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{the great switch}

January 3, 2011



With New Year's still fresh in our minds, the organization bug has hit our home. We decided to bite the bullet yesterday and finally move and switch 3 rooms on our upper floor. Living in a 5 bedroom home has its advantages, it allows for flexibility in room arrangement, or in our situation, re-arrangement.

Our dilemma:

With the kids getting older {2 teens and a tween}, they need a place to "hang out" with their friends. Conflicts were arising when our kids wanted to watch a movie with their friends while their dad felt it was necessary to watch a hockey game in our family room on the main floor. 

We needed a solution.

{My daughter putting her drafting skills to work}

The solution:

Move the younger daughter {she was technically in the games room} into her brother's room, whereas he move into the room that was the computer room. The computer and bookcases move into the daughter's former {technically a games room} room that would become a multi-purpose room: a room for the kids to "hang-out", to house the computer and second TV.

Current situation:

Furniture has been moved but walls need to be painted in 2 of the rooms, which is what I am doing today.

 I will make sure to keep you posted as I move forward with the re-design of the 3 rooms.

13 comments:

  1. I love a good switcheroo! Have fun with it!

    Kelly

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  2. Sounds like a smart solution! I'm a big proponent of switching rooms around to make it all work for your family as needs change! Looking forward to what you do with the rooms!
    Janell

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  3. Huge project! I am going to be doing a link up later this month called "the great clean out", maybe you would like to link this? I'd love to include it :)

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  4. Wow, that's an ambitious start to 2011! I was thinking I might rearrange the bookcase in the family room today - you put my project to shame! ;-)

    It's great that you have the flexibility to rearrange so many rooms in your house. Looking forward to seeing how they turn out :-)

    {HGTV IS airing the new evening shows during the day! Check out the schedule on the HGTV web site - Marriage Under Construction was just on at 12:30PM.}

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  5. Wow, that's a huge thing to take on in the new year! I take my hat off to you. So nice to see your daughter's drafting skills - a budding designer for sure.

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  6. Wow, that's a huge thing to take on in the new year! I take my hat off to you. So nice to see your daughter's drafting skills - a budding designer for sure.

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  7. Ooh! re-arranging and re-organizing for a fresh New Year is right up my alley!! I think we will be doing a tiny bit of this with our home office in the coming month. Can't wait to see what you cook up!! Good luck with painting today :)
    Nancy xo

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  8. Yes, mother of five, here! I found that when they were little we needed a family room, when they were teens, we needed the rec room! We had a huge dry basement and finished it off with a full bath,office,studio, pool table, big screen T.V.,lots of counters and a table. There were many times I wanted to give them back the family room!

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  9. What an exciting time, rearranging and switching rooms,- it makes everything seem so fresh and new!

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  10. Oh I know this routine all too well- we've moved our 4 bedrooms more times than I can count- I think it's one of the top 5 reasons why hubby is refusing to even entertain the thought of another baby- he hates the mere mention of moving rooms again! Good luck with it all and can't wait to see the newly designed rooms:)

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  11. Sounds like fun! Can't wait to see what you do. Happy New Year!

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  12. you know what?? that drafting paper has me all a-flutter! I actually wonder why i have never used it before? Could it be that i have been separated from a true love all this time!? i think it would quite honestly give me such satisfaction to make a little room and little furniture pieces.
    Ok, must buy some this week!
    Have fun with your switch!
    Did you end up painting today???

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  13. did you just write that you were going to paint 2 rooms today?
    you are an inspiration for sure.
    can't wait to see what you do!

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