And I got sick of it. I love cleanliness. I love order. I love organization. I love everything having a place. I also love making good use of each space. I felt like we could make better use of the space by converting it into our classroom! Our dining room is the center of our house and it got taken over with school stuff.
Here's where we were doing school, which isn't too shabby. But when it's the center of your house it quickly gets taken over by school stuff. I needed a space to put school things, out of sight, so it wasn't consuming me and stressing me out:
I didn't get a before of the laundry/utility/storage room until after it was cleared out. The washer and dryer are in this separate space to the right. I had already begun filling in holes and getting ready for paint here.
And now that I've just shared that, my husband had the brilliant idea to take it a step further and turn it into a media room for the kids instead, as a group Christmas gift to them. We take a more "unschooling" approach to school lately anyway, and don't spend as much time in the room doing schoolwork as you'd think... so we might take out a couple of the desks in order to put in a loveseat and give the kids some place to relax and hang out.