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Home Office Planning

Decluttering Step by step Progress report
This entry is part 1 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

Oh, the project for decluttering and setting up my husband’s office seems like it will never end.  It seems like when I make progress, we suddenly have something else pop up in the way of more progress.  This past week my husband (rightly) decided that it was way too hot in his office and he wants to install a mini A/C in the wall.  He’s a builder and so he knows people who can do this in their sleep, but I kind of wonder how many days (and nights) it will take to actually get it done.

In the mean time, I have been in planning mode.  Because when progress on a project is just not happening, I like to keep in mind the end goal and make sure it is something we really LOVE.  Planning is my happy place!

I thought I would share with you a portion of my vision for this room. Continue Reading

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Hope for Homemakers: Update on Decluttering

Decluttering Step by step Progress report
This entry is part 41 of 41 in the series Hope for Homemakers

You know that thing where your mother-in-law calls and says she is on her way.  She is about 15 minutes away.  You put the phone down and look around you at the mess overwhelming.  And you jump into action, fitting in 3 days worth of cleaning in 14 minutes 50 seconds, with 10 seconds to left to catch your breath by the front door before opening it and greeting her in your best and most casual, “Oh, Hey!”

There is something about the announcement of a visitor to our homes that gives us the long-sought for motivation to clean like we get paid to clean.   And I suppose there is some sort of payment exchanged.  You know the kind of payment where the visitor looks around your home and says something nice.  You know when they “pay you a compliment” on your homemaking prowess.  And you blush, and look around like, “oh, this old thing.”  Like it looks like this everyday.   The funny thing we forget in all the cleaning-for-company madness is that the visitor is likely not there to check out our home, evaluate our homemaking skills, and give us a grade based on their experience while in our homes.  And still we do the 15 minute mad dash.

Well, this whole scenario (on steroids!) happened for us a couple of weeks ago because my husband informed me that an appraiser was scheduled to come by the house to appraise it for our refinance.

Consider me motivated! Continue Reading