Back in 2008, when J first bought the MP, we knew that the smaller of the two rooms upstairs would be my office/eventual craft room. We didn't really have a purpose for the other room. When J received a bunch of UK-related framed art, I hung those on the walls. Over time, it became an 'overflow guest room', with an air mattress or two ready to blow up as needed. Finally, at some point, I started to think of the room as the future nursery, and eventually I pulled together an idea (a picture in my head) of what it might look like.
As time continued to pass, I finally broke down and started to fill the mostly empty room. Left my 'real job'? Well, those boxes from the office need to go somewhere... New part time job comes with boxes and catalogs? Well, there's room upstairs for that... Don't feel like sorting through Christmas decorations to make new for the new ones? Just store the new ones upstairs and pretend the old ones don't exist anymore!
You can imagine what the 'nursery' looked like once it was actually time to use it for real. Lucky for me, my mom was in town this weekend and offered to stay over an extra day to help me sort through things. Actually, she ended up serving as a runner while I touched each and every object in the room. Do you remember that old show on TLC where they set up a Toss, Keep, Sell/Donate pile? It was kind of like that, except I had a donate box, a trash bag, a box to send to my new office, a box to send home to mom and dad, and boxes for each level of the house. Other than a break to run to Goodwill and the county electronics recycling facility, we spent most of the day sorting and cleaning. By the end of the day, this is what we had:
Actually, at the very end of the day, this is what we had:
I'm kind of excited to have baby things in the baby room, and nothing else!!