Life is a roller coaster. Like in the movie “Parenthood”, when Steve Martin was watching his kids at a school play, not following the program! Sometimes it is scary, sometimes thrilling and exciting. But it’s called a ride, for a reason. Watch how things can go really bad if you let it…………to a great memory, if you welcome it.
I can’t believe it’s been more than 3 years since I retired.
Anyhoo………A lot has happened since. Talk about a roller coaster ride.
Fast forward to today…….
I have a nice little business of my own.
My sister has moved down just a few miles away, and joined me in my business!
I am busier than ever.
I am not retired.
I go to yoga.
I go to the beach (well, sometimes I do)
I go fishing (well, once this year)
Life is good.
Last week, through my website, I was contacted by a mom, named Christy. She has two active boys, and a husband who is a collector of all things related to games, comic books, and cards, and more.
Christy’s family is coping with building their lives back, after sadness struck a few years back, knocking the wind out of them. The family moved to Florida two years ago, and before they even had time to unpack, and set up, life began again. Old stuff, new stuff……..just stuff!
During the same time as I received the email from Christy, I was finishing up a job in Venice Florida. I hired a local mover to take some mattresses, and a few small items to my client’s new condo.
Dan and Jenny, owners of Venice Moving Service arrived, and got right to work. I immediately liked them. Young couple, working together for the same common goal. Four kids, and a busy lifestyle.
Jenny saw my Business magnets on my car, and quickly said to me…….”I would love to do what you are doing!” I think I would be good at it. (That was an understatement!)
I thought…..why not give her a try? So I called her and asked if she might like to jump in with me on my new client, and give them a hand. She was all over it!
So we arranged to meet at 9am at the client’s apartment, in Sarasota.
Here are some before and after photo’s of the job. This transformation took 5.5 hours. The first 20 minutes we walked through and chatted about the layout.
We decided to start in the laundry room which was under-utilized and in need of some freshening.
We cleaned the top of the cabinets shown below, and then were able to store all of the water bottles, and paper products so that it was up out of sight until needed.
We cleared out the cabinet space, and maximized storage of camping food containers, batteries, light bulbs and to the right was all of the cleaning supplies, right above the washer.
Can you say water bottles?
The Laundry room was loaded with empty bottles, tools in every cabinet, food in various areas. But it had plenty of possibilities. Jenni moved the water tank over to the kitchen door entry, makes sense right? This then opened up an area for a broom, and mop.
We set up a snack area for the kids to make lunches, or grab snacks after school.
Christy will soon add a nice little colorful rug, and get a used vacuum at the thrift. and they will be all set with cleaning accessories. A used shark or even a new one, priceless!
The money shot of the day was the entrance. The idea was to create an entrance area for the boys to sit, and put away their shoes, jackets (not so much in the sunshine state) and backpacks. We also saved Christy a few hooks for handbags.
As you can see, there were a lot of bags. Stuff in each one and then under the bags were bins filled to the top with an assortment of Legos, art work and science projects. Also an occasional sock was found in the most peculiar places.
The boys have a frog collection. They feed them Crickets. I don’t like crickets. I do like frogs.
What can we use for a bench? Where should we move the frogs?
Jenni wanted to move the gorgeous mirror there too!
At the top of the stairs around the corner of this cluster of bags, was a very tall shoe storage cabinet. Over 6 feet tall for sure. I thought, why is this cabinet here, and what can we do with it? It is sooooo tall!!!!!
“JUST TURN IT OVER JOYCE!!!‘…….turn it over on it’s side and let’s make a storage bench out of that!! Who said that????? What??? Well why didn’t I think of that!
I must say, that idea was clever, and so Jenni!!!! She is a true creative genius!
The frogs now have a home right by the door. That is not a hint Glenn! No worries.
Jenni took the mirror off the wall in like…..3 seconds, added an anchor to the hallway wall, and popped the mirror there. It really opened up the entire area!
The bag, and scanner by the door,are on the way to the Thrift store. Suncoast Humane society thrift! Throughout the apartment……there is art everywhere! Their son Glenn, painted the mushrooms which we place over the frogs. Priceless!
Christy has passed her creative gene on to the kids. She knits, makes and sells jewelry on Etsy, paints with passion, plays the piano, and guitar…..and I am sure that I missed something. She is a peaceful, bohemian gal with an amazing style and grace.
Well, I could not let Jenni totally show me up! I had a few smooth moves myself ya’ know!?
BEFORE……..a cluttered storage area, with a variety pack of ?????????
AFTER………a lovely little storage area for the boys (including Pops!) for all the games, and more games, and a few more games. Oh, and lots of comic books!
We even put a little piano bench in there, and to the left and right are hats and light jackets!
BEFORE…..there was a nice fold down coffee table hiding under these bins. Also a big chest filled with books. I loved the woven shade and drapes with the swag lights, but the sun was shining outside. Let’s bring some of that in, for Christy and the boys!
We spent an hour or so just getting stuff off of the floor, and sorting by category. Christy spent the day on her area only, which was perfect, as she needed to put the oxygen mask on herself, before taking care of the others.
Jenni and I took care of Dad Mark, and the boys. Good thing Jenni came along. I didn’t know what was what, when it came to the games, toys and costumes. Lot’s of turtles, Lego’s and eessshhh!
We moved things around a few times, but each time Christy was beyond thrilled and said that we inspired her. This was music to our ears. She had a smile on her face most of the day.
There was also time for reflection as she sorted photos, and beloved drawings from the boys. Right by the lanai we were able to create an art workspace for Christy. You can see we made good use of the coffee table below. The big metal case with books in the above photo is shown in the lower left of below photo. We put a favorite quilt on it, to warm up the room.
We brought a comfy chair over by the windows, next to the desk. I can see all of them spending time together on projects, in this cozy space.
We took the piano bench, but I like the way the chairs match here. I see leopard print, covered chair pads in their future!!!!
Stay tuned for Part II of ……….Just turn it over!
Many thanks to Christy and the ah-mazing Jenni, for a fun and productive day.