The chaos of the new flooring install has begun. It is a bit of a relief to have it started. I am surprised at how stressed I have been feeling. We spent the last four days moving everything we could upstairs or out to the garage. I have made a list of things I can do upstairs and created a little work space in my bedroom. I even remembered to make a lunch for myself and stash it in a cooler upstairs. Hopefully my husband remembers to bring dinner home. Today the workers are taking out the tile in the kitchen and everything is covered with plastic.
Five days of no cooking, laundry or cleaning. Five days of not being able to find anything. None of my precious bits of solitude. A complete disruption of the normal rhythm of my days. I can’t even watch tv as “my” tv and dvr are downstairs. Every time I think about it I feel the start of a headache.
Instead I am trying to focus on what I can accomplish this week. I can do lots of stuff on the computer: research Christmas present ideas, work on my calendar for 2016, create a sheet for counting the hunger loose change jar at church and of course write a blog post or two.
Other projects for the week include setting up a bullet journal for a One October start date. I have been reading a lot about it and want to give it a try. It seems like it would be my sort of thing. I want to spend an hour a day cleaning out my son’s room. I have a needlepoint project I can try and finish this week while listening to the “Treasure Island” audiobook.
I may also sort through my books using the “KonMari” principles. Since they are all upstairs and pretty much together I thought this would be a perfect opportunity.
I have set aside most of next week to moving things back downstairs. The plan is to do more KonMari type purging with the focus on DVDs and CDs. I also want to rearrange the dining room/office area a bit. I really miss having my office upstairs. As I feared, my son doesn’t use his new play room much at all. I debated swapping back with some more modifications but I really don’t want the toys scattered downstairs again.
Instead I am going to tweak the office set up a bit and see if I can make it more to my liking. And if that doesn’t work and the play room is still being under-utilized maybe we will swap back after the first of the year. I love the idea of redoing my office from scratch. I would like to get rid of all the makeshift pieces of furniture and buying a new set up that really fits the space and my needs. Doubtful but a girl can dream!
So I have managed to pass the first couple of hours. I am still feeling pretty stressed. There is a lot of noise downstairs: a loud fan, their radio, loud conversation and all the banging and scraping of tile being removed. And now there is the added fear of “what if I don’t love the new flooring?” Agghhh.
I remind myself to breathe. I am going to go sort my son’s Christmas books. I will not panic! I will consult the list of things to do this week and keep busy. Deep breath.