Don’t Look in the Dining Room

Once upon a time all our clutter was relegated to the living room.

This is not the worst the living room had been over the course of the renovation.
This is not the worst the living room had been over the course of the renovation.

Then we tackled it and set it up with a new sofa.

The Living Room with most of the clutter gone.
The Living Room with most of the clutter gone.

Everything was warm and cozy.

The only change is a white sofa cover.
The only change is a white sofa cover.

I even went to the trouble of changing the slip cover on the sofa with the season.

There are always a few items that are not in their proper place.
There are always a few items that are not in their proper place.

Although I never quite finished sewing the curtains even those don’t look too bad.

The dining room can be seen just beyond the living room.
The dining room can be seen just beyond the living room.

The dining room, however, is my sewing room and it’s not cleared up enough to lay out my sewing regalia.

Even the bathroom sink is on the floor in the dining room .
Even the bathroom sink is on the floor in the dining room .

We’re still not finished the conservatory so until I’m sure I won’t need some touch up paint or a special tool and all the new electrical and plumbing fixtures are installed, the staging area is our dining room.

The dining room (with the oval table) is open to all the other rooms.
The dining room (with the oval table) is open to all the other rooms.

Unfortunately our dining room is the central pass-through for all the first floor rooms.

The conservatory bathroom floor is the project which has been holding us up.
The conservatory bathroom floor is the project which has been holding us up.

This afternoon our knows-everything (in a good way) buddy is coming to assess how he can help us finish the bathroom floors which is the next step.

We had a party on New Year's Eve and we'll plan another one soon (soon as the dining room is presentable).
We had a party on New Year’s Eve and we’ll plan another one soon (soon as the dining room is presentable).

Until then if we party I’ll have to ask you not to look under the dining room table.

Do you move piles of stuff from one room to another? How do you get rid of it?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Look in the Dining Room”

  1. I thing moving crap back from one room to another (or from one side of a room to another) is about half the job! The plan, should I stick to schedule, is to sort everything for a fall yard sale using the family room that’s currently a furniture warehouse. Or maybe the flollowing spring? Oh and horray for floors! And with them in place you can have, gasp, toilets!!!

  2. this cracked me up: “our knows-everything (in a good way) buddy” – omg we all know some of those knows-everything (in a bad way) people! in our house the clutter usually gets shifted around, and stuff eventually finds it’s way to the basement, where it gets dumped in boxes to donate to good will. if i can’t find a home for it, and it’s not worth selling, it goes to good will. but when you’re renovating, it’s so hard to find places to put everything! i hate it!

    1. Our buddy came over last night to give us a hand planning and is willing to do some of the work himself. Such a relief for us DIYers. The best part is that he “gets it” and he’s hilarious. Jo PS: I’m one of those know-it-alls in a bad way but I’m working on keeping my mouth shut.

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