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My Own, Precious Room

One of the reasons I wanted to buy the house we live in now is because Husby and I could each have our own rooms.  He could have his office and I could have my very own room.  I didn’t have plans for my very own room, but to have one all to myself seemed so dreamy.  I called it The East Wing.

After sixteen years of living in this house I’ve enjoyed The East Wing a lot.  I decorated it the way I wanted and it was the perfect place to be all by myself if I wanted to be.  There was one problem – oftentimes I used my precious East Wing as a place to stash things.  Sometimes it got a little cluttered.

When I retired at the beginning of December I put three boxes and one grocery bag full of personals I had at the office in The East Wing.  When it became time to decorate the house for Christmas I put the everyday knick-knacks in The East Wing to make room for the holiday decorations.  Because of the mild autumn we had I didn’t rotate my summer and winter clothes until after I retired, so the tub full of summer clothes was also added to The East Wing.

The holiday season is so busy, and being newly retired I relished my newfound free time enough to waste it when I wasn’t planning parties, shopping, and wrapping presents.  Christmas came and I piled many of my Christmas presents in The East Wing.

This is what The East Wing turned out to be since my retirement…

Then came the day I was determined to clear it out.  “A place for everything and everything in its place,” as my dad used to say.  I wanted my room back.  I would conquer it no matter how long it took, despite the multitudes of dust bunnies I had to inhale.  The East Wing should not be a storage closet!  So to work I went.

What a marvelous and productive day it was!  This is how The East Wing turned out…

It’s ready to be my reading room, my writing room, my I-need-to-get-away-from-the-world room, just as it was meant to be.  The best thing about The East Wing?  It’s right across the hall from Husby’s office where he spends a lot of his time.  So close, but as far away as we want or need to be.

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I worked my patootie off this weekend.  Seriously, I haven’t done this much domestic work in one weekend for a really long time.  As much as I like doing craft shows (and spending lots of time getting ready for them) I was craving some time with my dust cloth and vacuum cleaner.  I even cleaned the oven!  Okay, so it’s a self-cleaner, but still, I had to be on guard in case the whole thing caught fire.  Yes, it was that bad.

The house is once again in order under control.  I feel free!  One thing I concentrated on was picking up and cleaning up my special writing room.  I call it the East Wing.  With NaNoWriMo coming soon (starts Friday!) I wanted a comfortable place to sit and write.  And write and write.  Away from any distractions.

My lovely East Wing.

There’s one more craft show in store for me in Taylors Falls, MN.  It’s not until the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, so I have a little bit of time for crafty and writey projects.  This weekend got me motivated and off to a good start.

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