Until It Sparkles…

We woke up to a very grey and dreary day.  It was wet from sun up to sun down.

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One of those days where you wake up and peek your head out the window, and then dive back into bed and pull the covers back over your head.

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Some of us did that longer than others.  Ahem.

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I had other plans on my agenda.  Ever since we got back from Cincinnati, the house has been driving me insane.  We both work from home, and subsequently spend a lot of time in the house.  When our space doesn’t feel good, I find myself less productive, more distracted, and constantly fidgety. 

The Christmas decorations are no longer feeling special, and they are honestly just getting in my way.

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The trash situation is out of control.

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The kitchen has definitely seen better days.

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I honestly don’t even know what’s going on in the office.  But I am guessing this has something to do with the fact that Casey has started working at the coffee table.

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Believe it or not, this was clean laundry that was dumped out with the intention to fold it, and ended up turning into a dog nest.

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And for whatever reason, two people who are home 80% of the time seem to be totally incapable of making the bed.  Maybe because it’s on the third floor and we are never up there?  Still – inexcusable.

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We won’t even talk about the bathroom.  Not gonna go there.

So I did what needed to be done.  I stayed in my pajamas until 5pm, I let my hair get totally out of control…

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And I scrubbed and vacuumed and mopped until every surface sparkled.  First things first – goodbye Christmas!  Until next year…

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I would estimate that about two hours of my day today were spent extracting pine needles from every crevice and surface in our house. 

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Even so, I still stand behind the fact that the smell and magic of a real Christmas tree is still totally worth it.

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Part of the reason I read Young House Love is that beyond the hilarious banter and gorgeous house photos, there is nothing I love more than a good “before and after.”  There is something so refreshing about seeing progress and concrete results!  I guess that’s why I am a math geek.

So here is the “before and after” of how I spent my Sunday.  Pardon the evening light of the “after” photos – it literally took me ALL day!

Living Room before…

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Living Room…after!

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Desk in the Office – Before and After…

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Full Office before…


Muuuuuuch better.

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Totally unnecessary bedroom mess before…


Bedroom that grown ups live in – after!

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And of course I saved the worst for last. 

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But with a little elbow grease and a LOT of coffee, I had it sparkling by dinnertime.

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Just in time to mess it all up again!

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It was a very loooong and exhausting day.

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But totally worth it to be able to relax in a clean and organized house tonight!  Off to enjoy my spotless living room.  Hope you all had a relaxing and fun weekend!