Everybody has personal triggers for change, and mine often occur when I come home after time away, and see my home with fresh eyes. After the beautifully uncluttered space of Sugar Loaf Barn, I felt the sheer quantity of belongings in our house weighing me down.
Being a bit of a clutterbug; book lover, magazine reader, vintage china fiend, charity shop prowler, with the occasional foray into online auction sites, I tend to fill our small house to bursting point without realising the space-eating effect of my habits. As vices go, it's not the worst, but sometimes I need to have a massive clear out, and feeling positive after our summer holiday, it felt like the right time to declutter.
We thought it was time they had some teen space, a room to spend time with friends, with each other, and somewhere for the
Where would this space be? Our underused dining room was the obvious choice; it is used at christmas, but not very much throughout the year, and although I will miss it (it does look rather nice with the table all set for christmas dinner..)
there was no contest between a pretty christmas table once a year, and the oppportunity to give the boys a room of their own. They, naturally, loved the idea, and so began the Grand Clear Out.
Many more went to our recycling centre at the
And there were also lots of bulging
Furniture was moved round the house, a bookcase and sofa found their way into the Boys' Room, a new tv was purchased, and a very reluctant (me) and hugely enthusiastic (Jacob and Isaac) visit was paid to Ikea.
Once home, Jacob entered
the new tv stand and chairs were built.
and with a few finishing touches,
the Boys' Room was declared open for use. It's cosy, welcoming, funky* and most of all
On a more serious note; until now, it has been easy to monitor what the boys were watching on television, or on-line, as our family sitting room is open plan to our kitchen. The advent of the Boys' Room changes that dynamic slightly. We talked to them (as we often do) about on-line
I am satisfied that both boys are very well aware of the potential pitfalls, and I will always discuss and monitor what they watch etc. for as long as they need support and guidance in this area, but I also believe they need a little space too.
So far, the Boys' Room has been a rip roaring success, with a lovely healthy balance between time spent there, and in the family sitting room.
With all the upheaval, there has been
but amongst the strange looking pickles, and bumper bags of Dime bars in the Ikea shop, I found these adorable alphabet biscuits. Once home, I couldn't resist tipping them onto a tray and playing with them, I never guessed I could have so much
(*I am leading a unilateral movement to resurrect hippy terminology that has inexplicably fallen out of favour, care to join me?)