MASTER BEDROOM: Checklist Updates

I’ve had to make some adjustments to my original 3-part checklist for our Master Bedroom, because renovations for our utility area will be put on hold as both we and our contractor will be going on trips – the Intercom for the master bedroom is linked to the utility area, and since the latter won’t be finished soon, installing the Intercom has likewise been bumped down on my lists of priorities.

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The boys making do with our makeshift media console and now too tiny tv

The shades are up though! – and I couldn’t be happier and more pleased with both the quality and the service provided by Showcase.   That’s a big item off my 1st Priority List for the master bedroom – the other one being repairing the window.  I’ve actually found another glass/iron shop, and I’m waiting for them to come over and inspect our window so I can get a quote.  Instead of waiting for my contractor to do the work themselves (as an add-on), I figured I’d try an independent third party because we really really need to have that window fixed before the rainy season comes.

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Ante-room 

Another adjustment to our master bedroom checklist is that we did, in fact, move the boys’ double bed to the ante-room.  This means no more Montessori playroom.  We are, however, very happy with this new arrangement!  The ante-room is tiny and is now 80% bed, but the boys still have space to play – the doorway, for one, is big and wide.  We aren’t quite ready to quit co-sleeping, but with this set up we at least have some breathing space from each other (since we’re together 24/7 this summer).

Anyway, there’s no room for an actual bedside table in there, but we put Alo’s lovely work table beside the bed, and that worked out beautifully – both Laz and Alo both use the table during the day, and Laz places his book and glasses there come bedtime.  There’s really no space for anything else in that room.

I’ve also pushed back my desk on the priority list, because I am liking the furniture arrangement in our room right now (not crowded!), and I don’t mind working from a tray on the table.  My hours are not as long as they used to be, there’s less volume of work I mean, so it hasn’t been as hard on my back.

And while I recognize we need the cleaning supplies (for quick clean ups for the bedroom, since everyone is here all day, every day), I’m now not as sure about where to store them.  Originally, I figured I’d put them in the closet room behind the door – but I didn’t include the closet room as part of the master bedroom because we didn’t renovate the former.  So, technically, the cleaning supplies shouldn’t be in the master bedroom checklist or weekly to-do-list – but I’m OC and I need them.  The Type A side would just have to accept that storage for these supplies will have to be temporary (or place holders, I think, is what them decor bloggers like to call it?).

MASTER BEDROOM

Where we are as of 18 May 2018, post-renovations:

  • Built a new doorway to the ante-room, with new cabinets flanking both sides of the open doorway
  • Ripped out all previous built-in cabinets, cupboards, and closets in both the bedroom and ante-room (save for the small wall mounted bookshelves in the ante-room)
  • Rebuilt the wall that divides the room from the bathroom and closet room, added a ledge that spans the length of the entire wall, and painted that wall and ledge grey
  • Replaced our cornices and added baseboards
  • Patched holes on the walls and ceilings
  • Rebuilt the doorway to the closet room and replaced the old door with double doors intended to look like wardrobe doors
  • Moved the entrance doorway to the bedroom so that it’s now across the bathroom door, and rebuilt the old dry wall separating the bedroom from the upstairs landing
  • Painted all the rest of the walls, ceilings, cornices, baseboards, ante-room cabinets, ante-room existing shelves, closet room doors white
  • Bought new doors and doorways for the bedroom and balcony, rebuilt the balcony entrance, and painted both doors a lovely dark color (it looks black or a deep navy depending on the light)
  • New hardware for the bedroom and balcony doors – weatherproof ones, finally, for the balcony (I would have preferred matching hardware, but the ones we got for the bedroom door can’t be used for outdoors)
  • Installed new spotlights – finally with dimmers! – for the bedroom (4) and the ante-room
  • Replaced all electrical outlets and light switches – repositioned some, added/removed others
  • Moved one of our minimalist Philips light fixtures (a design we still love) to the ante-room (we used another Philips fixture that was too big for the space, and too hot)
  • Got my dream Kartell Fly pendant light for the bedroom, and finally got my black caged pendant light fix for the catwalk (from Wilcon!)
  • Also finally got white speakers!  I’ve been crushing, since over a year ago I think,on white Marshall speakers since I saw them online, but the white ones weren’t available here until recently.
  • Installed white black-out blinds for the master bedroom (2) and ante-room (2)
  • Organized corner shelves with a focus on these three (3) areas: medicine storage (Muji basket and Quirks first aid box); writing materials (Wildwood pencil jar); and catch-all (Muji basket)

1st Priority

  1. Repair window where old A/C unit used to be
  2. Cleaning supplies

2nd Priority

  1. Trolley/cart for baby’s night time essentials
  2. Media console
  3. Storage for light bulbs and batteries
  4. Intercom
  5. White standing fan for bedroom
  6. White floor fan for ante-room

3rd and Last Priority

  1. Laptop desk and chair
    • storage for my bible, binders, note pads
  2. Large white planter
  3. Smaller plant stand
  4. Organize ledge
    • cable management
    • catch-alls and pencil jar
    • coasters and tumblers coasters from The Cork Project (available in Common Room) – we actually need more;
    • decor!
  5. Hanging plants in both master bedroom and ante-room
  6. Trimmings for corner shelves:
    • diffuser, with storage for oil bottles
    • decor!
  7. Art work and other wall art
  8. Sell Muji armchair and get a new recliner for the H
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MASTER BEDROOM: First Aid Box

Ha, I have a progress post. Rare now, haha, but I actually got to check off something in my Weekly To-Do List for the Master Bedroom:

I’ll share our medicine organization in another post, and when I write about the corner shelves where this first aid kit is sitting on.  Point is I’ve been looking for a tin medicine box for a while – browsing longingly in Amazon, to be exact, until I found one locally in Quirks!  They only have stocks left in SM The Block (yes, I called all their branches), so we made the trek last weekend.  You know, decorating those corner shelves in the master bedroom has been HARD, haha. Everything there has to be functional and pretty at the same time, and I’m always stepping back and worrying about cluttering or overcrowding it.

4 AT A TIME

Some time ago, seeing how frustrated I got about not finishing anything at home, my husband suggested focusing on 1 project at a time.  Oh, I know this is obvious, and this is advice I’ve seen in various sites, but honestly, it’s easier said and done.  When you’re renovating your house you see so many things you want to do, and end up dipping your toes into too many ponds.  Some people are really amazing about juggling so many projects at home – and actually finishing them all, with matching checklists, before and after photos, big reveals and all.   Other people – like me, apparently – are not as good at it.   Since I kept wanting to tackle several big projects and mini projects together, I ended up feeling discouraged about not completing anything.  My purchases felt unintentional or premature, and my efforts felt half-hearted or half-baked.

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Recently, our living room has been more boho than scandi in my attempts at scandiboho style.  The H wants the monochrome back, hehe

Well! That has to obviously change.   I’m going to allow myself to work on 4 projects at a time – major and minor ones.   (As in really minor projects, like cleaning out a closet).  We’re renovating the master suite and utility areas – 98% done with the former, and 70% through with the latter – but I’m not going to count each renovation as 1 project (because there are sub projects within each renovation area – no doubt, if you’ve renovated, you are well aware of this!).

So my 4 Projects right now are the following:

  • 1st Priority Projects for the master bedroom (described in detail here, with a quick view of the 1st Priority items here, and updates on the Weekly To-Do List in my sidebar)
  • Paper management (including re-organizing our manuals and warranties)
  • Keys organization
  • Linen organization

I’ve purged and organized relentlessly before, but I just started a better system for filing away our documents at home and I want to see it through.  New doors also mean new keys, hence, I’m back to key organization and storage.  As for the linen, that was something I’ve been doing before we even renovated and as with paper management, I just want to see it through.

 

MASTER BEDROOM: The Post-Renovation Checklist!

New and improved! Ha! I’ve got a lot of before and progress photos, actually, I’ll share them before the “reveal” – if I get around to doing that, teehee. I wouldn’t say we’re all done, because there’s still that one window that needs to be fixed (where the old wall-type A/C unit used to be!). And our bedroom doesn’t quite feel finished without tackling the walk-in and the bathroom and the balcony, hmmmm? No complaints though! I am grateful and happy about the work our contractors have done on the room – the sleeping quarters and ante-room, specifically.

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Progress shot of the ledge that’ll go behind our bed’s headboard

I really want our purchases for this renovated bedroom to be more intentional now, in keeping with the whole minimal vibe we’ve got going in our house and the continuous decluttering. So I figured I’d divide the to-do list and purchases into tiers – starting with the necessities, down to the smaller functional stuff we need, and finally for the purely decorative things that make a home feel personal.

MASTER BEDROOM

Where we are as of 18 May 2018, post-renovations:

  • Built a new doorway to the ante-room, with new cabinets flanking both sides of the open doorway
  • Ripped out all previous built-in cabinets, cupboards, and closets in both the bedroom and ante-room (save for the small wall mounted bookshelves in the ante-room)
  • Rebuilt the wall that divides the room from the bathroom and closet room, added a ledge that spans the length of the entire wall, and painted that wall and ledge grey
  • Replaced our cornices and added baseboards
  • Patched holes on the walls and ceilings
  • Rebuilt the doorway to the closet room and replaced the old door with double doors intended to look like wardrobe doors
  • Moved the entrance doorway to the bedroom so that it’s now across the bathroom door, and rebuilt the old dry wall separating the bedroom from the upstairs landing
  • Painted all the rest of the walls, ceilings, cornices, baseboards, ante-room cabinets, ante-room existing shelves, closet room doors white
  • Bought new doors and doorways for the bedroom and balcony, rebuilt the balcony entrance, and painted both doors a lovely dark color (it looks black or a deep navy depending on the light)
  • New hardware for the bedroom and balcony doors – weatherproof ones, finally, for the balcony (I would have preferred matching hardware, but the ones we got for the bedroom door can’t be used for outdoors)
  • Installed new spotlights – finally with dimmers! – for the bedroom (4) and the ante-room
  • Replaced all electrical outlets and light switches – repositioned some, added/removed others
  • Moved one of our minimalist Philips light fixtures (a design we still love) to the ante-room (we used another Philips fixture that was too big for the space, and too hot)
  • Got my dream Kartell Fly pendant light for the bedroom, and finally got my black caged pendant light fix for the catwalk (from Wilcon!)
  • Installed white black-out blinds for the master bedroom (2) and ante-room (2)
  • Organized corner shelves with a focus on these three (3) areas: medicine storage (Muji basket and Quirks first aid box); writing materials (Wildwood pencil jar); and catch-all (Muji basket)

1st Priority

  1. Repair window where old A/C unit used to be
  2. Intercom
  3. Cleaning supplies

2nd Priority

  1. Storage for light bulbs and batteries
  2. Trolley/cart for baby’s night time essentials
  3. Media console
  4. Laptop desk and chair
    • storage for my bible, binders, note pads
  5. White standing fan for bedroom
  6. White floor fan for ante-room

3rd and Last Priority

  1. Large white planter
  2. Smaller plant stand
  3. Organize ledge
    • cable management
    • catch-alls and pencil jar
    • coasters and tumblers – got coasters from The Cork Project (available in Common Room)
    • decor!
  4. Hanging plants in both master bedroom and ante-room
  5. Trimmings for corner shelves:
    • speakers – got white Marshall multi-room speakers last April
    • diffuser, with storage for oil bottles
    • decor!
  6. Art work and other wall art
  7. If we decide to move the double bed to the ante-room:
    • bedside tables for the H and I, and Laz
    • recliner for the H
    • bedside lamps

Hehe, why does everything seem so daunting once I make a list? And it’s these lists that eventually leave me hanging ha. Well, all in now!

And we’re back

We’re alive!  And it’s been almost 6 months since my last post.  Come to think of it, even towards the latter part of 2017 I was already woefully behind on the home makeover updates.  And now it’s April.  And sooooo much has changed.  Priorities have shifted, entire project plans thrown out the window, major renovations started – it’s a whole new ball game.  My entire Project Gallery, and all those checklists – right out the window.

And, no, we did not move. Ha.

We hired out the work.  More costs, sure, but the H got on board the renovation train and we haven’t looked back.  Embracing Montessori at home also played a part in it.  My ongoing quest to declutter and pare down our home was supplemented beautifully by the Montessori philosophy of an orderly, functional, and beautiful environment for the child.  I’m not saying our house is beautiful ha!  But hell ya, we’ve been curating and decluttering for years – although everything is messy again now because of the renovations.

When we first moved in 2 years ago, we expanded one of the bedrooms upstairs to build a master’s suite with a small ante room and a walk-in closet.  Now, we rebuilt that room – everything except the walk-in closet (and bathroom).  Literally tore down the 2-year old dry walls and built better ones (I realized afterwards that the work then was shoddy).  We fixed the electrical for the entire 2nd floor, replaced doorways – doors – door knobs and hinges – baseboards – mouldings – lighting – electrical outlets and switches – aaaaand we refinished the floors!  Still refinishing the floors, actually. Obviously, we repainted the walls too.  Also ripped out old closets and cabinets – more storage means more clutter, and I’ve seriously been purging our home (actually, homes) for the past few years.   Our cabinets were mostly empty – didn’t need them, so out they went.

One of my favorite bits was when we rebuilt the entire entrance to the ante room – it used to be a dry wall and a small doorway off to the side which opened up to our bedroom.  Tore that out and the too-shallow closets behind the dry walls, and built a large open doorway in the middle of the new dry wall, with slimmer (but deeper! And smarter!) closets on each side of the doorway, plus cupboards above the doorway for suitcases.  I’m keeping 1 closet for the boys’ clothes (I keep some upstairs; most of their clothes are in their shared bedroom downstairs), and another closet for my Montessori materials and maybe office supplies.   The overhead cupboards are for suitcases.

Speaking of the shared bedroom downstairs.  Gasp.  Big changes there too.  I mean, it’s still a work in progress and actually terrible looking right now – we ripped out the built in closets (too big, too bulky, blocked the passageway from the door) and that cabinet with the light by the door (too bulky, we don’t need it, blocked the passageway from the door).  Eventually, we’ll pull out the bathroom a bit too, reposition the bathroom door, and of course repaint the room and refinish the hardwood floors, as with upstairs.  But that’s down the line (most likely next year!).   I don’t want a built in closet anymore since it’s such an itty bitty space; I’ll have a free standing wardrobe made.  (An antique aparador would be nice, but the H is iffy about mumu and other silly things).   I’m even thinking smaller windows, because at one point in the afternoon we get the sun full blast in that bedroom; there’s no ventilation, so I don’t need windows that stretch across an entire wall.

The important thing is we had a window type A/C unit finally installed in the shared bedroom, so the kids have a place to hang out in downstairs aside from the lanai. (This left a gaping hole in the window where the A/C used to be upstairs.  So now we also needed to have that window repaired – welding and glass works, ack!).

I think it’s just as well that the rooms downstairs remained unfinished for most of last year.  Too many awkward parts that I struggled to work with (small narrow living room, no entry way, spiral staircase smack in the middle of the open plan layout, teeny dining area), because we’ll be tackling those as well – not any time soon, but the plans are there and I think we’ve finally hit on the perfect solutions for the dead spaces here in the house, based on how we actually use each area and the needs of the family – and where the sun is hottest!

For instance, the lanai – we will be moving our dining room there.  Yes, you heard me.  The kids’ playroom will have to be the shared bedroom downstairs.  Smaller, but it’s much cooler.  We just need a few tweaks for the lanai, like build a little low wall, trim the glass panes, remove the built ins I had Mang Ariel put it, new lighting or outlets.  Maybe someday we’ll reconfigure the kitchen and laundry room (I’ve always found the latter too big and, well, underutilized).   As for bedrooms? Extensions – I’m dreaming of building UP someday, and a new lanai off to the side of the house where the picnic table is because that’s where the breeze is.  (The existing lanai right now is not breezy at all, and just hot).   We also need screens.  No use having all these windows if we don’t open them because of lamok.

I’m rambling, I know, but it’s been so long and so much has happened and changed.   Right now, the ongoing projects are: rebuilding the master’s bedroom and ante room, and we’re constructing a new utility area out back.  Within the year, we need to tackle the two bathrooms, too.  That’s the major work we’ll be contracting out for this year – so far!  (If budget permits, maybe we can throw in the shared bedroom downstairs for this year’s renovations).

Still rambling!  Take heart!

Last, I just want to go through the to-do lists I’ve posted in this site’s sidebar and tabs.  They seem a bit funny to me now because of the changes at home, and the plans for future renovations.  Literally, room functions are going to be changing.

Here’s my “Weekly To-Do List” as 17 November 2017, before I take it down to make room for new lists, hehe, and with updates (in blue):

WEEKLY TO-DO LIST

  • check availability of the white Thomson fan in SM Cubao – I did end up buying a Thomson fan, but never did get to go to SM Cubao.  I found the Thomson page on Facebook, got in touch with the sweetest girl who works there/owns the distributorship, and the H and I picked up the vintage-looking Thomson fan I’ve wanted so long.  We picked it up near Rockwell.  Much farther than SM Cubao, haha, but they told me the white ones were all out anyway, so we didn’t really have a choice.  I ended up getting the silver one, not white, and I have to say I love that fan to this day.
  • go to Kamuning to check for tela and inquire about seat covers for the couch – Another thing I procrastinated on, and now I’m so glad I did.  I actually did inquire at a stall in Kamuning one time, but never did go back with my foam to actually have the seatcovers done.  Just as well, too.  Looks like we’ll be putting the narra couch in the utility area, and since it’s a semi-outdoor space, I don’t plan to put seat covers on the sofa anymore.
  • bring couch foam for leather or leatherette cover estimate – this I still need to do.  Since I plan on moving the narra sofa to the utility area, I plan to have it covered in leather or leatherette so it’ll be more durable and will stand up to dirt and dust better (hopefully).  
  • organize cables in Command Center – I don’t know if it’s because the house is a mess right now because we’ve got boxes everywhere, but the cables haven’t bothered me for MONTHS.   Which is quite unlike me, haha.  This is simple, really, and even if I’m hoping to move the actual command center away someday (and fix the electrical for the ground floor), that’s still in the distant future, so I should probably get around to organizing the cables after all.
  • finish decluttering the remaining overhead cabinets in the kitchen – I finished this last November, and another down-the (long)-road we will redo the kitchen (tiles, layout, everything), but I did another big purge  last January, so I think content-wise those overhead cabinets are as clean as they are going to get.  I haven’t opened them in 2 months, come to think of it.  Which brings me back to my point – I really hate having too much cabinets.  I forget what’s in them and we hardly use the stuff that’s actually in there.

And since this has been a kilometric post already (WELCOME BACK!), I might as well update my Checklist category before I erase it, because that’s getting a major overhaul as well.   Here’s the entire house Checklist as of 13 November 2017, with the changes/updates in blue:

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

(original list here)

KITCHEN

  1. declutter all cabinets and get rid of things we don’t use – 10.20.17 and 10.24.17 – see earlier ramblings.  I am not all about open shelving, mind, because I do think some closed cabinets are necessary.  But I still think we have too many.
  2. pack away my mother’s china and return – 10.20.17 and 10.24.17
  3. start using our own dinnerware – 10.20.27 – I need plain white plates.  Just sayin’
  4. repair broken drawers – this is actually still a necessity.  And I can’t hold this off until we build my dream kitchen, because some of the wire drawers keep getting stuck.  A little day-to-day annoyance – minor in light of real tragedies, but an annoyance nevertheless.  The challenge is I need a stop gap solution – something functional but not too expensive because we’ll end up redoing everything anyway when we renovate the kitchen.
  5. re-organize baby bottle station – 10.23.17 – I’ve finished this last year but now the damn baby bottles is a new mini project that suddenly imploded.  The babe needs new bottles – he’s outgrown those Dr. Brown bottles with the regulator and gazillion pieces.  No regulators – less things to wash, clean, sterilize, etc.  But I haven’t sat down to reassess everything (because I like to do that, FREAK, I know), so now we have a hodge podge of bottles.  The country rustic crate where we keep everything is holding up well but I want something more, well, plain because I’m over country rustic for the home.  (But not for the utility area – HA. LABO).
  6. re-organize vitamins and medicine – 10.19.17 – I need to go back to this.  Having a doctor for a father in law means we have a mini pharmacy always.  I need a medicine cabinet for the medicine we don’t use often, a nicer caddy for the daily vitamins, storage for the extra vitamins I keep on stock, a white or chalkboard for medicine dosages, etc. etc.

LIVING ROOM

  1. new foam for the couch – 10.14.17 ordered; 10.23.17 picked up!
  2. inquire about leather or leatherette upholstery – This no longer belongs to the living room, yay.  See previous chatter about leather for the narra couch
  3. customized fabric sofa covers – free of this!  See above
  4. repair coffee table – 10.17.17 dropped off; 10.22.17 picked up!
  5. replace curtain rods (2) – I still haven’t done this for the living room.   But then again we plan to reconfigure the living room someday, which may involve some changes to the front windows where I originally needed new rods.  So I’m putting this on hold for now.  They don’t match the dining room rods (and it’s an open space) but this is one of those things that doesn’t bother me anymore right now.
  6. new, longer curtains (5) – 11.13.17 – I’m so happy this curtain saga is finally over.  
  7. new fan – drat, I still need to get this.  Technically, the Thomson fan is supposed to be for the dining area.  But until now I can’t figure out what kind of fan I want for the living room – ceiling? Stand? 

DINING ROOM

  1. re-organize white shelves – 10.13.17
  2. clear out mess under the stairs – 10.19.17
  3. new stand fan – the silver vintage-y looking Thomson.  I don’t think I want a ceiling fan over the dining table even if we move it to the lanai at one point.

LANAI-PLAYROOM

  1. order black cabinet pulls – 10.19.17 found!
  2. install cabinet pulls I already bought the cabinet knobs (long, long ago), and it’s really a matter of installing them.   We still need to do this, because we will transfer the cabinet to the shared bedroom (while the latter is unfinished) for toy storage until we figure out what to do with said bedroom.
  3. paint cabinets Nope, not doing this.  As mentioned, we’ll move this temporarily in the shared bedroom, but eventually I’m getting rid of the entire thing.   
  4. remove or donate bed – 10.13.17 repaired
  5. repair fan – 10.16.17; 10.20.17; and 10.22.17 finally
  6. get a second fan – We got one.  But you know what, that lanai, without air conditioning, is still really really hot.  It sits right in the part of the house that gets ALL the morning sun, and all the rest of the sun light for the rest of the day.  I don’t even know how that’s possible.  Plus, the lanai is enclosed – it’s not a screened porch or an open area, so there is zero air there.  We don’t open the doors because lamok.  So it’s a boiler room in there, my poor darling kids.   We will move the dining room there, and get air conditioning some day, but it makes better sense for dining instead of actually lingering and hanging out and playing for the boys.
  7. tear out built-in shelves – Still a go.  Another case of too much unutilized storage.
  8. curtains or blinds? – 10.18.17 curtains (6)! Though I think curtains are not enough.  I think at one point we still need to put blinds.  Guys, trust me, mainit siya talaga, as in babad sa araw that room.
  9. replace curtain rods (2) – Still need to do this, even if we add blinds and convert it into the dining room.
  10. sort and donate the kids’ toys (again!) – 10.17.17

COMMAND CENTER

  1. re-organize cables – see above!
  2. re-label file folders – 10.09.17
  3. replenish supplies – Still a must.   Especially since it’s a mess downstairs, and Be my house girl doesn’t follow my labels and systems, haha, I need to replenish, and re-orient.

SCHOOL STATION

  1. sort and file last school year’s papers – 10.09.17
  2. re-organize supplies bin and drawers – 10.19.17
  3. re-label file folders – 10.09.17 – Somewhat related to our file folders, but the longer we live in this house, the more I realize we need a file box for the H and I downstairs, too.  I have a file box in the Command Center for storing paid bills, envelopes, and brochures and crap we get or bring home.  But for important papers – I notice the H especially has the habit of leaving work papers downstairs.  Plus we get work-related papers delivered, and they sit on the School Station, or Command Center, or dining table until we need them.   We need a mini filing system for us downstairs, too, not just for the kids.  (I say “mini” because the main ones and really important documents should be kept upstairs, lest we get an Ondoy problem again here).
  4. replenish supplies – As with the Command Center above.  Also in time for school.  Our School Station worked very well for us all throughout the school year.  But we may have to reposition it.  And make it prettier with mouldings or something.  And get it out of the way because it’s smack in the middle of the walk way from the front door.  Eeek.  The mistakes that I only realized I made after living with something for a while.
  5. empty out junk from Alo’s side – 10.19.17 – FYI, right now both sides of the School Station is filled with the kids’ clothes, because we tore out the built ins in the shared bedroom.  Eeek.  Plastic drawers – which we will be moving to the shared bedroom, too, until I get a proper wardrobe or aparador.

That’s that.  Haha.  And I say this without bitterness whatsoever – but I am glad no one reads this blog!  Where else can I document everything about the house, access the yakking from anywhere in the world, and write such kilometric posts without links, pop ups and even pictures to break up the text homygash.

It is good to be back!!!