That's where my mom comes in. She had a plan right off the bat. Basically, I needed her to come over and boss me around. Mom's organizing skills are like chess skills - she can see 10 moves ahead.
We started in the garage so I could finally pull my car in. It feels amazing to have that garage clean (I even did a few projects in there last weekend).
I owe a big THANK YOU to my dad for buying me a shopvac. I cannot even tell you how many spiders, egg sacks and dead bugs I sucked up with that thing (Let's just say there was a lot of screaming coming from the garage).
Lastly, we hit up the dining room.
We gathered all of my frames and I started planning what would go where. This was about 4 hours into our cleaning session, my brain was fried. I put a bunch of frames on the wall, hated them, pulled them all down, got frustrated and quit for the day.
My mom left, I watched an episode or two of Lost, had a bowl of ice cream and then got an idea! Since I hated squishing the frames onto one wall, why not put them on two walls?
BONUS - it also semi-hides the thermostat! It doesn't stand out as much as it used to, so it's no longer the first thing I see when I walk in the dining room.
Planning things out & taking things slowly isn't my strong suit. I'm more like do-it-right-now-and-make-it-look-perfect-the-first-time kind of person (which rarely works). Which is why I now have a bunch of nail holes I need to fill. This set-up worked the first time. Phew.
Recently, I set a goal to buy more "art" for my home, but it's hard to imagine not having photos and memories on my walls.
What would I do without photos from my Boston trip with Est, Charlotte and her big boy, a card from the day Mel and I climbed Blue Mountain, a beautiful photo of my mom (that's her with the flowers)...
This house is really feeling like my home and it's so nice to be surrounded by the people I love (even if it is just in photos and memories).
My mom asked me the other day if there was anything I hate about my home. I really had to think about it. My answer, of course, was the spiders. I could really do without the spiders, but everything else? I love it all.
After moving throughout college and my teaching career, it feels so nice to finally be settled.
ps. Is anyone else wondering what Charlie is sniffing in that photo?