Thank you for all of the wonderful well-wishes regarding our adoption. The home study notebook is nearly complete and our goal is to have it in by this Friday. We also take our in-person class that night too.
As we’re getting ready for the home visit we’ve been doing little projects around the house. Last Saturday afternoon, while we were trying to figure out what to do with our endless piles of library books (an ongoing issue with two librarians in the house) we decided to rearrange our family room. There are windows on two sides of the room. With a long table behind the couch and that table next to the back door, it just invited clutter. We’d clean it off and within a half a day it would be cluttered again. It was impossible to keep clean and the coffee table was our library book storage space. Bryan suggested the rearrangement and we love our new room. It feels so much larger to have the couch against the wall instead of along the walkway from the backdoor. I took a rough panoramic photo here.
And what happened to the long table behind the couch? We didn’t have the space for it and we’re selling it. It was a table that my aunt had behind the couch so that she could watch TV, work on bills and eat her meals when it was difficult for her to get around. But we eat at the dining room table and it was just a place for us to put all of our stuff. Right now it’s sitting in our front living room waiting for someone to fall in love with it enough to buy it. We’re looking at consignment shops. Bianca has loved having a table in the middle of the living room. We’re not so fond of it and would like our living room back.
Our solution for the library books was to switch out an end table from the living room. It has three shelves which is perfect for storing our books. It may be only a temporary solution depending on when we have a little tyke crawling around. So far it’s worked perfectly and we now hang our bags on hooks in the laundry closet. A new room that we love that only cost us about $15 (the cost of the over-the-door hooks). It’s so inviting that I just want to read in my two new favorite chairs when I’m at home. Now we feel like we have a sunroom and over the course of the last 10 days the room has stayed clutter free!