The great study project, part 2

I wrote last month about our house project, to change two rooms. making what was my study into a spare room, and the spare room into a new study for me. This project is a definite labour of love, and getting it done around everything else is a challenge! However, progress is being made and I’d say we are well over 50% of the way. Of course, this now means that we are in the ‘eek!’ phase, where it looks worse before it gets better!

This is the former study, with the piles of stuff ready to be stored away, thrown away or recycled/donated. It’s times like this I really wish we had a car!

Probably the most together of my spaces – love this long desk (actually two Ikea dining tables) with plenty of roomfor writing, taking notes, and creating. The skylight is wonderful – loads of light spilling in!

The pile is receding a little more every day, but when you’re a stationery fiend like me there’s always a lot of sorting through to do.

So. Much. Stuff. I may have to get Kondo on it!

Please excuse my slightly-burned ironing board – the high heat needed for cotton shirts is a little punishing!

Now there’s a little shelf space created, there’s more room for things, so I can definitely peek at the light at the end of the tunnel. I better get back to it now – looking forward to cracking and a getting it donw, and showing the finished rooms here before too long. Wish me luck, please!

Linking up with the Home Etc. team – such a great linky for tips, tricks, and swoonworthy rooms. And then  posts like mine, haha!

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  1. Melanie Ed
    6th July 2016 / 7:11 am

    Lol,great post Claire. Looks like there is still lots to do, have fun x

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:01 am

      Haha, thank you! I'm excited to crack on!

  2. Emma Iannarilli
    6th July 2016 / 8:19 am

    Wow! This looks like a big project, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end, looking forward to seeing the finished product.

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:02 am

      Me too, Emma! I'm excited to see the two spaces finished!

  3. LuxuryColumnist
    6th July 2016 / 8:33 am

    I watched Life Stripped Bare last night, it was quite inspiring. I have a lot of stuff cluttering up my place too!

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:02 am

      I'll have to seek out Life Stripped Bare. I'm finding my thirties are all about streamlining.

  4. Samantha Rickelton
    6th July 2016 / 8:53 am

    You can definitely see a massive improvement already – it'll all be worth it when it's done xx

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:03 am

      Thank you Samantha! As I grapple with bags and boxes your cheerleading is appreciated!

  5. Camelia Natalia Style
    6th July 2016 / 10:06 am

    wow! it's going to look amazing, I like the idea of swapping the rooms although it seems to be lots of work. I hope you make it and share it to see the final result! πŸ™‚ xx

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:04 am

      Thank you sweetheart – I think it will be worth it. The little light at the end of the tunnel is becoming ever more visible!

  6. Jane Taylor
    6th July 2016 / 10:28 am

    Nice to 'meet' you, Claire! Ah, the messy half way stage! But you have made good progress. I am a stationery fiend too! Loooove notebooks. It will be so wonderful to have a nice space to work in when it's finally done. #HOMEETC

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:04 am

      Thanks, Jane – this stage is always the trickiest, right?

  7. Rosana
    6th July 2016 / 11:53 am

    that's taking shape nicely. I love home projects. R

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:04 am

      Me too! I love spending time making our house a little lovelier.

  8. Kerry Villers
    6th July 2016 / 11:55 am

    I know exactly what this feels like, so many rooms in my house are filled with clutter and things that need rehoming at the moment. To the point that I just want to throw it all out the front door and forget about it. I hope you have it all sorted soon, when you're finished, you will have to sort mine out for me!! Ha! xx #HomeEtc

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:05 am

      Ahaha Kerry, I know that feeling far too well! At times I've been tempted to get a skip and just get rid of it all!

  9. Fionnuala Zinnecker
    6th July 2016 / 1:39 pm

    Best of luck Claire! I know all about that messy stage. My guest room is also my craft room and it is currently undergoing a very slow and not too well thought out renovation. In other words it is an absolute state. But i'll get there. Someday.Looking forward to your updates!

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:06 am

      Craft rooms are such a danger – I have boxes of craft stuff stashed away 'just in case'!

  10. ana de jesus
    6th July 2016 / 2:27 pm

    What a great project, best of luck and you have made good progress so far! I am going through the messy half way stage myself!

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:06 am

      You have my thoughts – the messy stage is trying!

  11. Ickle Pickle
    6th July 2016 / 7:32 pm

    It is going to be so great when it is all done! I have the Marie Kondo book….. and still haven't made a start! Kaz x

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:07 am

      Haha, Kaz. I quite enjoyed it – and then donated it when I was decluttering. I'm sure Marie would be proud!

  12. Brand & Beauty
    6th July 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I think it will be a nice office when it is done, perfect for your studies. I wish I had an office x

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:07 am

      Thanks hon – I'm very lucky. We both love having our own wee workspaces.

  13. Samantha Jeffery
    6th July 2016 / 9:45 pm

    It's a big project but looks like you're tackling it really well!

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:07 am

      Thanks so much, Samantha πŸ™‚

  14. Jessica Ayun
    7th July 2016 / 1:12 am

    I was just accompanying my friend last week as he is transforming his two rooms into more spacy ones. To sort things out is one of the benefits in arranging. Haha. I am excited to see how it will look when done. πŸ™‚

    • Claire
      7th July 2016 / 9:08 am

      Thank you – hopefully in a few weeks I will be all done!

  15. beautyqueenuk
    7th July 2016 / 10:05 am

    It is definitely a big project for you, but clearly one worth tackling x

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you – it is keeping me very, very busy!

  16. Jess | The Indigo Hours
    7th July 2016 / 10:58 am

    Oh gosh, it looks like you'll have your work cut out, but it sounds like you're nearly there! Well done, I'm sure it'll be worth it :DJess xo | The Indigo Hours

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Thanks Jess, I really hope so!

  17. Helerina
    7th July 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Wow that's a big project! I'm like you and hate the omg what have I done stage where it looks worse before it gets better. Hope you finish it soon πŸ™‚ I love the idea of 2 dining tables for desks…..might pinch that for my study!

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:16 pm

      It's so great – bags of space for writing and creating – I hate feeling hemmed in on a small desk!

  18. Lins Drabwell
    7th July 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Aw it's exciting to have such a big project but I definitely know what you mean about things getting worse before they get better – 2 years into our 20 year house renovation project we've a long way to go. Best of luck! X #HomeEtcBlogging at Boo & Maddie

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:17 pm

      20 years? Wow, I am in awe! One-tenth down – I'm sure it's going to be amazing!

    11th July 2016 / 12:48 pm

    LOVE sorting out clutter and this looks fab! Good luck and keep us posted πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking – Jess xx#HomeEtc

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:17 pm

      I will do, Jess, can't wait to get finished!

  20. Stephanie Robinson
    12th July 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Looks like you're making real progress – and yes I find it always gets much worse before it gets any better, you just have to keep going! #homeetc

    • Claire
      13th July 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Thanks Stephenaie – the cheerleading on here is helping loads!

  21. Lucy Loves To Eat
    4th August 2016 / 8:52 am

    Good work Claire! I love the Kondo approach to living, can't wait to see the transformed space! Lucy

  22. essaywriter-online
    10th August 2016 / 1:21 pm


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