Last week I wrote about the beginning of a new chapter in my life, moving all of my stuff out of Oak Park and into Lombard. The big reason behind the move was I married a wonderful man on September 20, 2013. Writing about that day will be a very special post and it needs to be just right. Apologies for once again being a tease!
So instead you get to hear about our organizing weekend. Matt and I still use our make-shift Kanban board in the office. We’ve since taken down all of the wedding items but put up new cards like, get my name changed, order thank you cards, send thank you cards, update rental agreement, get wedding dress preserved, purchase storage bins, find new bank, update insurance, get house organized so we can get a dog, etc.
Get a dog, that’s our carrot for getting things done around the house. The major deal is once everything is “put away” or finds an organized home in the garage, closet(s) or attic we can get the dog. Luckily, this weekend we made major headway on the almost ready to start researching dog breeds….which in our house is the first step to getting a dog.
The first plan of attack – the kitchen. When I first moved in I brought with me a decent size kitchen island. Matt’s kitchen is a good size, but it already had some extra cabinets and shelving. We created a “temporary” fix that didn’t allow for a good “flow”. Since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, it was definitely starting to get to me. We flipped a few large items on different walls and placed the island on an angle. The lack of symmetry bothered me initially, but now I love it. We can both work at the island and easily move around to get to the sink or cupboard.
Next it was on to the dining room. Over the last month we made huge progress in going from two dining room tables to one. One of my co-workers was able to take my old dining room table, corresponding chairs, two end tables and a whole bunch of kitchen stuff. With all of that gone next came moving around furniture with the new found space. With our reorganization of furniture it works so much better, don’t you think?
One thing you also notice in the before and after pictures is a lot of more art. We hung pictures in our living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway. Matt even commented to me tonight that he really likes having the pictures up, it seems more homey. I couldn’t agree more. We didn’t hang up everything because we still have two and a half more rooms to go through, organizing and re-working the layout to make the house what we want. But we are getting there together and that’s the important thing.