This week, our house is in shambles. It looks a little better than when I filmed this silly video a few weeks ago, but still not as organized as I would like it to be. Part of it is because our new windows and doors are being installed this week (!) and we had to move a bunch of our stuff out of the way (including all of our curtains — it’s like a fishbowl in here!). Otherwise, I blame several factors: 1) Though unpacking has been my only official responsibility up until today, I’ve had to spend some time wrapping up work for Habitat, applying for jobs, interviewing, and doing all of the laundry/cooking/cleaning because Alex is still helping out his former employer in the evenings.
2) It’s hard to unpack things when you don’t have anywhere to put them. My sister and I had to spend the better part of a week assembling bookcases so I actually had somewhere to put all of our books. I had to wait for Alex to help me hang shelves in our dining room and kitchen before I could put much away in there. Then there are situations like the one with our sewing room bookcase (one we already owned). I made Alex help me shuffle some furniture around in his limited free time so that I could move a bookcase into our sewing room and load it up. Around 10:30 pm, we realized that it we wouldn’t be able to fit it through the door in one piece. Alex was too tired to help me take it apart so we had to shove it in the dining room temporarily. It’s been there for nearly a week now. Two steps forward, one step back.
3) I had to pack up our things in Virginia so quickly that I didn’t have time to sort or organize anything. That and our movers didn’t take the time to figure out my labeling system and put boxes in random locations all over the house. Everything is everywhere.
4) Every time I start to organize something, it ends up getting piled back up again. Namely, papers. I’ve been working on overhauling our personal files for several weeks now. I’ve made pretty significant progress but it seems I can never quite get things filed before I have to move them out of the way. This time, I had to quickly clean off the basement floor for the window installers and all of my to-be-filed piles ended up shoved together in paper bags. Two steps forward, one step back.
It will get done eventually I suppose.
In the good news category, we have a new front door! Now I just need to find the time to paint it before it gets too cold.
Also, I started a part-time job today as an Interior Design Assistant at a Furniture Store. Good enough for now (two steps forward, one step back). Hooray for seeing other human beings!
September 20, 2012