Friday, March 07, 2008

Way-out-there Home Remodel: Office Edition


Welcome to my party! I heard so much about the Ultimate Blog Party last year, but I missed out on getting to participate. I was thrilled to hear that there would be a 2nd annual version this year and immediately decided to have a lil' get together.

The only problem? Umm...the house isn't exactly what you'd call company ready. We're in the midst of our own little version of "Way-out-there Home Remodel: Office Edition". And when you're doing all the crazy, extreme makeover stuff that "Way-out-there Home Remodel" requires, the house gets a little messy. OK, a lot messy.

To begin, I'd like to give you a "before" tour of our home office.

In this room we (meaning I): blog, sew, scrapbook, plan preschool lessons, take care of household bookkeeping, oh, and iron.

And, Honey uses this room as his office...when he's not in his car. Because Honey's job requires him to spend a lot of time in his car. But he does return home every night and uses this space for his business.









I know it seems like nothing short of a miracle that we accomplish so much in this mess. And really, what's even more miraculous is the fact that I have no anxiety showing you, blogland, pictures of my deepest darkest secret. But there it is in all its organized chaos glory.


So a couple of weeks ago, I decided that in this year of tying up loose ends, the office would have to be tackled. We just could not function one more minute in this space. It was sucking the life out of me. The preparations began in earnest, and this weekend I am going to share the journey with you. It's going to be tons of fun. There will be cleaning, sorting, trashing, painting, sewing, and furniture construction. Lots of work that in the end will be totally worth it.


So, pull up a chair, or better yet, grab a screwdriver, mop, or paintbrush and jump right in. Join me at my homepage and watch the transformation. We'll have the real party when all the work is done.

48 comments:

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Wohoo! I'm excited to see. :)

Misty said...

I do not envy you all of that work but wow!!!! It will be incredibly cool once it is done!

SJ said...

Wow! More power to ya! LOL! Maybe it will inspire me to tackle my office. Maybe. :o)

seven said...

Hope it goes well. :)

Wendy said...

Good luck on getting your room done

Looks like my office some days!

melissa said...

can't wait to see the finished result and party!

good luck =)

if you get a break from it all stop by my party.
http://thisfamilydevine.blogspot.com

PamperingBeki said...

it looks great so far!

Happy Blog partying!

PamperingBeki

Quirky is a Compliment said...

Hey thanks for stopping by! Looks like you've got quite the project going on there...I can't wait to see the after pictures!

Ivanhoe said...

Good luck with your project. I will be back to check on it! Will be re-painting master bedroom and finishing backyard fence this spring...
Have fun partying!

it's me, Val said...

Oooo I love to paint! Can I pick the color??? :) Hope you have a great party!!

The Estrogen Files said...

(grin)!! I'm amazed you get a room all to yourself! I sew/blog/scrap in the kitchen/dining area. Just dropping in for the party!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Welcome to the party! Stop by my blog when you get a chance. I have a giveaway going on.

Linda

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Kristin said...

Great blog I am having a lot of fun finding new blogs! stop by and enter for a chance to win $100 cash and a Sleepy Wrap!

Laurie said...

Great party! Your blog is super cute. I hope you'll come visit my party too and enter my contest!

Cherrye said...

Oh, no. I am NOT good with organizing stuff like that. Good luck. We're partying Italian-style at my place. Drop by if you need a break in cleaning.

Happy Mama said...

Sounds like a lot of fun Where do we start!

Jesse said...

Enjoyed the party and I love your nicknames for your twins.

Wendy said...

Oh, am I jealous. In our next home I have to have an art/sewing/craft/reading/etc. room. It kinda puts you off being creative when you are hauling it all out and then hauling it all back in, right?
Hope you're enjoying the party. And I hope you'll stop in if you get the chance.

Alyssa said...

Oh how I want a "real home office" right now it's a closet. A girl can dream right?

Natalie said...

Good luck with your remodeling. I hope it turns out exactly as you want! :) Come visit my party if you get a minute, you can find me at #9 on the 5MM linky.

momoftwinz said...

Just stopping by to say HI! Thanks for stopping by my party. Sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you...good luck!

Mommy Cracked said...

I love home improvement so I'll definitely be watching your blog!

KC said...

So glad you got to host a party this year.. It was fun getting to meet you.. Thanks for having me at your party.
I do hope you get some time in all your party hopping to pop on over to my party, Hope to see you there.

cl said...

Love the name of your blog, it caught my eye, I can relate! Good luck with your office project, mine seems to be ongoing -going on 12 years now! Yikes! I'll be interested in any tricks and tips!

Sprittibee said...

Cleaning, shmeaning. Just have some blog party fun and get to it later! ;)

Cher & Gene Klosner said...

Hi! I’m Cher – StardustLullaby.com – nice to meet you!!

So glad you are here this year - and your room looks like mine does right now too!! :)

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Happy Partying!! Cher 

laura said...

Go blog party!!

Alison said...

Great transformation!

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I also love children's lit!

Happy partying!

Natalie said...

i can't wait to see the results! happy blog party!

Tanja said...

Funny, my husband was just away for a week on business, and I tackled cleaning out our own "black hole". I'm still not done. Come visit my blog and you can read about it. Oh, I have three munchkins also, one singleton (7) and boy/girl twins (5). Happy blog partying!

Gina said...

My husband is always doing home improvement projects around our home so I know what you mean. Nice to meet you.

Brandie said...

Oh! I would love to jump in and help paint =)
I also blog, sew, scrapbook (well, not so much of this but I try to do a little bit every so often!) and plan lessons. In addition to that I knit, read, and cross stitch!
Good luck with the office make-over! I bet it will look simply fabulous when you are done =)

Kim said...

I have a room or two like that I need to tackle. Good luck to you.

Kim @ TheBitterBall

Loving wife, slightly hysterical mother said...

My goodness woman, you're just so full of enthusiasm :-) I like, I like it a LOT!

Since we're both twin mamma's and as a bonus I love your style - here's hoping the party lasts a loooong time.

Thanks for popping by and I hope to see you around as often as you dare!

A

Little Piddles said...

Thanks for stoping by my party! I love how you re-did the office. The colors and decor are beautiful:)

smtwngrl said...

I bought my first home all by my lonesome a year ago and I'm working slowly but surely to redecorate, organize and eventually remodel, so I'm totally amped to see what you're going to do with your space! Hope you'll stop by to say hello when you get a chance. I'll be back to read more when I'm done party-hopping!

Nicole said...

Good luck with the room! I love to organize but can never find the time, lol.

Melanie said...

Wow - how exciting! I found you through the blog party and have to say I always love getting organized. Certainly a process, but it's so rewarding. The color you picked is about the same of my bedroom - beautiful!

Jo said...

Wow, I was completely distracted by your link to the Breast Cancer site. I go on everyday, both from home and from the office and I have asked all my friends and relatives to do it. I have been thinking about putting something on my blog but I kept putting it off. When I saw your button something clicked. I stopped party hopping and added it to mine.
Thanks.
Oh, and I love the colour you chose for your office!
Visit if you have time!

Kate said...

WOW, you go girl!! You are a brave soul...thanks for giving us a peek, hope the renovations go wonderfully as you are on your way!! Happy Party Hopping!! :D

Debz said...

Just visiting from the party, great blog you have. Hope you are meeting lots of nice people, I know I sure am. I'll have to go have a closer look around your site while I'm here.

Tonya said...

Wow what a difference in the before and after pictures! Great party :)

Jodie said...

Ahh I love the remodel (mostly because I'm nosy about other people's houses) and the walls are just the perfect level of funk now. They are just slightly more blue than the walls of my bedroom. The bookcase is amazingly beautiful! Keep at it - you will win in the end.

sandyy456 said...

Hey...who said you could post photos of my office?? LOL Okay, so it's not mine, but mine's just about as disorganized! Maybe'll you'll motivate me to do something with my office. :)

Tes283 said...

Alright a cleaning party. Is this where we clean your home, then we clean another until we end up at my home. GREAT. Lets get cleaning. It is sooooo much easier to clean your home then my own. It is fun to do something nice for another.
Hand me another dust rag. there.
looking good.
paint, wait need to lay this down to protect the windows. OK good to go.
I hear the phone. Everyone search for the phone. How did it get there?
Do you not think it is time to throw "this" out?
Ha, how about we trade one box of your junk for one box of my junk? no?
OK.

Later, got to feed the kids.

Marie said...

LOVE your blog's name, and that office! I.am.SPAQUA.with.envy!!

Can't wait to see the end! In another 12 days? ;-)

Butterbean said...

Awesome blog name! Be sure and swing by my place!