Life...Fun and Kentucky Real Estate


Pretend Today Is The Day Before Your Vacation!

I'm pretending today... that my vacation is tomorrow. It's hard for me to sit still sometimes. I've always been good about getting rid of things that I don't need...I'm no hoarder! Still there are always those problem areas that need to be cleansed.

One big area for me was the art/design room that used to be a master bedroom when I moved here. I had this dream that I would spend my free time(like I have lots of that!) in this room and design things. I had my easel set up, blank canvases, frames, paints, brushes, sewing machine, material, things to be repaired, etc.

art roomIn the middle of all this was an antique dining table with the top covered in brown paper to protect it. Day after day...year after year, more and more was dumped in this room and onto that table.

All this crap wasn't making me feel artistic. In fact I haven't painted a painting the whole time I have been in real estate.

Bins of supplies were stacked under the table and I just felt overwhelmed and sad as I looked at the room.

The past few days, I have been slowly dissecting the stuff.

I filled 2 big bags with sewing things I won't be needing and sent it out with my Mom today to take to the church ladies that like to sew. I made emergency sewing kits for me and a few more people to keep in our cars.

Some stuff got thrown out and the rest that I thought I might need in the future, put in clear bins for my new storage room downstairs. As I place things in storage, I am mindful not to stuff it to the brim with things I'll never want to see again.

As I finish clearing the room, I am also deciding on a new color for the walls and new window coverings. I was thinking...what should I use the room for? Where do I spend most of my time? What do I do the most of in the house?

The answer is WORK...I actually enjoy working on business ideas! It makes me happy to be busy. Imagine that!

The room across the hall is an office that my assistant Jane uses when she is here. (my old office) I float around the house with no place of my own until she is gone for the day.

I want a room where I can work on my computer, writing, reading or just hang out in. I know I have the whole house for that... but it's nice to have a room just for me and what I like best around me.

So here's the before picture after I cleaned out some of the clutter. Stay tuned for the transformation. I plan to work today like my vacation is tomorrow.(What vacation?? LOL) 

In fact, I should think of all my days like that. You know you always get more done and feel satisfied that all is right in your world when things look neat and nice.



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*Pretend Today Is The Day Before Your Vacation!*

Comment balloon 9 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 06 2010 01:48PM


Good for you, Lizette! I feel like a hypocrite when I tell my clients to get rid of their stuff as mine continues to pile up.

Posted by zeta cross, Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more! (Smart Green Realty) about 9 years ago

I enjoy reading your posts!

Lots of fun and good photos.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) about 9 years ago

As long as you don't pretend tomorrow that you have just returned from a vacation feeling hung over, you should be good to go.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

Zeta - I was feeling that way too. I hope by the end of today I will have a lot more done.

Ralph! - Thanks fso much!

Malcolm - That's a good plan.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

Can't wait for the "after" photo....   I will need to come up and check it out in person along with the new closet.    On my "vacation" day!

Posted by Connie King about 9 years ago

There is so much that I need to get done I can't even think how long it will take me to get that comfortable feel.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 9 years ago


When I am in the mood to cleanup things, then I am not inspired to do so.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Connie - I think this room will be fun to design. I'm already thinking of plush furniture and a desk.

Don - I know the feeling! I've found out that if things aren't surrounding me neatly I feel uneasy about my life.

Steven - You sound like Scarlett..."I'll think about that tomorrow...because tomorrow is another day!" Hey, this might be my next blog post!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 9 years ago

Lizette - I can't wait to see the after picture.  I use to paint and draw all the time, but after having kids it slowed down and now I can't remember the last time I did it.  I think the closest I came was scrapbooking a soccer book for both my boys, I'm not a scrapbooker, but it was fun to get my creativity out.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) about 9 years ago

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