Progress, I Swear

We are slowly but surely getting our bedroom back in order. This past weekend we finished – without breaking any light bulbs this time – installing our closet light fixture, continued the meticulous task of revamping my bathroom sink light fixture with spray paint, and continued cleaning. We wiped down the doors, the baseboards, the windows, the crack in the door jambs where the hinges are, wiped down the walls and shelves in the closet, and vacuumed (again.) We took Sunday off to get out and have an adventure; we took a drive to browse an antique store/flea market that we haven’t been to before in a town we nearly never visit. My husband found something to bring home, but I didn’t grab anything this time – doesn’t seem fair since the trip was my idea! After we got home on Sunday evening, we started moving some of our things out of the living room back into our room.  And…this is where we stall. The problem is the furniture arrangement in the room; there is no ideal layout that works for both of us right now.

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I’ve been toying with the idea of the layout above. If I go this route with the layout, I intend to cover that entire wall with curtains, thank you amazing 1980’s asymmetry. My dresser would go on the wall directly opposite the glass door and headboard, and my husband’s dresser would need to go into our closet. My husband’s objection to this arrangement is to blocking the door: the light and access to the back porch. I’m not concerned about blocking access to the porch because we access it most often via the door in the kitchen anyway, and there’s still plenty of light coming through. We should be able to get to the door well enough to open it to let a breeze come through, as well. With this arrangement, I can create some symmetry in the room by hiding the off center window/door behind the curtains. I like the idea of the coziness that a wall of curtains might invoke with this arrangement, and I’d prefer to do the shorter wall in curtains than the longer one.

If you take the furniture arrangement above and rotate it to the right by 90 degrees, you see how our furniture was arranged from the time we moved in until we pulled everything out of the room last year. I’m not crazy about that arrangement because that way the right side of the bed lines up with the edge of the window, and the night stand covers the bottom half of the window completely. I also have my aforementioned newly framed art to hang, and the only place I’m thinking of hanging it is on that wall just to the left of the window. If I center it above the headboard, it’s not centered on the wall, and if I center it on the wall, it’s not centered over the headboard, which would make me crazy. Again, with that arrangement, my dresser would be on the same wall as noted above, across from the sliding glass door. My husband’s dresser would go on the wall that the footboard is leaning up against in the photo above. The only other place I can think of to hang the art is above my dresser, which means I’d wouldn’t mount my mirror and would need to find somewhere else to put it. That’s not a hardship, I guess I’d just rather lose the use of the door than reconsider where to hang the art.

Beyond the cleaning and the back-and-forth about the furniture arrangement, we’re also fixing one of the supports on one of the side rails on our bed, and I’m working up the nerve to get a drill bit and make lamps:

I need a drill bit. #diy #lamps

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And…that’s where we are right now. Since we’ve moved some stuff out of the living room back into the bedroom, I am reminded how good it feels to declutter and find space again. Organizing is the next project! (One at a time, Michelle, one at a time…)