Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her." -JR Miller

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Big Reveal!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was going to reorganise my school room - well those of you who are on facebook have probably already seen the pics but I thought I would blog about it too.

I am going to share before, during and after pics - now believe me I am NOT pround of the before pictures, unfortunately over the last year our school room has become a "dumping" room, you know the kind - you have to do a quick tidy of the living room so you "dump" all things into another ready to sort another day, except I never seemed to have time another day!

Also I had never managed to completely finish the school room, ever since my wonderful hubby and Dad did it for me I have had piles that needed sorting and a home finding for - and I find that if you don't start off right then it seems easier for the room to get out of control!




So, now you've seen my shame and probably the reason it has taken me so long to get round to it - come on, admit it if you looked at that room you'd quickly shut the door on it too instead of tackling it right?

I also wanted to get some new storage for my living room and decided on these

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/SpecialOffer/fromProduct/6108913/promotionIdentifier/E7664.htm

as we were storing school work in some trofast drawers in the living room, and books in the schoolroom it all kinda became one job - sorting both the school room and the living room!

I had a bookcase in the living room which I kindly donated to my hubby's garage and the one in the school room I took upstairs to our bedroom - so we could move a lot of our books (ones that I don't use regularly but can't face getting rid of) out of the livingroom and school room!

After a morning's work my school room looked like this



A clear floor - bliss, I could actually walk into the room now lol!


I got rid of the computer (that has never been plugged in and working) and put some of our sewing supplies to encourage my daughter (and myself)


Such neat shelves!! 

Once I got stuck in (and I was thankful and fortunate that on the first day my lovely Mum looked after all my children for the majority of the day) it didn't take long to make a real difference!

But - this is what happened to my living room!!!



That was a little depressing I have to admit, but I continued working hard, chucking out rubbish and putting a lot in boxes for the car boot - I tried to remember if it's not beautiful or useful then we don't need it and also if we don't have a home for it then we can't keep it!

By the first evening I had all the furniture in the school room and just had to work on putting all the "stuff" away somewhere


The next day I concentrated mainly on the living room, getting ready for the new furniture and going through all the boxes and by the end of the day my school room was finished!!!




and just in case you've forgotten what the before pic wash - here is a before and after pic

We have been enjoying and using the "new" school room for the last week and it is so nice to have the extra space - the children can use the laptop without Abigail climbing on them! Also they can colour and play games easily!

I will do another post shortly to show you our new living room furniture!

I hope that by sharing I have inspired or encouraged you to be organised (if you're not already) it does make such a difference, knowing where everything is without having to search!

1 comment:

No Place Like Home said...

Well done!! It looks lovely, all your hard work was worthwhile :-D
Dawn xx