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Sorting, Rearranging, & Clearing the Way For the Interior Greenhouse Door

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Two of the items on our winter project list are:  

  • Continue working on the greenhouse
  • Tackling our two unfinished rooms, which have become catch-alls. The accumulation needs sorting, purging, and re-arranging before we eventually finish the rooms.

Although progress on the greenhouse is slower than Dan would like, because of the weather, I need to make some progress on those two rooms before spring planting beckons. My first goal is to clear one end of the sun room to install an interior greenhouse door. The greenhouse will have two doors, one from the greenhouse to the outdoors, and this one, to give us access to the greenhouse from the house.

This was the sun room when we first moved in.

May 2009 image from The Sun Room (My Studio)
The window on the left is where the door will go.

By the next month, I had set the room up to be my textile and fiber studio.

June 2009 image from Trial Set-Up For My Studio

Unfortunately, that didn’t last long because we quickly started in on some major renovation projects and needed to clear out the rooms we were working on. We ended up taking the loom down, packing up my yarns and supplies, and using this room as storage. I eventually managed to carve out enough space for a comfortable office area.

2015 image from Evolution of a Room. I have a
different chair now, but the set-up is still the same.

It’s been that way since. But to replace one of the windows with a door to the greenhouse, means everything must be moved out of the way. And that means I have to find a place to put it.
We always planned that once we got the interior of the house done, this room would become my studio again. (Our proposed floorplan is here). But it’s a narrow room, 9.5 feet by 20 feet with one small closet. We’ll need a clear path to the greenhouse door, which will further decrease the usable size of the room, and to be frank, my equipment, tools, and supplies need more room than that. Instead, I proposed eventually turning the front bedroom into my studio. It’s large enough for my loom, spinning wheels, sewing machines, yarn and fabric stashes, plus a work table and my computer. 
Before I can do that, however, the room will have to be finished. We’ve already replaced the windows (one when we re-did the front porch, the other three years ago when we finished the exterior of the house). But we left the interior unfinished, so the framing and insulation are still exposed. That needs to be finished. And if we manage our masonry heater project this summer, the wall where the old fireplace was will create a lot of dusty work. But to do all of that means I have to rearrange my boxed up studio stuff to give Dan room to work. 
All of this has been a slow go for several reasons. One is because on nice days, I want to work outside.  Another is because I don’t want to simply push boxes from one corner to another. I want to sort, reorganize, and discard stuff that isn’t needed. I want to reduce the amount and clutter. Then too, every time we push boxes around, I lose track of things and can’t find things I need, such as my needlework, knitting, and crochet tools. 
Why are we humans such pack rats? We do love our stuff. I don’t consider myself materialistic, but if something appears to be useful, I want to hang on to it. Anybody else that way?


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