When I was a little girl, my sisters and I would draw floor plans for new homes and talk about where we'd put the furniture. One of my sisters went on to become an interior architect, making that a professional reality. Me? I'm a dabbler. But it's a good thing I enjoy setting up new homes, or I'd think moving was beyond painful.
Yes, I'm moving. That's why there's been this lengthy silence here. I don't have any thoughts beyond, "Must. Put. This. In. Another. Box." I'm eager to be closer to my new church community, so that was the motivation to go through the pain of purging, listing, selling, packing, and setting up a home again. However, despite the hassle, I will admit I am having fun nesting. It's fun to plan and dream about a new space and new neighbors -- how to be purposeful in creating a home for hospitality and outreach.
And it's good to be disciplined about things I would rather not do: assembling furniture and painting. I love throwing out and getting organized, but I do not like the attention to detail that is required to understand complicated assembly instructions or neatly paint a room. But it's good for me to get out of my comfort zone and do what I dislike.
In the meantime, I will share a tip I learned from a professional painter: add a tablespoon of real vanilla extract to your gallon of paint. It won't affect the color, but it will help dissipate the paint smell sooner.