I’ve been putting countless hours into prepping our house for sale. If you’ve ever undertaken something of the sort, you know what I mean – you get used to living with your house a certain way, with the furniture in a certain arrangement, you stop noticing how horrid the closet really looks, and so forth. But when you start making changes for other people you find yourself saying “Wow, I really wish we had made the effort to clean out that closet years ago, it makes an enormous difference.”
My grandmother calls this sort of thing – going to a lot of extra trouble to make an impression on people you aren’t really that close to – “putting on the dog.” I’m not sure what that means but I say it too because it’s colorful.
We’re definitely putting on the dog at our house these days and we constantly say “Well, at least we get to enjoy it for a couple of weeks.” It does make me think though, about how many areas of my life would benefit from putting in, not a false or exhausting level of effort, but just a little more effort, and what a benefit that might be for the people around me that I do care about.
In the meantime, I’m enjoying my newly beautiful bathroom, gorgeously decluttered and open closet, and newly whiter baseboards while I can.