But once we determined that moving from a fully paid for home to somewhere else would be more expensive, I stopped focusing on the goal of moving and started thinking about what the heck I would do with the space. It didn't take long to come up with a plan.
The Guest Bedroom
I have always wanted a guest room. Our "guest room" has always been our pull out couch in the living room and a queen size blow up mattress. Both are less than perfect for sleeping and very unacceptable for company. But that was what I had.
I still have that but now I also have this:
|Although it isn't evident in the picture, the room needs painting, but it is OK for now.|
The maple desk was my desk when I lived at home
|I am particularly fond of these lighted flowers. My daughter-in-law had a set|
that I just loved and I had to have my own.
They make a wonderful muted night light.
|And what room would be complete without a bull dog. At least this one|
doesn't have to be walked. :-)
This guest bedroom is located right next to a full bathroom in the lowest level of our townhouse. This room has changed names so many times it makes my head spin.
- my son's bedroom,
- my daughter's bedroom when she moved back home one time (paint choice was hers)
- my son's bedroom again when he moved back home one time,
- my mother-in-law's bedroom (briefly) while she was in hospice in our home
- the downstairs den - with a treadmill and yarn stuff
- ... and then finally my son and daughter-in-law's room for about 10 months.
This small bedroom room has really never changed names unless you consider that is was more of a "junk" room over the years. Most recently it was also my mother's den for 5 years, and then briefly a shared space for my husband and I - my yarn and his computer. My husband now has a simple uncluttered space for things that are important to him. Uncluttered is the operative word since open space and free passage are important to anyone with his decreasing vision.
The Yarn Room
This bedroom has a short but varied history as well.
- Daughter's bedroom
- A nothing room for many years - I don't even recall what we did with the space.
- Mother's bedroom
- Temporary guest room but still filled with mom's stuff
After 2+ years in Assisted Living, I have finally reclaimed the space that was mom's. This was a hard hard thing to do. I knew she was unable to return, but for some reason I couldn't change the space - it was hers and would be so until she died. At least that is what my mind was stuck on.
Now I realize that it isn't a good use of space. Her bed has been moved into the guest room. Her things have all been boxed up and moved into storage in the basement. The room still has her furniture in it, but now it is filled with my yarn and hobbies. And it is perfect for this use as it is the brightest room in my house.
This room deserves a small tour.
This room deserves a small tour.
|You see I have a whole lot of fiber just waiting to be spun.|
|I have a teddy that wears my very first knitted sweater - the sweater I made|
during my learn to knit class in 1997.
|And the wedding flowers I made for my son and daughter-in-law's wedding ...|
they had nowhere to live either.
|And Max, the now newly installed Yarn Cat who lives in my yarn room - he|
also was homeless (well, not really. He lives part time in my bedroom. But the
story flows better if he seemed homeless.)
|And the bed I bought for the yarn room and the "homeless" cat.|
|So now all these wonderful items now live in my yarn room.|
I love my yarn room.
|LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this crafty cluttered space that is just mine.|