Thursday, 29 January 2015

the cleanup goes on

Ok, I've been busy, continuing the cleanup in the bomb site casita using the divide and conquer method that was necessitated by the amount of stuff I had to sort and organise.

Progress has been great. This is what the store room looked like before I started:

This is what it looks like now:

Amazing huh?

I'm so impressed with myself.

Well, the stuff that doesn't yet have a home had to go SOMEWHERE... Most of the stuff in there is empty boxes and some larger items I need to makeover. I'll eventually sort them into some semblance of order.

My theory is that I'll work on, finish, and move things out thus creating space!

The workshop areas are workable now at least. I've mostly organised things by type and use and found a place for almost everything.

I've even been making an effort to put things back when I finish using them.

That won't last.

At least I can now work on a few things. I've already started two projects, like this chest of drawers makeover...

One thing that wasn't planned in the cleanup was a new workbench, but while cleaning I moved this badly made, rickety bench from the laundry area into the workshop. I added cross pieces and a shelf to stabilize it then fixed the drop saw onto it. Its still the ugliest, badliest made bench ever cause I just kept adding bits till it stopped wobbling, but I now have a permanent home for the saw and don't have to move tools all the time. Always a good thing.

Another area I managed to clean up and out is the grooming room. This is what it looked like before:

And here is is now. Not perfect, but way better.

Here's a closeup of the old sign I have on the grooming room door. This is a sign I made for my house in Fentonbury. I had it on my gate for the 8 years I lived there. Pantone being the prefix I bred and showed poodles under.

I'm happy with my progress. Even though there is still much to do. At least I've been able to actually do something creative cause I now have the space.

That makes me happy.


Monday, 26 January 2015

cleaning and sorting update

Just a quick update before I disappear back into the casita.

I think I'm getting somewhere. I can see the floor now. In the workshop area at least.

I decided I can't get all three rooms organised at once like I'd planned. I thought I could go in there and sort and clean and organise and have 3 tidy rooms in one go. Instead, I'm going to tackle it a bit at a time.

See, here's the problem - I have a ton of stuff taking up space, and even with putting things in the sell, donate and throw away boxes, I've still got lots left.

There are things I'm just not willing to let go of yet. Not till I've made something with them. I got a lot of stuff to redo and make over for myself or to sell, so the only way to move those things out is to redo and make them over and sell them.

So, what I've decided is the way to tackle cleaning up the casita is to work in stages. Stage 1 is to get all the boxes out of the pile of death in the store room, the items in them sorted and distributed to their new homes (here or elsewhere). That way I can find just the right bit to finish something.

The store room is not yet empty and won't be for a while. The grooming room still has stuff in it that don't belong there. For a while. But the workshop is beginning to look like a person can work in there again.

I'm going back to continue on that in a minute, and then I can start on Stage 2. Making stuff and moving it out.

Hi-ho, hi-ho, its back to work I go.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

cleaning up or messing up?

You know how I started cleaning out the casita?

Well, the job has defeated me.

Or at least, its giving my confidence a good thrashing...

I started out with a mess and I thought I was making some progress. Instead I now have a bigger mess in more rooms than I had to start with.


I know that its always darkest before the dawn (or messier before its organised) but man... this is seriously harder than I thought. 

I thought I'd have it finished this weekend. Now I'm thinking it might be the middle of 2016 before I'm done.

Meanwhile, Romeo decided to do some of his own organising. He decided it was time to remodel the dog pillows.

And here is the proud Romeo with his handiwork.

He even decided to just take bites out of the foam on this  pillow. Just picturing him doing this makes me laugh.

I think he was just trying to lift my spirits. Cause of course, coming inside after digging myself out from under 107 cardboard boxes to find foam and stuffing all over the floor in the living room is just what I needed to lift my spirits!

At least he was determined, he had a goal and he worked hard to achieve it.

I should take a leaf out of his book (or stuffing out of his pillow) and keep going on my clean up and organising.

It will get better.

One day I'll finish.

Then I can start messing it up again.