Simpler Living – Still Messy Though

I’m continuing my efforts to try and keep my house presentable should someone happen to stop by. Luckily, the person most likely to stop by with little warning is my mom and I figure, she changed my diapers and nursed me, she knows me and I know her. She does not get the glossy version of my life, she gets the real deal. But I would like the real deal to be more presentable on a regular basis, for her and everyone else too, but let’s be honest, I don’t want to do anymore housework — read: pick up more toys — than I already do. So, to that end I did a little re-arranging of our family room. Here’s the scene from my front door:

Family Room

Clean, huh? So let’s say someone stopped by selling girl scout cookies — as actually happened the other night — I could invite them into the foyer instead of being rude and talking to them on the front porch. But what they wouldn’t see is this:

Family Room - The Hidden Toys
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9 Responses to “Simpler Living – Still Messy Though”


  1. 1 Jennifer January 18, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    What a beautiful living room! Really nicely decorated (toys and all). Good ideas.

  2. 2 Sonya January 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Behind the couch? That is brilliant. I am with you as far as real-deal-more-presentable. We’ve been doing much simplifying around here to that end. Have a great weekend!

  3. 3 twiddletails January 18, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Wow! Your house is lovely. Would you like to come decorate over here?

  4. 4 kellyt January 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    I have found the following to be true: The more likely your house is picked up and sparkling clean, the less likely there will be anyone stopping by. On that one day you have to run out of the house with the breakfast dishes still on the table and the living room floor covered in toys, THAT’S the day you’ll get a visitor! Sadly, I speak from experience.

  5. 5 martha January 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    The light in that room is so lovely! It will distract anyone from seeing the mess:)

  6. 6 JoAnna January 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    It looks delightful! We have an open space as well, and I am constantly struggling to keep it tidy. We just threw the kitchen set and toys behind the couch as well, in an attempt to keep the mess in one place at least. We also have a half wall, like you, which we do not keep tidy. Everything lands there, and it is my constant nightmare. Thanks for sharing. So glad to hear I am not the only one and I do think it is a worthy attempt! Not only is it nice for visitors, it is nice for you and your family too!:)

  7. 7 amandajean January 18, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    your house is beautiful! thanks for giving us a peek.

    I am struggling with trying to contain the mess of a nearly 2 year old. she leaves a disaster in her wake. usually it’s several books from the bookshelf. it’s a constant battle.

    I like what you’ve done! you are clever.

  8. 8 capello January 20, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    so nice and serene!

    (heck, even your toy area looks awesome)

  9. 9 erin January 21, 2008 at 10:01 am

    i need to be more tidy myself. so far this year i am doing a pretty good job.


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