[u][i]Warning[/i][/u]: If you don't have a cup of coffee in front of you you'll never get through this.
Yep, 3:30 in the morning and I bolt upright in full panic mode! Guts just-a-churning! All I could think about was OMG, WHAT HAVE WE DONE?!!!
I need some encouragement. I need to be told to "calm down; don't panic; it will all work out in the end." Maybe by the time I finish typing this my world will be as it was yesterday - calm and unruffled.
We've bought a new condo - it will be two years since we crossed their palm with $. It should be finished and ready for us to occupy in the middle of October. Our place here is sold.
One of the reasons we bought the new place was because we got carried away with the idea that 1700 sq. ft. was HUGE! We are in 1192 sq. ft. now - and we wanted a nice room for that BIG flat screen TV that every guy just has to have. Our present living room is very definitely girly and there's no way the Monday night football gang can really kick back and relax the way we'd like them to.
So here was our dream condo - beautifully situated, lovely view plus two more rooms than we have now - one being the family room that is open to the kitchen, the other an office. What could be more perfect? Even promises of a BIG storage room right next to our suite.
*Actually our floor plan was somewhere on this forum attached to an old post of mine.
Well it turns out both my husband and I are mathematically challenged. SERIOUSLY CHALLENGED!!!
Over the past two years we have purchased a 79" leather couch and matching chair and had another occasional chair made at Pebble Creek as well as a coffee table . . . all for the new imaginary family room. Those and the new dining room table and chairs have been in storage forever.
Oh, I forgot to mention: We have never set foot in our new condo. Nope, that's not allowed. We have to wait for our "official walk through" next month. We've just been going on the floor plan drawing and hoping the measurements aren't too far off. It's been agony. I don't recommend it as a fun thing to do.
Well, all of a sudden we have focused in on the numbers involved in the measurements of the various rooms. Yes, the suite has more square feet - but what we failed to observe in our zest to buy new "stuff" so everything would be all ready when we moved in and we wouldn't have to wait two more months for furniture to arrive (take breath here) . . . was that we also have two extra rooms and nearly all of the rooms are smaller than what we have here!!!
The bathrooms and closets and laundry room are bigger. Fact is we must get rid of one living room loveseat, two antique chairs, a china cabinet, side tables a coffee table ... oh the list goes on ... and on.
The decor I've loved for years will be decimated! Our present furniture simply does not work in the new condo. Even my darling kitchen set will have no home. I'm thinking of putting it on the balcony. I'll use the baker's rack as a flower and plant stand I guess. I think there's a spot out there for it.
The new place will have 2 stools at a counter.
We have a huge living room here - because we extended our living room into what was designed for a dining room.
The "office" in our present place (the second bedroom) is going to be replaced with California Closet's designed built-in cabinets for our cupboards and computer desk system. The Ikea desk, bookshelf and wall unit in the present office is now something else we have to get rid of ... and it's almost new!! I've put it on Craig's list ... to no avail. The way we want to place the new hide-a-bed in the office will not allow it to open. Fortunately we will now have a guest room. If more than two people want to sleep over ... well, they will just have to lie on the floor! (Just kidding!)
That storage room that we were told was going to be so wonderfully [i]huge [/i]- is not. The so-called "extra" storage we would be getting in the basement is apparently non-existent. What a disappointment THAT was to my husband. Loads of storage room was something really important to him. We will be able to get our big Christmas deco boxes in there and that's about it. Now he's talking about putting his winter tires in our new laundry room! Gaaaaaaaaaack!!!
So - I digress. Back to the new 11' x 13' 6" family room and all that new furniture we've had made and paid for. I should have paid attention to the depth of that coffee table. It's huge! 48" x 32 "! I should not have had that ever-so-comfy-small scale occasional chair made. I'm convinced it's going to be one chair too many. Where I wanted to place it would block that new 40" TV he's getting. I think that whole room is going to look jammed with furniture and hideous! I could be wrong - remember, it's all in my head still ... yep rattling around in my head and driving me nuts!!!
So I shall try to soothe my fevered brow with thoughts of our nice-sized balcony - 25' long and 15' at the deepest part in front of the family room. The view will be lovely. Too bad Summer is only on a Thursday most years.
Thanks for "listening." I needed to get things out on "paper" so I can see what a hole we've dug for ourselves. I certainly can't call up my pals and tell them - better to keep my stupidity in the closet!
Okay, so my stomach has settled down. I could go on ... and on until you go blind or my fingers seize up.
Why did I think we needed to move? Will someone remind me please.