Over our sixteen day winter vacation, Tyler and I made a valiant effort to get organized. We typically do not have time to take on big projects over the weekends, so this was the perfect opportunity to tackle some personal projects. We started by going through our closets. We packed away clothes that no longer fit us or that we didn’t wear. Then, we went through our bookshelves and boxed up volumes that we had doubles of or had no interest in reading.
Tyler also took on the dirty task of reorganizing our storage closets. Yes, people, that is plural – closetS. He literally emptied our “front hallway” closet and our office closet and set about redistributing our vast amounts of stuff, including but not limited to: all of our camping gear, our cleaning equipment, our tools and paint, and my sewing/crafting items. In a little over 24 hours, he worked magic. Our closets are so much prettier now, and we have an impressive collection of bags and boxes full of “stuff” ready to be donated. “My hero!” (Sigh.)
The last obstacle that faced us before going back to work on January 6th was the pile of artwork that had been leaning against our office wall for the past year and half, since we moved in.
Of course, Tyler and I completely disagreed about how to approach the wall. Tyler wanted to randomly place one frame and go from there, adding one at a time wherever seemed best. The unpredictability of doing that drove me nuts. So, I suggested creating a plan and using “paper art” (like this) to visualize what should go where before possibly making tons of little holes that way we would not have to patch our wall.
As you can see, I lost…
If you watch the GIF closely, you can tell by the changing light and our changing outfits that the project took us more than the afternoon. Realistically, we probably could have been done within an hour, but there were two football games that Tyler could NOT miss that afternoon. So, we worked during halftimes or between games to complete what we had started earlier.
Despite a rocky beginning, we are both very very happy with the outcome. Each piece of art holds some sort of sentimental value for one or both of us and we look forward to possibly expanding the collection soon. Here is a brief summary of each piece along with a couple of still shots for the “Before” and “After :
(Starting on the left and working clock-wise):
(1) a print Tyler eyed on our visit to France this summer; his father and stepmother secretly bought and framed it for him, and gave it to him as a Christmas gift
(2) a black and white photo taken by Tyler , capturing one of his favorite vistas in Jackson Hole, WY (See below)
(3) a poster of a Monet’s “Boulevard Saint-Denis Argenteuil in Winter” that I bought at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
(4) my Williams College diploma, framed by my parents in honor of my graduation
(5) an extremely cool graphic representation of the Beatles changing styles throughout their career
(6) “Ninja Turtle” a la 4 yr. old Tyler, another Christmas gift from Dad and Maur
(7) a second black and white photo taken by Tyler, capturing one of my favorite views in Jackson Hole (See below)
Here is the before and after for comparison…