Scott and I have been dissatisfied with the arrangements of the rooms in our house for some time, now. Last night, after some discussion, we have come up with, what we hope, will be a solution to this. Basically, we are about to do some room swapping.
We have tried, in the past, to have some joint studio space – rooms where we both have set-ups so we could work together on our separate projects. Well, in theory, this sounded like a great idea, but, in actuality, it hasn’t worked. One of us usually takes over the whole room and the other cannot work at all.
Case in point: My 8-harness, Herald loom is in what we call Studio A (the largest of the upstairs bedrooms). This is where Scott spends the vast majority of his waking hours drawing, coloring and doing his part of the Johnny Saturn and other business stuff. What has happened is I cannot even get to the 8-harness loom right now, and I want to. On the other side of this coin, Studio B (the living room) has been completely taken over by me and my supplies and Scott can’t get to his painting supplies. With the weather being such that he can no longer paint outside, this causes some difficulty.
Other rooms have become unusable, too. The library (room at the top of the stairs), for example, is so crowded with bookcases and has very little in the way of lighting that it is hard to do any research. Also, the exercise equipment is in an area (Studio B) that renders them unusable, which, with winter coming, just won’t work.
On top of this, we now have enough hardwood flooring to redo the floors in Studio B, the hallway and Scott’s room.
So, here is what we are planning to do. Studio A will be totally Scott’s. We will move my Herald loom out, my computer and mailing center out and move in his painting supplies in their places. This will give him the opportunity to get to all his equipment and supplies without my stuff in the way. Of course, this will give us the opportunity to Fall clean this room, which it desperately needs.
The library will be split up to a certain extent and moved to appropriate areas. The art books will be in Studio A, the weaving and dyeing books that have overflowed out of my room, will go to Studio B, and the rest will go to the media room (master bedroom) in newly built, floor-to-ceiling bookcases (the chance to play with our woodworking tools is good!). This will clean out the old library allowing us to Fall clean it and turn it into the new exercise room (and also means we will have to haul the treadmill upstairs, but we don’t want to think about that until we have to do it).
Studio B will be completely mine with my books in bookcases, both my floor looms, and my dyeing equipment all in one place. My own studio space – cool! Even my fiber and yarns will come down and be where they should be – where they will inspire me to be more productive. And it will have nice, hardwood flooring that only needs swept and mopped and not vacuumed and shampooed.
The current media room, like I said, will be revamped with built-in, floor to ceiling bookcases for the remaining library and will house the TV, VCR and DVD players along with Scott’s musical instruments and recording devises. This will be a room I will rarely be in (except to clean it), but that’s okay by me. Most of the books coming down to this room are Scott’s history books and his reference books, anyway.
And when will we do this? Well, the plan is to begin Thanksgiving weekend with the cleaning of Studio A and the removal of my stuff from that room. We will have three days in which to get this accomplished and I believe it will take all three days. As each room is done, I’ll post pictures of the new and improved work areas.
One good thing this will allow us to do is go through all closets, cabinets, shelves, etc., and purge our house of all unnecessary items. I believe half our problems have to do with too much stuff crammed in too little space. Since we cannot afford to build on to the house, we need to get rid of some stuff. Lots of stuff.
This is the plan, anyway.