Friday, August 21, 2015

House of Order

Life gets crazy.  My life has been crazy for so long, that I stopped thinking "when things get back to normal" and instead told myself that crazy IS my normal.  I think the final straw was when I found the not-so-clean toilet that I had paid my cleaning lady to clean, the toilet that my exchange student used for 9 months, a new-ish toilet that had barely been used at all before he moved in.  I paid her to clean it (and the rest of his room) after he had left, and let's just say that she didn't do a very good job. She hadn't really been doing a very good job since we moved to this bigger house.  She just didn't have time to clean all of it each time, so I would have her clean the worst rooms, but as a result, nothing was getting done well.  And then she went to Lithuania for a month (as she does every summer) and I eventually had to clean the house myself, which was a reminder that I actually really DO like to clean my house!  And when I actually do it, I do a really good job!  So, I figured, if I do it myself, I can 1)save myself some money, 2)get my cardio in (because honestly, I don't like to work out.  I only do it because I don't like to have flabby arms.) and 3)my house will be a lot cleaner and I won't feel like I get nothing done all day!

A long, long time ago (when we lived in Utah, 8 years ago!) I found a system that I really liked and used it and then adjusted it to fit my life.  It's creator is Marie Ricks of House of Order.  I happened to actually live in the same town as her, so I emailed her and she invited me over to pick up the book and cards, asked me in, (her house is immaculate, by the way!) and was so nice!  Anyway, check out her website, I think her system is amazing!

I actually created my own cards, because the days that she had set aside for certain tasks didn't work with my life.  I set it up so that I have 2 days a week where I'm out running around, and 3 where I'm at home. (I love to be at home, if I could just have my hairdresser come to my house, and have my groceries delivered and have people bring me clothes to try on and buy, that would be awesome.  Maybe someday when I'm rich and famous I will hire someone to bring me everything I need so I never have to leave home.)

I also put together a planner using a mini binder (they're like half the size of a regular binder).  I haven't used a planner in YEARS, I kept trying to do it all on my phone/computer, but I just think I'm one of those people who needs paper and pen.  I still use google calendar because the whole family can  communicate about what's going on (at least that's the idea) but I add the dates into my paper planner each week.

I spent the last three days creating my card file box and my planner, and I've gotten more done this week than probably all summer (including blogging! ha!) I think one of the best things about it is that I don't feel that constant "I should _____" (guilt) when I look around and see something that needs to be done.  I just know that it will get done later in the week, when I pull the card for it!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

time for a (water feature) change

This is one of the things that bothered me the most about the front of the house:

See the pile of boulders in the middle of the ring of pavers?  Well, its a fountain.  Someone drilled holes through the middle of these big boulders and put a pump down underneath, and voila, a fountain.  Except that we weren't sure how to winterize it so during our amazingly cold winter, the pump broke.  I figured, hey, since we have to pull those giant boulders out to get to the pump anyway, why not just leave them out and put a pretty fountain in instead?  

Here's the beauty that I've had my eye on for years.  (Restoration Hardware sells it, but I found it at a local garden specialist for less.)  It was too big for my last house (anybody seen Analyze This?) but I love it in its new home!

I love that it's low enough for Tess to drink out of.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

guest house before pics

One of my favorite parts of our new house is the guest quarters.  A one bedroom, one bath condo with full kitchen, laundry and one car garage.  It shares a wall with our garage, but has a separate entrance and utilities.  Perfect for guests, grandparents, or even renters!


The walk up to the front door of the guest house.

Kitchen - dated pink white washed cabinets and RED walls!

This is a little breakfast nook/office area.  Perfect for a craft room!!

Living room and dining area with vaulted ceiling!

Bedroom - it gets lots of light and has great vaulted ceilings, too!!

Even though redecorating the guest house wasn't really our first priority, it is still one of the first areas to be done.  While we were remodeling the kitchen and four bathrooms in the main house, we did most of our "living" out here.  The red and chocolate walls started to really get to me, so of course I painted and then kept going from there.  When we found out my mother-in-law was going to be coming for a stay, we really put the pedal to the metal trying to make it really nice for her.  Turns out, her Alzheimer's was bad enough that we didn't feel comfortable having her that far away from us, but it was nice to have it mostly completed for when my mom and dad came for three weeks in June!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

What I've been doing for the last year or so.....

 Apparently, I've forgotten to blog in a really, really long time.  About a year ago, we decided to buy a new house.  I know, crazy.  REALLY crazy.

My mother-in-law moved in with us for a few months, and it got me thinking a little more about the long term.  We weren't sure how long she was going to be with us (she has Alzheimer's) but we soon realized that if she were to have her own space (aside from a bedroom) everyone would be happier.  And even though she wasn't here very long, I started thinking about my parents.  What happens when they get to the point that one or both of them needs extra care?

So, anyway, we contacted our favorite real estate agent, and she started keeping her eyes open for something with a bigger lot and a mother-in-law suite or guest house.  To make a long story short, we sold our home in a few days (WHEW!!!) and then moved into our new old house on Halloween.

We knew from the moment we looked at it that it had a lot of potential, but would also need a lot of work.  And yes, I frequently ask myself "What was I THINKING?!?!?!?!?!"

Here's a picture of my (7 years!!!)"old" house:

And here's the "new" (23 years old) house:

It's got lots and lots of yard and woods:

And a pool:

And of course the guest house:

We've been hard at work on it ever since we moved in.  I'll show you some pictures soon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

birthday chairs

thanks, mom and dad, for the birthday money. this is what i got with it:

they came all the way from hong kong, and got here a few weeks ago. i love them! and i love you, too!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

i'm a giant challenge - master bedroom

chinoiserie secretary - ebay
ghost chair - wedding supply
rug - craft fur
glass jar - jewelry finding, hobby lobby
pillow, books - made by me

blue urn - vintage limoges
teacup, brass goblet - ebay
mirrored tray - hobby lobby
garden stool, perfume bottles, artwork, shelves, books - made by me

rug - craft fur, hobby lobby
purple ombrey coverlet - joann's
curtains, pillows, bed, wallpaper, lamps, mirror - made by me

LED battery powered mini-lights (in lamps) - in the wedding aisle @ hobby lobby