Day 299: Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebrations, and a Quick Tidy Up in the Garage

My eldest turned 16 today and she woke up happy in her new bedroom. She loved her ‘1’ and a ‘6’ balloon and all of her presents. After that, the the girls and my husband put the final piece of bedroom furniture together – a large 6 drawer chest of drawers. Unfortunately she can’t lay things out the way she wants them in the room at the moment because she can only use half of it until the en-suite has been finished.

Birthday lunch

We went to a MacDonalds drive thru at lunchtime at my daughter’s request and sat eating it in the car (my children are easily pleased)

A bit of tidying up in the garage and upstairs

Whilst the birthday girl was speaking to her friend on FaceTime this afternoon, I managed to get 30 minutes in my cluttered hideaway (the garage) and I’m amazed at how much room I made in there by shifting things around again (filling a black sack in the process). We need to work out if we’re putting the old sofa or my daughter’s old bed in the garage. We then need to decide if we are getting rid of it or selling it. More decisions!

As my daughter was moving items from her old room into her new room this afternoon, I started moving stuff into her old room (which I’ll now call the spare room as it currently has no purpose).

We also unwrapped her new ‘Emma mattress (a very popular brand that’s advertised everywhere at the moment).

It was rolled up in plastic and when the wrapping came off it sprung to life and took about an hour to fully form. It’s an amazing mattress and definitely a hit with my daughter. It’s so comfortable. We got the hybrid one which is a mix of memory foam and springs.

Roast lamb for dinner

I really don’t know where I found the energy, but whilst juggling all of the above, I made roast lamb for dinner (one of my daughter’s favourites) and it went down well with everyone.

This evening we all watched TV together and then everyone seemed exhausted. I pottered around upstairs preparing the space and moving things out of the way for where the builders will be working tomorrow (starting between 8 and 9am apparently).

I couldn’t believe the state of the kitchen when I came downstairs – I was too tired to do all of it, so I just did the dishwasher, wiped down the sides and left the rest for tomorrow. The dining room has got messy again, but although it looks unmanageable, I’m not worried about any of that because it all has somewhere where it can go, I just have no time to put things away. I know we’re only a few weeks away from calm again, so I’m not going to stress about it.

I need to relax now, so I’ll sign off for the evening.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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2 Responses to Day 299: Sweet Sixteen Birthday Celebrations, and a Quick Tidy Up in the Garage

  1. jesusluvsall says:

    Happy 16th birthday to your daughter 🙂

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