Barbara's New Kitty City

Jenni was very proud of Barbara for letting go of the cats.

Our week with the Perrin family proved to be challenging from the moment we walked in the door. The house seemed to carry a very stagnant energy that Jeff and I needed to help shift. Barbara and Jay carry a full load between raising three kids and being a parent to seven cats. When we confront Barbara, she seems to check out. Jay is eager for a change, and it seems as though if there isn't one by the end of the week, it could ultimately affect their marriage.

Jeff and I decided that the cats should get a home of their own, and the garage seemed to be the perfect new kitty paradise city. The kids were all allergic to cats, Wyland suffered the worst, and Jeff and I made a decision that by the end of the week we would try to find a better home for 3 of the cats and convert the garage to an office/kitty city. The smell in the bedroom was unbearable (dry-heaving), and the house seemed to be dominated by... kitties.

Jay was open about his former alcohol addiction, and our goal was to get Barbara to forgive Jay for the past. She also needed to address her avoidance issues. Things in their life had become majorly overwhelming, and they both were checked out.

Jay was beyond thrilled to see the kitty tower go. He let out a squeal of joy!

Once Jay communicated how important it was for Barbara to make him and the kids a priority, she came around and agreed to find a better home for three of the cats. I was very proud of Barbara, as these animals were also her children, but she recognized that they could have a better life and this was the mature and best decision for everyone.The new office/kitty city space turned out beautifully (the glass garage door created a spacious indoor/outdoor environment) and not only will the cats have their own fabulous new home, but it added needed square footage for the Perrin family.

It was also amazing to see how de-clutter can make such a difference. By cleaning, donating some furniture, and reconfiguring the space, we made it feel lighter, brighter, and better. The house became more comfortable and inviting.

Jeff and I both got our own wake-up call that being a parent is:

A. Tiring
B. Hard Work
C. A Full Time Job
D. Tough

We leave the Perrin's and are excited for their new start. Barbara and Jay can have sexy time, the kids can be allergy free, and the kitties have their own indoor/outdoor city! Mission accomplished!

Next week...Count Dracula decor, no more!

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Jenni dishes on the pressure of having to set up the perfect engagement for Kenia and Danielle.

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Danielle is a Dog Groomer.
Kenia is a Behavioral Specialist.
They have been living together for five and a half years.
Kenia says Danielle has a "strong personality," which translates as Danielle gets things her way.

A pool table dominates the living room.
Danielle dominates everything else.
Kenia wants to get married, but Danielle seems to be reluctant.
Jeff sees the decor as "a sorority house but for lesbians."

Two women with big personalities, big attitudes, and big accents.
Kenia says because Danielle owns the house, everything has to be her way.
The "our home" translates quickly to "it's still my house."
That is not Kenia's idea of what she has dreamed of since she was little.

Kenia is the cook and thinks the kitchen is a nightmare.
Danielle hates the bar that Kenia built when she was away.
Jeff sees the bar as the only expression of Kenia in the house. Kenia wants to get married to Danielle in New York.
To encourage and support, Jeff buys wedding magazines.
He wants Danielle to recognize the needs of her partner, something he says he has to work to do.
Danielle exits and whispers she doesn’t need our "encouragement."
She already has a ring.
And she tells us she hates not being in control.
This could kill the relationship.

When these girls play pool, they dent the walls.
Jeff targets the kitchen for remodel so Kenia "will have a win."
They need to see their combined personalities in the space. Our Goal: A brand new kitchen in five days.
This is a clean house with not much for Zoila to do, so she breaks a wine glass.
Kitchen demolition is an emotional experience.
To relax the atmosphere Jeff plays a shoe prank on a girl you shouldn't mess with.

Danielle is still nervous about commitment.
To help out I sing about a bridal store in the parking lot.
Shopping for the kitchen reveals the problem.
Danielle overrides Kenia's choices and stalls with tile decisions.
Jeff is out of patience and sees this as the real relationship indicator.

Danielle is waiting for a perfect time and place to make the commitment.
Jeff sees me as a proposal expert because I'm experienced.
Spelling out will you marry me with asparagus and strawberries is not Jeff's idea of cool.
Danielle and I have lunch and she thinks most of my proposal ideas are corny.
The puppy idea is a no go.
I start to rap...and we work on a plan. Zoila, Jeff, and Kenia go appliance shopping.
She makes it clear to Jeff: "no ghetto appliances" for this girl.
Kenia calls Jeff tiny tush in Spanish and plans to teach him some dirty words.
Zoila has had it with all the engagement talk.
She calls Jeff a genius and crazy in the same breath.

We are running way behind with the kitchen.
These girls know how to threaten.
Jeff brought in crickets as retaliation -- a boy and his bugs.
Kenia shouts, "He's a sick little man!"
Hotel plans for me and the girls.
Jeff is buying them dinner to make up for bugging them.
The surprise romantic proposal atmosphere in the hotel room is my project to manage. "Operation Love"
Danielle says, "If it's not one hundred percent right, I'm not doing it."
Yes, she's talking to me
Rose petals, candles, and candy need to be perfect.
A ring, kisses, and Kenia is crying tears of joy.

Four hours to reveal and at least nine hours of work needs to be done.
Outlets are covered, wood chips are everywhere, and cabinets still have no doors.
Zoila is sweeping.
The refrigerator water line is not turned on.
A fuse is blown...and they are knocking on the door.
The reveal is "gorgeous" and Kenia shows off her beautiful ring.
Jeff says he has a lesson to take home to his own relationship.

"She's got the biggest dick in the room."
I didn't say that, Jeff did.

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