This week was the first week where I have questioned my sanity and the reasons why I bought this house (and if I am really up to the challenge). Crap is everywhere... literally EVERYWHERE throughout the house and it feels like nothing is being accomplished. Yes, I know deep down that things are getting done (which is why there is crap everywhere), but it is cluttered and messy and driving me batty. It seems that as soon as we clean one thing up, we knock something else down and the space is again filled with... crap. I really think my biggest stressor is the fact that my landlord found someone to take over my lease and I have to be moved out of my apartment in... T-minus 9 days.
And there is crap everywhere.
Anyways... This weekend, Brian and I took down another layer of cabinets (and ceiling drywall, and the grossdisgustingmakesmewanttovomit stove) in preparation for the electrician to come and do his thing. So exciting! It took Matthew-the-Awesome all of three hours to "demo" the kitchen and tie up all the wires, remove the wall sconces, and dismantle all of the light switches and sockets that used to be on the wall that I am removing. I now have no electrical in the main room (living/dining/kitchen) at all, so the faster we can start rebuilding the space the better.
While I have been stressing, having Matthew-the-Awesome come in was a huge relief. It is nice to see some progress throughout the mess, however I am still worried about leaving for Michigan (oh, for those of you who didn't know - I'm coming home for 10 days!). That is ten whole days where I can accomplish nothing in the space. I still have to pick out flooring, paint colors, tile the bathrooms, get carpet installed upstairs, install the flooring I have yet to pick out.... etc. However, Brian did offer some advice that I am going to take him up on. While in the mitten, I am going to have Terry-the-Painter come in and paint. I wasn't originally going to pay anyone to paint (hello students!), but I cannot justify leaving for ten days without anything getting accomplished. I'm bitting the bullet on this one and paying up. I know Terry-the-Painter won't be able to get everything done, but even just having the majority of the space painted will give me the feeling that SOMETHING has at least been completed. Again, huge relief.
As soon as Matthew-the-Awesome was ready to leave, he instead asked me "so you're taking down these posts?" in which I replied, "Yes." He then grabbed one, twisted it, and then ripped it out - just liked that. Hence, the "awesome." I tried to do the same thing but failed epically. Needless to say, Matthew-the-Awesome removed the other three posts that did not have plumbing in them in two minutes. Now that's what I call excellent customer service.
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.