Another Household Organization Project

I got the kids to bed later than usual because we were digging out clean sheets & blankets to make the beds after I’d stripped them this morning but didn’t get to washing all of the bedding and I’m ready to sleep, too, but I couldn’t go to bed without a quick entry.

Today along with wash and spending hours helping my second son with an essay, I started to clean out boxes from our upstairs hall closet so that my husband can start again on the hallway remodel.

Over a year ago he gutted the closet and pulled down old drywall, put up new drywall and did most of the mudding, but then ran into a problem, so he stopped working on the project. In the meantime, I filled the vacant closet with boxes of *stuff* that I’d moved from the living room (which had become the catch-all room) so that we could put up the Christmas tree (2015). The boxes have been there every since.

This morning I had the idea to add to the wall just outside our bedroom a wire shelving rack (called an adjustable 8-tier wall and door rack by one storage solutions manufacturer) to hold extra hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, etc.) that are currently in the closet in our first floor bathroom, so that I could use the shelves in that bathroom closet for our extra sheets, towels, etc. that are currently in a closet in the boys’ room (because we lack a true linen closet on the second floor).  Wash baskets and storage bins of the boys’ clothes have taken over half of their room–their bureau drawers are stuffed full, and I don’t have more shelf space in their main closet for pants, which we prefer to put in drawers or on shelves instead of hanging in the closet–and I’m tired of the piles.  I want to put their pants and heavy sweatshirts in that closet that currently has the towels, wash clothes, sheets, pillow cases, and blankets.

When I shared my idea with my husband, he said that he will not put up the rack–and will be upset if I do it myself–until he’s painted the wall, and he won’t paint until he finishes the other preparation work in the hall, and he won’t resume the project until the boxes are gone from the space where he wants to put floor-to-ceiling shelves. So, I knew that I needed to empty the space.

Late in the afternoon, I recruited my 2 oldest to move boxes. Down the dozen or so boxes went to the spot that the Christmas tree had occupied until a week ago.  Thankfully, some of the boxes contain items that I know that I want to donate, so I’m hoping to clear those out soon, so I won’t need to review the contents of every single box.  The boys managed to move all but the 2 heaviest boxes, which my husband will need to move.  (As I was telling the boys where to move each box, I was impressed to see that my oldest can lift quite a bit.  He is already taller than I am and has a longer reach than I do, and he won’t be a teen for a few more months.)

I’m glad we progressed on another project, but I feel that my husband will want to focus on the hall remodel (or another) project more than he will on the baby, once the baby’s born.  He did the same thing when we had our (current) youngest 2. The day after the older one was born, my husband spent the day working on remodeling the upstairs bathroom, and worked on it every day for two weeks until he completed the project.  When our current youngest was born, mu husband started a different project–I can’t remember which, though–leaving me to deal with a newborn and the older kids while recovering from childbirth.  I think I need to talk to him now about that, so he doesn’t repeat that behavior.