Somehow another weekend has passed me by and it's Monday again. It was a good weekend so I really can't complain. Friday was busy with a long, full Leadership Winnipeg day at the U of M, followed by a quick happy hour, and then a delicious dinner at Blake & Kristin's. Saturday was a gorgeous sunny day. I went to yoga and ran some errands and then I spent a good part of the afternoon chipping away ice on our sidewalk. I love doing that so much, especially when big chunks break off. It's like I'm chopping away winter. It was so warm and pleasant that Chloe and I walked to Starbucks for frappucinos. I didn't realize until I got there that I had enough rewards for a free drink. How could the day get any better?? Later we went to Neve's gymnastics competition in Selkirk, where she was got another silver medal. I feel like I've posted a lot of gymnastics pictures lately, so just look at those again if you want photos. Just imagine her wearing a different bodysuit. On Sunday I was feeling a hint of a head cold so except for hot yoga, I spent the day at home. I loom-knitted a hat, did some cleaning, got organized for the week and then all five of us had nachos and played Qwerkle in the evening. The girls and I also watched Nailed It! on Netflix. It's stupid but it made us laugh a lot. It was pretty much my ideal weekend.
And now it's time for Neve's room reveal. You may recall we worked on it after Christmas during the holidays.
After ten years, we finally got around to updating Neve's room. You can check out this link to see her new room in 2008. Very little had changed since then, except for the odd furniture re-arrangement. I remember painting those stripes like it was yesterday. Actually I can't even remember what I did yesterday, so you know I spent A LOT of time on those stripes.
Finally over the Christmas holidays, we got down to business. The painting and decorating came together quickly and easily but it was what had to happen before that point that was the worst part.
Neve likes things clean and organized. Her room is almost always tidy. She always puts away her clothes right away and usually makes her bed. However over the years, there was a mass accumulation of papers, trinkets, toys she no longer played with, clothes that no longer fit her, and did I mention the paper?? She always tidies up and keeps most of the clutter out of sight in her closet or under her bed, so I had no idea of the magnitude of stuff in her room. NO IDEA! And yes, that warrants all caps.
|In the midst of the purging process is the perfect time to rediscover Rainbow Loom (she kept that).|
We removed many, many garbage bags and totes full of stuff from her room. I'd say about 12 garbage bags' worth was given away, sold on kijiji, recycled, repurposed or thrown away. Neve doesn't have a strong attachment to most things, which made this job much easier. I can't even imagine how hard it would be if she wanted to keep everything. I'm much more of a pack rat than she is; there were several times I had to convince her to keep something (that I felt was) special.
Her room has a big closet so we were able to organize it pretty well with the things she wants to keep like special toys, school stuff, and trinkets. There is still extra room on the shelves and nothing under her bed now.
So here's a look at Neve's minimalist, stream-lined room. The only new furniture she got is a secondhand desk and chair from Tia, which I painted white. We bought a new lamp, curtains, bedding, pillows and shelves. She chose a theme of gold, white and light pink. I feel like the pictures look too dark but I couldn't lighten them anymore on Mac Photos and I was too lazy to do it in Photoshop. It's whiter and brighter in real life, so you'll just have to come for a visit if you want to see it in its true glory.
This is on one of her closet doors and the necklace hanger is on the other:
Let us just pause for a moment while I tell you I made this jewellery hanger from scratch and hung it on her door with Velcro strips. Yay, Pinterest!
|Lots of floor space to do gymnastics. This picture makes it look more spacious than it really is.|
Which room would you sleep better in?
She's pretty happy about her new space and keeps it neat and tidy. We'll see if this look lasts another ten years. By then she'll be 23 and her room shouldn't be my problem any more. But maybe it will be - ten years isn't that far away. And I'll be floundering in my role as a mother of adults and will beg to spend time with her and redecorate her room together. Of course we'll be rich by then (at every single stage of my life, I've always thought money would be no object ten years down the road) and we can get her designer custom-made furniture and add French doors and a little balcony.
Or in ten years I could easily be a grandma and will re-do this room as a baby room. Who knows? That's what makes life exciting, right?!