One of the complications of moving (like we needed any more) was the minor detail that our house is going to be a construction zone for the next 4 to 6 months.
We can’t put any furniture on the first floor because the floors are still curing.
We can’t put anything at all on the second floor because we’re gutting the entire area in two weeks.
Half-way through moving in, I realized that we can’t put much on the third floor because most of it won’t fit and that is going to be our only ‘living space’ for the next four months.
So that left the basement. Ohhh our little tiny run-down basement is getting quite a lot of love these days!
For the first few days we lived in the house full-time I was miserable. How is it possible that I’m LESS organized now that we are in one location?! Ugh! It’s amazing the amount of stuff I need just to get ready for work in the morning. Things like razors, loofas, hair ties, belts – yea, I have nooo idea where they are. So, I improvised. I found Ian’s razor (they’re all essentially the same, right?) some old bar soap, a rubber band for my hair (as it turns out – ouch!) and I decided to wear a dress instead of pants, no belt required! My life is like a scavenger hunt. Except I have no time for games, there’s no prize if I find everything and sadly, no one else is playing.
Basically, I live in a world where we have one of everything. We’re sort-of-functional.
If you want a pen, you use a sharpie.
If you want scissors, you use pruning shears (although I’ve seen a legit pair floating around somewhere…)
If you want a vacuum, you use the shop vac.
If you want tape, you use painters tape (which is basically useless)
If you want a knife, you use a razor blade.
If you want a napkin, you use a shop towel.
If you want a trash can, you use a giant black construction trash bag.
If you want a couch, you use a folding chair.
If you want a coaster, you use a fabric sample.
If you want a table, you use a couple of stacked up tool boxes.
If you want a coffee cup, you use a travel mug.
If you want a decorative vase, you use an empty beer bottle.
If you want dinner – go somewhere else, we’re not functioning on that level yet!
It took about a week of officially living in the house to be able to get through a full day without having to substitute something every couple of minutes or endlessly dig through boxes. Our clothes are sort-of organized and our bathroom gear is also starting to find quazi-permanent homes.
Next up, I’m going to tackle the kitchen, kind of. It’s not yet functional, but I’d like it to be soon, even for just a little bit. I want to make a bunch of food and pack it away for lunches before we totally rip out all of the cabinets, counters, appliances, etc. That could get tricky though since I just found out that once we paint our floors we have to wait 28 days before placing furniture on them, effectively making the kitchen totally off-limits for a month. Really?! Ugh. If it’s not one thing, it’s another…
But – we’ll figure it out. At least I was able to brush my teeth, wash my face, and dry my hair with all of the appropriate tools this morning.
It’s the little things…