Monday, April 26, 2010

Storing Stuff


Painting continues.  I’m having to become more innovative in finding places to put the things I unload off of shelves.

Today Luis and crew showed up and announced they would be painting among other things the laundry room and the shelving near our side door, all full to the brim with “stuff”. 

So I went to work to quickly pack up the contents so the shelves could be painted, this time with enamel so they will be more durable.  The old ’85 Volvo wagon seemed like as good a space as any for much of this.  The rest went into boxes and containers to be temporarily stored on old towels on the newly done family room floor.



These things need to stay off the enamel shelves for a couple of days. And meanwhile the pantry and David’s office have to be unloaded tonight. So we may well fill the family room, leaving a tiny space for us to watch ’24’ of course.

I have been pretty good about the chaos and uncertainty as the painting-floor project has played out. But I am starting to be ready for order to be restored and workmen to be gone.

I must say that Luis and his entire crew have been nothing short of incredibly polite. I have had some interesting conversations in Spanish with his workers. They scurry to make room for me to pass every time I go through work in progress. They clean up completely before they leave every day around 4:30. At that point one of us jumps in the car to go reclaim Jake from his doggy daycare home.

I’m glad I have a yoga class to look forward to before I have to roll up my sleeves and start packing up more stuff tonight. Perhaps it will lend calm and serenity to what is otherwise a thankless task!

These things need to stay off the enamel shelves for a couple of days.  And meanwhile the pantry and David’s office have to be unloaded tonight.  So we may well fill the family room, leaving a tiny space for us to watch ’24’ of course.

I have been pretty good about the chaos and uncertainty as the painting-floor project has played out.  But I am starting to be ready for order to be restored and workmen to be gone. 

I must say that Luis and his entire crew have been nothing short of incredibly polite.  I have had some interesting conversations in Spanish with his workers.  They scurry to make room for me to pass every time I go through work in progress.

I’m glad I have a yoga class to look forward to before I have to roll up my sleeves and start packing up more stuff tonight.  Perhaps it will lend calm and serenity to what is otherwise a thankless task!

4 Comments:

Blogger Merle Sneed said...

Home improvements, yuk! We should be put into a state of suspended animation for the duration. Wake me when it's over!

6:59 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Soon, it will be over, but never soon enough. There's something real and sweet to be said for feeling at ease in one's own home.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glass half full view: months from now, when this is long over, you'll forget most of the "feel" of this inconvenience and will hopefully just be enjoying your wonderful new colors and floors! Hooray!

F.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Merle -- You've just lived through your own version of this.

Kristin -- The unpleasant side of things like giving birth and house renovation never stays in one's mind for long.

Anon -- You are such a glass half full person and I love you for it!

12:59 AM  

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