Welcome to my Interior World…again.  In the photo above, I imagine that the woman is sitting in her house, ready to plunge in and clean…or cook something, perhaps, but then her fantasies take over and she is lost in her dreams.

This week, the carpet cleaners are coming, and oh, boy, do I have a lot of work to do!  Yes, who knew that prepping for cleaning could be so much work?  Well, yesterday I removed all the little things from my rooms—baskets of magazines, birdhouses, small tables, etc.—and now my garage is stuffed to the gills with these quirky objects.  I suspect that some of them will never return to the rooms, as I realize how much harder it is to clean around everything…LOL.   Those decorative boxes (below) contain several sizes that can be stacked, and fill in gaps in the rooms.  But what a pain they are, now that I think about it!



Closet cleaning resulted in several trash bags full of old clothes, etc.

Back in the living room, I also gathered up and hauled out several bags of magazines…who knew why I was saving them?

I am not even close to done, but I got a head start.  I also cleared off the coffee table, leaving a bare surface except for the trays I use for coffee cups, plates, etc., since I usually eat at the coffee table.  The day of the cleaning, I will move it to the garage, too, along with (I think!), my pub table and stools and possibly the dining room table and chairs.  But will there be room in the garage?

Meanwhile, today and tomorrow will be heavy vacuuming, and on the actual day, a light touch throughout.





What do you think when you have a big job that you dread, but which will result in something good…like clean carpets?  Do you go into a frenzy?  Do you get easily distracted?  I like this little description of what can happen to me when trying to clean:



cleaning house-quirky


Now I am distracted from cleaning and want to read my book, Catching Air, by Sarah Pekkanen.  It is moving along quickly and I’m enjoying the characters and their problems.





The characters, two brothers and their wives, have opened a B & B in Vermont…and then along comes a stranger with a big secret.  We get to see each of their interior thoughts and feelings through the alternating perspectives.  They all have something to lose if this endeavor takes a wrong turn….


What are you doing, reading, or thinking about on a Friday? 





The past four weeks have shown me rearranging furniture, trying to create a more spacious interior world for the return of The Berliners.  I guess I should stop calling them that, as, upon their return to Europe at the end of September, they will be settling once again in Prague.  Praguelodytes?

Today I am spiffing things up a bit…a little mopping, scrubbing, vacuuming, etc.



mop buckets, etc.

And bringing my temporary work station back to the dining area.




And clearing out more space in my office/guest room.





All of that made me very tired!






My focus on my interiors has definitely distracted me from reading!  Blogging, not so much.  This book, The In-Between Hour, by Barbara Claypole white, is awesome…and I’m almost finished.  But I should be on my third book of the week by now!





A lovely story about damaged souls connecting during challenging times.  Rich, flawed characters.  I can’t wait to read more from this author.

What are you up to on this lovely Thursday?  What motivates you to clean and clear out your interiors, or are you just normally good at doing what needs to be done?