Take the Before Pictures Before

I am neck deep in boxes, many filled with books or towels, or many other things we can’t stand to part with, as we pack up for our remodel. In the next few days, the house will be empty and the demo stage will begin. I’ll take photos of the house before the demo, but I really wish I’d taken the before photos…before. Back when the furniture was in place, with frames on the wall, and toys spilling out of bins. I should have taken pictures of the house as we lived in it.

By the time I thought to take photos, pictures were off the wall, and boxes were scattered around the rooms. I started to pack early (although now, with mere days to go and much stuff remaining, it doesn’t feel that way), which means rooms were dismantled early. It was too late over a month ago. May would have been too late too.

For the most part, it’s fine because the rooms will be put together the same way, but the layout of our family room will be radically different, and it would have been fun to look back. The current layout feels totally normal, but once the room gets reconstructed, the layout will flip, and hopefully the new way will feel like the best option and anything else would seem weird.

Oh well, it’s too late to change anything. I hope to never do this again, so the knowledge is wasted on me, but to anyone considering a remodel: take photos now!

(This is it for me this week while I take the next few days to get out of this house. As my son said, “I wish teleporting existed, so we could teleport our furniture out of the house!” His teleporting dreams are modest, but sweet.)

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