“surprisingly normal home” edition.

Business is glacial from January 1st until about mid March which means... A.) I take any and all jobs I can get, and B.) I’m working solo for a few months to cut costs. This job was found via my real estate agent/stager power couple that I’ve worked with since the beginning. They’re getting ready to put the home on the market, so I swoop by for the finishing touches. Everybody wins!

Dumb blind choice is dumb. There’s no way for a homeowner to raise these blinds all the way without a step ladder. I would probably just get rid of them entirely, seeing as they look pretty awful when parallel to the ground with the triangle on top, most of them at different heights. Raise your hand if that last sentence made any sense, because it sure sounded better in my head....

Here’s one more bad blind choice. Drives me crazy when people buy blinds without a locking mechanism these days. They’re not any cheaper (normally more expensive in the case of the fancy woven blinds) and sure, while they may last a bit longer.... They’re such a pain to use. Finding something to tie them around just to keep the shade up? Pass. Better yet, stop buying blinds with cords all together. Swapping over to the push/pull from the bottom is a game changer. Don’t even get me started on remote controlled blinds..... I’ve yet to see a single homeowner that didn’t regret going with those. Er... What were we talking about?

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Okay, moving on to the good stuff! Spacious two car garage, and what’s that...? An attached shop? Yes please. Garage could be spruced up a bit, but there’s nothing wrong with it.

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In the back garage is a door, leading to your private workshop/mancave/fortress of solitude. I love how houses from this era always seem to have a separate room off of the garage. I suppose the modern (and super expensive) equivalent is people building a bonus family room over the garage, with a separate staircase connecting it to the main floor.

Shelves, sink, and all the outlets you’ll ever need. The shop and garage EACH have two sepperate breakers, couldn’t read the garage ones but the shop has a 30 amp and a 50 amp. Unclear what’s connected to what.

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The downstairs is “period correct” with linoleum floors, wood paneling, and multiple bathrooms with very strange layouts by modern standards. I like seeing this stuff. Go ahead, try to tell me this paneling isn’t fantastic:

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I offered to blow the roof/gutters off/out respectively, so a quick job turned into.... Well. A slightly less quick job? I don’t know, I was here for two hours, but being the only job I had and it being winter, I went at a pretty laid-back pace, even by my standards.

Of course it starts pouring when I get up on the roof. Tis life for a Washingtonian.

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And there you have it. A (work)day in the life of AestheticsInMotion, winter slowdown edition. I miss having money to blow, but I love love love all the extra time. When I’m working 60+ hour weeks in the summer heat along with three other employees, it’s the thought of the winter slowdown that keeps me sane. And while I could certainly budget better in order to keep my financial situation the same year-round, I find that when I’m semi-broke I make better decisions, and have a much easier time focusing on one or two major life goals/ projects. I like my monetary situation changing, because it basically allows me to live two sepperate lifestyles, if that makes sense. Plus, I get to complain about having no money in the winter, and no time the rest of the year, which means I cover all my bases!

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This place should go quick, large property, no neighbors, fairly close to downtown locations... Maybe I’ll be back after the inevitable remodal.