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Next Steps

So, it’s supposed to rain this afternoon, delaying the roof/patio project.

walking

Here’s what’s new:

  1. Worked on the attic. Pulled out 6 citronella candles which we’ll use on the porch if and when.
  2. With help from DH stacked the drawer units in my office and got a top made for it. Needs to come down because of something we didn’t expect to be a problem, one more time, but at the moment, the drawer units have a top, there’s a “hole” in my office, the bookshelf I’m trying to empty has 2 empty shelves (on the stack and in the drawers).
  3. A box of books was removed from the office yesterday and went to the flea market/antique store as was 3 rolls of wallpaper, which sold. There are 2 more boxes of books to remove from my office (well there’s more than that, but there’s 2 more egg boxes).
  4. The attic got worked on Saturday. There’s enough room for the trunk in the kitchen to be put away there. I looked at things and decided I wanted to keep the trunk for sale (now in the storage) and take another to the dump, it’s in the worst shape and is currently full of mildewing clothes.(Ick!)
  5. For a long time we’ve kept empty boxes for big ticket items. We’ve decided we’re going to limit this, which is good, as it’s just storing air, yes?
  6. In the process of working on the trunks, I discovered why the Christmas cull was so easy last December (see here) there were TWO trunks of the stuff in the attic I didn’t touch, sigh. I’m not culling them right now. I have an “island” of stuff to get through in the middle of the attic first. After that, I’ll cull the things along the sides.
  7. That said, I’ve already talked about the fact that I needed to cull china. I did. I need to do it again, probably at least 2 more times. There are pieces I’m not sure where they are. There are pieces which I don’t know if they’re really only the 2nd copy or the 5th? There’s at least 2 boxes of china, glass, and other kitchen stuff unaccounted for. When the missing pieces have been located, or given up as lost forever,  then I’ll do another china/glass kitchen cull. For example, the piece of furniture I call my “china cabinet” at the moment has < 10 items in it, not a single piece of china. Still too much in flux to do more than a really minor culling!
  8. I have books in my car to give away. They were supposed to be gone last week, but didn’t make it because the car has been full of flea market stuff and the house has been chaos because of people working on the roof. I gave a magazine away yesterday, but that’s pretty much it.

Spring Cleaning

I am slowly, but surely going through the cabinets & drawers in the kitchen. So that I remember what I’ve done (and haven’t) as I’m doing this on an “as possible and I have time” basis, I’m putting labels inside each cabinet or drawer I clean with a note that I did it and the month/year.

I have no idea if this will work in terms of helping me keep things clean. I do something similar when I go through the dry stores and cull them. I put a label on the outside which is the contents and the date, but inside the lid I put a note which tells me when the canister was last cleaned. As some of my dry stores are kept for more than 1 year, it helps me to keep things clean. There’s so much stuff in this house and so many things to clean (shelves, cabinets, drawers, closets, etc.) that this is the only way I’ve found which doesn’t lean on the PTSD and I manage to get some sort of ordered cleaning done. I’ve been doing this off and on for the past year. We’ll see if I can sustain it!

I updated the post I wrote in December (January?) about house decorative items. I’d forgotten that I’d had a goal to reduce the decorative locations from 4 to 3. I’ve done that.

The front door now has my “spring/summer” straw hat on it. It’s a straw hat with fake silk flowers around it as a band. Does two things: it’s nice and spring-like and it’s handy when I’m going out into the garden. I replace the hat on the door when I’m done. No clutter in the house. Nothing extra to store. Works fine.

This post was started a few weeks ago, and I’m still whacking away at the cabinets, counters, drawers, etc. in the kitchen and elsewhere. I defrosted the freezer last week, for example. On the agenda this week is the “great refrigerator move.”

When our big fridge died last year, we moved a small fridge atop a corner cabinet and put it next to the stove. The big fridge was moved off to the side of the room so that it was out of our way and easily accessible for service people. It’s still there. Both of them need to be cleaned and put back into their previous home.

Today I go and talk to someone about new retail space. My problem with the old retail space is that the only consistent way I had to make money was to sell furniture and I don’t sell enough of that to make my overhead more than about 1/2 the time, which is unacceptable. The new shop is brighter (the new location of the antique store is cave-like) and I think suits me better. We’ll see!

The new plan may mean using the Hoosiers as sales fixtures for a while, which would be fine, as it would get them out of here and not in the storage. After the 2 Hoosiers, I have a double dresser/mirror and a wrought iron/marble table to sell, both high-end pieces. If the Hoosier currently in the antique store isn’t going to the new space, then I’ll haul it to the storage today and to the auction house next Tuesday.

Hoosier

New Leaf

Determined to get the house at least marginally cleared out and cleaned this week. We’ll see how I do!

I’ve tackled part of the laundry room this morning. The plan is to at least run the laundry during the day, pretty continually, until I get the backlog done.

After that? The dining room. Then the kitchen storage area. Then the kitchen, hall, living room and entry.

By that time I figure it will be Friday!

I’ll track what I’ve done below.

empty room

Monday – this morning I took everything off the washer/dryer and put in a tool box with the idea that the box would contain the “stuff” which had littered the shelves. It works, and doesn’t work exactly the way I’d hoped. We’ll see what DH says!

Tuesday – Took everything off the “cat bench” (cat food, cat feeding station, recycling bins). Cleaned it all, put it all back so it’s tidy. Started cleaning off the table and the floor area under it.

Wednesday More off the table, more floor space cleared, took a track light track, some cooking aluminum pieces (bread and entree pans/lids) to the swap shop along with a few books. More items intended for the flea market Saturday were put in the car. Dining room is nearly clean. Started working on the kitchen storage area. Came up with a plan to deal with the fragile and previously broken piece which has been on the table for months.

Thursday Dining room is clean. Kitchen storage is clean. Left to do downstairs: kitchen, hall, and living room. Some of which will be pretty fast, as they’ve been done before. Not going to be fast: someway to deal with the coffee table in the hallway. Not sure how that will be fixed.

Friday – Today’s job is the hall/living room. Which leaves the landing, bath, and office for tomorrow.

Saturday Tackled the living room and some of the sunroom, more of the kitchen. Recleaned the bathroom and swept the stairs.

Sunday – We had company. Finished up the living room.

Loads washed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Loads taken upstairs to be put away: 1, 2, 3,

Loads put away: 1, 2

Items culled: 2 plastic baskets, a second box of washing soda, out of date food items. One measuring cup, a breadstick crock, soup crock, crate, some clothes, some magazines, a few craft items, a few books,

Items used which had been unused: tool box, 2 glass photo trays, 2 bowls, 1 aluminum pot w/lid, 4 plastic bins & lids,

Rooms worked on: laundry room, dining room, kitchen, upstairs bathroom, stairs, entry, sun room, kitchen storage, living room, hallway, sunroom.

To Do List 3/14 (Short Term Goals)

to do list 1

Keep using pantry goods. Empty the freezer before June 1. Should be as empty as is practical to make it!

Finish the doormat.

Box up the rest of the stuff for the flea market in April

Finish getting the tax info to the tax person before the appt.

Get at least one piece of one item off of the long-term list!

Long Term Goals Accomplished

Living Room:

  • Coffee table that is there is too big. See if one of the tables in the attic will work as a replacement. Table removed from attic (3/1).
  • Move the black strap shelves currently behind the chairs to the hall.

Hall: Move the dresser into office 1.

Of course this means the old coffee table is full o’ stuff in the hallway. The things which were stored near the black strap table now are adrift, etc. MORE to do!!!

 

 

To Do List 12/5

  • Living Room: caulk & trim paint, as needed. Furniture is being replaced without a plan. Decide about coffee tables. Sell unused table. Add wall art. Bring down round coffee table. Maybe? Black & white rug: Finish up fabric strips.

to do list 1

Long Term: Trim piece against kitchen wall, window trim, stair rail. Replace interior trim on double window. Mod baseboards. Caulk/paint floor/baseboards. Move kitchen door? Replacement ladders for blinds. (http://www.fixmyblinds.com) Buy material, shorten the blinds. (Buy a miniblind used to play with to learn how before buying ladders.) Blue plaid project. Blanket project.

  • Hall: Replace smoke detector (future). Add corner detail on doors (future), caulk & touch up as needed. Sell the records, replace the cubes with the black table currently in living room.
  • Kitchen: Make plan without the Hoosiers and dismantle too-large counter. Install shelves where window used to be. Sell Hoosiers. Remove boxes from counter. Finish new window/shelf. Final paint on sidelight, new shelf. Remove crates on counter. Find new homes for the pieces stored there or sell/donate or discard.
  • Dining: Remove crib rail? Candlebra? Reuse the hanging baskets and/or rail elsewhere? Rehang cabinet. Paint drawer units? Paint china cabinet.
  • Laundry: (longterm) Get switch thing set up. Storage bins.
  • Attic:Decide what to sell. Get bookcases upstairs and bays built.
  • Office 1:Clear/clean counter & take it upstairs. Remove everything from bookcases move them.  Get sewing machine legs detached from base. Recycle, reuse, or dump. Put dresser in office. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) the 2nd dresser, currently in the storage. Red rug?
  • Entry: Caulk as needed.
  • Pantry: Add trim and final paint.

Cull/Clean (general): Take old window bits to dump. Put window trim in woodshed. Take stuff for sale to antique store or to storage so that it isn’t cluttering up the living room! Clothes & cloth need a serious culling!

  • Bathroom: Clean corners, window. Replace caulk as needed. Repaint room. Match trim to the rest of the house. If new gallon is enamel paint and not the flat, paint bathroom? Replace floor and sink and required wall upgrade.
  • Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) Get tapestry on stretchers. Quilt rehab. New: Start making pattern to reupholster chair.
  • Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet from kitchen, after fridge rehab. Move the bookcases. Build bays.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier. (Base is in my  car, top piece also needs to be moved from the storage.) Move to smaller unit. Get the 2nd dresser home and bookcase donated/sold.

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 40 11/30 43 10/11, “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.) Unsubscribed from 5 mailing lists. 11/30.

Wood stacking: 1 2 3 4

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20
  • kitchen book: nothing new
  • possible future editing jobs: no good news

Other:

  • All-In-One Organizer: clean up & print
  • Make stickers/stamps
  • Books out, boxes?
  • Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! Various technical issues which need to be resolved:
    • My wordprocessor doesn’t have the right label template.
    • Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc.
    • Order the correct magnets. Make tutorial.
    • The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print some clear labels to go over them. I may do that, or may not. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make it waterproof.

Either 2 Weeks Late or a Day Early? To Do List 11/20

  • Living Room: caulk & trim paint, as needed. Furniture is being replaced without a plan. Move typewriter stands to their new home (wherever that is). New table purchased. Two typewriter stands to the attic temporarily.

After couch is moved, decide about coffee tables. Sell unused table. Add wall art. Bring down couch and round coffee table. Maybe? Bring in Daddy’s rug  — or get rid of it? Replace: switches and socket covers, as needed.

to do list 1

Cull/Clean: remaining fabric to Jeannies for reupholstery. 
New: Chair is being reupholstered here, not there.

Long Term: Trim piece against kitchen wall, window trim, stair rail. Replace interior trim on double window, paint/install trim against beam kitchen wall. Mod baseboards. Caulk/paint floor/baseboards. Look at “roller coaster” idea, fix if needed. Move kitchen door? Replacement ladders for blinds. (http://www.fixmyblinds.com) Buy material, shorten the blinds. (Buy a miniblind at some thrift shop to play with to learn how to do this before buying ladders.)

  • Hall: Replace smoke detector (future). Add corner detail on doors (future).
  • Kitchen: Make plan using both Hoosiers and dismantling too-large counter.  Not feasible?Sell one Hoosier. Install shelves where window used to be.
  • Dining: Remove crib rail? Candlebra? Reuse the hanging baskets and/or rail elsewhere? Rehang cabinet. Paint drawer units? Paint china cabinet.
  • Attic:Decide what to sell. Get bookcases upstairs and bays built. Sell magazine table?
  • Office 1:Clear/clean counter & take it upstairs. Remove everything bookcases and get them moved to the attic.  Bring in the dresser currently in the wood shed. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) the 2nd dresser, currently in the storage. Get sewing machine legs detached from base. Recycle, reuse, or dump.
  • Office 2: Move your office downstairs.

Cull/Clean (general): Take old window bits to dump. Take stuff for sale either to antique store or to storage so that it’s no longer cluttering up the living room! Cull down glove, scarf, hat collection, as appropriate. Clothes & cloth need a serious culling! Sold bookcase!

Entry: Caulk as needed. Pantry: Add trim, final paint.

Kitchen:  Finish new window/shelf. Final paint on sidelight, new shelf. Remove crate shelves on counter. Find new homes for the pieces stored there or discard.

Laundry: (longterm) Get switch thing set up. Storage bins.

Bathroom: Clean corners, window. Replace caulk as needed. Repaint room. Replace trim to match the  rest of the house. If new gallon is enamel paint and not the flat, paint bathroom? Replace floor and sink and required wall upgrade.

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. Put chair here, not living room. Get tapestry on stretchers. Quilt rehab.

Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet in. Move the bookcases in. Build bays.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen.Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to 10 x 20 unit. Get the 2nd dresser home

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 43 10/11, 46 11/20 “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.)

Wood stacking: 1 2 3 4

Black & white rug: Finish up fabric strips. Cut more as needed. Blue plaid rug

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20
  • kitchen book: nothing new
  • possible future editing jobs: no good news

Other Organization:

  • All-In-One Organizer: monthly calendar page master design, organize sections, clean up, print, daily page master design
  • Make stickers/stamps
  • Books out:2 to the dump’s swap shop, 1 to a neighbor
  • Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! Various technical issues which need to be resolved:
    • My wordprocessor doesn’t have the right label template.
    • Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc.
    • The magnets I ordered are too big. They’ll be used on the fridge, but I need to order the right ones.
    • The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print some clear labels to go over them. I may do that, or may not. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make it waterproof.

Chore List: 10/3

to do list 1

Living Room:

  • Spackle wall board prep completedfor everything but the hall. We’re not sure we’ll have the paint to do the hall right now.
  • Primer, 2nd coat: (as needed) 
  • Caulk/chinking: (as needed)
  • Trim pieces cut, painted, installed: between beams, up against beam on oak wall against trim piece kitchen wall (future). Two long pieces on oak wall, 3 on street wall.
  • Final Paint:  bookcase wall, hall walls (closet, bath, pantry), entry, other interior stair wall, and stair rail wall, f door trim, other trim as needed.
  • Cull/clean: get fabric to Jeannie’s for reupholstery. Window replacement on north side (trim removal done).
  • (long term) Replace window interior trim and mod hall door trim to match front door (and get rid of those extra ledges!!!). Replace or modify baseboards for same reason. Sand, paint, and caulk floor. Move kitchen door?
  • Look at the room re “roller coaster” idea, Fix? Move green cabinet to hallway? Move mirrors to interior stair wall? Get DH involved with this.

Prepainting: In broad terms what remains in the living room prepainting effort:  whatever patching/prep is required in the hall.

Paint (final):Complete: kitchen corner to hearth to street window (oak wall), kitchen wall, street wall. Unfinished: interior stair wall, room side large stair wall, hall walls, bookcase wall (needs 2nd coat and some detail work). The trim needs to be painted with the “enamel” paint we bought for that purpose.

Measure furniture. Make a floor plan so you move the furniture and books ONE more time, not more than that! Move couch. First 2 pieces of furniture back in place against the log wall. We may move them, again, but not until the room is completely back together. Huzzah!

Replace the windows which bracket the wood stove. This involves removing the  2 1 “extra” windows in the kitchen also removing the aged windows bracketing the wood stove. Then replacing the aged windows with the “extras.”

Hall: Replace smoke detector (future).

Pantry: Get trim primed (3 2 pcs) paint walls add trim as needed and paint that too.

Kitchen: (Cull/clean) Get the 2nd Hoosier into the kitchen.  Dismantle the f’n 30 square foot counter and redo it to something saner!!! (long term) Pull the windows, put in the new wall and windows. Finish the sink window trim. Find, sand, prime the sidelight going up in the wall. Pull the 2 windows 1 which will replace the living room windows.

Laundry: (Cull/clean)  (longterm) Get the switch thing set up so you don’t have to pull the dryer out anymore!

Bathroom: (Cull/Clean) corners, window,  clear out.

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room.

Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet in there (or elsewhere). Get the bookcases from office 1 into the attic. Get doors on the cabinet. Decide what from attic to sell: wrought iron tables, wallpaper lamp, other hanging lamps, plate rack, etc. and sell them. More work on the attic: 9/27, 9/28, 9/29, 9/30, 10/1, 10/2, 10/4 books & trash removed.

Office 1: . Get the counter cleaned. Remove everything from the bookcases and get the cases moved into the attic.  Bring in the new dresser currently in the wood shed. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) the 2nd dresser, currently in the storage.

Office 2: Clear off the blue desk. Sell/cull items awaiting that. (long term) Move the office function downstairs.

Dining Room:  Take down candlabra, sell. Paint china cabinet and relocate the 2 Hoosiers.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen.Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to 10 x 20 unit. Get the 2nd dresser to the house

Garden: Continue, finish and keep up the weeding, so that the weeds don’t take over the yard and next year’s vegetable garden is a disaster accordingly! 9/11 was last time this was noted, but I’ve worked on it sporatically since.

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 44 9/11 “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.

Rugs: Almost nothing done — removed completed piece from prototype as I found all the yarn and measured how much I have — no enough to finish the piece as it had been set up. The canvas is prepped, but that’s it at the moment. Found an error I’d made when I’d originally set up the canvas, am working on fixing that.

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20
  • kitchen book: nothing new as of 9/5
  • possible future editing jobs: nothing new no good news

Stamp images found for most chores on the list.

  • Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! There are various technical issues which need to be resolved:
    • My wordprocessor doesn’t have the right label template.
    • Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc.
    • The magnets I ordered are too big. They’ll be used on the fridge, but I need to order the right ones.
    • The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print some clear labels to go over them. I may do that, or may not. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make it waterproof.