So for over three weeks I’ve wanted to write this blog post. I attempted to turn on the laptop and there were so many series of updates it needed to go through that by the time it was ready – I was done.
Then there was that Saturday a few weeks ago which had my daughter leaving the laptop on and simply shutting the cover when she was done using it the day before while playing her Sims. When I tried to turn it on it just completely froze. So I turned it off (very slowly) and restarted the machine. It took a while (there was a very scary period of black screen time) but eventually the computer began working. But then I got lazy and binge watched the final 3 episodes of a show I started watching over the summer (Friends From College) and then my daughter asked to use my computer and then she never seemed to get off. Granted, I’m the adult and could have said “I’d like to use my computer now” but binge watching was so much fun.
During the week I’ve not gotten a whole lot done – but I plug away with cooking and attempting to clean – but I’ll admit the drive I had the first few weeks of the year seem to have dwindled exponentially. Throw in a band concert for my son and high school orientation for my daughter and it has 2018 flying.
I have worked on the dreaded shelves in the back of my dining room and my hubby and I finally selected fabric to re-upholster our dining chairs. This is a big win as we have been debating over fabric for at least 3-4 years.
So here are some before shots of my dining room:
As I’ve confessed before, I am a honest to goodness pack rat and some times there just aren’t enough spots to hide everything.
And here is after:
It may not seem like it – but it really is a lot better. The trick now is not using these shelves as catch all for anything we don’t know where to put it (for example – mail, ads, children’s homework that we aren’t sure if we can dispose of yet).
For the bottom shelves we are going to create curtains to cover the appliances that once had a home on top of the cupboards in my kitchen. Trouble was, every time I went to grab them to use them, they were greasy and gross, so now they are in the dining room. We have actually added contact paper to the bottom of the shelves so that way in case the quesadilla and sandwich maker get oily in the back from the hinges, it doesn’t mess up the wood.
Have you done any decluttering to get your 2018 started on the right path? Let me know, share your photos below!