- I am violating one of the cardinal rules of before and after pics here. #1 and #2 are not from the same angle, so you can't really get a sense of what I actually did. To quote Inigo Montoya, "Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up." My "home office" was previously a closet under the stairs in its previous life. It's a cozy little spot to sit and work a while, and it is usually a big ol' mess, as seen here. That's all you really need to know. Moving on.
- I decided to try and corral two problem areas. First - little stuff: envelopes, the bazillion pencils I've apparently accumulated, stationery, and disposable tape dispensers, to name a few. Second, wrapping paper. This picture shows my solution. The area pictured is the wall to the right in pic #1 above. The wall stretches above the desktop about 3 feet, and then there is a slanted ceiling (underside of the stairs). I bought 8 little baskets at the Dollar Tree for $1 apiece, and a cup hook kit ($2) and two 36" long bungee cords ($1.89 ea.) at Ollie's. Now, there is plenty of little stuff storage, and wrapping paper storage to boot. Of course, the mess isn't gone yet, but progress has been made. Win.
- I worked more in my bathroom. This project was started in August. Shameful. The beadboard is up. It's all painted. It looks awesome. I hung up the beeee-youuuuu-tee-full curtains. But... there are two walls that need a second coat of paint, and I can't find the paint roller handle. I saw it a few days ago, I swear. Grrr. So that didn't get done. But I did fix the wobbly toilet seat cover. There's something to be said for that.
- I took a break and painted these two cute pictures for the kiddo's bathroom. I used some stencils that I bought in the clearance aisle at Michael's a while back, and some acrylic paint I had on hand. I outlined the paint with a black Sharpie to help the text stand out. It's not fine art, but it's cute, and the smile on her face when she saw them was priceless. She repeated both of the sayings as she started to drift off to sleep.
- We have a freestanding cabinet/armoire dealy-o in our bathroom to hold all of our toiletries. I bought these mini-crates at Dollar Tree in 2006, and they have faithfully held all of our stuff for a long time. Sorta. Because they are crates, things fall out of the holes. Messes pile on top of messes, and in short time the cabinet is in disarray.
- Meet the solution: The kiddo and I had craft time last night. I cut cardstock-weight scrapbook paper to the appropriate sizes, punched holes, and threaded the corners with jute twine. The scrapbook paper was something I had on hand, and if you look inside the crates you will see whimsical vintage Halloween designs. No bother. I've had the paper for at least 3 years, and there's no sense in continuing to hoard it. Put it to use! Plus, the visual clutter of the cabinet has been greatly reduced. So why is this on the unfinished projects list? It's because I ran out of paper. I think that I have some that's the same color/type but with a different pattern in the messy office (see #1 above). Once I unearth that, we'll be rocking and rolling again.
I am definitely further on my #goodliving journey. What a good weekend.