I spent much of this weekend taking down all of the curtains/drapes/shades that were hanging on every window of this house. I can not tell you how many screws I had to un-screw out of these walls. Most of the screws were probably in the walls/trim for 30+ years. But what a transformation! The light coming in makes the place feel much brighter and larger. And you can now see the beautiful trim details around the windows.
Next step is to decide which kinds of window treatments* to put back up on all these windows - this will require some time (and money).
*Note: Joey doesn't like the term "window treatment". He says "They're not sick! They don't need to be treated!" Men... too funny.