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Let’s Do It!

Last couple of months have been busy since I returned from Texas. Our garden has grown, produced and keeping me stocked with goodies. You just can’t beat fresh food. I was able to freeze homemade marinara sauce and tomatoes. I am not a flower person, but I added a rose bush and a couple hibiscus plants to my collection. Now we are ready to sit down and plan out our fall planting. We will be moving our garden and planning some landscaping we need to do as well.

We just finished going through all the family history boxes and are starting the reorganization. It took some time to get started. But we did it! Now I can concentrate on proper storage and organizing it for future generations. Let’s just say I will be glued to the scanner for a while. We are finally going to step into doing our family genealogy. Added that to our list of projects this year.

We are still working on my glass storage and organizing the garage. Unfortunately, that is where all the storage containers from the family history went. Now I need to get them in the attic so that I can get more room in the garage. I am excited about having an organized area to do my work. A new work bench is needed and hoping for a few new toys this year to add to my arsenal. There are so many things I wanna do!

I spent the weekend working on stripping electrical wiring for the copper. Marie so graciously let me have it from the little ranch house renovations they have going on. It ain’t easy but worth it. I use so much copper in my projects and you can’t beat ‘free’ supplies. A little elbow grease and I now have a nice supply of copper wiring. A little advice on copper wiring, it will tarnish. I only stripped the outer casing on the wiring. I will strip the inner casing when I know I will need it. Saves me from having to clean the wiring again before I use it.

Today I am finally sitting down and make a list of projects I want to do. I am a list person. I even have a list of lists on my phone with a reminder for me to check them. You laugh, but it helps. Oh, and I love reminders. I just must remember not to cancel them until I get things done. But back to my list making today. I am starting on my project list. Some are things people have asked me to do, some will be things I want to do for myself, and some will be for Christmas. So, I will do a little research, get the plans ready, check my supplies and start planning my schedule to get things done. Are you ready to see what I will be doing? Me too! Now the fun begins!

Crafts · Glass · Organization · Recycle/repurpose

One More Time

Just when my husband thought it was safe to relax, I let him know that the garage was next on my list. I had piled all the bins that I emptied from the closet to the garage. It was bad enough already from all the glass work I did last year. I had been waiting for the shelving unites from the closet to use in the garage. I need to start organizing my glass inventory.

What A Mess

No complaints from the hubby. All he askes is that I leave him a 4th of the garage for his work and workout area. So, we rolled our sleeves up and started working on the garage. He did have to adjust some shelves to hold glass when it comes in.

Sweet! I have a workbench

Wow, I have a work bench now. I have a habit of piling things on it when I am in a hurry. I had all my Dremel stuff on the bench as well as little things that needed to be fixed.

Glass everywhere

I separated out the glass into two areas. I think this will work better and keep people from being cut on the glass sheets. Still need to make dividers for the big pieces of glass when they come.

Now that looks better

I have a couple wood pieces I need to decide if I am going to fix or get rid of them.  There are also a few chairs I need to donate. But the bins will have to stay in the garage until we figure out the rest of the mancave closet. I still have a few things I need to get for my work. I will worry about where they will go when the time comes. After a long day of work, we can now walk in the garage.

Decorating · Family · Organization · Shopping

Spring Cleaning

Mancave Closet

I have the spring-cleaning bug. Yep, I got hit hard this year with it. I have already tackled my office and our guest room. I am talking including rearranging the furniture. Luckily my husband loves when I get like this. What was a little bit of a surprise is that I was ready to tackle our big storage closet in the mancave.

Closet Before

Ever since we had it built, we have talked about really getting it organized. We had put up a couple shelving units in it, but it wasn’t working. We had way too much stuff and no organization. It was hard when holidays came around to get to the decorations. We had bins on shelves, bins against the walls and stuff just stacked on top of more stuff. We are the curators of his family history so one shelving unit was just for that.

We finally decided it was time for us tackle the closet. After my husband took some measurements, I made an appt at the Container Store. If we were going to do this, we were going to do it right. I used the Container Store to the closet in my office. So, I met with the designer and we worked up a plan. After a little tweaking with my husband we had them order everything. My husband was out of town when everything arrived, so I was going to have to wait until he was home to get started.

Elfa Shelving from Container Store

After removing the contents of the closet, I cleaned up the floor and walls before we got started with the installation. This where I love having an engineer for a husband. He laid out the plan and got to work measuring where the supports were to go. With this system, I decided on mesh bins to put things in. A total of 32 bins that slide in and out like drawers. These bins can be taken out of the system so that you can take the contents where ever you need it. I was so excited! These bins hold as much as those big bins we were storing our decorations and stuff in.

What a mess
Closet Installation

I was able to get everything except his family history organized and put up. I am planning on making labels to attach to the bins. I still need to go pick up a few bins to store soft goods on the shelves. The family history is going to take a little time to go through. His family has kept their history well documented.

For now, I am in a holding pattern with my closet. I have done all I can do. It is so nice to walk in there and be able to find what I want without having to dig or move bins to get it. When we finally get through the family history and I get my labels attached I will show you the final project.

Organization · Surprise

Pantry Full of Chaos

Help I need Somebody…

Well my sister’s first blog just had to be about organization.   My worst enemy….

Misha loves to be organized and I’m just glad if I get somewhere with everything  most things I need.  And lately with all the remodeling going on in my house, organization and I are definitely not on the same page.  

Last night we did the dishes in the bathtub.  The new cast iron, apron style sink was installed but sadly the faucet was not!

Our little remodel turned into a major redo.  All I asked for Christmas last year was for the kitchen cabinets to be painted and new tile floor and a 3X6 foot pantry to be added.   It was time, a much needed facelift.  We needed to take my kitchen out of the 90’s.

So the pantry went from 3X6 to 6 1/2 ft X 15 ft.  We have had an office/guest room (sorry Joshua your bed is gone) adjacent to the kitchen.  Well…..it is now half pantry and half “small” office.  Thanks hubby for giving up half your office space.

Here is the pantry at the beginning of the construction.  George “my builder” cut a door in the wall to the old guest room and created this…

 

After tons of dust, and living out boxes, and eating way too much fast food, the pantry is almost done.  Here is the pantry after  we (hubby, daughter, and I) emptied a few boxes of wonderful kitchen gadgets, baking supplies and snacks of course.

 

I still have 6 or 7 more boxes to unpack. Oh My!!

Now to organize…  I added a few baskets today to pull together snacks, baking supplies, baking sheets and such.

 

(Did I mention baking supplies?) I can’t wait to bake in my new kitchen.  Oh wait.  I already did that and had to wash the dishes in the bathtub.

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Spinach and bacon quiche.  Yum!  Eggs and fresh spinach from my neighbors.

So now I need HELP!

Any ideas on how to organize this mess of a pantry?  By the way the most amazing room in my house now.  I am in love!

My friend Allison Yoder is coming over Friday to help me organize all my kit and kaboodle.  Let me know of any suggestions to get me organized.  I need them.  And I will let you know how Friday goes with Allison.