This Summer, we had friends over at our house and I mentioned that I was getting ready to take pictures for a home tour for the blog and the friend asked exactly what that meant. To which my husband quickly responded, “It’s where Jenn takes pictures of our house and makes it look bigger and fancier than it is, and there are piles of s**t everywhere.” We’re a sarcastic bunch around here, and someday I need to share my husband’s commentary on the blogging stuff, it’s pretty hysterical. But seriously, it made me think. I don’t try to present our home as something that it’s not. We live in fairly tight quarters (I know there are lots of people that live in tighter spaces) and as I’ve said MANY times before: we LIVE here. I have become pretty tidy in the last few years–a development that both my husband and my dad consider pretty groundbreaking, because that wasn’t always the case, so the home tour scene around here isn’t quite as hairy as it used to be. But, just like when company comes over and you get all of those projects done you’ve been putting off and the mirrors in the bathroom finally get a really good wipe-down, home tour time is when we put our best foot forward. AND, just like when company comes over, there’s also a room where all of random stuff gets shoved until they leave.
So, when Ashley proposed that after our “fancy” home tours, we get together and show you some of the real life stuff that goes on behind the scenes, I was game!. I always have this inner struggle with blogging and social media feeling like it’s not quite authentic because IT’S LIFE’S HIGHLIGHT REEL. Let me repeat that: IT’S LIFE’S HIGHLIGHT REEL. The real, nitty-gritty of life rarely makes it to the blog (sometimes I try to share, this is one of my favorites–and yours too as it turns out). Anyway, as beautiful as the home tours are, none of us live in a magazine–I don’t anyway. Real life goes on around us and we live normal lives. There’s laundry, there’s dishes, there are messes–lots of messes. So let me show you some of the real life stuff behind the home tour.
This is what I woke up to the morning of taking pictures, and actually, I took this picture about halfway through cleaning up. I try to clean before I go to bed at night so I can wake up to a clean house, but waking up to this when I’ve been decorating for Christmas and home tour all week is pretty mild because I’ve usually got 500 things out on the counter trying to decide which stuff to put out on the shelves and tables and which stuff goes back down into the storage room. I will say that I’ve gotten better at cleaning up and putting away as I go. See, even now, as I’m trying to share real life, I keep feeling like I have to justify the messes. Real life…real life…I’m telling you about real life. I wake up to a messy kitchen on the reg.
This is one of the shots from the tour though. Cropping is a blogger’s best friend.
And some of you might remember the day that my 6 year old decided she was curious about what was in the drawers under the sink. Well, it’s been downhill from there. It had been fixed, then it fell off again, and the day I went to take pictures, I shut the cupboard under the sink and the other drawer front just literally fell off on the floor. It’s become a regular occurrence around here. I guess since our house is about 15 years old now, her age is starting to show. I have opened two or three cabinets lately where the hinges have just broken off–good times. New hinges are now on the “to do” list for the new year.
But for now, a couple of 3M strips worked to put the drawer fronts back on, surprisingly, they work better than anything else we’ve tried–necessity for the win!!
And there are little things like this: Our dog is thee messiest eater EVER, you know, when she’s not busy crushing pillows. She literally picks up her food, then spits out what she doesn’t like onto the floor, so this is a mess I vacuum EVERY. DAY. Yes, I could change her food, but she likes this kind and I’m a sucker. And why is there a fork and a container lid over there on the floor? I don’t know, probably the same reason there’s also a sock. I have a child who loves to just randomly drop things wherever she takes them off or loses interest. I’m sure there are no other mothers that can relate to that
The room where you shove stuff when company comes? Here it is. Our office is right off the kitchen, so it becomes the dumping ground for all the random odds and ends and pieces I may or may not use–including furniture, which juggles around often around here. And this is just one little corner, the whole desk out of the shot was covered in lots of discarded Christmas cheer.
And any mom knows, the battle that is keeping playrooms and bedrooms clean. I wish I would have taken a picture of our family room pre-tour. It’s a Saturday ritual at our house that I’m downstairs basically wanting to rip my hair out while I oversee the cleaning of the family room and saying, “I told you, if it’s too much to put away, you shouldn’t have gotten it all out.” And now we’ve entered that magical time of year with threats of Santa not being able to visit if “we can’t take care of what we have.” Yep, I’m that mom. Anyway, maybe on the next round I’ll remember that picture, but for now, here’s a little “outside the crop” picture of the little one’s bedroom where I had a giant fort behind me and lots of mess shoved off to one side of the room. She’s moved rooms since you last saw it here and it’s still a work in progress. Oh, and this the tree back up after the whole thing fell over. Good times.
And of course, as every mom knows, laundry seems to create itself and it’s no different around our house. Once the photos are taken and the camera is off, it’s back to the every day routine. Pillows piled in the corner so we can sit, and piles of laundry waiting to be folded.
Thanks for coming and seeing some of the real life stuff around here. And just so you know, now that you’ve seen the REAL DEAL and not just the fluffy, pretty stuff, we’re like legit friends. That’s how it works, right?