Thursday, August 26, 2010

The library hallway solution...

A few weeks ago I was lamenting that I have no place to put extra boxes of tissues and that Rebecca and Lily's rooms were overcrowded with books.

This made very cranky. It also got me thinking about solutions. I love solutions. Solutions are like Bobby Goren. Just thinking about them makes me happy.

This morning I woke up with a plan. Plans make me swoon.

It was a three four pronged plan.

Prong One: Get as many books out of the kids rooms as possible.

Prong Two: Remove two large bookcases from Lily's room and move them into the hallway. Move two of Rebecca's bookcases into the hallway as well.

Prong Three: Create a library hallway and free up space in both kids rooms.

Unexpected Prong Four: Move hallway buffet downstairs and place behind couch.

This job was a doozy let me tell you. The amount of items which were moved today is astounding.

The hallway used to look like this.
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This is how is looked with the new bookcases, mostly empty and full of promise.



After hours of moving books around I arrived at this.


Can you tell that we are a family of readers? There are still some books in the kids rooms, but it's a far more manageable quantity.


In my ideal world I would have a proper schoolroom, but I confess that I love the challenge of finding new ways to use my space. I am especially happy that I achieved this result with items that I already own. Repurposing is my life.

The buffet provided some unexpected joy when I moved it downstairs.


I like how it anchors the couch.

We are so ready for fall now. The house is tidy, our curriculum is in place and I took out our sweaters. Bring it on!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this the buffet that was in Memere's house? Love the look.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

You took out your sweaters? What paradise do you live in that sweaters are a possibility?

I love seeing pictures of your house. And I would love it if you came to my house and organized my children's books.

xofrances

Gumbo Lily said...

It's all good! But sweaters? Does the neighbor have an extra-large woodpile or something indicating winter?

Jody

Cheryl said...

This whole idea of anchoring a couch is confusing. Was it floating away or just bobbing and weaving?

Guerrilla Wedding said...

I think I see a huge collection of Nancy Drew books! Am I correct? Oh my gosh, some many neurons just fired if I AM correct!

Pom Pom said...

It DOES anchor the couch! So much cream and red loveliness here. Way to go! You're brilliant!

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