It seems the older I get, the more I value practicality. Or maybe I need to stop watching documentaries about minimalism. And Facebook pages and blogs about organizing and living downsized. Either way, nothing thrills me more than solving real home space problems.
Actually, I have always been too practical. My first new car at age 21 was a tiny Dodge station wagon. Not only did it get me from here to there economically, it was easy to bring home large purchases for no delivery fee. My boyfriend loved camping and converted it into a mini-camper complete with mosquito netting over the windows and raised back hatch (it was Ohio after all).
Now I have gone and hired Escape Your Chaos to help me finish up my Gramma Pad. She is an interior designer, house-for-sale stager, professional organizer and mother of Mr. 6.5's FAVORITE child care providers (who is also a magician with furniture arrangement and organizing ... she lived in this condo and ran a child care ... with everything in its place). Our first appointment is Tuesday. In person, in this tiny little private room. Getting those "before" photos. (yes, check out her website https://www.escapeyourchaos.com/ or her Facebook account)
I'm so excited. Only once before have I asked for decorating help ... from a friend of a friend. It was AMAZING how she rearranged my existing furniture and made my living room and dining room look bigger and yet more cozy. Best of all, suggesting large houseplants from Home Depot so when my black thumb finally got to them, they were affordably replaced (like the cost of a bouquet of flowers!).
This is such a luxury. I spend a lot of time in here, away from the boisterous boys, when I pay bills, write my blog, make phone calls, etc. Sometimes just to read, watch streaming shows or take a nap!
Each of the boys LOVES special time in Gramma's room. In fact, I just ordered a fold up desk so Mr. 6.5 can do his homework in peace and quiet.
Little guy can be invited in for special time coloring or working on a craft.