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 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:
B. Hard Work
C. A Full Time Job
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!