Saturday, October 18, 2014
In reflecting on my comments about DH the other day, I realized that I am really not going to be able to do any work in the garage or basement. Those rooms are "his" rooms and I am not allowed to move anything. With that in mind, I decided that doing the kitchen drawers and the pantry was a lot to do in one day (especially since DD was visiting), so I decided to split that task into two days. I just did the drawers for day 13. The pantry will be next.
This drawer is next to the stove and we keep the silverware here.
The next two drawers are on the far side away from the stove and wind up being a "catch all" for all sorts of little things. The first one should be all of our knives and sharp items.
This drawer is supposed to be serving utensils and all my mixing items, like large wooden spoons and spatulas.
As I mentioned before, DD recently moved into a house and they need a lot of things. One of the items they needed was silverware. Their old apartment was very small and they kept utensils to a minimum. We were shopping at Costco and I saw some nice flatware. She didn't want me to buy her new, though, when she knew that I wanted to get some myself. So we bought the new for me and she took all my old flatware. I also reorganized the drawer so it is strictly the tableware at this point.
The next drawer wasn't too bad, but I do have trays for the knives and things were out of place so I got that straightened out.
The final drawer saw the most changes. There were some items that I gave to DD, so I had a bit more room. I have all the serving utensils from my new sets together, I hung a couple of items on the board with all my cookware, and I got rid of a bunch of little items that had collected and were not being used at all.
I took everything out of all the drawers, wiped them down, and then moved everything back. It feels really good to have this done, even though hardly anyone ever sees it.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Wow, a few busy days at work and do I get behind!
So, Wednesday was my linen closet. There is no light in the closet, and the light in the hallway is off to the side, so these pictures are a bit dark.
The two top shelves are in pretty good order. I keep bathroom cleaning supplies on the top as well as some toiletries and all our meds and more toiletries on the second shelf. I got the bins a while ago to help keep these shelves in order and it works pretty well. DH insists I keep backups of everything he uses on a regular basis, so we have a pretty good stock here. I read a long time ago that you shouldn't keep meds in the bathroom cabinet (too damp) and this keeps all out of the reach of visiting children as well.
The next two shelves are for towels and linens. Nothing else belongs here.
These two shelves are for table linens, pillow cases, and washcloths. Obviously they need some work.
I took the above pictures on Wednesday and didn't take the follow up pictures until Friday. I really didn't need to do much on the top two shelves. Moved one thing up from another shelf and moved one item out.
The second set of shelves are pretty sparse, as it's the end of the week and I am behind on laundry too. However, I didn't want to delay this blog any longer. There was a load of towels going in the washer when I took this picture. There are bed linens on the second shelf.
I am happy that I got the table linens all folded and put away. I had a pile of folded linens sitting in a laundry basket for quite a while. There are piles of dark table cloths on either side of the ones you can see in the middle of the shelf.
I also found some things to donate to the vets. They are going to be in my neighborhood on the 27th, which is perfect timing because I will have just finished my decluttering that weekend.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Three more beads move from the left to the right this week.
I just got done with work at about 10:15. The task blog is going to have to wait until tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Yesterday I wound up watching my 8-year-old great-nephew all day. I had to reorganize my tasks, because there was no way I was doing the pantry and drawers with him underfoot. As it was, the laundry room took me all day, in bits and pieces. Then his mom was late and DH invited them both for dinner. They didn't leave until past 9:30 PM, so no blog last night.
So my laundry room...I already mentioned the second fridge is in there, right next to the door. The top often gets cluttered with things that don't make it to the place they belong.
Then there is a utility sink and the washer and dryer, which for once didn't have laundry piled on them.
At the end of the room is a door to outside with a nice little corner that collects things.
Then the chest freezer, which miraculously only had one item that needed to be dealt with. This is a cover for the dining room table that goes under the tablecloth to protect from heat and spills.
Finally there is an alcove behind the door where I keep hampers and extra hangers. There is also a couple of shelves, which are supposed to only hold baking and roasting supplies.
The door has a couple of hooks on the back that are "overutilized".
Most of my problem with this room was deciding where to put things. Part of what was on top of the fridge was 2 dog bowls. They belonged to Toby, who we lost in December. We kept them because sometimes my DD brings her dog with her when she visits, but they really don't have a place. I moved them to the pantry floor for now, but I will have to figure it out by the weekend.
The things in the corner went down to the basement.
The candlesticks on the shelf went to the top of our piano. The cleaning supplies are now under the kitchen sink.
And my clothes are in my closet, where they belong.
I also realized that some of you may be wondering where all my cookware is, since it wasn't in any of the kitchen cabinets. I have my DH, the engineer, to thank for this.
He actually took a Polaroid and hung it on a bulletin board in the kitchen, so everything always gets put back in the right place.
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