The fall semester starts the day after Labor Day, and my wonderful fiance assisted me in unfucking and reorganizing the Den of Creativity (DOC) so that I have study space.
Gone is my little corner desk, replaced by his 6-foot DJ gig table. I now have room for my laptop, desktop, tablet, and piles of books, binders, and notebooks. He was so sweet to give up his gig table for me, and I’m determined to make good use of it.
The cat litter box is now hidden away under a table, which I can use as a staging area when getting ready in the morning. The kitties seem to like the little extra privacy.
My pink file cabinet is no longer 4 junk drawers, but is tidied and organized and ready to receive my school stuff.
Since my closet is also in the DOC, I wrangled that mess as well. Even the rat’s nest of jewelry has been dealt with and sorted.
My fiance also set his DJ equipment up again, in a nice ergonomic way. He replaced all the old speaker wire and ran new, and all the blacklights (except for one) have been plugged in.
I love the way this room looks now. I’m tempted to rename the room the Den of Productivity!
And can I have some props for the jewelry organizer? :)
Last thing - can someone please tell me how to insert multiple pictures in Tumblr posts, side-by-side? I originally had this post with multiple large pictures one after the other, and hated how it looked so I created photo collages. I see people that have before and after pics side-by-side, and I don’t know how to do that!
For the side-by-side pictures, make it a photo post instead of a text one, and then you can drag and drop them in the right order. I think there’s a limit (ten, if I remember right) to how many pictures you can put in a photo post, though.
Since I finished the living room challenge a bit early, over the last couple of days I’ve been just talking other projects that have been lurking at me. Feels so good to get things done! My current challenge is going to be getting the things I want to get rid of, actually out of the house!
Okay, so here’s a few pictures (on a bunch of stuff that I did today, I don’t have before pics):
Holy catfish, I just realized that I didn’t take pictures of the stuff I did on Thursday! Oh well - let’s just say that I tackled a major trouble spot on my kitchen counter that’s been growing and growing, and whipped it into shape. Mostly tossed stuff or put it away. There’s still a few things there, I’m not sure what to do with them, and when we hit the actual kitchen challenge, I’d like to get them all off the counter.
Okay, here’s yesterday and today.
The vitamin/OTC meds cabinet before: And after:
Food storage and water bottles after:
This cabinet had a random assortment of crap in it. How it has cookie cutters on the top shelf (only the ones we use and like, will donate the rest), baking stuff and birthday candles on the next shelf, and the bottom two shelves are baking ingredients:
Here are some stuff drawers all cleaned out: (I really should give up the sushi makers, we have them for a couple of years and not yet made sushi. We used to all the time, but we lived in the city and had access to the fixings. Now, not so much.) This has held together amazingly well over the past year.
And then I did the candle/crap drawer. It went from this: to this:
I’ve got all sorts of stuff to donate and rehome. I’m looking forward to it!! Can’t wait to see what’s on next week’s challenge list!!! :-D
I know it can’t last, of course, but for this moment, it feels pretty darn awesome!
So today’s challenge for myself was to get all the piles of stuff up and dealt with. Not just moved somewhere else, but actually dealt with. Here’s some before pics:
Pile O’Crap #1: Note to self: I need A Place for my bag, sometimes I hang it on the bannister, but that does look messy, and often I just leave it on the floor.
Laundry Baskets O’Crap:This is all the upstairs stuff that’s been migrating downstairs. All too often, I fill a basket and it sits for weeks. Like these have.
General Crap on the Furniture:
The Horror By the Powder Room: This has all been sitting for far too long - all stuff to go upstairs, plus a backpack to be hung up, and my son’s rain poncho.
The Invisible Bin O’Crap: I say invisible because it’s been sitting there for months. I hate it but just Could Not Deal. UNTIL TODAY!!
The view towards the front door:
And the whole living room (with furniture rearrange AGAIN):
The cup chairs:
And last, but not least: Oooooo yeah, baby!! The HORROR IS GONE!
I also swept, mopped, vacuumed the rug and all the furniture, shook all the crumbs out of the cup chair cushions, etc. I found a veritable treasure trove of lego guys in the Big Green Chair, my son was so happy!
And so tomorrow…I begin on the piles in the kitchen and on that bookshelf by the dining room! But for tonight, I’m going out for dinner with some friends and having a large glass of wine!!