Our third story is 1,000 square feet of unfinished space, affectionately termed “The attic.” Once we finish it off, one half will house the boys bedroom, while the “teen hang out” will be on the other, and then it will be affectionately coined, “Thee attic.” After fourteen years, some phrases would be hard to switch.
The only thing standing between beginning the dry walling process and completion is STUFF. (More stuff than I care to think about.) In my defense, it’s our attic, storage, garage, closet and then some.
I dream of just one HGTV show coming and tackling it for me in one week. Seriously, a one thousand foot blank canvas is a designer and organizer’s dream, isn’t it?
But until that dream becomes a reality, one thing rings true: KIDS JUST DO NOT CARE!
This is one of their favorite places. Kids come over and gravitate to this spot. (Although visitors are no longer allowed up there for safety reasons…lol.) My kids, along with my nephews, begged me to sleep in the attic, and I immediately said, “No.”
Why would I let them sleep up there? Certainly, it’s not healthy for them! 😉 But then that little voice whispered…and I listened.
I responded to that reminder to be a “YES MOM.”(Read about that revelation from a prior post.)
So many times I must say “no,” but this time…it was “yes” all the way. (Clarify – I said yes to the sleeping up there, not to the cleaning out part. I have to gear up for that one, and the goal is by Christmas.)
So, the next time the kids want to do something you may think is just a little crazy…
Just. Say. Yes!
(Can you Eye Spy the number of bodies? Don’t forget under the Foosball table. ;))
LOL! I love it 🙂
Kids see the adventure, we see the mess! My basement storage looks like that. I had grand plans. It was supposed to be done by Thanksgiving. Not happening.
Once upon a time we let our kids sleep in the attic. It was a great adventure. But then the attic used to be empty. Now there is a J shaped, one foot wide path going through. I have cleaned it up and the space I make always gets filled up again. I console myself with the thought that the main living part of the house is getting better. I agree with Kimberly, kids see the adventure and you are making a great memory. They will never remember the mess.
I know kids don’t care, do they? I am always telling my 10 year old daughter “no your friends can’t stay the night, the house is too messy”. Well, the truth is…her friends won’t care. They’ll just step over the piles of laundry in the upstairs hallway and have fun playing in my daughter’s room. 🙂 I wish I had an attic space like that to refinish. Wow, that would be a life saver.
I haven’t been by here in a while and have missed it so much.
You did a great job being a “yes” mom. My first reaction would have been no too. I guess it’s just like ingrained or something. Anyway, I have enjoyed my visit with you today and will be back.
Great picture – it reminds me of the time my kids made a “fort” out of the kitchen table, chairs, and numerous blankets. They begged to be allowed to sleep in it, so we let them. They laid down a bunch more blankets under the table, and I took pictures once they fell asleep!
Those “yes” memories are the best. Good for you!. And those are great pix to show fiancees/fiances! -s-