Sure, some people might have days off between jobs and go away for a weekend. A spa day perhaps? Maybe just lounge about on the porch and read some of those eleven books stacked up on one’s nightstand? Sure, one COULD do that. Or, presented with 10 days of no kids at home and a husband who can reach things in high places, one COULD also embark on the biggest organizing and cleaning spree since one moved in here eight years ago. And it was done. So say we all. #Nerdfoiles.
First up, the most significant change was Drummer Boy’s room losing its nursery motif. Because he’s 9. Yep, 9. I never said I moved with lightning speed.
And changing colors
To a sports/Minecraft/Art theme more suited to a boy of his maturity.
Next up, our closet. Before:
Yes, I know the tag is still on it. I’m gonna wear it this fall, I swear.
But oh, it gets worse. Don’t worry, we’re getting there. Laundry room before:
Oh dear, now we go down to THE BASEMENT. Actually, it’s been more cluttered. We recently unloaded the baby toys (like play kitchens, small vehicles) so there are lot less large items. I remember buying this house thinking, “Now we have a finished basement, so all the toys will be down there and I won’t have to stare at a mess all day”. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, woo, woo, oh. Whew!
Anyway, the basement before:
Behind the bar, before
Behind the bar, after. Why yes, we do need more can koozies. Thank you for asking.
And finally, the utility room. Now, by way of background for those that are new here, at the old house we had a scary, spider-filled, space between the stairs where someone could easily grab you type of basement. Thus, whenever I would accidentally go to Homegoods, I would purchase a festive red platter, enjoy it, and then send that festive red platter down to said basement. Then the next time I accidentally went to Homegoods, I’d think “Hey, I don’t have a red platter” because, you know, object permanence issues. And down to the scary Hell-mouth basement that one would go too. Tablecloths would suffer the same fate. Resulting, as some might say, in an excess of housewares. Now, however, there is no excuse as our basement is lovely. No excuse for THIS!
Or this tablecloth tower of doooooom:
But, finally all is in order. With napkins in drawers labeled by season, kitchen and hand towels bagged by holiday:
Tablecloths loaded into a dresser by size of the table:
Often used items put within handy reach:
And platters and assorted dishes organized by color. As any normal person does. Right? Normal people do that, right?!!
Note the number of red dishes. It was a real problem.
Along the way a number of drawers were organized (nightstand, desk), supplies were created for the holiday gift I’m going to give the neighbors (SUSPENSE – it’s only September!) and Halloween Block Party planning/organizing has begun.
But for those who only come here for the food and not the OCD ramblings of a hoarder, what were some of the food highlights I made after seven days of seven straight hours of straight up straightening up?
Made this Shrimp with Spicy Garlic Sauce from Can You Stay for Dinner. Didn’t have green beans so I used broccoli. Also, only used half the chili garlic sauce and it was plenty spicy for me. Did I take a picture – no, because I was too tired from all the before and aftering.
Also grilled up some very simple chicken legs. This is a very simple, fast way to grill chicken legs with lots of flavor.
And, the never fail Ina Garten’s Baked Potato Wedges
The leftovers of which became Two Peas and Their Pod’s Loaded Baked Potato Frittata (fri-ta-ta – that’s a fun word to say) for dinner the following night.
And for dessert during my unemployment period?
Kentucky Butter Cake cookies from Cookies and Cups.
Oh, I may have also watched two entire seasons of Orphan Black at City Cousin’s insistence. Which means I also didn’t sleep very much on certain evenings.
So, ultimately, over the last two weeks we donated/gave away/boxed up for Mom’s garage sale:
- 13 Hefty bags total of clothing and shoes
- 4 bags of toys
- 3 boxes of books
- 3 boxes of ancient financial records shredded
- 3 boxes of housewares
Buuuuuuut, nonetheless, I accidentally went to Homegoods because I had something to return (it happens!), and may have bought a new fall pillow and blanket.
Which Skunk the Cat is totally fine with.
Now go get your weekend on. I know I will as I have to go to the new job on Monday. There may be pumpkin bread involved. Just sayin’
Happy Fall y’all.