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post #81 of 95

So glad to hear we're not the only ones. :)  Though we've done really well the past few weeks, at least pretending to be non-hobos! 

 

We're still putting furniture together (aaaaaaaah it never ends) but at least it kind of looks like we've got a living room now, instead of a huge pile of boxes, styrofoam, and bits of junk.  My DH put together the expanding daybed with storage drawers underneath it (best small-apartment organization thing EVER, oh my, and it means we have a big bed for visitors AND a couch, all in one piece of furniture!).  Now I'm putting together the table and chairs...I'm determined that I WILL eat breakfast at this table in the morning, even if we only have one chair!! :P
 

post #82 of 95
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Originally Posted by Choose2Reuse View Post

So glad to hear we're not the only ones. :)  Though we've done really well the past few weeks, at least pretending to be non-hobos! 

 

We're still putting furniture together (aaaaaaaah it never ends) but at least it kind of looks like we've got a living room now, instead of a huge pile of boxes, styrofoam, and bits of junk.  My DH put together the expanding daybed with storage drawers underneath it (best small-apartment organization thing EVER, oh my, and it means we have a big bed for visitors AND a couch, all in one piece of furniture!).  Now I'm putting together the table and chairs...I'm determined that I WILL eat breakfast at this table in the morning, even if we only have one chair!! :P
 


LOL!

 

I know the feeling.. Sheepish.gif

 

Hope you had a great breakfast at your new table smile.gif

post #83 of 95

Going to put a list up here for my own good. Will cross things out as they are done.

 

I believe I mentioned in a previosu post that I've given us two weeks to get the kitchen in order. This means that the entire kitchen area will be complete (in terms of renovations), sparkling clean from top to bottom and completely organized.

 

Right! Onto my list..

 

(Please note that I am a germ freak - as my dh puts it - Half the work is the incessant scrubbing and disinfecting of everything)

 

-Initial clean of kitchen sink/stove/benches (before the deep cleaning comes along)

-Clear island of all the random stuff, scrub and disinfect (including cabinets underneath)

-Install island cabinet doors and panels, clean them

-Install push to open devices on all the top cabinets

-Install handles on the bottom cabinets and drawers

-Install shelving in all cabinets

-Install last drawer and 2 remaining cabinet doors

-Clean/disinfect shelving

-Clean all cabinet doors

-Install oven

-Install 2nd power point

-Install new tap

-Empty fridge and freezer, scrub down and disinfect, re-stock

-Clear and clean the top of the fridge/freezer

-Empty pantry, wipe down and re-organize with proper food storage containers

-Unpack the few remaining kitchen boxes

-Re-organize all cabinets and drawer contents so that every item is in it's proper spot

-Putty and paint the window sill

-Wash the windows with a vinegar solution

-Sit down and have a tea party with the kids in our lovely kitchen!

post #84 of 95

Add us to the Trying Not to be Hobos Club!  lol.gif

 

Made a little more progress on my list, but only because I added an item:

  • Put magazines into organizers
  • Find a new home for the Mother Earth News/reference book bookcase.  I think this needs to move into the family room in the basement.
  • Bring in painted bookcase for DS's room, and add a few toys and books from the living room collection
  • Pare down toiletry items stored in hall closet.
  • Go through cleaning supplies in hall closet
  • Organize sheets and blankets in hall closet
  • Organize the "office" tote.
  • Move all bathroom remodeling items into the bathroom

 

Still, I've been doing other things.  I got our new bed frame when we went to Ikea, so I put that together this afternoon.  Our bedroom is starting to look like a haven instead of a trash heap!  We now have all matching furniture in there, and as soon as I get done with this post, I'm going to take everything out that doesn't belong in there.  We've been doing a good job of keeping it clutter-free since getting the new dressers, but a puzzle and some random papers have migrated in.  I'm also going to put away the towels and sheets that were removed from the hall closet during the bathroom remodel. 

 

Oy, doing this while toting a massive, pregnant belly is rough lately!

post #85 of 95
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Originally Posted by diana_of_the_dunes View Post

Add us to the Trying Not to be Hobos Club!  lol.gif

 

 

 

Duly noted. lol.gif

post #86 of 95
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Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies View Post

Going to put a list up here for my own good. Will cross things out as they are done.

 

I believe I mentioned in a previosu post that I've given us two weeks to get the kitchen in order. This means that the entire kitchen area will be complete (in terms of renovations), sparkling clean from top to bottom and completely organized.

 

Right! Onto my list..

 

(Please note that I am a germ freak - as my dh puts it - Half the work is the incessant scrubbing and disinfecting of everything)

 

-Initial clean of kitchen sink/stove/benches (before the deep cleaning comes along)

-Clear island of all the random stuff, scrub and disinfect (including cabinets underneath)

-Install island cabinet doors and panels, clean them

-Install push to open devices on all the top cabinets

-Install handles on the bottom cabinets and drawers

-Install shelving in all cabinets

-Install last drawer and 2 remaining cabinet doors

-Clean/disinfect shelving

-Clean all cabinet doors

-Install oven

-Install 2nd power point

-Install new tap

-Empty fridge and freezer, scrub down and disinfect, re-stock

-Clear and clean the top of the fridge/freezer

-Empty pantry, wipe down and re-organize with proper food storage containers

-Unpack the few remaining kitchen boxes

-Re-organize all cabinets and drawer contents so that every item is in it's proper spot

-Putty and paint the window sill

-Wash the windows with a vinegar solution

-Sit down and have a tea party with the kids in our lovely kitchen!

 

I'm really sorry to say that we haven't done jack shit in the past week. 2whistle.gif Only have 7 days to finish this 'job' and I'm not feeling very hopeful. Hopefully the tide will turn and I will mark more off my list!

post #87 of 95
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Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies View Post

 

I'm really sorry to say that we haven't done jack shit in the past week. 2whistle.gifOnly have 7 days to finish this 'job' and I'm not feeling very hopeful. Hopefully the tide will turn and I will mark more off my list!


I know how you feel as far as being a germ freak -- I rearrange my furniture a lot, and most of the point is just so I can get under it and scrub. It takes me way longer than a normal person to get anything organizational done!

 

I have numerous piles around the house of things to get rid of, but have yet to hit anybody up for a ride to Goodwill, Dress for Success, and various friend's houses (I don't have a car). I think by the time all of the stuff I KNOW I want to get rid of is gone, I'll have some pretty empty closets. Someday... om.gif

post #88 of 95
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Originally Posted by TracyGladRags View Post


I know how you feel as far as being a germ freak -- I rearrange my furniture a lot, and most of the point is just so I can get under it and scrub. It takes me way longer than a normal person to get anything organizational done!

 

I have numerous piles around the house of things to get rid of, but have yet to hit anybody up for a ride to Goodwill, Dress for Success, and various friend's houses (I don't have a car). I think by the time all of the stuff I KNOW I want to get rid of is gone, I'll have some pretty empty closets. Someday... om.gif


Yes! Exactly. Not sure about you, but I  can safely say I am one of those people who wants to do it the right way or not do it at all. So sometimes things can be put off for quite a while until I have the opportunity to do it to my liking. I think I need to learn to accept a level of 'good enough' and not let my perfectionist tendencies get in the way. I know things would be done a lot quicker and more regularly this way.

 

My dh says that I am so pedantic and methodical when it comes to cleaning, that it's almost painful to watch. dizzy.gif

post #89 of 95
This thread is motivating me! Cleaned out 4 dresser drawers this weekend! I have accumulated more clothes in 25 adult-ish years than anyone should!

LoveOurBabies, what about using all 3 colors across the entire space? They all go together if you get the right shades. So do green with blue &/or purple accents in the kitchen, then the furthest connected area from that use your kitchen accent color as your dominant color with the green as accent. Balance it in the middle. Or use the 3rd color as accent throughout. I saw this done beautifully on a home dec show once. Wish I could but we are in a rental so I live vicariously.

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post #90 of 95

We got a lot done this weekend!  Hung pictures on the walls (okay, there are still some to hang, but the big pile is off the living room floor...), put away all the junk that was sitting around the living room and kitchen waiting for homes, attempted to get the computer desk set up (long story, but it wasn't our fault that it didn't work...stupid wireless had problems), got the devgher installed on its shelf and all its little figurines and flowers arranged in it, made a home for the huge stack of library books...

 

Phew!  Our apartment living room finally looks pretty respectable!  Now to tackle the (horrible piled-with-boxes-and-random-junk) second bedroom...
 

post #91 of 95
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Originally Posted by neonalee View Post

This thread is motivating me! Cleaned out 4 dresser drawers this weekend! I have accumulated more clothes in 25 adult-ish years than anyone should!
LoveOurBabies, what about using all 3 colors across the entire space? They all go together if you get the right shades. So do green with blue &/or purple accents in the kitchen, then the furthest connected area from that use your kitchen accent color as your dominant color with the green as accent. Balance it in the middle. Or use the 3rd color as accent throughout. I saw this done beautifully on a home dec show once. Wish I could but we are in a rental so I live vicariously.
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Oooooh I love this idea! biggrinbounce.gif Thank you so much for sharing love.gif

 

Way to go with your dresser clearing!

post #92 of 95
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Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies View Post

Right! Onto my list..

 

(Please note that I am a germ freak - as my dh puts it - Half the work is the incessant scrubbing and disinfecting of everything)

 

-Initial clean of kitchen sink/stove/benches (before the deep cleaning comes along)

-Clear island of all the random stuff, scrub and disinfect (including cabinets underneath)

-Install island cabinet doors and panels, clean them

-Install push to open devices on all the top cabinets

-Install handles on the bottom cabinets and drawers

-Install shelving in all cabinets

-Install last drawer and 2 remaining cabinet doors

-Clean/disinfect shelving

-Clean all cabinet doors

-Install oven

-Install 2nd power point

-Install new tap

-Empty fridge and freezer, scrub down and disinfect, re-stock

-Clear and clean the top of the fridge/freezer

-Empty pantry, wipe down and re-organize with proper food storage containers

-Unpack the few remaining kitchen boxes

-Re-organize all cabinets and drawer contents so that every item is in it's proper spot

-Putty and paint the window sill

-Wash the windows with a vinegar solution

-Sit down and have a tea party with the kids in our lovely kitchen!

 

Marked one more thing off the list!

 

And here is a picture of what our benchtops/splashback look like... We have white cupboards/chandeliers too.. Would you do bold shades or soft shades to contrast??

 

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Edited by LoveOurBabies - 5/29/12 at 7:15am
post #93 of 95
Pretty! For my preferences bold would be too harsh. But pastels might be too soft... I'm fond of "dusty" colors. Not sure how that would look. If it were my house I'd start with my favorites, whatever it was, and buy a sample quart. I'd get some drywall & prime or oaint it white then paint it with the sample & hang it on the wall for a week. A big piece so you can see how it looks in different light. 2 or 3 feet at least.

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post #94 of 95

I'm partial to jewel tones, and I think they would look pretty with lots of white.

 

I'm still organizing, but it has taken a back seat to exercising recently.

 

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post #95 of 95

Thanks! I like both the jewel and dusty color ideas. It's so hard to decide. I was also considering using a lot of natural wood around the place to balance out the white and make it a little more earthy and less clinical. Gah, I have no idea what I want. I'm just glad to have chosen white as the background.

 

And now I will very quietly mention that I uhh, didn't finish the kitchen..

 

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