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After several weeks of self-indulgent laziness, I actually got off my sorry behind and did some work around the house yesterday. I’d say that ninety-nine percent of the assorted crap is now out of the spare bedroom, and there are only a couple of things that have been moved into the sewing room without having been put away. I’ll take care of those in the next day or two – I forgot to take the containers upstairs from the dining room, and at that point I was just done for the day. A couple of the things that are still stuck in the spare bedroom (not counting the stuff stashed in the closet) I just don’t know what to do with, and the rest are things that require another project to be finished first. The window air conditioner should have gone to the basement in the fall, but it never made it. Now that it’s almost spring I’m not sure it’s worth moving it. The boxes of my sweaters are awaiting a storage solution in my closet. There is a shelf I need to hang in the top, and I need some sort of answer for the bottom. I think there’s a unit at IKEA that might do for the bottom, but I’m not going to be spending that kind of money until our cash flow is deemed stable. When I get worried I get really cheap. So with a little further effort I should be able to take some pictures of the sewing room. Big chunks of it are unfortunately still pink, but that’s a project for open-window weather. Wiring in the new low voltage lights is waiting on my husband’s good will. He offered me a separate switch for those, and I’ve enthusiastically taken him up on it. That will be a little more involved than just swapping out the existing fixture, so I need to have patience. In the meantime, I need to scrounge up some lamps because the light in there sucks.

The stuff in the spare bedroom closet is both more and less involved. One big tub are clothes from my last closet purge that need to go to the Salvation Army. I need to work up the ambition to run everything through the washer to freshen them up, and then enter them into It’s Deductible for next year’s taxes. I figure I can peck away at it a few bags at a time. The other tub are old stuffed animals that I’ve decided to donate to either the Salvation Army or a women’s shelter (if I can find one.) I want to wash those also, but I’m struggling a bit with how to do that effectively. Meanwhile, it’s all out of sight.

Now if only I could goad my husband into installing the programmable thermostat that I bought six months ago...


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Feb. 25th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not completely convinced we'll ever be completely moved in. This weekend, after 26 months in the new house, we took delivery of the futon frame and got the thing off the floor....
Feb. 25th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
While I never had the illusion that this problem was unique to us, it's still nice to hear.

I think what I'm looking for is to have all the spaces *usable.* Any house with me in it will never be "finished," but there are degrees. Having the sewing room available for sewing and the spare bedroom available for sleeping make me pretty happy. The next huge undertaking is the basement. It's special right now. We moved a few things so that the pressure tank for the well is now accessible, but I'm just praying that we don't need to access the furnace for any reason soon. That's a project that Bob is going to have to help me with - some of that stuff is just too heavy for me to shift by myself.
Feb. 25th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
And then there's always this dive, which Robert's had since before the wedding in 1996... but I digress.

I think your idea of sending stuffies to a shelter is a wonderful one. If you want, drop me an email and I'll post it to Freecycle for you. Best part about Freecycle is you get to pick who it goes to after you read what they say. You can also specify "looking for a shelter".

Speaking of freecycle, it couldn't hurt to take a longshot and ask if anyone's getting rid of the specific IKEA unit of your dreams...
Feb. 25th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
" it couldn't hurt to take a longshot and ask if anyone's getting rid of the specific IKEA unit of your dreams... "

Yeeeah... I'd rather just buy it new and get the bits I want. A little patience never hurt anyone.

It's not that hard for me to look in the phone book, find a shelter in the Bristol area (sadly, I'm sure there is one), and call to arrange things. I just want to make sure that everything is fresh and clean first.
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