Today I have a guest post over at Brip Blap about Learning to Love What You Have – I encourage you to pop over and read it, and also check out Brip Blap’s blog. He blogs about a wide array of personal improvement topics, from finances to productivity to happiness to life, and his blog is a great read. I’m honored to have a guest post appear in his stellar content!
My guest post talks about the lack of storage space in our house and how that has enabled me to start letting go of the concept of “long term” storage, and really instituting a “use it or lose it” philosophy in our lives. If we have it, and we aren’t using it, it had better be for seasonal reasons, or to a small extent sentimental ones. Otherwise, I sell it or donate it or just get rid of it. I’m not completely effective at this yet, but I am trying.
This has allowed me to find all sorts of things I’d forgotten we have. One of those things I discovered recently are some heavy lined light-blocking curtains we used to have in our master bedroom in our apartment. These are floor to ceiling curtains that we had over our large window that was east facing and the light would wake up my spouse way too early. In our house, our master bedroom is actually a bit too dark and the one small window is north facing (and partially blocked by our garage roof) so it doesn’t get a whole lot of light. We use regular curtains now there and the heavy light-blocking ones were in storage.
Our new house has a room called a sunroom that is insulated but not heated or cooled (no ductwork) and it has a large amount of windows that are not made of the most energy-efficient glass. There is an old heavy sliding glass door inbetween the sunroom and the rest of the house (original to the house, the sunroom was a later add-on). In a perfect world, I would replace all the windows in the sunroom (it has 8 ) with energy efficient ones and the sliding glass doors with nice double-paned french doors. And maybe run some ducts out there as well. But this isn’t a perfect world and that room sucks a lot of heat out of our house just by being there, even when the door is closed (which it usually is).
Enter the heavy light-blocking curtains. The sliding door into the sunroom already has a curtain rod above it, because the previous owners had a valance along the top of the door. I replaced the valance with the curtains that were sitting in our closet, and now it blocks the draft and keeps the family room (which the sunroom is attached to) warmer. It also makes the family room significantly darker but some higher-wattage CFLs are helping with that.
It’s not pretty – the curtains are not ugly but they are a boring navy blue and don’t really go with the rest of the brown and sage room that well – but it was free and it should help keep the heating bill down a tad. Especially since my kids like to go in the sunroom from time to time to play. Having the curtains keeps the air transfer between the two rooms to a minimum, so far at least.