Quote for the Day:
"Our house is a very, very fine house with two cats in the yard,
life used to be so hard, now everything is easy cause of you"
~lyrics, "Our House", by Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungThe whole family will be under one roof for Thanksgiving this year! I'm a very excited mama!!!
Paul, Trinity, and Andrew will be arriving this evening and Erin, Dale, and Sera will be arriving on Tuesday. :) I can barely contain my excitement!
In the process of getting ready for guests, once more we are moving furniture in the sewing room and the quilting room (the kids' former bedrooms) and putting up beds for them to stay in. It's a big rig-a-ma-roll to go through each time we have overnight guests, but there is no room for a bed in these rooms when they are being used for sewing and quilting. My quilting frame holds a king-sized quilt and takes up a LOT of room in Erin's former bedroom. In fact, it has to go "catty-corner" in the room for it to fit...that's how long it is. And all of my sewing machines, fabric, ironing board, etc., etc., etc., takes up all the room in Paul's former bedroom.
Today when we were moving the furniture and putting the bed up in the quilting room, Andy said that he thinks we should rethink the use of the bedrooms, and maybe move our bed into one of the smaller bedrooms and make the "master bedroom" into the quilting room. Then we could get a daybed with a trundle and just keep it up all the time for company use. He thinks I should keep the sewing room the way it is and just use a portable mattress in it for company, the way we do now.
The seed has been planted in my brain now, and I'm going to do a lot of thinking on the subject to see what we can come up with.
It would mean stepping outside the "box" with the way we use the bedrooms, because we wouldn't be able to fit all of our bedroom furniture in the smaller bedroom with the queen-sized bed in there. That means that some of our dressers/clothing would still have to be kept in one of the other bedrooms, which is hard for me to fathom at first because it is not considered "normal". However, I keep reminding myself that this is OUR house and we need to do what is best for US and not what is considered "normal" by other people. Doing this switch-aroo, may be just the thing we need to do to make the best use of the limited space we have.
I've heard of people who have turned their dining rooms or living rooms into their sewing room because the space was just being wasted before and not being used. We use our living room and dining room, so that isn't really an option for us. We have no "family room", which is probably the one thing I really wish I had. That...or a finished room in the basement. Either one would give us that extra space we need, especially when we have guests. We don't have the money to finish the basement, but switching around the way we use the bedrooms would not cost anything and WOULD be better use of the square footage we do have.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to move the sewing room and quilting room in together in the master bedroom and still keep a daybed in there. Then we could also keep a bed up year round in what is now the sewing room.
I'm going to need to make a list of every piece of furniture that needs to be moved/kept/used, and measure each one. Then I need to draw out the rooms on graph paper and see just how I can rearrange everything to make the best use of the 3 bedrooms. The bedrooms are not big...the two smaller ones are 11.5' X 11.5' each and the "master" bedroom is only 14.5' X 14.5'...so there isn't a ton of square footage.
I see a "project" in my future! LOL I'll keep you updated as we go along...