Last week, we talked about some things that happened in 2016 that we wish we could’ve been better prepared for today.
I mentioned that one of the things I wish I had gotten a jump on was really giving our house one good cleaning before Steevenson came home in August. I didn’t realize how much I’d appreciate it at this (super dirty/dusty/cluttered/messy!) point in 2017, and I also didn’t know how much our Sonny would appreciate/positively respond to cleaner/tidier environments. He not only literally gasps with delight any time he sees a previously messy room cleaned up, I’ve also noticed that he is so much more content/creative in a tidy room. I can almost see a lightbulb pop up over his head when he sees a floor that has been picked up, a bed that has been made, or a countertop that has been cleared off. But like I mentioned in my other post, there’s not many of those around here right now. 😛
There are two rooms that I have been intentional about staying on top of though. One is Steevenson’s room, and the other is our living room:
It’s the room we spend the most time in, so it hasn’t been hard. I’m not saying you’re not going to find a layer of dust on every surface, or fingerprints on the TV, or Goldfish cracker crumbs in the couch cushions- but we do pick it up (together!) before we head upstairs for bath time each night. That way, it’s nice and “visually quiet” when Kevin or I come downstairs after Steevenson goes to sleep (unless we’re too tired, we take turns going downstairs to work for a few hours every other night) and when the three of us come down together in the morning.
I have a large basket, large wooden crate, and some big, fabric-covered boxes that make it super easy to keep all of Steevenson’s toys organized (they’re behind his chair in the photos below), and he loves the fact that all of his toys can go in their own separate containers, so he always knows were they are. Thomas the train stuff in one, Paw Patrol stuff in another, Hot Wheels in another, Mega Bloks in another, etc.
I scaled our Christmas decorating back to more of a winter vibe a few weeks ago, and I have really enjoyed the “hushed” look. I just sort of let texture do the talkin’ during this season…
You’ll notice we still haven’t gotten around to installing shelves or doors on that built-in cabinet. :-/ Maybe we’ll get to it this year? I don’t know. Things are functioning okay without them for the moment, and Kevin’s been super busy trying to land a new job lately (the church where he was leading worship shut down a month after we got home from Haiti 🙁 #AnotherOneIWouldHaveAddedToThatNoteToMyself ), so building (and spending money on supplies) just hasn’t been at the top of our to-do list.
This guy sure has though…
…and we were finally able to sell the piano (Hallelujah!), so he’s got even more room to spread out those tracks in the sunroom now! 😀 Maybe I’ll blog about that room on Friday. It doesn’t have anything in it, and it’s still under construction because it’s the room that connects the Bungalow Barn to our house, but it would be fun to share a “presto change-o” that shows what I’d (eventually) love to do in there!
PS- For those that aren’t on Facebook and have asked me to post it, here’s a link to this week’s LuLaRoe pop-up: LuLaRoe Layla Palmer’s Boutique. 🙂