Q: How do you manage your schedule -- housework, moving, CHILDREN, thrifting, decorating. Is it just that 'your lamp doesn't go out at night'?
A: I don't try to do it all. My kids are still young, we have few outside commitments, and I'm not a fussy housekeeper. It drives my mom nuts, how I can have laundry piled up next to fabric bolts next to a stack of magazine clippings. "We LIVE here!" I tell her. I still have to cook 3 meals a day, entertain children, and make sure we have clean underwear!
In the decorating sense, it's better NOT do it all overnight. You should live in the house a minimum of a few weeks before making major decisions. How else will you know what your operating patterns will be? Where the light falls? Which armchairs need coasters and reading lamps? Where people leave their keys?
Someone from work just asked my husband why the house looks so empty from the street. Embarassing! That was just the nudge I needed to do the living room. Can't hang pictures until you are sure where the sofa is going! Three weeks of unconscious thinking coalesced into a comfortable arrangement. We hung the Audobon print. Now I can crack open the boxes of decorative items and books for the next layer.