Yea! It's about time I got my house back!! (Almost.)

Anyone who's been to the farm in the last five years can testify that my living room was stacked with shelving units and the dining room housed two chest freezers plus, a commercial refrigerator. The office was also crammed in somewhere.

Left: half of the shelving units in the living room surrounding the dining room table. Top Right: more shelves disguised by coolers and baskets (notice the wood stove in the corner?) Bottom Right: glimpse of commercial fridge, chest freezers & coolers, desk

Left: half of the shelving units in the living room surrounding the dining room table. Top Right: more shelves disguised by coolers and baskets (notice the wood stove in the corner?) Bottom Right: glimpse of commercial fridge, chest freezers & coolers, desk

Why? Because the business kept growing (thankfully) and needed more space. The budget could not support a new building, but the farmers could endure reduced living quarters. Four farm hands showed up for work and when the day was done, our house had been flipped upside down. The spare bedroom became the MBR, the MBR became the living room, all unnecessary personal items were tucked away in the barn and shelving units sprouted through the floor! Being organized was the best part.

This lifestyle governed every part of the farm. Farm hands trekked in and out during lunch and breaks. Customers navigated coolers during sales transactions. Maranda (1st bookkeeper) and then Amy (current bookkeeper) graciously tolerated the fridge door banging into their chair.

Eventually, we started enclosing the porch and this summer the front porch was finished enough to move in chest freezers. Again, farm hands showed up and all freezers relocated to the front porch. Contents were unloaded, then reloaded and reorganized. Five full-size freezers in all, plus a small one. It's nice to be organized again. Smile.

Top Left: shelves line the wall against the house. Top Right: more shelves not seen in the left photo. Bottom Left: freezers opposite the shelves line the outside wall with market tables propped against them. Bottom Right: two freezers on the east wall which can be seen in the top left photo.

Top Left: shelves line the wall against the house. Top Right: more shelves not seen in the left photo. Bottom Left: freezers opposite the shelves line the outside wall with market tables propped against them. Bottom Right: two freezers on the east wall which can be seen in the top left photo.

With no freezers in the dining room, that spaced was transitioned to a full-fledged office. Nice! Amy appreciated the separation between desk and fridge. This arrangement worked for a few months, but at Thanksgiving, I declared that I was reclaiming my house and invited family to Christmas dinner at the farm. It's a whole month away, right? No pressure.

Shelving units went out first. Living room furniture was brought from the MBR. Bedroom furniture moved back into the MBR. Office relocated to the spare bedroom. All the while, I was scrubbing floors and wiping walls. Each room was getting a fresh start - like spring-cleaning without the spring! Farmers are super, crazy busy in the spring, so I'll take it anytime I can get it!!

Top Left: living room from the hall toward the front door. Top Right: living room from the front door toward the hall, Christmas wrapping on the floor , and the wood stove no longer being blocked. Bottom Left: dining room table surrounded by business. Bottom Right: office in the spare bedroom, yet to be organized.

Top Left: living room from the hall toward the front door. Top Right: living room from the front door toward the hall, Christmas wrapping on the floor , and the wood stove no longer being blocked. Bottom Left: dining room table surrounded by business. Bottom Right: office in the spare bedroom, yet to be organized.

It's not Downton Abbey and some business items remain, but Christmas dinner went off without a hitch and we were able to enjoy family in the comfort of our own home whilst sitting on our own furniture. A blessing, indeed.

I'll leave you with one last photo of our first Christmas tree in five years. So exciting!