kls_eloise (kls_eloise) wrote,
kls_eloise
kls_eloise

I can't leave well enough alone

 I’ve decided that I need to get moving on the disaster spaces in the house – namely the sewing room and the basement. They’re a perpetual nagging at the back of my mind. It’s just not acceptable that there are things that I can’t find. As an example, I have absolutely no idea where the tin snips are. I know we have a pair but I have no clue where they’re currently hiding. I realize that I’ve got the rest of my life to futz with the house, but the current state of those spaces is annoyingly unacceptable. I’m not talking about "perfect" or even "done." "Usable" is what I’m aiming for. The ability to root through the clutter and find the thing I want, as opposed to rooting through unopened, not yet unpacked boxes and thereby creating clutter while not finding the thing.

The sewing room appears to be a wild disaster, but actually looks worse than it is. I think that a couple of days of good solid work in there should get it to the "usable" state. But first I’ll need to open the door for a little bit. That room is technically finished attic space. It’s insulated, and has a floor and walls and windows and such, but it has no closet and no heat. Burlington is currently undergoing reassessment, and the paper says that they’re planning to come into the homes to inspect. My current plan is to make sure that it’s very, very clear that we do NOT have a four bedroom house, because that room is an attic. To that end, I closed the door into the hall. You could hang meat it’s so cold in there right now. I was pretty surprised, because when the door is open it’s nicely temperate. I figure that I can move some things into the spare bedroom while I work in there to get them out from underfoot, and I should be able to make the place usable in jig quick time. I have a lovely space heater.

The basement is another matter entirely. In addition to being full of basement stuff, it’s also the current repository for everything that needs to be gotten out of the way upstairs. In a perfect world I’d work on this with the Bilco door open for light and air and the ability to stack stuff in the back yard. Alas, the world lacks perfection. It is December in Connecticut, and the yard outside the Bilco door is 20°F and under a foot of accumulated snow and sleet. I think that what I need to do is just start at the base of the stairs and start digging my way clockwise around the chimney column. That will bring me to the future wood shop space sooner rather than later, and it’s the tools that I really want to get out and organized. There are trestle tables and benches to be made; chests to be assembled; and other nifty projects to start. I need to figure out a good way to hang a peg board down there for the small stuff. The previous owners had some 2x4’s nailed to the ceiling joists with a piece of peg board on that. It worked, I guess, but it was awfully flimsy and I want something better. I’ll have to take a look at how the one in my Dad’s garage is hung on Monday.

The other thing I’m realizing is that I really need to design and build the new cabinet that’s going to go where the old wet bar was in the kitchen. For as long as it’s in its current state of... disassembly?... it’s going to continue to catch clutter and I’m really sick of that pile of clutter. So I’m thinking that the husband and I need to chat about what we want for that space, seriously investigate sink options, and I need to start making measured drawings. Come spring we can start building. Having a second sink is going to be wonderful. If it goes well, I have ambitions to build a new cabinet for the upstairs bathroom. If that goes well – kitchen cabinets, here we come.

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