I can hardly believe it's already the end of January. I don't know what happened to the month. I haven't really been posting because we mostly spent our energy cleaning and downsizing.
We had a friend from out of town come stay with us for a weekend so we spent the first two weeks of the month cleaning and dusting for that visit. Even when our rooms were tidy, they were so dusty that they were filthy. We spent at least a couple days wiping everything down with damp rags to remove the dust buildup. While cleaning the house was sort of unfun, we have really enjoyed having it clean the two weeks since.
We are trying to arrange our schedules so we maintain it a little better. Once upon a time, we had a bi-weekly maid, but we can't afford that anymore. So we are now trying to schedule a once-a-week cleaning (by us) of one of the floors, i.e. main floor, upstairs or basement. Our hope is by alternating each week through the different levels we manage to keep the house from getting so filthy again.
This past week we worked upstairs. Since we'd just cleaned for the visit, we were able to focus on another long-neglected activity. It only took us 8 years, but we finally hung some art in the guest room.
While we were cleaning for the visit, we decided to shuffle rugs again. This poor burgundy rug has been moved around a lot. We bought it just a couple of days after we closed on the house and it lived briefly in our living room.
If I had one thing I could have changed about our overall household decor plan, I wish I'd chosen my rugs ahead of the remodel. I wasted a lot of money and energy on rugs that seemed like bargains but didn't hold up well or were bad colors. In the long run, I believe we would have been better off if we'd bought a set of rugs off the Persian Carpet clearance page. Back in 2010 when we moved in they had a lovely thistle rug on clearance that went well with our house colors.
Now we have a mismatched set of rugs that came along on sales. Individually, they are nice, but overall, I'm not really happy with how uncoordinated they are. This is clearly a first world problem, and we'll live without the perfect set of matched rugs, but if I had a do over, I'd have gotten the thistle rugs back in 2010. :)