Thursday, February 28, 2008

At what cost beauty?

I feel like I should have a sign on my door that says "We are not really this classy." While I'm loving my tastefully appointed home (thanks to items borrowed from very generous friends), I must admit it's like living in a hotel (except for that whole doing the dishes and laundry and cleaning part).

I mean, really. I have art in my guest bathroom.

My girls have cute (and matching) stuff in theirs.And even my laundry room has a dreamy picture of a faraway place.

(I can brag on all this stuff because it's not mine...)

Anyway, maybe I don't have to hang the sign.

All people have to do is open my garage door.

The mountain on the right is what started out as my garage sale pile, but now it's the Goodwill pile. I'm too tired to spend a Saturday haggling over whether that ten-year-old shirt is worth 10 cents or twenty. I will bequeath it to whomever will haul it off.

The mountain on the left is a mixture of laundry, wall frames and items that didn't make the "class" cut to go back on the wall, and moving boxes. And about four boxes are full of pantry items I need to put away now that my countertops are in. Just hasn't been a priority. We'd rather just trip over them trying to get out the door.

The biggest mountain was in the POD, but it got picked up Monday.

Just for today, I'm glad I can leave the door closed and enjoy the beauty on this side of the garage door.

I'll have to deal with the other side eventually, anyway.


Anonymous said...

Forget the garage sale. List it on Craigs List and let the shoppers come to you. It's much easier and (for the most part) there's no haggling.

Anonymous said...

love the new digs!

hmmm what happens when you're showing the house and they want to see the garage? Oh you'll just snap your fingers a la M. Poppins and it'll be gone! what was I thinking?

mholgate said...

You mean your garage doesn't always look that way? We can barely fit one car in our two car garage since we closed down our restaraunt! I am beginning to think a garage is supposed to look that way!

We list things on Craigs List too. We've gotten some great takers on a lot of our stuff. You'd be suprised at how much money you can make.

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Dimple Queen said...

LOL...the garage looks WONDERFUL!!! My 5 yr. old asked me the other day when we were going to get the garage cleaned out so we could park in there!

The house looks great! How are the kids dealing with keeping it that way??? :)

You and your friends have done a great job!

Family O'Foxes said...

Wow, that is awesome!
I love all your pictures. It is great visual for us who need to pull our houses together. :)


Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

I must confess - we have Never Ever parked in our garage. We've lived here for 7 years!

Your house looks just gorgeous! Praying for a quick sale!

Anonymous said...

May I live in one of your bathrooms? ;)
I feel like our apartment looks like your garage! And I hate having clutter! But it sure loves me apparently...

Anonymous said...

Our house is listed to, do you think perspective buyers look in our garage and think "no wonder the house looks so good, half the stuff is in the garage?" or do they accept the (false) idea that families actually live in a show place without messes?

Joyfulness said...

It does look fabulous!

Kathy in WA said...

Too funny! Love the pretty rooms (laundry included). Dh posted a hysterical blog about our garage. We don't have the excuse you do, ours is just plain MESSY!

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Jen said...

When it gets time to go through the garage...consign dear friend...let someone else sell it for you and you collect half.....I do it, household items, clothes,,,,,,although my neighborhood has an annual yard sale every still is nice to get rid of things at Consignemnet....try it...and your bath rooms look awesome...