Full disclosure from the construction zone.





Okay. Let's be honest. Ripping out all of your old flooring is not an instant fix. There is a long and sometimes painful lag time between when you can walk on the floors and when you can put everything back where it belongs on top of those floors (including the cabinets that said belongings live in).

When we came home from our journey we were, yes, floored by how beautiful the floors were. (Ahem.) But we were simultaneously overwhelmed by how crazy that left the house. There is the shop vac that lives in the kitchen (until the unrelated-but-suddenly-a-good-idea drywalling project is wrapped up), the stacks of pictures that need to be dusted and re-hung, and the stove that sits in the family room. Living in a construction site for kids – and grown ups – who are accustom to knowing where to find their stuff has been… interesting. Meltdowns – once rare in our home – have become a daily adventure. I see it as a human voice for the chaos around us.

So today we are seeking to find our balance.


We are jumping back into our homeschooling rhythm and carving out little corners of sanity in a house that is feeling simultaneously transformed and trashed. We are setting up the playroom. Cleaning the bathroom supplies out of Lupine's bedroom. Moving the paint cans back to the basement. We are making progress, bit by bit.

(And I am practicing my deep breathing as I search for the battery charger for my camera, Sage's gloves, and Lupine's lost headband. On a high note, I found the honey for my tea. It was in the family room with the dog leash, the sharp knives, and the measuring cups. Yes, construction breeds craziness indeed.)

10 thoughts on “Full disclosure from the construction zone.

  1. Tracey says:

    Glad to know I am not the only one who destroy’s a house in the name of making it better!. I have a few rooms that look just like that.

  2. Tracie says:

    Hang in there! We finished our basement over the course of about a year and a half. I am almost OCD about where things belong and putting things away and I learned very quickly to get over it. It will be so worth it when all is put back in order! And the floors are beautiful!

  3. kate says:

    Oh construction dust, during our kitchen remodel, my entire fabric/yarn stash got covered in dust with an unexpected need to upgrade all our smoke detectors. Such a mess.

  4. Sarah says:

    Construction is so disruptive, but the end result so tempting…I always love following along here to read about a life that seems more fairy-tale than my own (something to aspire to), while occasionally hearing that even fairy tale people endure construction meltdown! Good luck as you re-claim space for its proper use…

  5. Rachel Wolf says:

    Oh, Sarah, we just look more fairy-tale than your world. If you had been a fly on the wall these past few days you would know that for certain! Thanks for your note. 🙂

  6. Ami says:

    oh my, it looks gorgeous! ( i still have a box of downstairs bathroom stuff in the guestroom, two boxes of kitchen stuff in the office, and upstairs bathroom stuff in the playroom, next to the bookshelf from our bedroom). ahem, yes, putting it all back together takes a while!
    love you!

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