This past weekend I had people over for dinner. It’s the first time I’ve really hosted a dinner in over a year. We’ve had people over but this is the first time in a while I got to go all out, dressing up the table and such.
Whenever guests are coming, I like to use that date as a deadline to finish projects I’ve been meaning to do or reorganize and purge stuff. I feel like I work better under pressure, I suppose. So, one of the projects I had been wanting to do, was makeover my dining chairs.
The chair covers were plain white and had been scratched to hell by my two lovely cats and then chewed on for good measure by my lovely dog. The legs were Ikea’s version of birch wood. The rest of my furniture is dark and I have white and red accents. I’ve had the chairs for five years. It was definitely time for an update.
A friend had given me some fabric, as I dabble in garment making. And I do mean “dabble”. I would love to take classes, but time and money have been short for a while now. Anyway, the fabric wasn’t quite right for clothing… But it was right for upholstery and there was enough to do the chairs. I also sanded down the legs and painted them black. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. They are more my style now and fit with what I’ve got going on.
Dinner was great, the company was fun and I was proud of how everything looked.
Final big unfucking was the bedroom. I still have a little clutter to sort through and I have three loads of laundry. But that’s nothing special when you have a baby. The cats always enjoy a made bed.
A couple of other small victories: the kitchen and the living room have remained unfucked. The challenge of improving a room every time you enter it, certainly helped. But also, the hubby and roommates are mostly onboard.
And something that I have finally learned for myself during this big cleanup:
Do not expect or wait for someone else to do something. You are setting yourself up for disappointment and resentment. I don’t mean that cynically. If you can do it yourself, do it whenever you can get to it… If someone else does it first, bonus. Also, please and thank you go a long way.
Continuing with a big unfucking of the 3 bedroom we’re in. We’re still reconciling having lots of stuff from a 4 bedroom and finding proper homes for everything. I got rid of two boxes of stuff for Goodwill. I have another box of things I would like to try and sell. Did lots of dusting. Got rid of lots of dog hair tumbleweeds. Hung some stuff that needed hanging. It’s amazing how good it feels to sit and relax, once you’ve finished cleaning. Again, lost track of how many 20/10s… But used the app and loved it. Thanks UFYH for the motivation!P.S. Thank you all for the compliments on the decor. I love black, red and white. It’s my favourite colour combo. Also, IKEA is my best friend.
We moved into this 3 bedroom apartment 3 months ago, downgrading from a 4 bedroom house. We realized that we have too much stuff and I dislike clutter. So I am making it my mission to pare down our stuff and find proper homes for everything.
I’m going room by room and I started with the kitchen. There are four adults, a baby, a dog and three cats in this house. Keeping the kitchen clean is quite a challenge. Getting it tidy is manageable. I was pretty proud of this today. I lost track of how many 20/10’s this took, and it took a lot longer than I expected… But it’s done and I’m happy. Hubby loves it too and is going to try hard to maintain it himself.
Tomorrow: the living room/ dining room.