So, now that I KNOW I am getting my house back in less than 30 days, I am abandoning all Halloween prep in favor of Whole House Tetris prep.
I have a lot of furniture. It's part of the fun of living in your grandmother's house- the house was full when I got here, and I brought my own furniture. The furniture that was already here is all enormous and antique. The furniture that I brought is all particleboard and shitty, except my dressers. Unfortunately, the shitty particleboard serves functions that the antiques do not, and vice versa.
My dining room has been home to an antique cherrywood bedroom set that was way too huge for the guest room that it lived in for 50 years. The giant dresser/mirror has become a very tall credenza, currently housing my liquor on top and all my office stuff in the drawers. There are also two nightstands and a vanity. Added to this is a particleboard rolltop desk that has the rest of my office supplies and some filing cabinets. I do not have anywhere to sit and eat- I eat over the sink like a frat boy, or on my back patio at a termite-ridden picnic table. If it's raining, the patio is a no-go.
In my tiny kitchen is a small round dining table and two chairs. I have no idea why it's in there, my grandmother was weird about compartmentalizing the house. It is in no way useful, and makes it hard to get in and out of the door. It's also ugly, but I can deal with ugly.
My den is home to a smallish ugly couch, an antique Indonesian chest, a barrel shaped end table with storage underneath, and a red metal locker cabinet TV thing from Ikea. There are bookshelves flanking the fireplace, but they are shitty particleboard and cannot hold more than 35 pounds per shelf (wtf?). They are already bowed. Part of me thinks I should just build something into the space that will actually, yanno, SUPPORT books. The other part of me is already overwhelmed with projects.
In the office, there will be two shitty particleboard bookshelves that actually hold a lot of weight and don't look bad, a shitty particleboard corner desk that I brought home from college that has probably been utterly ruined, a large antique blanket chest full of linens, and my great-grandmother's gliding chair, which needs to be reupholstered but is otherwise fine (and has swan heads supporting the armrests, which is glorious). There is also a wooden dresser in there, which does not have to live there.
In the guest room there are (or will be) two silver-painted wooden dressers and a twin bed. There is also a cherrywood pie table currently serving as a nightstand.
So far, I think I have everything sorted out, but I just don't know what to do with the rolltop desk, the vanity, the nightstands, or the red TV cabinet (I have no TV).
I should measure things and start drawing up a battle plan.
I should also work on my floor (I'm 1/6 done with my den floor!).
I'm getting my houuuuuuuuuuse back. I'm getting my houuuuuuuuuuuuse back.