Did you ever watch Clean Sweep with Peter Walsh on TLC? Peter comes in to help a family clear out the clutter and get organized. They shame them by putting the entire contents of 2 rooms on tarps on the front lawn so all your neighbors can see just how much crap you crammed into - what seems like your house, but in fact is only 2 rooms.
I feel like i'm living that nightmare. I swear it has been two weeks that my house has been totally turned upside down and I jus can't deal with it much longer. Mr. Paisley swears that the flooring will be done this weekend. I don't buy it...but we'll see. He just left for the 2nd time to go to Lowe's for seam tape for the underlayment. This morning he cut all the door jams, vacuumed and moped the floor. Who has 4 freaking doors in one room? Oh me. Right. What a nightmare. If this room is done before our big Memorial Day party, I will be shocked. I will be thrilled when the contents of the family room are once again in the family room and not scattered throughout the house - a la the Clean Sweep feeling. On the plus side, the more I look at it, the more I want to purge. Purge is good.
I've been up since 6:30 this morning. I've made myself breakfast, done 4 loads of laundry, feed the iguanas, listed two items on ebay (and already have a bid - woo hoo), filled up the inside recycle bin (paper, magazines, junk mail, etc), dealt with AT&T trying to get Mr. P's new smart phone fixed (yippy! now he can play Angry Birds on his own phone and leave mine alone), emptied and reloaded the dishwasher AND cleaned out my email box. Did I mention Mr. P got up at 9 and only then because he got a text message that he had passed $100 in data charges (fixed, handled, AT&T neglected to switch the plan over to the data plan from the old one - even though it's required when you buy a smart phone). Needless to say he was pretty grouchy after that.
In an attempt to finish the living room that was started in September and get some better storage in a house that has none, I scored an Ikea Expedit 4x4 cube bookcase on Craigs List for $90. Cheaper than new AND already put together. It's also the same dark finish as the 2x2 one that I got for Christmas and am using as a console table inside the front door - in the same room. The guy I bought it from also lived right next door to where I work. Convenient! Right now, it's on my front porch.
Nice right? It is going to replace the yellow (still) bamboo dresser where I currently store my "stockpile" - which I have not been adding to for months. Instead i'm trying to just use it up and then i'll just keep it to 3 or 4 of each item. Still good deals, just not having to store them in the house.
What's in my stockpile you ask? Disposable razors. Hair care products. Toothpaste. Deodorant. Foaming hand soap. Cleaning supplies. Body spray. Hand sanitizer. Lotion. Body wash. Stuff that i'm going to need bins or baskets to conceal...not really my style of "decor" for my open shelving system. Guess that means WHAT?! Trip to IKEA for baskets and containers and such! Oh the torture!
I guess i'll have to find another home for that chair beside the dresser. Don't think it's going to fit the bookcase there. I've lived here since 1997 and I still don't know what those 2 light switches go to...man I really LIKE that dresser. Where else could I put it? I did want to pick up a tall chest for the cabin to replace the antique Singer sewing table that the upstairs TV is sitting on...Think it will fit? The door to the bathroom is angled and the sewing table sticks out past where the flat wall ends. Plus I had planned to use the sewing table beside the fireplace for the downstairs TV. Obviously the yellow still needs to go away. Maybe i'll paint it black and distress it.