The painter went with moving the bags and the shoe rack into the living room, and basically just covered the rest, and shuffled it around to be able to get to ceiling and walls. But he wasn't happy with that! He couldn't swing a cat. And he will have to do the floor as well one day. That really is best done in one go, but then the place has to be empty! Where to put the stuff? So we agreed he pause a bit now, and wait for the joiner to come do the living room so we can then put stuff in there. He will have to come back then anyway; the living room will only have skirting boards by the time the floor is laid, so that has to wait for the joiner anyway.
So all is painted now except for the floors of conservatory and storage, and the living room skirting boards! It's lovely!
View of the storage from the stairs while the painter had shuffled stuff around