Wow. So it’s been forever since I last posted. I finished my last semester of classes for undergrad in December and at the beginning of January, I started an internship. I graduate in May just to turn around and start my master’s in the fall! Phew.
All of the big changes and being so busy really took a toll on my mind and body, so blogging wasn’t really a top priority. I kept pushing without taking care of myself as much as I should have.
But now I’m feeling myself again and possibly on my way to being even better than before 😀
But back to the internship. If I drove from home it would be a 2-hour drive twice a week which means I would probably have to wake up at 6 am. Ew.
The good news is my mom and her boyfriend live 20 minutes away from my office. Jackpot. And in this crappy Michigan winter that makes life so much easier.
I’ve been staying in the guest room which they basically use as a giant storage closet.
This is pretty much the before picture. The bed was originally coming out of the corner on an angle and the stuff wasn’t shoved into the corner as much.
They have a really nice house and it just makes me sad seeing a room not living up to its potential.
And since I’ll be staying here until May I figured it would be a great way to (1) make it feel homier for me and (2) make it feel homier for the future guests.
Above is the product of my second step. Obviously, you can see there is less stuff shoved in the corner. I put a bunch of sleeping bags and pillows in a bag in the closet, some sheets and blankets in a few of the drawers in the long dresser (there’s a matching tall dresser behind the storage bins), and lastly, I shoved some more stuff under the bed.
Ideally, I would like to have my mom sort through the stuff with me and take what makes sense down to the basement and figure out better storage options for the rest.
I think the tall dresser would be better positioned in the hallway or even in the closet.
My mom has some horse tack in here which might honestly be the best place for it for now. The other stuff though could definitely get moved out/around.
In this picture, you can see I put my quilt on the bed because it made it feel homier for me. This will eventually get changed to go with the room design, and my mom even mentioned buying a new bed set for me. I also moved this lamp in here which was first in the living room, then my mom moved it into her office. So we’ll see if that’s permanent.
I like the footboard but I don’t think it goes perfectly with the style I have in mind for the room. Maybe if I’m feeling motivated I will stain it a darker color.
Also, say hi to Louie. He’s such a cool cat and pretty much in love with me. Lol
Besides all the organizing I already talked about, I also want to do some DIYing and decorating. So here’s the short list of what I want to do:
- Organize/Declutter all the stuff
- Paint the walls
- Figure out the best furniture positioning (bed, side table, tall dresser, bring in a chair?)
- Paint the side table and dressers
- Stain the bed?
- Get a new bed set
- Decorate with objects around the house/thrifted/new
In future posts I hope to update you on how the organizing goes as well as share with you a better idea of what I have in mind for the design. I get the feeling that my mom will be pretty open to my ideas so this should be a fun project for the next few months!
What are some amenities that make you feel more comfortable when you’re the guest, and what are some things that you try to do for guests in your home?
Thanks for reading and as always…
See You Around!