Thursday, January 22, 2015

Heap of Change Week 2

Moving on to the kitchen... which is also my office and my workshop. 



Found this primitive embroidery picture awhile ago, I'm thinking about what plants I want in the garden this year so it is a sweet reminder.

Heap of Change Week 2

Donna of Funky Junk Interiors created a new Thursday link up for bloggers and blog readers who don't blog who wanted to participate in Heap of Change. This involves decluttering, making spaces work for you, finding homes for the things we use and keep, getting rid of things we don't use or need. My first Heap of Change was a very big job. 

This week the job is a big time hog too. I picked the next most visible, irritating and always messed up space in my home - the kitchen.



In March 2012 I posted my finished kitchen. I loved it.




Then life took over, time passed and the kitchen became VERY lived in. Below is a mostly current look of the wall I am working on this week (the paper that needed sorting and storing or shredding) pile was higher when I started to sort/file/discard before the decluttering started. 



There was so much work to do in the kitchen that I decided to start at one end wall and work my way around the room and yes I picked the easiest job first, decluttering the shelf and the cupboard over the shelf 

First job was clearing out-of-date over-the-counter and RX containers from the cupboard. Two grocery bags to take to the pharmacy (Canada) for disposal. While there I learned that they prefer just the contents and not the containers. Next time I will know. I set up my 2015 calendar and cleaned the bulletin board when January was brand new. Nice to see clean and tidy for awhile.



The shelf above is the replacement for the sweet desk that was in its place. 




Finding easy to see and use storage for pyrex and cooking pots lead to adding an open shelf to the kitchen. Not elegant but very handy, saves time.




The 'mantle' top of the shelf needed a seasonal change too. 

Next up is the 'before' of the welsh dresser.






Below is the 'after' picture of the welsh dresser, pot and pyrex shelf, faux mantle and wall cupboard. It was very sunny this morning so the pots have a wonderful glow.




I have my Mom's Royal Albert American Beauty Tea Set. For now this is where I am keeping it. Next shelf has a vintage chintz partial tea set from an antiques store bought this past summer. I'm ok with it living here for now. I moved the many pieces of china and glass from the flat surface of the dresser into the base cupboard.



The base of the welsh dresser will be getting further repurposing.


For now tea towels are in the drawer, big pots, serving dishes and pieces I use for decorating are on the shelves inside the cupboard, vases on the top shelf. This was the easier part of the heap of change I am working on.



Back to the piles and boxes that need to find new homes.



The constantly recurring problem for me as reseller of collectibles is the boxes of 'stock' and 'stuff' that block access to the tea towel drawer, the cupboard and the open area in the kitchen. Trip hazard. Constant messy look. 


Significant sorting needed here. The boxes need to be GONE so the kitchen can be a kitchen not a store room.


Wrote up 2 boxes as stock and put them in my booths Wednesday morning. Put 5 boxes of books on shelves in the basement. 



Moved small office supplies into a wooden carry box with a file holder for current paper. I can move these out of the kitchen when we need the table.


Gave up on 2 full boxes and hauled them downstairs. This doesn't solve the problem. Decision making and storage is the problem. Yes I am continuing to work on that.


Collected all the pens, pencils, felts, pencils and small office supplies together (2 office boxes full). DH sorted by type, tested for working/not working. Ditched a big bunch, bagged some for donating, put best in tins and cups. Its a relief to see this volume significantly reduced.



Sorting household and business paper kept me busy this week. Lots of stuff to touch and decide 'where' to put things (recycling, family stuff to file, Rx receipts to send in, business paperwork to file...). Hope it works this time. Can you tell I have done this task before?



Beginning to feel a bit better about the kitchen.

This week has been about finding places for what was kept and removing what could be discarded. Shredded and recycled a blue bag of paper, put two grocery store sized bags in the trunk for donating and filled one bag for the garbage. 4 office sized boxes are empty and 5 liquor store boxes are empty. 2 full boxes are waiting further decisions, 1 bin is full of frames that are still waiting for work/decisions. 1/2 box of paper still needs to be sorted.


To celebrate, friends are coming over for dinner. That means the table is CLEARED and turned back into the dinner table, the office supplies are temporarily tucked away, extra supplies are stored in a box elsewhere. Table is set, chess game is just around the corner.




Next week my Heap of Change Week 3 will most likely be finishing the rest of the kitchen organization (yes there is more 'stuff' that needs a home).



Heap of Change Week 1

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25 comments:

  1. Wonderful job! I had a couple of interruptions in my heap of change this week so no photos to share, but i'm inspired!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  2. You have been one busy, busy woman! You made such a big change. I love what you call your Welsh dresser. It's exactly what I need for my kitchen! I understand about not knowing what to do with the boxes that are in the way. The boxes I have are things I want to get rid of by having a yard sale, so I need to find a place to store them...not easy to find! I can't wait to see what you do next week. Best wishes as you continue the challenge!

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  3. Oh my goodness! It's like a brand new home! Joy, this is amazing! You really went to town on this one. Such a massive job but look what you now have!

    So happy you joined the challenge. This transformation is stunning!

    And you're doing MORE! Cannot wait!

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  4. WOW!!! I got tired just being there with you and you wouldn't even stop for tea and cookies :)

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  5. Whoa, what a huge difference. You did an outstanding job, you tackled it and came out the victor. Love it all, especially that pup of yours :)

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  6. That is an incredible job you've done. It's so nice to see all the pretty things so well displayed without the clutter. Excellent that you dropped the excess medications at the pharmacy !!

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  7. You did an incredible job and it's so nice to see all your prettys! I'm in the process of getting organized too, winter is a perfect time for it. There just never seems to be enough storage and so fast how things get out of control. You've inspired me to get going.

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  8. Wow! I'm all about decluttering. Doesn't it feel good to purge? Oh my! I've got two rooms to do now.

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  9. Joy you have done a wonderful job with your kitchen. Love your beautiful china in your hutch. Organizing and finding places to put the clutter is my biggest challenge.Good that you have a shop that you can take some stuff to. We re-modeled our master closet so a lot of clothes was donated. Good feeling to gain the room and help other people.
    Anxious to see your week 3 challenge.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  10. Great job, Joy!! Looking forward to seeing your week 3 progress!

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  11. Since you visited me over at Scavenger Chic, I had to stop by and see what you were up to. I must say you've gotten a lot farther than me. Cleaning out the cupboard really gave your china a chance to shine. Nicely done

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    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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  13. Joy, Some times it is hard to keep things organized. I think we all own too much stuff. LOL. I sure do. I like the way you got the kitchen straightened up. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  14. You have been busy! Love the soft green touches!

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  15. My - you have been busy! I wish I had your ambition. I just can't seem to get started. I've been working some on John's office and find it terribly emotional. So, I just close the door and think I'll get to it when the time is right. Congratulations on all of your hard work and the wonderful results.

    Judy

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  16. Wow, what a project! I completely understand, I have my own decluttering and organizing to get done this year. I can;t wait to see more... Please come share your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party! We' love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/01/22/home-matters-linky-party-21/

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  17. Wonderful job. I have come to see the collecting and purging as a natural cycle. Happy Pink Saturday.

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  18. You did a wonderful job a lot of work done. I have a few place I need to clean and organize in some kind of container. I did do my paint room and it is so nice to have done. HPS laura

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  19. Thanks for coming by and sharing with the #HomeMattersParty :) I hope you will come back next week to keep us updated on your progress and more! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  20. Doesn't it feel so good when completed!! I love these kinds of projects! Thanks for sharing! I am visiting from Roses of Inspiration :)

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  21. Looking good! I love that Welsh dresser! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  22. Looks wonderful, Joy! It always feels so good to declutter and organize, doesn't it :) It seems like I need to declutter my craft room twice a year :)

    The china that belonged to your mom is truly stunning! Thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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  23. What a wonderful job you did. Looks great.

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  24. You accomplished a lot. You must be so proud.

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  25. Now that certainly is a heap of change Joy! You have been working so hard and it all looks wonderful. Love, love your welsh dresser and china. You have styled it just perfectly! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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