Last week, we got some very exciting news - Joel got a promotion at work! He has been going through the interview process since August so not only was I beyond proud and excited, it's also a relief to have it over.
His promotion is going to keep us in Los Angeles longer than we had originally signed on for (3-4 years). It'll be our 3rd year here in February, and we are likely here for another 3 at least.
Once the papers were signed, we had to decide if we were going to stay in our condo or move on.
Our house is great, but we've started to feel like we are growing out of it. Closet's have reached max capacity and we were getting tired of living with stuffed cabinets and drawers.
Long story short....we decided to stay. Financially it makes the most sense and we couldn't find anything better on the market in our budget. By deciding to stay, we knew we needed a major overhaul - so this weekend we basically moved out of our house and then moved back in.
The biggest, or most noticeable, change was to this area behind the dining room table.
It wasn't an efficient use of space, and with our small kitchen, it wasn't doing enough of what we needed that space to do.
On an impulsive and frustrated whim, I ran to World Market and within twenty minutes I was loading a huge shelving unit into my car. Joel was out with a buddy, so I brought it all the way up to our unit and started to build it. When I make my mind up, you can rest assured shit is going to get done.
Before dinner I forced Joel to help me build it and then all day Sunday we did major, major, major work.
After one more round of accessories shopping we have a totally new situation going on and I'm already loving it.
We moved our wine fridge and turned our antique cabinet into a bar and now we have a whole booze station, which is pretty fun.
The house is never done, but the changes we did this weekend have already made an enormous difference.