There’s an old Yiddish folktale about a man who goes to his Rabbi for advice about the crowded condition of his small home. Instead of encouraging him to reorganize, the Rabbi insists that he brings several groups of farm animals inside to live with his already bustling family. When the man can no longer take the chaos brought on by his home’s new occupants, the Rabbi instructs him to remove the animals. Predictably, the man and his family realize just how much space they have in their home, and begin to better appreciate what they have.
For nearly two years, my home has been joyfully crowded; stuffed to the shutters with the people I love and their plethora of possessions. This weekend, my wonderful daughter and son-in-law will be moving into their own home. While I will certainly miss their daily presence, it makes my heart smile that they’ve found a beautiful house, less than two miles away from mine. It’s a win-win situation for all of us. We’ll still be close by to one another, but we’ll all have more space.
This new space will allow my younger daughter to finally move into her sister’s room. She and her fiancé are planning to move into their own place in the Spring. She’s been accumulating quite a bit of household things for her future home and claiming her sister’s room will solve her storage woes.
Happily, this leaves my younger daughter’s room for me to finally create a craft room of my very own. Currently, my crafting storage takes up a bit of space in several rooms of our house. It’s going to be fabulous to finally see everything have its own space. It’s also going to take some work.
Fourteen years ago, after a visit to Monticello, my daughter had the bright idea that a built-in bed, similar to the one in Thomas Jefferson’s home, would be the solution to having the world’s smallest bedroom.
My husband took on the challenge and after several days of work, and a trip to the emergency room for nearly cutting off a finger with the circular saw, he completed something similar by converting her ample closet into a cove for a platform bed with drawers. (Unfortunately, her room is too messy right now to take a pic of it–I’ll take some good ones before we demo) To create my craft room, we’re going to have to remove the platform bed, amend the floor underneath it and do some drywall repair, trim replacement, and painting. Hopefully, no ER visits will be required!
I found an adorably colorful rag rug for the floor for only $12 at Kohl’s (Hooray for Kohl’s cash and a 30% off coupon). I’ve also found a fantastic 72″x 20″ unfinished workbench at Home Depot for $69. I plan to sand and paint it a sunny yellow, which should look lovely with the light teal walls. Fortunately, there’s already tons of shelving in the room that my husband installed when he built the bed. Hopefully here in the next few weeks, I’ll have pictures to post, providing that I still have fingers to post with!
So this weekend, my small, crowded house will become a bit more spacious, as my eldest departs the nest for a second time. The closeness of her new home quells my sadness. I’m excited for her to enjoy the fun of setting up her own household with her own unique style, and I know we’ll still be in daily contact. With no weepy eyes on board, I’m thrilled to reorganize my newly acquired space. Unlike the man in the Yiddish fable, I’ve been quite happy having a crowded bustling household; I’ve appreciated the craziness all along. The extra space that my daughter will leave behind is just a little bonus to an already joyful life.
Do you live in a crowded house? If you’re an empty-nester, how did you feel when your adult “birdies” flew the coop? Do you enjoy organizing and remodeling like I do? What’s the niftiest home improvement project you’ve completed?