Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Living in a Construction Zone - Renovations Abound!

Chaos. That is the story of my life right now. Thinking of buying a fixer upper? Got kids? Don't. Just don't.

Okay, so maybe we don't have a tractor in our living room, but this is pretty much what the inside of our house looks like. Sans tractor. Lol.
Seriously though, it's not that bad, I suppose, but I can't help but think of how much easier this would've been had my husband and I done this years ago, pre-children. Sleeping among boxes, drywall dust, power tools, and endless amounts of lumber,supplies, and hard work, when it's just the two of you? No problem! Trying to maneuver in a construction zone with two young children undertow, all the while doing your best to reign them in from tearing into their boxes of toys? Trying to keep them from tripping over a pile of trim or a spare hammer. Preventing them from messing in the paint or tearing into the pantry while you're working? That's a whole 'nother story.

My son can't focus on anything but when we're going to start decorating his room and get him the futon we promised. Meanwhile, he keeps changing his mind on themes and colors. My daughter--5 going on 15--changes her outfit five times a day or more, shedding old garments like a snake and letting them fall wherever they may. She steals my makeup and wears my heels around the house. Not to mention, our master bedroom is now, literally, covered in a carpet of 5 year-old clothes. Oh, and as an added bonus, I get to keep them from messing in the school supplies I bought them.

Quite literally, our house is chaos. And it's starting to get to me. Just a bit.

I tell people, when they ask how it's going, that we're living in a construction zone, and we truly are. That's the best way to describe it. I think it's more the fact that certain crucial things have been delayed that's getting to me the most, rather than just the fact that the house is crazy right now. And when I say crucial, I'm talking about the drywall. Drywall repair, I am fast discovering is NOT something you should do while living IN a home. And the only room that isn't undergoing repair is our bedroom and the very back room downstairs. The living room, dining room, kitchen, both kid's rooms, hallways, and bathrooms, are all having repairs done to the walls. This means everything is in boxes or covered and piled into the middle of the rooms. Drywall dust and mud are coating the floors and most flat surfaces. We can't paint, organize, or do a whole lot until he's done. Oh, and did I mention the drywall guy is over a week behind schedule? Oh, yeah, he is. It actually was originally supposed to be done right before we officially moved in. I suppose it's not fault though...something about some pesky kidney stones....Pfft. lol

I only pray he's done this week. Seriously though, if he's not, I may have to be committed. Just sayin'.

The moral of this story? 1890 farmhouse renovations not recommended with children. Especially right before school starts. Especially not when they're changing schools and your youngest is going full time for the first time, ever!

Gah! It will be worth it in the end. Right?

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