Before and After

I’ve spent this week on staycation – off from work, but not traveling – due to some impending changes in how our leave is calculated at the office. It’s a fine and probably overdue change, but it’s one that means those of us who are long-term employees need to be a bit more diligent in actually using our time off. Which, when it comes down to it, is a pretty good thing.

I did, however, make a serious tactical error in scheduling my staycation during a) many local schools’ spring break and b) the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Nevermind that it’s kinda chilly and there’s nary a cherry blossom in sight – these things are scheduled way before they know if the weather is going to cooperate.) Lots of kids plus (potentially) lots of tourists tends to limit my enthusiasm for the myriad museums and historic sites in my town, so as a result, my time off has been very home-focused.

And, I might add, very productive. I’ve taken my living room from looking like this:

Before and After (Before)

To looking like this:

Before and After (After)

For quite some time now, the space wasted by using my drop-leaf table as a television stand has driven me bonkers. And so, IKEA to the rescue with shelving deep enough to hold the tv and all its associated paraphernalia, but all of my books as well. They were an absolute beast to build – most likely because I ignored the instructions that said (via pictograms), “Do not build these alone, dumbass! Get someone to help you!”

I could not be happier with how they came out, though. The room looks so much better now – less cluttered and more organized. I’ve already made one trip to Goodwill to jettison some of the many random pieces of storage-related furniture I had, and will probably need to make two more. For the two biggest bookcases, though, I may instead use the tried-and-true DC technique of putting them out front with signs that say “free” and hope they find new homes without further assistance from me.

Tomorrow, I’ll be venturing out a bit more – in addition to another trip to Goodwill, I’m meeting a friend for coffee in the morning and my sister-in-law and nephews for a visit to the natural history museum at some time still to be decided. And though I don’t yet know what the weekend will bring, I’ll be finishing up my staycation on Monday at the Nationals’ home opener. Not bad, eh?

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2 thoughts on “Before and After

  1. Mom March 29, 2013 / 8:23 am

    This is a STUNNING improvement. What a great effort and something you can be so PROUD of having done it yourself!! I always loved the household things that I did that were visable and stayed done — VERY SATISFYING 🙂

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