Mommy Drill Sargent & Spring Cleaning Update #1

Well, hubby is handling my new Drill Sargent ways much better than I thought he would! Apparently, even though he likes to play tough guy, he really doesn’t want to be in charge of anything. He did get upset when I was tossing boxes out of my office/craft room and cursing him out, but only because he forgot that I had asked him to stop doing that months ago. I “gently” reminded him – although there may have been some more cursing involved. I sometimes wonder what is going on in that head of his…

Anyway – here are before and after shots of my office…there’s still a long way to go, but at least you can enter the room and actually see our circa 1975 red-orange shag rug!


Phase #1 - Got rid of all the boxes!

If you look very closely under the window on the right, you can see the stack of flooring that’s going to replace the horrible shag rug in here. We got the flooring free when some rich person decided they didn’t like the perfectly good laminate flooring they had and had it ripped up – not only will it look nicer, but it will be way easier to keep clean in a crafting room than the awful rug! You will also notice the stack of colorful boxes to the right of the same window – those are Barbie dolls! Keep your eyes on future updates to this post as I’ll have links to my eBay listings of these dolls as I put them up for sale.

The only thing I’m missing for getting this crafting room usable is shelving…maybe I’ll buy some lumber and make some just the way I want…

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Spring Cleaning

So, I’ve been busy the past two weeks taking care of my father-in-law, cleaning up after sick people when we all came down with Norovirus, and studying ethics. Fun stuff, lol. Just for the record…Norovirus seriously sucks, involves much vomiting (from both ends!), and makes you feel like it’s never going to end – however, it only lasts three days, so there is a good side to it.

Now that my father-in-law has gone home (wow, it sure is a big difference having one less person to feed, help dress, etc. in the morning!) and none of us is sick anymore, I’m going to be doing some serious spring cleaning. My house has been taken over by my 3 boys – hubby, Kyle and Connor. There are toys all over the house, and my office/craft room looks like a bomb went off because my husband apparently has to have a room to use as a dumping ground. No, I’m not kidding. Or exaggerating. He has issues with getting rid of junk…

Seriously? I had this room just about ready to set up for my 6-year-old and me to do crafts in – see the swinging lamp in the corner? There are two tables set up there as workspace! We sell a lot of things on eBay, but apparently breaking up boxes is too difficult? And baby gates that aren’t in use? I have a spot for them in the cellar, but he’s junked that up so much that you can’t put anything else in there either. Yes, I live with a fricking pig. Funny thing though – if the mess interferes with his daily routine, he’ll be the first one to bitch.

And now – because hubby is so helpful with teaching our sons to clean up after themselves, my den looks like this within an hour of my cleaning it up…

Long story short, enough is enough. I’m done living in a house with rooms we can’t use because we have too much junk. Which means I’m going to have to recruit my mother to help get rid of stuff. Hubby will actually pull toys out of the trash because he thinks there’s some use for them even though the boys only touch it once every 6 months, and now that he’s driving my truck, I don’t have much say in the matter. It’s time to call in reinforcements! In case you didn’t know, this is my mom…

She’s great – and a totally amazing artist! You can see her stuff at She makes me crazy sometimes, but I honestly don’t know how I would stay sane without her. (If you have a mom like this, make sure you let her know you love her and thank her every chance you get!)

My spring cleaning plans are going to be started this week, while Connor is at school. But…my spring cleaning doesn’t just involve my house…it also involves my computer and interwebs spaces. Which means not only am I going to clean up my laptop’s hard drives, but I’m going to work in earnest on setting up my design site, and Coffee with Cheryl is going to see a major design update!

Stay tuned…I’ll keep you guys up to date on how hubby handles me becoming a Drill Sargent and let you know what kind of progress I make!

Oh, and that stuff we sell on eBay? Right now we’re selling a bunch of baby stuff…check it out! High Chair, Cradle Swing, Jumperoo, Activity Center & Walker

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