Or, more accurately, room clean-up and re-arrange!
Our living room/dining room has needed a really deep clean for a very long time. But I had no physical or emotional energy to do it. Over the course of last school year, both of our desktop computers located in these rooms died, and there they sat. Carcasses of modern technology. Every horizontal surface was layered with stuff placed there by several of our children, who either didn't notice or seem to care about the clutter. Keepin' it real..... here is the proof....."before":
I had a dream to re-arrange the living room and turn it into more of a music room. Music is just a wonderful, wonderful thing. I am so thankful God created music! It is calming, motivating, praise-inspiring, and downright therapy for daughter H (probably for all of us!). Five of our six children play some kind of instrument on a daily basis and there is always much music in our home. I LOVE it. How to make the room more conducive to the making of music?
I "girded up my loins" as the Old Testament would say (I have always wondered exactly what that means, but I think a loose translation for my situation might be "I put on my big girl panties!") and cranked out the entire room in one afternoon/evening. The evening that everyone else in the family was at church for Stockade and youth groups. So I could toss things to my heart's content! ;) I went through every paper pile, and all the old computer games/discs, and cleaned and scrubbed every corner as I went.
Here is the "during"..... (antique desk already moved to the far right corner in this first pic)
Here is the "after".....
Moved the piano to where the antique desk used to be. Now we have a music corner!
When the family all got home from church and saw this room they were astonished and thrilled. Maybe the clutter did bother them a little bit. And the best part is......the next day our teen boys picked up their guitars spontaneously, daughter H went to the piano, son C to the keyboard, and they all began jamming together. LOVE!
Oh sweet music room, how I love thee!
(office corner not shown because it is the one surface not put away!)