When we moved into our house we had more space than we could have dreamed of. With just the two of us, three bedrooms were more than enough. We had a guest room that was empty most of the time and a spare room that was just waiting for a little baby to move in.
Shortly after Mazen was born, in the midst of a hormone frenzy, I had a minor freak out: “We are out of bedrooms!!!” Our house, now filled with baby gear, felt a lot smaller. “We need to move before I get pregnant again! Or now!!” I thought.
Of course I wasn’t thinking rationally. We do have somewhere for a baby to go. Families with many more children live in much smaller homes. Two kids could share a room. Or another baby could take over the nursery and Mazen could move into the guest room. We have guests just a few weeks per year, so it seemed silly not to use that room full time if we needed it. Neither of these solutions is ideal for the long haul, but we love our house, yard, neighborhood, and mortgage so moving isn’t ideal either.
I went as far as to have a contractor come and look at our attic to see if we could expand up. It’s a walk-up attic, and I had grand dreams of a master suite up there so two kids could share our middle floor bedrooms. I even created a Pinterest board to convince myself attics could be transformed into beautiful open spaces! But the contractor took one look at our attic and said (I quote) “You can’t pay me enough to tackle this project.” I guess it needs more structural work than I had thought. We also discussed an addition off the back, but with our lovely porch taking up half of the house, the configuration just isn’t ideal. Large-scale renovating is just not feasible (plus we don’t exactly have the funds to pay for an addition in the near future!) So I concluded that we either had to love it or list it.
This post on living simply by one of my favorite bloggers, Ashley, also came at the right time. We needed to embrace our place. Once I had a plan (because I am a planner) I felt calm again. We are going to love every inch of this house until we are ready to move into a four bedroom home years down the road.
Our plan is for Mazen to move into the guest room (which is in the basement and makes his grandmothers nervous) whenever we have another baby, say 2-3 years from now. We’ll get a fold-out couch for our family room to use for guests. The guest bed will go in the attic, creating more space for Mazen’s room, and the twin bed that’s in the nursery will become Mazen’s. Follow me?
With the “love it” plan in full force, we decided to give the room we spend the most time in a face lift. We dipped into our house savings account and chose to upgrade the counters, backsplash and paint.
Next up: phase 1 – paint.