For the last year, our fourth bedroom was more like a public storage unit for stuff that we didn’t want to deal with. While we were both on staycation, we bought some metal frame shelves and boxes from home depot to get it all tucked away in the basement.
Getting everything sorted and moved out of the room was a bit tedious, but didn’t take too long. Now that we have the room back to a blank slate, we are turning it into a temporary office. The temporary part hinges on us actually turning the room into a master bathroom and closet, which if I’m being honest, may never happen. Maybe that’s why I’m overdoing it a bit for a makeshift office.
We’re going to have a long desk for both of us to work on, a couple bookshelves, and probably a large recliner. I’m thinking the recliner will actually be a secret birthday gift for Aaron next week. I know it doesn’t seem secret if I’m posting it to this blog, but I doubt he’ll read this before then…
Because we live in our home while we renovate, everything tends to get a bit scattered as we take on projects. Every few months, we take a break to deep clean the house and get everything tidy again. Cleaning out the pantry was an easy place to start, and helped get us mentally ready for our new goal of being vegan flexitarians, (which for us means eating about 80% vegan).
I still intend to strip the paint off of this pantry and the bookcase in the living room and refinish them one day… but for now it’s serving as motivation to tackle bigger organization chores.
What are those? The fruit of the tree of the devil, in my opinion. Some people love them, but I’m unimpressed. The wood from these trees is very strong, making for good fences and bows. I’ve heard from one of our neighbors that the ones lining the west side of our lot are protected, and cannot be cut down. In the spring, all the buds fall off and make a mess of our driveway. I used the blower to clear them off every day, a task that Aaron thought to be futile. In the fall, these trees litter the ground with endless hedgeapples. The squirrels go crazy for them, and will carry many of the early ones off the driveway. They are mostly inedible for humans, but they are known to ward off spiders and other insects if you place them in your window and near doors.
These are the bane of my existence from September to November. When they hit the ground, they usually remain intact, but when they split open they are a slimy mess. If we don’t get them off the driveway, we end up with mounds of goo everywhere. Last year I had an afternoon ritual of removing them from our driveway every day when I got home from work. I kept count of how many I cleared until I got to 200. By then it was just depressing.