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Making Home

We are taking baby steps to make this house our own. This week, three canvases of my photographs arrived. One of them went in our foyer. In the foyer, we also put a bench one of our good friends who’s a woodwork artist made. It doubles as a place to sit and remove shoes or a place for guests to put purses and coats or other belongings. It is awesome and I find myself sitting there more often than I expected to, just this week. The other two canvases were photos of the dogs that I took for Oliver and Liam to have in their rooms. The canvases are hanging now in their homes and the boys are pleased. The other step we took this week is to replace our kitchen lights. One of the fixtures was dying and the light was becoming dim (multiple bulb fixture), and we opted to replace both fixtures so that they will match. The set we picked coordinates such that we will be able to replace the dining room fixture, the fixtures in our foyer and hallway, and our stairwell fixture, over time. For now, though, the kitchen is done and I am ecstatic. […]

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Tackling My Elephant

So as I referenced very briefly, I am not working outside the home anymore other than photography. What that means is that I am in the process of establishing a routine and niche for myself at home. First up: tame the house. Family came and helped me clean the house before Christmas and it is a disaster already. Instead, I’ve been tinkering with photos. or crocheting a beautiful new shrug (this latest one has a hood!) Or reading blogs. Or listening to podcasts. Or napping. Anything to avoid the elephant in the room– the laundry and the messy house. I look at blogs and get home envy of all the people who can have stark white walls. This house though, lovely as it is, would look too sterile with its wood trim and bright white walls. It just wouldn’t have the same effect. And while the wood trim could be painted over, this house’s character, so much of it, comes from the wood trim accents all over the first floor. I am removing the panels of fake dividers over the windows. That is a project is in the process of happening now, and I love the effect. The house looks […]

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New Work Spaces

In the spirit of establishing establishing better health and habits and in the spirit of getting our home in better shape, J and I worked on establishing dedicated work spaces in our house this weekend. J suggested we figure out my desk situation. I’ve been doing my thing in transitional spaces: on our dining room or kitchen tables, with my journals and coloring books and photography stuff strewn all over the house. The problem, particularly in our dining room with its small window that gets no direct sunlight, is that I’ve found myself working in shadowed spaces for a very long while. It was no good for my mind’s health, for sure. J’s solution was to put me right in my favorite spot in the whole house: the bay window of our formal living room. I was torn on this idea. After all… it was supposed to be a formal living room, right? However, the formal living room is big, taking up probably a third of our whole first floor of our house. It had gotten to the point that none of us were spending time in it, which means it was wasted space. There’s no point in that happening, either. […]

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When Things Really Are Messy

There are times in my life when life gets really messy. When laundry piles up and the dishes don’t get done and there is darkness. There are times in my life when everything routine comes to a grinding halt. In such times, I wonder how it all got this messy. In my messy life, I often get lost in the details. In my messy life, I frequently forget the importance of taking care of myself first. In my messy life, I often forget that it is okay to ask for help. I am emerging from a season of messiness in my life. I see the light in my life for the first time in a long while. In this season, it is vital to keep going and to clean up the mess one piece at the time. I have to remember that it does not all have to be done at once. One load of laundry at the time, one clean dish at the time, one misplaced household item back in its place at the time. One to-do list at the time, I am going to clean this mess up one item at the time. I am going to clean […]

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How I Get Things Done

I am still working on the concepts in this post. I still work daily to feel satisfied with the amount of things I get done in the day. I am coming from a place of disorder and (more than) slight chaos stemming from health problems with which I’ve struggled for the past few years. So, my solutions for time and task management come from that particular place. This solution is a good place to start when one hasn’t been tracking (or in some cases, doing) tasks for an extended time: like, months or maybe even years at a time. I keep track of everything I do in a paper calendar. J, my husband, can keep track of everything “in the cloud,” through apps on his phone, but I do best when I can take a pen and paper and keep track of everything… physically marking off tasks as the task is completed. I feel more successful after each check mark. At the beginning of the year (or when they are first on sale the Fall prior to the beginning of the year), I buy a calendar. Matters not what format the calendar takes. Mine is a simple one that only has […]

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Change Comes Slowly

The sun is rising and that makes me think of the promise of the new day today. I have my coffee, the house is quiet, I have time to think. I have some music playing. It’s pretty great. I often get upset with myself over so many things, but one of those things is not being disciplined enough. For example, our house is perpetually messier than I like and we always have piles of laundry waiting to be done. When I really stop to think, though, what just the past five years have been like– when I stop to think how we’ve just been in survival mode for so much of that time– I am sometimes able to cut myself a little bit of a break. And, when I am gentler on myself, I find myself willing to think about getting a little more disciplined. Funny how that works. After all, change doesn’t happen all at once, does it? I know this in theory, yet my impatience gets the best of me more often than not and that impatience paralyzes me from making even the smallest of changes. When I stop to be nicer in my thoughts to myself, it’s […]

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