Rosie (daughter of the wonderful Auntie Leila) is hosting a link-up for the Reasonably Clean welcome areas of our homes. If you've read much of Auntie Leila, I'm sure you know that "Reasonably Clean" is one of her themes. (after all, if you aim for perfectly clean, you don't have time to read that novel...)
Last time the challenge was to make our kitchen sink pretty. This time, to make our entry welcoming. Not only for friends, but also for ourselves!
Anyway, Rosie's post inspired me to get up off my duff and DO something about the mess that has been depressing me all day. I took "before" pictures for contrast and motivation:
The front garden, completely ignored. Daisies gone to seed in the back, mint gone to seed in the front. Ugh.
The toys...well, there's not a lot I can do about those. I hope that they say "children live here, and yours are welcome too!" :)
The entryway, full of random stuff. I've been tripping over it for two days - time to move it out!
This counter is my nemesis. Somehow everything collects on it! I think it has magnetic powers.
The table top has magnetic powers, too. This is remarkably clean, actually.
Amazingly, there is no laundry on the couches!
The general mess on the floor needs to go, though!
So those are the "before" pictures. And now...the "after"!
That looks welcoming!
The garden has been entirely fixed up. Dead plants cut back, dead leaves raked and deposited in the worm bin, daisy seeds and sweet peas planted in hopes of a secondary summer growth (we can do that in sunny socal!) And everything covered with beautiful rich dark worm dirt.
We took a break to eat cherries and finish up a couple of fun projects (which had been sitting on the counter!)
Hey, we can walk without tripping now! All the way through!
And my counter is gloriously clean. A mug of pens, a basket of fruit, and a plate of cookies are the only things on it!
Frankly, I feel fantastic now. :) I hope this post and all the others have inspired you to go make your entry a welcoming place!