I hope you all had a great weekend. I’ve been very busy getting my house in order (again, or still, whichever you like).
True to his word, my son moved into his own place last Tuesday, which meant that I could finally have my work room back again (yay!). You may have figured out by now that I absolutely hate clutter and disorganization. I like to be able to have a place for everything and everything in it’s place. This is seldom achieved in my house, but it was particularly bad when I had to work in the dining room. Not only was I constantly having to unpack and re-pack my sewing machine, paints etc., but I was also constantly stepping over stuff, or stubbing my toe on things because there just wasn’t enough space! My kitchen is so tiny and I had all the appliances crammed into once corner, leaving me very little space to cook. My witch’s broom was working overtime, I tell you!
So I got stuck in with a vengeance last week to finally put everything in order and make more space for once and for all.
Mr. LoveThat adores coffee – especially the speciality coffees, so when I bought him a Keurig Coffee Maker for Christmas 2 years ago, he was delighted. It was only afterwards that we found out that Keurig does not provide the lattes and cappuccino that we are so in love with because Bosch has the patent on that, which means a Tassimo would have been a better choice. So last week, we bought one. Now we have 3 coffee makers and a kettle – and we use them all! So my first task was to put them all in one place and get them out of my kitchen. The buffet in the dining-room was the obvious choice and this is the result. All the cups, mugs, tea, coffee and appliances (including the toaster) are now all in one place, creating more space in my kitchen.
While I was at it, I unpacked the rest of Mr. LoveThat’s books and put them here
Just to give you an idea of how many books he has, these are packed 3-deep and there is another shelf adjacent to this one, also 3-deep. There are more dotted all over the living room and on a long shelf in my bedroom also.
In the space where the boxes of books used to be, I finally had a place to hang our excess coats and bike leathers, and the tubs for the dog food.
This stuff (minus the dog bins) was originally crammed into the little coat closet in our entrance hall along with our winter coats and jackets.
Now that my ‘office’ was no longer in my dining room, I had a place for my poor old plant which was not thriving in the living room. I re-potted her, so she’s looking a little sad, but I’m sure she’ll get over it. I hope she likes Mint, because I re-potted that to keep her company!
Before tackling the kitchen, and while I had all this new space, I finally got round to painting the wall where the ugly wall paper was, and adding the lettering I’ve been promising to do for weeks. After painting it white
I started painting on the words, with the help of a stencil
And here’s the finished product – not very straight, but then life’s a bit like that, isn’t it?
I love it! I still have to paint the rest of the wall behind the washing machine and above the sink, but at least the wording is done, which was the time-consuming part.
Now I have more space here
which leaves no excuse for Mr. LoveThat to now help me in the kitchen!
Since I was on a roll, I moved on to the living room to make more space in there also. I moved Floyd, the Ball Python, and her now 40 gallon tank, into my work room. She’ll be happier there as there is less movement in that room – no TV or dogs – which means she will come out of her little cave more often (and she does). In that space I put the old treddle sewing machine which used to be here
And fits perfectly here
Which makes room for a doggy bed without my having to either step over it to get to the kitchen, or end up standing on the dog which, as you can imagine, makes the dog quite grumpy.
The clutter of stuff in one corner was very not pleasing to the eye
so I moved the end table and the world globe to the other end of the couch
leaving the corner looking much better, in my opinion (LOL)
And opening up space for another doggy bed that I don’t have to fall over
You’ll notice that we still have the very ugly and uncomfortable futon, but I am told that my new couch will be a reality next Tuesday! Only one week away. I’m so excited. Such is life in the fast lane 🙂
Now that I have all this space, I will be working on Thanksgiving place mats for our Thanksgiving dinner with the family next Monday. We have decided to do something different this year. Instead of a turkey, we’re going to have cornish hens. And lots of wine and song hopefully. I’ll post a photo of the festivities next week.
Until then, laugh, indulge, love.