Changes to the den

I haven’t been writing here much. Mostly, it’s because we really haven’t done anything to the house! I keep saying I’m going to have a small project every week that I write about, as sort of a way to force myself to actually do it. It works in theory, but I have been so busy lately that just keeping the house clean has become a challenge.

We did do one thing this weekend. One of the reasons for my busyness is that I have taken on some freelance work. I have really been enjoying it, but I do find myself spending long hours on the computer, working on a design or trying to get emails out. I was sitting on the couch to do all this, but I realized that it was killing my back. I needed some sort of table to work, preferably in a room where I can keep an eye on my daughter playing. I didn’t want anything fancy because I didn’t want the temptation for clutter, but I wanted something big enough for my laptop and a notebook to jot down notes.

We looked at Office Depot where I got my computer desk 6 years ago, but apparently they don’t sell inexpensive, simple computer desks anymore. So we went to the next logical thing – Ikea! Of course they had the exact thing I was looking for, and only $20. We headed down there to check it out. Unfortunately, my timing was all wrong as it’s back-to-school time here in Georgia, and they were completely out of the $20 desk. I decided to pop into the As-Is section to check it out before giving up. I did find a desk – or rather, a table? I am not sure what it was originally supposed to be, but it was perfect. The best part? It was already put together!

It didn’t take long to find a spot for it, and I am really happy. I can easily see the entire room, and I am next to a 3-prong plug with a grounded outlet (which isn’t always a given in our house). I may switch out this new desk for the table I’m using for my sewing machine in the guest room, since this desk is prettier, but for now it’s working out pretty well.


retractable clothesline

I finally bought a retractable clothesline to hang over my washer and dryer for the diaper covers that have to be air-dried. I used it for the first time tonight, and I really like it!

Diaper covers drying


the endless cycle

With the discouraging news about our foundation, I haven’t had much motivation to keep our house clean and decorated. I’ve noticed this is a vicious cycle. Because I don’t stay on top of housework, and I feel ashamed of my house. Because I feel ashamed, I get frustrated with the amount of money needed for major repairs. Because I’m frustrated with lack of money, I have no motivation to clean or decorate. And so on and so forth.

I know that the best way of stopping the cycle is to stay on top of housework, even when I don’t feel like it. There is a site called Habithacker which I discovered a little while ago. She has daily posts meant to inspire and encourage people to get into the habit of daily housework. All last month, I tuned in daily to the “Days 1-31” for nesting (home management). At first I did well, but fell off the bandwagon shortly thereafter.

Since it’s the first of the month again, I am determined to do better this time! The first day’s assignment is to “polish your place” – in my case, I decided my place is my kitchen sink. The kitchen is probably my least favorite room, after the upstairs bathroom, as far as layout and how it looks. So the least I can do, the dishes, will probably help with my perception of the kitchen. I’m hoping, anyways. :-)

Here is what my kitchen looks like right now. My goal is to either load the dishwasher or wash all the dishes before I go to bed tonight. Hopefully, I can keep that up. :-)


a few baby-related changes…

The one negative thing about having a split level and a baby is the fact that there are two sets of stairs we need to protect. Savannah isn’t climbing up stairs yet, but we did have to go out and buy gates for the top of the stairs. For the top of stairs, it is recommended to have baby gates that mount on the wall (instead of the kind you can step over). After Savannah fell down the stairs and broke her leg, we realized that we needed to take care of it ASAP. So over the past few weeks we picked up two baby gates for our house.

For the stairway going down to the den…

And at the top of the stairs by the bedrooms…

So far they’re working out pretty well. I’m not a big fan of the one by the bedrooms, but it does its job. It’s just not very pretty. :-)