Oddly, Dear Husband has been the busiest bee here. He gets up and starts a load of laundry, has some breakfast and then begins opening boxes. I’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen or watching him work. I wondered if he would complain that it seemed I was leaving all the work to him. I was simply stymied. There was no place to put anything!
I opened two boxes of Tupperware and Rubbermaid items. I had one shelf in the kitchen filled with disposable plastic boxes. I put ALL the plastic on the counters and started matching containers with tops. I am amazed at how much I was able to put back into the cabinet once it was organized. (I can hear my sister laughing at that! ) There were a few items I didn’t have room for, and they will be stored on shelving in the garage. The rest went either into a box for a garage sale, or into the recycling.
We went shopping last week and finally found the shelving we needed at The Container Store. Part of it was installed on Thursday. We have two guest rooms on the north end of the house. We put shelving into both bedroom closets, leaving room for hanging clothes. I began opening boxes of china, glasses and kitchen equipment today, putting them on the new shelving.
After some discussion, we decided to buy one more section of Swedish Shelving from Williams Sonoma. That will be set up in the small eating area past the kitchen counter. Cookbooks, the blender, food processor and mixer will go on those shelves. They’ll be at hand, without taking up counter space.
We’ve ordered a custom made bookshelf for the bedroom. It’s the only bookshelf planned for the first floor other than the shelving in the kitchen for cookbooks, and is fairly large. We need to shop for carpeting in the bedroom before that bookshelf is delivered. And then, I hope to buy a loveseat to finish the room.
The painter has been here and painted the living room, dining room and kitchen. In the second week of October, he’ll return to finish our bedroom and bath and paint the laundry room. It’s all beginning to pull together. Bit by bit.