I know we’ve had a dry couple of months, but still, a rainy day makes me a little cranky. I’m convinced part of my reaction is rooted in my childhood. Rainy days meant staying indoors more than I cared to [read: irritating my mom] and therefore she thought of ways to distract me.
In retrospect, her efforts to occupy my apparently boundless energy contributed to the confident and competent person I became. Rainy day chores included household cleaning, polishing floors and silver, flower arranging, and, when I was developmentally able, window washing (inside!), sewing (hemming curtains) and prepping and painting woodwork.
I am still a person who likes to “keep busy” and while I have found puppy training and care diverting, my new focus is our next life transition — moving. To that end I have been methodically pursuing cleaning out closets and completing some overdue interior painting.
I started with our mudroom — the “face” of our house that most people see despite the fact we have a lovely front door and foyer. That lovely entrance gets used about twice a year — when we carry the Christmas tree in — and when we carry the Christmas tree out. The mudroom entrance, on the other hand, is somewhat like Grand Central Station, especially when the extended family gets together. I really don’t mind except it is a more functional than pretty space.
Next I tackled my kitchen window sill. Why the house was designed for the sill to act as the sink backsplash I’ll never understand. Needless to say after 11 years, it looked pretty darn crappy. Here is a picture of it today!
Yesterday I tackled the laundry room, a room that I am in frequently because in addition to the washer and dryer, it has a utility sink and a great big closet that I use partially as a pantry and partially for household storage. For years and years I have winced at the marks on the walls and the nicked woodwork. Unfortunately for my motivation, it has a door which, when closed, made it easy to forget it was looking very “unloved”.
Oh what satisfaction to open the door today and see it looking so clean and fresh! At at minimum a prospective buyer won’t be turned off; at a maximum perhaps all the clean and sparkling woodwork will send good vibes. What do you think?
So on rainy days with bored children, mix in some life skills along with the arts and crafts — your child may eventually thank you. Runitlikeamom!
All photos in this post are by Candace Fitzpatrick and may be used without permission.
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