I’m going loopy. Quite literally losing the plot. My house is driving me insane!
A couple of years ago, when we had seven children, 2 cats and a puppy called Bella, we decorated the house throughout spending a fortune doing it. It was lovely.
We only live in a three bed parlour semi-detached house. So it has three beds, a lounge and a dining room. Obviously with our family size three bedrooms just wasn’t going to cut it so we changed the dining room into a fourth bedroom. It worked great. For a bit.
When Alice came our room squeezed a cot in fine, but now little lilly-Mae is here too I can’t move. The two eldest boys sharing just isn’t working either. There’s constant upset from Brandon, and often anger from David as they struggle to share the room fairly. We’ve now had to put in rules about dividing the spaces equally, which isn’t something we like doing.
The two older girls have to share the box room. It’s ridiculously small, only just fitting their bunk bed in with a small amount of floor space left. There’s a box in their room where the stairs run underneath and we built a decent sized wardrobe on this but the amount of clothes and shoes in there is mind blowingly crazy. The only room that’s doing ok is the largest bedroom where Naomi and the twins currently share.
Not only are the spaces not working well but having so many people in the house means things just don’t last long. Also having puppies takes its toll. I’m so fed up of having to crop my photos to try and hide the embarrassing bits. I have unmatched settees after my German shephard, Daisy, ate a seat, I have a patch of wallpaper missing where Minnie, the springer spaniel, chewed the wallpaper and I had to cut it off. I even have a hole in my Lino flooring where one of them ate it. Luckily they’ve outgrown all that now but unfortunately I have a toddler again and another soon to be toddler Every now and then there will be a little scribble of pen that no amount of cleaning will budge.
So the time has come to redo the whole house. It needs completely redecorating and most importantly rearranging. We simply can’t afford to move to a bigger property at the moment so must make do. The thoughts of a garden room are currently being looked into at the moment. Either to be used as a bit more living space or even better a bedroom. Using it as a bedroom will give David and Brandon their own spaces which are most definitely needed. Brandon’s aspergers is really restricting his ability to be surrounded by people all the time and his own room will give him that much needed space to ground himself again.
The middle bedroom will be fantastic for the twins allowing the three older girls to use the bigger room. This all leaves us with the issue of ourselves and the two youngest. We can either squeeze Alice in with the three girls upstairs and keep lilly-Mae with us a little longer or turn the dining room into their bedroom and we will have to do with the living room. Not ideal but needs must and all that.
Maybe I’ll even be able to turn the crappy utility area into a proper laundry room. Oh, now that would be a dream come true. Having such a large family means a lot of laundry, if I can come up with a way to make that a nicer experience I’m definitely doing it.
My computer is on the blink so I’ve done this using my phone. Hopefully it’s come out ok even if the pictures aren’t how I wanted them 😃