Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Long Journey

The Spare Room in our apartment has been a hot mess for the past two years. It was mainly a communication error between The Husband and myself. I rarely ever went into the room and kept the doors closed. While cleaning other parts of the apartment, I would hand an object to The Husband and say, "Put this up." He thought that meant, "Just put it somewhere" when what I actually meant was, "Put this where it belongs." Men are from Mars, women are from Venus yada yada yada. Funny how people think differently.

I decided one day enough was enough and I was going to clean The Spare Room and turn it into a Library/Study for myself to read, write, think, get away, etc. I opened the door and was greeted by this:

Many expletives were said upon the first viewing of The Spare Room. I had no idea it was that bad. It took me 8+ hours (most of which were spent swearing I was going to strangle The Husband) to get everything put back where it belonged. The end result of that day turned into this:

I've been pinching pennies to save up for bookshelves and other things I felt I needed for The Library. So far I only have bookshelves, a rug, and a chair I got for my birthday. Here's the room as it stands today:

Much better, don't you think? I had plans to buy a desk to put underneath the window, but I've stopped buying things for the time being since we're planning on moving soon. I'm not sure what kind of room our new place will have and I don't want to move extra stuff. Here's a close up of just my bookshelves, plus two of my favorite shelves (I am a fan girl at heart, after all).


I am now able to enjoy The Library. I can sit and read and write and... THINK without looking around and seeing nothing but clutter. Having a clean house really makes me a happier person. What about you? Any crazy clean up or renovation projects you'd like to share? I'd love to see them!


  1. I LOVE IT!!! Totally love it!! It looks amazing. I love that chair. Where did you find it at? I've been trying to find a chair for my library and can't find one.

  2. Thanks! The chair came from Ikea. Chair was $99 and slip cover was $50! :O

  3. Oooh, love it! What a big difference!! We just got a bookcase last weekend from ikea, my very first cause the apartment we used to live in had built ins. I plan to buy more, love bookcases!

  4. i think it looks lovely! I've been trying to convert a spare room of our new house into a library - I think a nice comfy chair will be the next instalment!