Sitting at the kitchen table with my laptop, I finally hit “print” for the article I’ve been struggling with for days. But nothing happens. Then the message appears: “The printer is out of paper.” “Not again,” I mumble as I hoof it to the next room, tripping over my six-year-old sprawled on the floor with crayons and paper spread about. “Like my pictures, mommy?” That’s where my paper went, again.
Many days, there’s a blonde in my bed when I get there (yes, you Barbie), despite my best efforts to keep our bedroom toy-free. On chillier days, much time is spent in our bedroom with the kids jumping on our bed, playing hide-and-seek under the covers and watching the birds outside our bedroom window. But our bedroom is also my space to take 20 minutes for myself. It’s also our place to connect as a couple. Setting the stage in your bedroom as a calm, restful space will also help you sleep better (despite those night wakings), and help you better tackle tomorrow’s challenges.
A few years ago, we moved into a new home with freshly-painted walls. Our furniture, purchased pre-children, was free of marks and stains. The décor was simple, yet tastefully done. I thought I could check ‘home decorating’ off my to-do list for a while and focus on raising our family. Then I started to tire of the choices we’d made. Our house became cluttered with toys, and our bedroom became the dumping ground when the main floor was too congested. It was time for a makeover. But with three small children and less disposable income, our budget just didn’t allow for the changes I really wanted to make. So, we found a way to give our house a mini makeover without having to dip into the kids’ post-secondary education funds.
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