After we decided not to buy another house right now, we decided we would upgrade little parts of this one to make us happier with it. Step 1 is finally complete.
We spent the last 2 months cleaning out 10 years of accumulated junk one room at a time. The girls are somewhat used to me doing this as they outgrow clothes and baby toys. They had NEVER seen me empty a room completely and decide what to keep and what to give away and what to trash.
I think it was good for them. They saw that I too have a hard time getting rid of stuff. They helped me take 5 or so loads of donations out of my house. They noticed how the house was prettier. Sugar still walks into a room and says how new it looks. Ginger says, "remember when we couldn't find anything in here?"
I do. It has been a huge undertaking but it was worth every effort. Even the garage got a clutter make over.
Step 2 is awaiting delivery. We created our own sofa and chair at Build-a-Sofa. I have room to move the current futon to the guest room so my family has a room and a door to use when they visit. In a house where the children wake up at 6:30 EVERYDAY, a room with a door is a godsend.
I am looking forward to having a chair I can sit in, hopefully alone, and a couch that I can sit in and still touch my feet to the floor.
The next few steps haven't been planned out well yet, but we are wanting new floors and a tree and a sprinkler system.
In the meantime, the children are learning to take care of these cruddy carpets so maybe they will appreciate new wood floors more. The mean momma that I am made Ginger spot clean the carpet where she spilled pizza, there were orange spots everywhere. Of course, it kinda back fired. She liked doing it. I guess I have someone to scrub my carpets now though.