stored beach towels there, Perhaps our bedroom might be the right place. I'm keeping for sure.

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  4. I agree that getting everything out to do the cosmetic work would be the first step. As for the furniture it sounds like you just need to decide on the shelf, DD's headboard and dresser and mirror, and the trunk. Everything elsr you are planning on keeping in the room? Could you put the shelf where your computer armoire is now and get rid of the armoire? I would place the trunk in a bedroom for extra storage, i have a cedar chest at the end of our bed for storage. That leaves the headboard, dresser and mirror. Do you have space in a garage or elswehere to store out of the way if you don't want to get rid of it? Just some suggestions. I know that taking on a task like that seems insurmountable but once you do it you will love the spaxe created I am sure. :-)

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    1. There is a whole twin suit of furniture, plus the child's desk (but I think both desks will maybe stay. I think you gave me an idea for book shelf and the current computer armoire-thanks.

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  5. Do not get rid of that trunk it's fabulous.

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    1. It will be staying-just where, is the question.

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  6. Thanks for the mention...a trip to Minnesota would be wonderful!
    Being able to clear the room is a brilliant option to have. It allows you to see the room clearly in terms of space and what will fit where, plus it prevents you adding too many things back in as you don't want to clutter up your room. The first thing is to make a decision about the spare furniture and then move it out and store it elsewhere if you are going to keep it. Could it go in the garage?

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    1. I've decided to dedicate the weekend of April 28-30th to it. The following weekend is the citywide garage/yard sale so I hope to maybe sell some items to pay for the cosmetic updates, and make room to store what we may keep.

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