We've been in our little home for a year and a half now, and we have done loads of improvements. There's been the double glazing, which helps keep heat in AND stops us hearing our irritating neighbours so much as they party hard into the wee hours. There's been the venetian blinds put in, and hand rails put on the stairs. Privacy and safety!
But the one things I really really really wanted was custom shelving and cupboards. I hated the crummy old bookcases we had that were continually overflowing due to lack of storage space. I felt like screaming every time I looked at them, because no matter how hard I tried to keep them tidy they always looked like this:
Awful, isn't it? It's ok, you can say so! So messy! So slobby! So exposed! I loathed it. So the Galumph and I sat down and figured out our bookcase strategy. Many, many months and lotsa lotsa lots of fabric-cutting wages later, here they are!
I LOVE THEM! They are so neat, and bright, and white! I love that everything is now put nicely away, and not piled ramrod onto something else. As Mrs Beeton said, there's a place for everything and everything is in it's place. Where once there was chaos, there is now well organised order.
Silly fool me, though, thought it would only take a few hours on Saturday after the carpenters had left to put all the books and things away. Erm, not quite. Try 4pm on Sunday before we finally put our cleaning cloths down and said "Phew, job done!" There was so much stuff to sort, and to figure out if it were to be kept, chucked or op-shopped. And then we had to figure what would go there, plus clean all the saw dust that had gone seemingly everywhere in the house.
But it's all done, and everything looks great. Galumph keeps talking to me and then after waiting too long for a response will say "Oi! Pay attention to me, and stop gazing lovingly at the new bookshelves!" But I can't help it - I'm just so very happy with them! I've always wanted to live in a house with gorgeous bookshelves, and now my dream has finally come true. It really feels like my own little home, now.