Monday, February 16

How romantic! Our Valentine's Day garage re-organizing project

As true-blue homebodies (especially me!), our idea of date night is a leisurely trip to Lowe's or Home Depot, imagining what delicious home improvement project we'll undertake next.

So it would come as no surprise to those who know us that Ken and I would spend Valentine's Day weekend emptying out, cleaning, de-cluttering and re-organizing our garage.

It was greatly satisfying, as this area has been sorely neglected throughout the 8-month home remodeling process -- as evidenced by the elegant toilet chair draped in red in the middle of the garage.

And despite several attempts on my part to play Ms. Bossy the Know-It-All Professional Organizer, we emerged unscathed -- and nourished by the time together and pleased with the fruits of our efforts. Time now for a little laurel-resting before next weekend -- the basement is next! (Yes, Virginia, they DO have basements in Tucson. At least in about 1% of the homes anyway.) Thankfully, our basement is only the size of our little kitchen, so we should be able to tackle that project in one day, leaving us with Sunday for more official laurel-resting. At least as important as the work itself. Sundays have definitely evolved into an experiential exploration of the fine art of intentional resting!

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  1. Good going, guys! Guess you can find romance everywhere, even with organizing a garage!

  2. Congratulations on a job well done and peaceful rest to you both! I have come to believe that rest is one of the very best gifts!

  3. That is what I need to do. I have been picturing in my mind what all of my stuff will look like out on the driveway. It's good to hear you are still talking afterwards!
    My brother used to live in Tucson and I didn't think any houses had basements there.

  4. Yes, it was pretty ugly – all our “stuff” strewn all over the driveway -- but what was helpful was that we 1) committed to do it, 2) did not schedule anything else to compete with our commitment, and 3) had our iPod and speakers out there so the good energy of the music kept us going. That, plus we went into it wondering, “Hmmm… how can we make this fun?”