|The Kids Who Don't Play in the Playroom|
This means that the "playroom" has to change into a back-entry mudroom. Which is going to be quite the transformation, as currently the room looks like this:
|Door From Garage, Ugly Shelves of Crap, Corner of Unused Train Table|
|Door to Backyard, Bins of Crap, Ugly Poster Ted Had Before We Started Dating|
And for right next to the garage door:
And we've already discussed the new floor, which looks like this:
I am clinging to the hope that putting down the floor is going to make a huge difference - it's supposed to happen this week, but Gerard just had rotator cuff surgery so who knows. My next move is to get the train table out of there (Craig's List, right?) and purchase these two items from Target:
and install them where the train table currently sits, gathering dust. If you're thinking that I'm being a little aggressive in the coat-hanging department, you don't know the half of it. There's a coat closet down here, and another one immediately inside the front door upstairs. But for some reason, they are both always completely stuffed and whenever people come over and actually want to remove their coat and stay a while, there's no where to put it. So we've been reduced taking the coats and laying them over the dining room chairs. Which is slightly awkward when it comes time to eat in the dining room and there are coats lying everywhere. The other option is to only invite people over in the summer. So I am desperate for places to hang coats. I might take the thing with the hooks in the photo above and hang it low, so the kids can use the hooks and we can use the shelf on top.
So you guys, what do you think? I'll post photos as soon as the floor is in, and then more as soon as
I'm allowed Ted and I make a mature and mutual decision to spend some money on the new furniture. Gerard's supposed to do the built-in thing, but that's probably going to be a bigger investment and therefore something we hold off on for a while.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that we need new doors to the outside. A solid one and a screen door. They are cheap at Home Depot, but I am not ready to even contemplate a trip back to that place just yet.