5 Dollars

My life as an at-home momma of 3 amazing kids...it's kind of like shoveling snow in a blizzard.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Big changes ahead.....

Matt and I are both sick of it looking like Toys R Us exploded in our living room. (The whole house, actually!) We're talking about doing some major rearranging around here in order to keep the majority of the toys OUT of our living room. (Our house is TINY. We have 2 small bedrooms and one master bedroom with an attached bathroom. I often say we're like too many mice that have been put in a cage and then they start turning on each other.) Another issue is that Ruby will soon outgrow the crib that is being used as a sidecar to Kaylee's twin bed so she really needs somewhere else to sleep.

Here's the plan right now.....

We're going to move all three kids into the master bedroom that is currently our room. Keithen will finally get to move to his top bunk and the girls will sleep together on the futon that is under it. We'll store Kaylee's headboard and footboard and probably sell the crib. We're going to turn our waterbed pedestal drawers into a dresser for the girls by stacking them and then putting a cabinet top over them.. Keithen's dresser will also move into our room as well as his desk. His dresser will help to "section off" a little space for him where his desk will be. We'll probably put a desk or table for the girls along the back of his dresser. The room will probably be painted blue and have the old cloud and airplane wallpaper that we have put up in it.

We're going to get rid of the waterbed and get ourselves a Queen-sized mattress (hopefully with a memory foam topper). We might end up on the sofa bed for a bit before we can afford to buy the mattress, we'll see. We'll be moving into Keithen's old room though. New paint and wallpaper will be in order as we don't want teddy bears on our walls! LOL! It may be a bit crowded in there, but I think it will be OK.

We'll then turn the girls' old room into a playroom, keeping the same paint and wallpaper. Ruby's dresser will stay in there and will probably eventually hold a TV with built in DVD player on top of it. (IF THEY EARN IT by helping keep their toys contained to the toy room where they will now belong.) I may even consider moving some of the dress up clothes into that dresser instead of the box they now live in. We'll have to add a bunch of shelves into that closet for games and stuff. The child-sized table and chairs may end up in there. I will be DELIGHTED to get the play kitchen out of my kitchen and into the new playroom!

We figure this arrangement will only need to be for 2-4 years before we are finally OUT of this house and can move into/build one that will better suit our family size and will be closer to Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Eric.

There is SO much work to do to prepare to move all this stuff. And then all the actual rearranging and redecorating! The kids and I will probably leave for three days and let Matt and whatever helpers he can find tackle the job. It sounds too difficult/dangerous to do with all of them here underfoot.


  • At 8:33 PM, August 21, 2005 , Blogger Andrea said...

    Hi, Carissa! I was so surprised (but glad!) to see you at my blog :) I hear you about the space issue. Leo keeps telling me that we can probably move within the year...I'm crossing my fingers, because we are out of room too, even with just two kids!

  • At 8:39 PM, August 21, 2005 , Blogger Carissa said...

    Here's hoping you'll be moving soon too! I know we're practically counting the days until we are able to get into something more suited to our family size.


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