We have basically been coping with the house since June. Basic house cleaning has been done but not often enough or well enough. The lawn is getting mowed, but the rest of the yard is … well, there’s no nice term for it. It’s overgrown. The basic coping combined with lack of time means that, frankly, things were starting to get away from me.
Family to the rescue!
First, my sister Nicki and her husband, Brett totally turned my life around last week. You all know they gave me a room make over. Here are the official before and afters.
All of us love it. The kids keep wandering in, flopping down on the bed and saying, “It’s just like a hotel!” I need to get stuff up on the walls. I’d like some kind of water scene for over the bed and I think pictures of the kids on the side.
New paint, new linens, new furniture placement … altogether it feels like my room - not the room I used to share. Not the room I got left in. MY room.
My first night sleeping in the finished project was one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time. Of course, when I woke up I ran into a wall, but that’s okay! The important thing is the sleep.
Nicki and Brett didn’t just make over my room though, she hired my neat-freak cleanaholic friend Christine to clean my whole house top to bottom. It was shockingly clean by the time she got done. Like, new house clean. I can not tell you what a relief that was. I had not realized how much stress being behind on housework was causing until suddenly it was gone.
My sister and brother-in-law? Totally awesome people. No, really. Totally. Awesome.
Then my parents came on Thursday and stayed through the weekend. I have been missing them badly, but didn’t want to say so because I know how hard it can be to drive across two states and there have been a few medical issues that have cropped up as well. But ohmygoodness was I glad to see them.
My dad is not big on words or a touchy-feely guy. He shows love in totally practical ways like:
- Helping me clean out the entire garage which was A DISASTER AREA.
- Sorting through everything in there and telling me what I needed to keep and what I could get rid of.
- Cleaning out the shed in the back yard in such a way that I got rid of a lot of stuff there too and can fit in things that were in the garage making it even better in there.
- Changing the oil in the lawn mower. I did not even know that was a necessary thing.
- Cleaning the engine of the snow blower and making sure it’s in good condition before the first snow hits.
- Buying me little organizational stuff for all my screws and nails so I could throw out the original boxes which were a major source of clutter. Here are the before and afters on that:
What a huge difference!
While my dad was doing all of this, my mom was cleaning out cupboards, playing games with the kids and generally keeping the inside of the house running.
It was a tremendously productive weekend and I feel very loved and taken care of.