We decided to enter the new year with a new house. While we certainly didn't move, we absolutely did completely reboot our space. We've been talking about it for a while, and when we came home we decided to make it happen. Instead of doing our annual fit the new things into existing spaces, we reorganized spaces to create zones in our home. All of this is made easier by the fact that the kids are old enough to need less of a playroom!
We converted downstairs into a craft and quiet space:
The kids' rooms got a little love, too. Evan's was completely unloaded and he and Daddy reorganized it in a way that apparently only makes sense to the male of the species:
Since Issa received a cd player for Christmas, she wanted a nightstand and to create a bigger girl space:
Issa also tweaked her desk, and she is making a whole Taylor Swift quote board on her chalkboard:
My favorite moment was Brad and I sorting books while the kids were sleeping. First, we have a lot. Second, we are very attached to many of these books making the sorting a trip down memory lane and a bit emotional. Third, it has only taken us 13 years but we finally decided to completely merge our collections into one bookcase. I believe we were a glass of Scotch and over an hour in when I realized we have quite a bizarre and slightly pretentious collection, as evidenced by the fact that I had to sub-categorize the Victorian section before it could go on the shelf. Bless.
An added bonus, we have two empty cabinets in the kitchen where cookbooks and art supplies used to be. No worries, though, we have big plans for that space. For now, we will just enjoy our cozier, more functional home until another block of time presents itself for a major overhaul.