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“Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy.”
-Author Unknown

I had a bit of a nervous breakdown this weekend. With the impending move (the first weekend in April—yes!) and out-of-state guests coming for an extended stay in mid-April, I furiously took stock of each item on our ever-growing to-do list.

Our in-progress guest bedroom, complete with missing door handle, unfinished trim and an uncovered switch plate.

And although I’m so proud to say that we’re in the home stretch of this intense renovation, I also realize there are a lot of finishing touches that will require our attention over the next few days weeks months.

A guest bathroom that's not quite guest ready...

So, today’s post is dedicated to the daily honey do list. To the unfinished stack of thank you notes, the dent on your stainless refrigerator, the dust bunnies under your [unmade] bed.

“We labor to make a house a home, then every time we’re expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house.”
-Robert Brault

With so many online magazines, glossy covers and inspiring blogs featuring immaculate spaces, it’s easy to feel as if your own home doesn’t measure up. Yet behind every smartly styled photo shoot is a scratched coffee table, bleached tea towel and missing fitted sheet. Trust me.

An incomplate backsplash hidden in our beautiful kitchen.

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”
-James Dent

The key to renovating (and life, in general, if you ask me) is to be kind to yourself. Give yourself the time to breathe and enjoy the work in progress. It’s progress that makes life more enjoyable, yes?

Well, progress and finally locating that missing fitted sheet.

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17 Responses

  1. @dorynw says:

    whoops! sorry for the double post. Ipad!!

  2. Linda says:

    That was worth double posting haha!
    I've been renovating my whole life! Bought a house in Kentucky, recently, flying back and forth from Northern California, then trusting my sister (who lives here) who closed, on a different house, without me, on supposedly the most perfect "FINISHED" house……….(my taller sister). The previous owner was 10 ft. tall. This last monday, me and Kenny (handi-man) moved all the cabinets, mirrors (I got tired of looking at the top of my head) and the sink, to normal level. In the process one turn of the water valve, began to flood my bathroom…..NO INSIDE SHUTOFF VALVE!!! Plus….Raining BUCKETS outside!
    Thanks everybody………..I guess just needed to vent……..Next week it'll ROCK!!!

  3. designmankind says:

    Oh dear, Linda — craziness! (But I must admit, I love that you have a Kenny handi-man, too!).

  4. sabrena says:

    I really love this post! We just gut our kitchen, dining room and living room and it was definitely rough. But now that we've moved onto finishing touches like baseboard, door frames and other odds and ends it's starting to feel more daunting than the actual kitchen gut. I blame all the beautiful shelter publications for making this part the hard one. We just need to take it one day at a time!

  5. dawg803 says:

    Thank you so much for posting! We have just decided to remodel our first home and I love hearing about everyone's experiences. I have been doing a lot of research on different designs I might like to try… I got some ideas from this general contractors in charlotte nc that I'm going to attempt to copy. Wish me luck.. and good luck with your projects!

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