The Monster 6-Room Tackle

by Susan

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Yes, between our two houses, we’re redecorating 6 rooms!

Hey Ladies, this is Susan here…

Janice is again away and I am here trying to tackle. Hopefully this is Janice’s last trip until the babies have arrived and learned to sit-up and crawl! (Well, maybe not quite sitting and crawling… her husband does tend to like to take their family away for long weekends and even a newborn may not stop that. But, I’ll tell myself that at least… Life is tougher for me when she’s away.)

Anyway, in last week’s tackle, Janice wrote about how she’s converting the office space upstairs in her house into Jackson’s new bedroom.

Well, that is actually only part of a much larger tackle that is going on around here.

Between Janice’s house and my house, we are actually redecorating 6 Rooms!

Here’s what’s happening…

At Janice’s house:

  1. We’re getting rid of the old office that is no longer used and building a new room for Jackson. That new room obviously needs decorating and new furniture.
  2. Converting Jackson’s room into a nursery for her new baby. Again new furniture, bedding etc.
  3. Building a new room in her basement playroom area into a room for her new Au Pair. Again new furniture, bedding etc.

At Susan’s house:

  1. We’re moving our office (where my mom spends most of her time managing customer service for our stores) down to our basement. Currently our basement is a spare room that also has become a catch-all storage area. It’s actually a ground floor room that is quite large and opens to our patio, so it’s not like we’re sending our mom to a dungeon or anything. It will be twice as large as our current office space.
    But for this room, we have to hire a contractor to build a door since it’s currently just an open room. (The sound of screaming babies and children doesn’t make good background noise when you’re on the phone with a customer.) We’re also pulling out the carpet and putting in laminate flooring. And again more furniture is needed as we’re adding a second desk and workspace.
  2. Converting our existing office into a bedroom for our Au Pair. Again new furniture, bedding etc.
  3. Finally, we’re modifying Julia’s nursery into a combined room with a crib for the new baby and an extra bed for whoever ends up sleeping there. Julia never actually slept in her nursery as she co-sleeps with us. But, I think we may try to have the new baby sleep in a crib and have either Rob or me sleep in the spare bed there to look after her in the early months. Who knows what will actually happen with our sleep arrangements… but we thought we’d try this plan. But again… more furniture and bedding etc.

If you noticed in that list, each room requires new furniture and bedding… yikes… costly and time consuming.

So, my mom and I spent the last two days at IKEA getting the necessities to equip all these rooms.

We were quite a sight… I wish I’d had a camera with me.

My mom messed up her ankle about a month ago and she still can’t really walk. So she was in a wheelchair with Julia either riding on her lap or running ahead wearing her teddy bear harness pulling the wheelchair while I pushed. We told her she was the engine of the train. She had so much fun. (She wasn’t exactly ‘pulling’ much, but she thought she was.)

Julia was a star shopper. We were out for 8 hours on Saturday — she even missed her nap — and she never cried or fussed once. Then on Sunday we had to return to finish the job.

We managed to figure out and purchase most of the furniture and some of the bedding. We found a good bed for Jackson too, but we didn’t purchase that yet as Janice and he will have to check it out first.

So… part of the monster 6-room tackle is done. But oh… there is so much left. And I’m sure Janice will tell you more in next week’s tackle.

But enough about us… What are you tackling? Link up and let us know.


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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 The Pumkin Patch August 7, 2007 at 12:12 am

Whew! Sounds like y’all are busy bees!


2 Jenn August 7, 2007 at 12:16 am

OMG wow – 6 rooms you all are VERY brave woman! And au pares (Spd) wow your gonna have some help for those little kiddo’s – good for you, you two are soo busy!!!


3 Tasra Dawson August 7, 2007 at 12:47 am

0 naps, 1 kidney stone, 2 pregnancies, 6 rooms… you’re tackling the world these days. Good luck and stay safe and healthy! Remember it’s okay to slow down and rest every once in a while.

This week I’m tackling a book review for an amazing woman!


4 Karen August 7, 2007 at 1:06 am

WOW!!! 6 rooms! My tackles this week pale in comparison. I know who I’m gonna think about when I get discouraged – “At least I don’t have 6 rooms to redecorate – on a deadline!”


5 :: Suzanne :: August 7, 2007 at 1:09 am

first time tacklee here


6 Irreverent, Barefoot Ragamuffins August 7, 2007 at 1:11 am

Just a few more things to tackle before baby #6 arrives next Tuesday!


7 Twisted Cinderella August 7, 2007 at 4:33 am

Wow that is a huge tackle! My tackle was big this week too. Good luck and have fun with it! decorating can be a lot of fun!


8 Jodi August 7, 2007 at 5:22 am

WoW!! You gals are going to be busy! Good luck with it all!


9 mummifiedx5 August 7, 2007 at 5:53 am

You’re so brave!! Good luck!


10 Jen August 7, 2007 at 8:03 am

My tackle looks fated to go unfinished today. Dotter 2 is vomiting and having diarrhea.


11 Karen (Pediascribe) August 7, 2007 at 8:16 am

Wow! That is like 6 tackles all at once!

I don’t have a specific area I’m tackling today. Just a list of undone things that need to get finished. The dh and kids are away, so I am going to use this time and be productive! :)


12 Millennium Mommy August 7, 2007 at 8:48 am

Good luck!!


13 *Debbie* 6 Tackle It Tuesday August 7, 2007 at 9:03 am

I’ve gotten mine up, a nice list of To-Do’s. Now, I’m off to do the yard work. Stop by and say Hi.



14 Erin August 7, 2007 at 9:24 am

Wow that is alot of tackling!
We seem to have an unplanned whole house makeover going on at my house. My tackle is posted but not finished, yet. Hope to have after pictures up this afternoon.


15 Cara's Coffee Break August 7, 2007 at 9:32 am

You guys are busy, busy, busy!
I have alot to tackle, so I think today I’ll juwt tackle my to-do list and prioritize!!


16 Sarah August 7, 2007 at 9:42 am

Looks like a whole lot to do!! Wow! I actually had fun with my tackle. ;-)


17 WeaverMom August 7, 2007 at 9:48 am

Wow – that is a LOT!

I tackled my playroom recently. I can’t find Mr. Linky (?), so here is my link:


18 Jana (sidetrack'd) August 7, 2007 at 10:09 am

Wow, that’s quite an undertaking!


19 Deb August 7, 2007 at 10:14 am

Wow, that’s a huge tackle! Good luck! It reminds me of all of the shuffling we did in our old house when I was pregnant with our second daughter.

I’m tackling my coat/broom closet today!


20 Bren August 7, 2007 at 10:30 am

That is a BIG tackle. My tackle was done yesterday since my boys were both here to provide the muscle!!


21 Dawn August 7, 2007 at 10:38 am

Yikes! What a job! I’ve got my first tackle up this week!


22 Raesmom August 7, 2007 at 10:40 am

8 hours of shopping? ugh. that makes me tired just reading that.


23 Sara August 7, 2007 at 10:41 am

If it weren’t so much to do it would sound like fun. Good luck!

I’m just moving files, you make my tackle sound relaxing!


24 dawn August 7, 2007 at 10:51 am

Where’s Mr. Linky today?? He was here earlier!


25 Wendy August 7, 2007 at 10:57 am

I’m in with my very first tackle! This is such a great idea, I’m glad I found out about it. :)


26 Shari August 7, 2007 at 11:24 am

Wow, and I thought I was brave with three rooms – way to go!


27 Shera August 7, 2007 at 11:48 am

My tackle this week is all about getting back on track with a schedule for the remainder of the summer. It is so easy for things to get out of control – scheduling the boys is my way of trying to tame the madness!


28 Misslionheart August 7, 2007 at 12:18 pm

Loading pics as I write…….


29 Dawn August 7, 2007 at 12:53 pm

That sounds like a lot. At least it includes shopping, though, which isn’t all bad.


30 oh amanda August 7, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Did my first TIT today! It’s a doozy!


31 marye August 7, 2007 at 1:45 pm

Well I decided to join in , but I am not sure mine is *official* LOL!


32 Laura August 7, 2007 at 2:47 pm
33 Karen (Pediascribe) August 7, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Mr. Linky is all goofed up. I’m sure I signed up earlier, but as far as I can tell, I’m not showing up. So I signed up again. Weird!


34 Mama Pajama August 7, 2007 at 4:36 pm

Wow, that’s a lot! You guys are so busy! Good luck with getting everything accomplished!


35 swirlingnotions August 7, 2007 at 5:26 pm

Good for you guys! My project this week (and last weekend) was getting my daughter to fall asleep alone in her crib. So far, so good. Three nights of 12 hour sleep and a giggly, smiley baby upon waking!


36 Pam August 9, 2007 at 9:08 am

I completed my first Tackle It Tuesday project this week. I’m a little behind in blogging about it. But it is up!


37 Erna August 9, 2007 at 6:49 pm

You ladies are quite busy getting your “nests” ready for your new babies, as well as all the other changes going on in your homes. Wow! I’m impressed!

I haven’t been posting my Tackles for a while but I did reorganize a bunch of ideas gathered from my days as an Early Childhood Educator. Let’s just say my files are VERY FULL! Otherwise, my new tackle is gathering dresses for children in India, spurred on by my daughter’s desire to give dresses to poor people. So, that’s what I’ll be working on the next while . . . any tips on how to get companies to donate dresses? You ladies always have great stuff going on here. :0)


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