My getaway cabin will be at the end of that farthest point, before the hill drops off to nowhere. Cliff hasn't figured out yet how he'll get the tractor out, once he hauls the cabin over there. But where there's a will, there's a way. Now, on to my subject.
A long-time Internet friend of mine, Lori, saw a picture of the outside of my house in this journal and commented that she wondered what the inside looked like. Months went by, but the other day I decided to let her see the inside of my house, warts and all. (Not the upstairs though... there are areas there that are more like a cancer than a wart!)
So, I took pictures of the entry hall, the bathroom, the kitchen and the living room from many different angles (I haven't forgotten the bedroom Lori; it's just that when I'm in a picture-taking mood, Cliff is always in there sleeping). Lori sent me some pictures of her home, too.
We agreed on this: Taking pictures of your living quarters motivates you to clean house.
But the interesting thing, to me, was the way just looking at a picture can make you see things you hadn't noticed before. For instance, the first part of my house anyone sees when they enter is my laundry area and hallway, and what an awful first impression it makes! It isn't dirty, thanks to Flylady. But it looks dark and cluttered. Living in the country in Missouri means you must have coats and coveralls handy for any kind of weather, because it can be 70 degrees one day and zero the next. We have no coat closet. In fact, we have one tiny bedroom closet between the two of us. That's it, folks! So there's an assortment of jackets and coats hanging along the hallway, and boots on a shelf above the washer and dryer. Taking those pictures has made me want to actually DO something about my hall situation.
Even more interesting is the fact that, by george, my kitchen and living room don't look so bad. I could tell you everything that is wrong with the way my house is set up, butthere are things I love all around me, and it looks and feels like home to me. That's the up-side.
So, here's what you need to do: Get your digital camera and take pictures from all angles, then look at them as though you were seeing your house for the first time. You'll notice things you've never seen before, both good and bad. Then you can be thankful for the good things, and figure out how to change the bad ones.