We began this Fourth of July week with a trip to Ikea to purchase a big Billy bookcase for Meg’s room because her books no longer fit on her smaller bookcase. We also decided to replace Clare’s smaller bookcase because the back repeated fell off of it.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, these new purchases led to changing around furniture to make each girl’s room work better for her. Meg decided she wanted her desk against one of her windows so she could see outside while sitting at her desk. Clare thought that was a great idea for her desk as well because she likes to paint at her desk and she could look outside for inspiration. Moving Clare’s desk allowed us to put her bookshelf iin a more accessible place. Immediately Clare began alphabetizing all of her books, because she is inherently a librarian.
The girls are very happy with how their rooms turned out. They want to add bean bag chairs, because all 8 and 9 year old girls want bean bag chairs. As an added touch, we placed flowers around Clare’s mirror. I came up with this idea while at the Sleeping Beauty puppet show. The set had rose garlands placed over white and I knew it would be perfect for Clare. She loves it and it does go well with her princess canopy, which was a birthday present this year.
I improved both Meg and Clare’s bed this week as well. I felt sorry for them. Anne has an incredibly comfortable pillowtop mattress. My husband and I just bought our first new bed of our marriage (king-sized and incredibly comfortable). Meg and Clare still have their old bunk bed mattresses that felt like cement. I wanted to hold off on new mattresses for them until they are older in case they decide on larger beds. So I replaced the slats on their bed frames (a few were broken) and added a second mattress pad). What an improvement these small changes made!
We knew we wanted to make Meg and Clare’s bedrooms more functional this summer. Meg’s homework will increase this coming school year and Clare needs a quiet place to work on her various projects. We managed to accomplish this goal over about three days and the girls are very happy with the results.