Just Life

Sometimes Mondays.

are a mess!

Marc and I spent most of the weekend making sure we were ready for the painters. We transferred closets to a spare room in the basement (lower right) and a little bit to our living room (center right). I unloaded my craft room (upper right). and we both spent a few hours decluttering and reorganizing along the way. It felt like we were in good shape. until about 11 am (center left). That’s our bedroom. Last night I was so happy to have ALL my clothes out of storage units in the closet and actually in the dresser.

Now we understand that the way they’re going to be able to paint our whole house in less than two weeks is by making it seem “empty”. They put paper down on all the floors and plastic over everything else. literally EVERYTHING. I was glad I had a little dirty laundry in a hamper and rescued it to wash before they wrapped the hamper. (Marc wasn’t quite as lucky.)

We’re hoping “moving fast” means we’ll have some of our stuff back by Thursday?! and all the emptying out means I don’t need to worry about being showered and dressed for any Zoom calls πŸ˜‰

Marc and I haven’t done this much teamwork since the summer’s Marmie & Poppa camp. of course we didn’t have Quiet Time, or grilled cheese with carrots and cucumber for lunch. on the other hand, it was wine o’clock 45 minutes ago.

My study is mostly packed now (lower left) and the bit of quiet time I have in the mornings needs to be actual “quiet time”. I will catch up with y’all soon … and πŸ™‚ plan to share my OLW update in a future post. (also the paint!)

Wishing you a calm and peaceful start to December!




  • Carolyn

    Unreal! Seems you two worked fast! Were it not for COVID, I can imagine a nice little local getaway while all this magic is happening at home πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the ‘after’ pictures! And I’m swooning over those big windows! Now I know what you meant πŸ™‚

  • Kat

    Yikes! I am sure the finish will be wonderful, but the inbetween… not so much! (also, not sure I’d want painters in the house right now during COVID Explosion days…)

    Good luck!

  • Bonny

    I HATE painting, so while all this does seem like a lot of work, it still might be better than doing it yourself. It took me five days to paint a tiny bathroom and ten days each for a bedroom and the kitchen, so two weeks for a whole house sounds fast! Good luck!

  • Sarah

    I will keep my fingers crossed that they do indeed work quickly so you can get your life back in order soon — that much disorder would make me really anxious (I’m having flashbacks to when we painted in our house, and that was only a few rooms!). Please be safe while they’re there!

  • Vera

    Oh wow! What a lot of work (and you aren’t even doing the painting!!). You are brave to be doing this at the Holiday Season!!! Hope it goes quickly and you can settle back into HOME.

  • Carole

    Oh, Mary. That’s a lot of disruption at once and I applaud your attitude about handling it. I don’t think I would be so gracious. I hope it moves along quickly and you get some normal back soon!

  • Juliann

    Wow – that is a lot of work. We need new carpet and will probably see if we can get things painted at the same time but m sure this work is in our future too. Strong work

  • Karen

    I can’t begin to imagine a project this big, particularly at this time of year. We’re already hunkered down inside as the last warm temperatures we enjoyed in November seem to be gone now for awhile. I hope it all goes smoothly!

  • Patty

    All those jerseys! πŸ™‚ Good luck getting through all this – I’m guessing the results will be fabulous. Can’t wait for a tour. xo

  • Alexa

    Although the disruption looks huge, I am hoping the days swiftly pass and you end up with a home you are really happy in just in time for Christmas and the New Year. It will feel wonderful to be starting the new year in a fresh and organised space … You are making me want to go and clear out mine now!

  • Jane

    Whoa – that is a lot of moving in a short period of time. I hope it all goes smoothly. I’m with Bonny, I hate to paint so hiring it done appeals to me. We are on a list for new outdoor siding and a good share of the windows in December or January. The company hasn’t given us a firm date yet. ;-). I hope they are organized and don’t run into any snags as they do the windows because likely it will be cold outdoors. Good luck with your project. The end result will be so worth the headache.

  • lydia

    Wow-looks like moving. Still a nice way to sort, discard and organize things and start the new year! Can’t wait to hear about the results.

  • Margene

    When it’s done it will be amazing. But, oy, to put everything back in its place…. You’ll feel like you’re living in a new house. The light will fill the rooms!