Well, here’s a challenge… my son, his wife (common-law) and their 1 year old son, Neil, my grandson, are moving in with us! My son wants to go back to school and so, to save money, they are moving back to Vancouver from Edmonton and into our house. With us.
And so at the end of this month, our house is expanding from two people to 5. Yikes!
We live in a 3 1/2 bedroom town house. It’s pretty spacious, but in order to make this work for a year or two without us all living on top of each other and driving each other completely round the bend, we decided to try as much as possible to give each family their own living space. Of course, the downstairs living area will be for all of us to live in and spend time in – eat, cook, play, watch TV, entertain – but I do believe that each of us will still need our own space. A place where couples can spend time together. Alone with each other. A place to have private conversations, or arguments or whatever. So we are turning one of the bedrooms into a living room for them, and the small den into a bedroom for little Neil. Thank goodness we decluttered a lot of stuff when we moved here, but it’s still a challenge finding a place for 3 rooms of stuff. One of the rooms is a library/man cave for Mr. Lifeology. When he was a long-haul truck driver, he accumulated a lot of books over a 25-year span and now those books are on bookshelves across every wall in that room. Most of those now will be packed away and put into our storage space. Two of the shelves will go into our bedroom.
In order to clear the upstairs room to turn it into a living room, we had to rearrange the downstairs living area to accommodate everything.
First of all, we bought a love seat. We already had a couch, an armchair and a small chair in this space, but we felt we needed more seating in order to accommodate a bigger family. We found this love seat at a thrift store for $80! It was perfect!
Floyd, the ball python, had her home in the soon-to-be-living-room, so she had to come downstairs. We found that her tank fitted perfectly in the dining area
To make space for Floyd, we had to move our green glass cabinet from that space to this little alcove in the hallway
And the antique treadle sewing machine that was in that space was moved next to the armchair by the window.
After moving a few ornaments from the floor by the fireplace up onto the mantle and away from little fingers, our downstairs living-room transformation is complete and I LOVE it!
After that, we moved the cat litter and food to here
And made some space in the hallway closet
We made a start on the upstairs space. Mr. Lifeology picked up a lot of their things a couple of weeks ago on a trip to Edmonton, and we put it all in the new upstairs living-room. In a week or two, we’ll be buying a futon for that room, but for now it looks like this
We cleared the room that will be Neil’s. Our neighbours gave us a toddler bed for free, which was amazing. We decided to put the dresser that was in our bedroom, into Neil’s bedroom, and move the linen cupboard that was in that room, into our bedroom and use it for our clothes. The linen will find a new home in the upstairs living-room closet. This is what we have in here so far. Not bad, huh?
And then we made a start on what will be their bedroom, but now it just looks like this:
It looks worse than it is and this weekend we’ll clear that all up.
Stay tuned for the upstairs transformation.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.