Over the last couple of days we have been tackling the room of doom aka the spare room.
‘Spare’ makes it seem surplus to requirements – not so – we have both worked from home in that room, it is the main storage area of our home dyed wool, in various stages of process, our dvd and cd library, and alas, a general dumping area.
The cats, Molly and Pete have been helping. And by helping I means curling up and lying down in the middle of everything - in Pete’s case, and playing happy adventures climbing through the loom and over teetering boxes with glee in Molly’s.
But, after many days, lots of sorting out, being ruthless, building shelves and reorganising, we now have a large space in the middle of the room – revealing the hideous swirling brown and orange nightmare carpet we inherited in all its ‘glory’. One day we shall change it.. but it seems far down the priority list at the moment.
Ultimately our plans are to make a study / craft room. With a big table to sew/model/craft at, my desk an paperwork mountain in the corner, a little wood burner installed in the fireplace, the sofa bed will double as guest sleepage, and a chair so we can spin or weave or knit or craft and keep each other company as we craft , listening to the radio or music etc. I did wonder if I had over subscribed the room with too many uses, but now we have shifted everything about, it actually seems possible, as it is a large room, and all that shelving takes advantage of the high ceilings. (Why do we have high ceilings upstairs and low ceilings downstairs?)
but before we play musical tables and set ourselves up there, we have to tackle our son’s room – or more to the point the floor – which is decidedly bouncey and if anything like the floor that came with the room of doom, the joists will have been eaten by the delightful death watch beetle, and will need replacing – with all that that entails.
So – we have been opening boxes of things not yet unpacked since we moved in, and making decisions and freecycling etc, because the floor of my son’s room needs replacing. you know how it is.
There is a goal at the end of all this hard graft, and it is that craft room, with the wood burner and sofa and all the craft things… and then no doubt the room of doom will become the room of loom.