Changing things up

Organising this house & all our stuff is always in a constant state of flux, I try something out for awhile and if it doesn’t work as I want it to I change it.

We did a big clean of our house over the weekend, alot of dusting deep cleaning, etc. I decided that I would also look at all of the organisation systems I put in place a couple of years ago & reassess. One area that just wasn’t working was our suitcase side table in our bedroom, it wasn’t being used to its fullest.

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It doesn’t look too terrible, but it was too cumbersome to move the tray to get access to the inside of the suitcase. Which consequently has been seating empty for 6 months plus.

I did a quick raid of my home (cheapest shopping trip!) & found this dish amongst our huge pile of serving/party ware (which I also need to go through & organise).

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We have never used this dish for anything & it seemed perfect for holding my bracelets.

After sorting through what I wanted to keep & what could go somewhere else (whether in the house or to charity), I was left with a tray that looked much more organised & most importantly more stable. I can now easily move the whole tray & access the suitcase underneath.

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As for what I am putting in the suitcase, I am thinking of putting my make-up. Which is currently living in our bathroom (I know your not suppose to store make-up there, which is why I’m planning on moving it), not sure when I’ll get to that as I’m not sure how to set things up in the suitcase yet. Pinterest here I come!

Day 4-6 of the Cure

See day 1-3 here

Day 4: Get a fresh perspective in just 10mins

Find a place in the house that I don’t often sit in & take 10mins looking at a place that I find most problematic.

I choose to sit on a set stool that had been moved to a different spot so our robotic vacuum could do its thing & look specifically at the top of our white bookcase that sits in our back entry. Also have a good look over both bookcases that sit in that area, some things about them work and some I have never been able to get to work as I would like them to.

What I decided is that I wanted too much from the space as a whole & that what is stored & displayed in the area needs to be pared down & simplified.

I am a list person so I jotted down a few things that I wanted to move & where I thought they could go instead.

This I think is going to be a good tool to use in the future, with any project that I do around the house. I do have a tendency to dive in head first without thinking about what I’m doing & things can get frustrating quite quickly as a result.

Day 5 : Select On Project for Your List to Complete this Month

I picked for my project the two shelf units that are in our back entry, I had read ahead abit so that is also why I choose to do day 4 assignments in the same area.

Here are some before photos

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I have been pinning ideas for the last couple of days & adding them to my bookshelf pinterest board. Starting to feel the itch to get started.

Day 6: Choose a piece of Artwork & Get Going on Framing it

I just so happened to have a couple of pieces of art hanging around our house that haven’t been hung up on the wall yet. So this was an easy assignment.

One piece is a print of the Orient Express, it is the setting for one of my all time favourite Agatha Christie books Murder on the Orient Express. It has been sitting around for almost a year. And the other is a print that WH (wonderful husband) got for his birthday, a T.A.R.D.I.S printed on a page for a random old book.

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I have put them aside waiting for hanging day!

Taking the 2013 Cure

Happy New Year! Can you believe that it is already 2013, the last 12 months have just flown by. There have been some big changes in the last couple of months that I will be sharing soon & I am also going to be sharing my ‘One Little Word’ for 2013. But right now I wanted to share another thing that is becoming a bit of a participation tradition for me. The Apartment Therapy Cure, check out the link for more info. But basically it is away of kick starting a organised 2013. I have done one of these cures before I found that you get some great motivation to organise & clean areas of your home that you might find overwhelming or just find it easier to avoid doing. And these are things that you can keep doing through out the year to maintain all the good work you did at the beginning of the year.

I’m abit slow getting started as the January Cure started on the 2nd of January (actually 3rd of January as the US is behind by about a day) so it is day 3 already. Lets play alittle catch up & I’ll show you my progress so far.

Day 1 : Make a List of Projects

Pretty simple one to start of with, grab a piece of paper, a pen & a highlighter and go around your house making a list of projects you would like to get done big or small in each room.

The part that I kinda struggled with was resiting the temptation to fix/clean/organise the stuff I was identifying. But all this day is about is making a list. So after about 5 mins (we don’t have a big house, but I don’t really see this taking very long for anyone) this is my list.

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The highlighting is the next part. I went back over my list and highlighted the projects that I thought were the most important to me. Our instructions for the day says choose no more that 3-5 projects per room. I stuck to that.

I decided to rewrite my list with only the important projects per room. Here is my final list;

Entry

  • Clean front door
  • Find rug
  • Change out art
  • Do something about old shoes
  • Find a place to WH’s thongs

Lounge

  • Hang new frames
  • Organise cords
  • Clean fan
  • Get another ottoman

Dinning

  • New ceiling hanging
  • Area rug
  • Put away sewing stuff

Back entry

  • Mess of bags
  • Wash rug
  • Get outside mat
  • Get cork for display board
  • Restyle top of white bookshelf

Music/Guest room

  • Clutter in corner
  • Dooner insert
  • Pillowcases
  • Get frames & hang art

Kitchen

  • Pantry clean/re-organise
  • New draw organisers
  • Under sink clean-up

Craft room

  • Total over haul

Bedroom

  • Solution to WH’s clothes storage
  • Closet purge

Bathroom

  • Toilet paper storage
  • Drawers purge & re-organise
  • Under sink clean up

Day 2: Set up your Outbox

Click the link above to find out all about what an outbox is & the rules involved with it.

I have had an outbox for awhile & use it alot. It is actually an old washing up basket that lives in my craft room.

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It gets filled whenever I do any purging or re-organising around the house. So the set up part of this assignment was already done for me (yay!). I even had in mind something to put in it straight away, some clothes that we taken from our closet before Christmas & a pair of shoes that I have just been holding on to for too long. I have had these shoes for ages, but they needed to be replaced. I had even bought replacement shoes (that I love just as much if not more), but the old ones have been sitting in our bedroom for months & months. In the outbook they went!

Day 3: Flowers, Floors, Green cleaners & Outbox

I read this day after I had gone shopping early this morning, so didn’t actually buy any flowers. But I did raid out backyard, which was alittle slim pickings on the flower front (note to self plant more flowering plants) but I got some flowers to replace my fake gerberas in the kitchen & some others for alittle sprig in the bathroom & on the butchers block cart between our back entry & the kitchen. I will buy flowers next week!

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This past week we took all of our decorations down so just like before we put them up every year the floors got a good cleaning, so that one can be marked down as already done.

I hate using chemical cleaners & in the last couple of years have been moving away from bought cleaners altogether (including the green ones). I have found that making my own out of a few simple ingredients in far cheaper & work just as well. So I have that marked as done too.

So that is my experience with the first 3 days of the Apartment Therapy January Cure. One of the Apartment Therapy contributors is live blogging her experience as well, check her out here.