Paul and I are planning to move, by which I mean not HOUSE (when we moved into this house we said with relief, "Now we can stay here and NEVER MOVE AGAIN") but IN-HOUSE. What we want to do is this:
1. Move Elizabeth's downstairs bedroom upstairs, to what is currently the computer room and office.
2. Move the office stuff and computers to what is currently our room.
3. Move our room to Will and Henry's room.
4. Move Will and Henry's room to Elizabeth's room.
Does all this make you feel tired and headachey? Are you twitching and placing an order for two pounds of See's? Good, then we are on the same page.
One of the great things about our house is that it is VERY FLEXIBLE. It was originally a 3-bedroom-1-bathroom raised ranch with an unfinished basement, but my dad added two bedrooms, a family room, and a bathroom downstairs. So now bedroomly-speaking (and remembering that one of them needs to be an office) we have one large bedroom, one medium bedroom, and three small bedrooms. This is EXCELLENT, especially if we were Sims who could go "Click! Bed is in this room now. Click! Change wall color. Click! Move dresser."
Which we aren't. And so I am exhausted just contemplating all the work that must take place between Point A (small bedrooms are Rob/Edward's, Elizabeth's, and office; medium bedroom is ours; large bedroom is Will/Henry's) and Point B (small bedrooms are Rob/Edward's, Will/Henry's, Elizabeth's; medium bedroom is office; large bedroom is ours).
Plus, we want to paint. OH LORD WHERE ART THOU??
We are taking it small at first. Paul said last night, "The first two tasks are to clean out behind the recliners in the living room, so we can put our bureaus there to make space in our room for when we're ready to move the computers. And to clean off our bureaus, so we can move them to behind the recliners." So we did. But oh dear, that is only the very tiniest tip of the iceberg. Because once we start this process for real, it will be a dizzying and exhausting series of moving and cleaning and PAINTING OMG I HATE PAINTING.
I do kind of enjoy choosing paint colors, though, if I can keep from getting into a Fret Loop about it. The first room to paint is the office/computer room. What color, do you think? Our computer desks (which we would like to replace, but it won't happen soon) are pale wood and brushed silver. We'll also be adding one or two homework desks (not the kind made to hold a computer, but the old kind with a little drawer over the knees for pens and rulers, and then three drawers down one side), and my plan is to get them from consignment shops, so they'll be wood, probably maple (the slightly orange kind, not the pale kind) or else dark pine.
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