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Productivity Times Two


Hottie and I are two peas in a pod when it comes to purging and organizing.  We both have our own quirks that drive each other crazy (he wants NOTHING on the floor in the store-room – everything must be in tubs and on shelves, and I must have all of my holiday decorations put away by the weekend after the holiday or I’ll lose my mind), but for the most part, if one of us is in the mood to purge and organize, the other one follows right behind.

We spent Saturday at Hottie’s parents’ new place picking up the metal shelves I’m selling, discussing what we can do to help, planning what we’ll pick up next, etc.  We brought their truck home with us loaded with the Hoist weight machine and the 4 metal shelving units.  They asked me to sell some old family steamer trunks from the 1800’s so I took photos and got them posted in the evening after cleaning up the shelves and dreaming of where I’d put them if we kept them all.  We planned out the exercise space and decided what to keep and what not to keep (Matthew loves the elliptical trainer, so Hottie agreed to it – yay!  We decided to keep it all and get rid of nothing).  Sunday was all about getting the house ready for the elliptical trainer to come into the house next weekend or so.

As we ate dinner, the steamer trunks sold (within 3 minutes of posting them for $100 together – they’re staying together and going to a friend of mine!) and so did some ancient picture frames from the 1800’s that were in rough shape.  We didn’t bring the trunks home with us so now that they were sold, we had to get them here.  Hottie’s parents offered to come and pick up the truck on Sunday and we agreed (we would never have allowed them to drive down to pick up the truck that they loaned to us – we would have returned it) so that they could bring the trunks.  They were thrilled with the news that they were going to a loving home.

We decided that the exercise room was not going to be the exercise room.  It just isn’t big enough for everything and neither is Hottie’s office (we’d thought about moving his office to the current guest/exercise room and making his office the exercise room).  The kids’ play area, however, was definitely wide enough for all of the equipment.  Hottie researched flooring mats and a new light while I kept selling stuff on FB (seriously, it’s amazing what you can, and can’t, sell there).  It was a productive night.  New mats and a ceiling light were on the way, and we made $105 for Hottie’s parents!

Sunday.. oh Sunday.  As we went to bed on Saturday, I told Hottie that I wanted to get the Halloween stuff put away on Sunday.  He said oh sure, yeah.  He didn’t hear me.  HA HA!  When we got up early on Sunday, we got to work and I went straight for the Halloween stuff.  He went straight for the basement.  We were not on the same page.  There were words on priorities, a bit of a bicker, and then we headed to breakfast to cool off.  We met Hottie’s parents for breakfast and they came to our house, dropped off the trunks, and insisted on helping us move the treadmill.  We got the treadmill out, some of the kids’ stuff in, and his folks took off.  My friend picked up the trunks as I wrapped up the Halloween clean-up and we were ready for a serious overhaul of the basement.

We moved so much around, oh my goodness.  We had a train table (actually a coffee table doubling as a train table) at the bottom of our stairs that moved into the guest room/den to serve its rightful role as a coffee table again.  🙂  We moved Matthew’s little desk, my grandpa’s old wooden crates, and the kids’ wood kitchen into the guest room/den.  We moved the dining table and chairs into the theater room so we can eat dinner and watch movies together in there once in a while (I’ve wanted to do this for a long time!).  We moved the real train table and the Lego table to the space behind the sectional where the table and chairs used to be.  We put the treadmill and the weight machine in their new location as we wait for the mat, new light, and elliptical trainer to arrive.  And… the gate at the top of our stairs is GONE!  That alone is birth control – I cannot take another 3-4 years with that gate at the top of my staircase!

Both nights, we had awful dinners.  We had frozen pizza (doctored up) on Saturday and BBQ takeout tonight.  But… that’s a small price to pay for getting so much done!  And… I got a slow run in tonight in the new exercise area.

We’re ready for bed!

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Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

11 thoughts on “Productivity Times Two

  1. Haha! You’re like the opposite of us… I tidy once in a while but I’m SOOO messy! I just pile stuff up everywhere. You’d have a field day tidying my house! In fact, would you like to pop round? I’m sure you’d really enjoy it! 😂

  2. damn woman….you put me to shame. Of course I’m living with my parents and getting them to purge is like asking the sun not to shine. I’ve been here unofficially for a year now and very little has been purged. I wish we lived closer so you could help me pick things out to sell and purge the crap out of this house. My belongings are still in storage and that was after I purged my old house. I would kill for an exercise space, a kid space in my parents’ basement. It’s HUGE but so full of crap we could be an episode of hoarders. UGH…jealous!

  3. We too have those days where we are not on the same page at all and I want to clean the office and he wants to clean the storage room. But just like you, once we get on the same page, we can get so much done! I’m impressed with everything you accomplished. It looks wonderful! 🙂

    • It’s nice to be a team, isn’t it? I forgot to mention that Hottie even reorganized the garage and took down some shelves he built to make room for a cabinet and the kids’ stuff. It was a nonstop weekend. Felt good!

  4. Wow, that’s crazy productive!! I love all the clean open spaces & the dedicated workout area like that! Way to go!!

    • Thanks! It had to be done. I am just so thrilled with it! It was awesome doing PiYo this morning with Bryson riding his little trike around, happy as could be. He even got on the treadmill and “ran” (it wasn’t on) while I worked out. I love changing things up… makes me happy!

  5. When I read posts like this I cannot get over how many rooms you have in your house! It’s insane to me. We sleep in our freaking living room!

    I love that you need to get the decorations down the weekend after the holiday. You and my mom would get along swimmingly. 😉 (I don’t have decorations so this isn’t a thing for me. 😉

    • You can comment again on my blog?! Yay!

      I’ve said it before… We sacrifice outdoor activities, culture, and daily adventures for living space. 😉 I love it here but would enjoy even 20% of the things you get to do where you live!

      Halloween is my holiday. I LOVE it!

      Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

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