January 5, 2009

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

After the glut of the holidays, I feel compelled to scale back and simplify my life. We've gotten rid of all the cookies and candy and started going for walks again (albeit quick ones due to the cold weather). Once the Christmas decorations are down, it's nice to give the house a good scrubbing and start going though papers and bills. I've finally found places for all of the toys and gifts that SoJo got for his first Christmas so I'm moving on to some other areas of the home.

Here are a few of my goals:
  • Clean the coffee maker. My father-in-law just installed a whole-house water filter for us, so I'm thrilled to have gotten rid of the broken, bulky PUR one on our sink. Now I just need to run a pot of vinegar through the coffee pot and our coffee will hopefully start tasting better again. With our SIGG bottle, we haven't needed to buy jugs of bottled water for the last year.
  • Sort through baby clothes and take some of them along with outgrown toys to the baby consignment shop in town.
  • Move the dresser from the guest room into the living room. Sounds a little crazy, but I like to "shop the house" (as The Nester says) rather than buying something new. With a little ingenuity, you can repurpose a lot of what you already have.
We have this lovely antique sheet music cabinet that I got from my grandma when she died, and since I don't play any instruments, I've been using it for storage in our living room.
It's like our little wooden "secretary" which holds our phone books, stamps, envelopes, pens, tech gadgets, and just about anything that we don't know what to do with.
Clearly, it's a mess, and the short shelves that were meant to hold sheet music just aren't good for holding much else. I've heard more curses from Mr. Geek at this cabinet than anything else in the house. The latch is hard to open and close, and papers get crammed in the back. And of course his beloved collection of Japanese incense is stored in boxes in here, so he hates having to fight with this cabinet to burn a stick.
So the dresser is going to replace this, and hopefully be a place for keeping a blanket or two for chilly evenings on the sofa. I have some boxes and baskets that can fit into the drawers for storing small items, but I think a lot of the stuff in the cabinet is going to be purged. I'll post some photos after we move the dresser downstairs.
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  1. There's so much I want to do too...Ahh! Maybe I should just bite the bullet and do it today and tomorrow while Mat's working. Good for you for getting things done, no excuses, just doing it.

  2. I saved Chris' old dresser for just this...it's at the bottom of our basement/family room steps. Two drawers store recycled gift wrap and packaging and two drawers harbor office supplies.

  3. Wonderful ideas Kathleen! I really like the two pieces of furniture you displayed. The twins use the dresser I had throughout my childhood. I cannot recall ever buying new furniture, except of course for the beds.

  4. I'm SO JEALOUS of your water filter. My parents have one, and there is nothing like taking a shower in pure water!

  5. I'm feeling the same way - I loaded up 5 bags of things for Goodwill and still don't feel I've made a dent in things. I feel we're always getting rid of stuff, but somehow it keeps accumulating! Looks like you're on a good roll.


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