We made the decision a while back that Claudine would move into Mia’s room sometime this summer and that we would get bunk beds. Mia’s pretty excited about the bunk beds, but I’m not sure she fully understands the implications of what it means to share her room with her sister. Honestly, if we didn’t have all this stuff from our business to contend with, I think we’d leave things as is since Mia enjoys her privacy and sometimes shuts her door so that she can play by herself in peace. But being that we have boxes, ribbon, packing supplies, labels, etc. etc. stored and tucked into every single available crevice in the apartment, I think it’s time. Most people are amazed that the evidence of the business isn’t very obvious when they come over (we hide things very well), but I don’t enjoy sleeping over flat packing boxes stored under my bed. As you can guess, this storage dilemma has really tested the nerves of my OCD tendencies.
So aside from having to make decisions about redecorating Mia’s room to accommodate both girls, I’m really looking forward to having a dedicated space in which to store all our packaging materials and act as our shipping center. I’m fantasizing about flat drawers for storing our wrapping papers instead of having them rolled up and tucked in between the wall and a dresser, and little compartments for all our labels and ribbons, something like this (by the way, doesn’t the price tag seem a little expensive for Ikea, or is it me??) instead of having them stored in separate little boxes that we can never seem to find again. We’ll also store our printers, shipping scale and labelwriter in this room because if it’s one thing that I hate, it’s having to stare at printers and cables when I’m sitting in bed. The other great thing about this move? We won’t have to sneak into either of the girls’ rooms at night while they’re asleep if we forget to take a shipping or gift box from under their beds or closets before bedtime (one of any parent’s worst nightmares…sneaking into the room of a sleeping child, then having the child stare back at you with open eyes while trying to be all stealth about retrieving something from under the crib).
So as you can see, it’s a win-win situation for all. I figure by the time the girls are old enough to want their own rooms again, we’ll have our own space for the business stuff outside the home (I wish I, hope, I pray…)