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Simple…

Sometimes the best solution is the simplest.  

I’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to find bins with straight vertical sides to go up on the top shelf of my laundry area.*  I hung a curtain but the bins on the top shelf stick out beyond the shelf.  This causes the curtain to stick out in front of the shelves.  It looks weird and it casts an odd shadow on the counter below.   I’ve looked online.  I’ve visited stores.  I’ve gone back to looking online but this time looking for instructions on how to make my own bins.  

Finally, tonight I had a stroke of genius.  I remembered that the wire cube shelves are straight.  We have the wire grids all over the house. We have some in the pantry, Boo’s closet, the bunny condo in the great room and storage in the garage.  After some online chatting with Faith, I had it all figured out.  

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In this photo you can see the zip tie used to secure the two grids together.  I used wire clips to attach the grids to the shelf.  I tipped the grids against the back wall while I hammered in the clips.  Luckily, I had both the zip ties and the wire clips in the garage already.

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After the clips were hammered into the shelves, I pulled the grids up straight and marked the wall.  I used a wall anchor and a screw to attach the wire grid to the wall.   I put some bags behind the grid and it was amazingly stable.  I thought I might need some ‘L’ brackets but the wire clips and the wall anchor worked really well.  

I repeated the process on the other side.   Once all of the grids were secured to the shelf and walls,  I began to unload the contents of the bins back onto the shelf.  I left the middle open for better access.   

The grids work great.  I’ve got purses and accessories on the left and backpacks and miscellaneous  bags on the right.  There’s enough room in the middle to stash something else.  I haven’t decided what yet though.  Now, I can work on the curtains, hopefully I will get a chance to work on them this weekend.

 

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I should have taken the photos before I loaded the shelves but I wasn’t completely sure it was going to work until I’d gotten some bags loaded into it.  Honestly, after I’d gotten stuff up there, pictures for the blog wasn’t enough motivation to unload it all again.  🙂

*I call it the laundry area because I am not sure what to call it.   You can’t walk into it, so not the ‘laundry room’.  It has no doors so ‘laundry closet’ doesn’t work either.  Ugh…laundry area.

Phase 2:  Day 20

Not really much to report, I didn’t walk and I didn’t do my lower body exercises because I knew I would be up and down the ladder a bunch while working on the shelves in the laundry area.

The morning and nighttime routine is still going great.

Believe me I realize these daily updates are seriously boring but they keep me honest.

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Productive…

I got so much done today.  Yay!  It’s crazy that I am celebrating this like it’s some huge thing.  After yesterday, I was skeptical about getting anything done.  So glad, that I was wrong.

I got the final Christmas boxes packed up and moved out to the garage.  The kitchen table is still covered in things that need to be packed in our indoor box, candles, pictures, snowglobes and the like.  I can’t tell you how glad and relieved I am to see the boxes out of the Great room.  I love decorating for Christmas, the house looks so cute and cheery. 

This year was tough, not only were we dealing with our first holiday season without Papa, then we also had my brother in law’s medical issues.  I was spending a lot of time making sure Sully was doing ok, this may have helped me more than him.  When I wasn’t worrying about him then I was worrying about my sister and how she was dealing with everything.  Then in the middle of all of that I got the new washer and dryer.  I love the new washer and dryer and I am so thankful to have them.  Preparing for their delivery and dealing with the new machines, added a bit to an already crazy month.  My old washer and dryer set is still sitting in my garage, along with the rolling cart and the shelves that I had on top of mine.  Luckily my nephew should be picking them up next week.

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So, the garage was cluttered with Christmas boxes, the old washer and dryer and then I added sawhorses and a work table to make the drawing table for Boo.  Weeks later and the garage is still a mess but getting better as I get the Christmas boxes put away.

Here is a picture of boxes waiting to be moved into the garage.  I have quite a few of these flip top crates.  They hold quite a bit and stack well.  

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Phase 1: Day 10…
 
I walked more than 12 minutes today.  Of course, that makes it sound like I am incapable of walking more at one time.  This is more about me allowing myself the time to take a walk.  I have always thought that I didn’t have time to exercise.  I am proving myself wrong everyday.
 
My upper body workout is continuing to be strong.  I added upright row and I can really feel it in my shoulders, particularly in the front of my deltoids.  I think I will definitely see some improvement in the shape of my shoulders sooner rather than later.
 
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Plan 2013…

So, I’ve given up on resolutions for me, but I have a plan. Famous last words, right?  I’d rather have a plan for change than a few resolutions that are forgotten by February 1st.

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For 2013, I am going to continue the good habits I started at the end of 2012, and add a few new ones too. Last year, I realized that I need to take care of me, so that I can be there for everyone else.

So, here’s a basic sketch of my plan…

– Health and fitness (eat better and exercise daily)
– Writing (Rewrites for NaNo ’09, finish other WIP)
– House projects (laundry redo, build bookshelves, etc.)
– Yard projects (fix sprinklers, grass in back yard, etc.)
– Fun stuff (bellydancing and craft projects)

I am feeling good about this year. Good times ahead!

Happy New Year!

 

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Counter this…

I‘ve been thinking about my new washer and dryer and the little alcove it’s in since they were delivered yesterday afternoon.  There are quite a few ideas online that caught my eye.

Here is a very stylish laundry space I found on Heather Bullard’s Lifestyle blog. 

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This is a really pretty space.  If I had a window near this area I would probably mimic this idea.  My little laundry alcove is poorly lit and is already crowded with shelves.  I really like it though and wanted to share it here.

 

 

 

 

 

I liked this country curtain idea found at Southern Living.

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I really like how this looks.  Everything is neat, as well as functional.  I didn’t get the pedestal drawers so I will need to have a place for the detergent and other laundry related supplies, including the ironing accessories.

 

 

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At the Better Homes and Gardens website they had a great idea for covering up the shelves above the washer and dryer.

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I liked this idea of hiding the shelves above the washer and dryer and drawing the focus to the frames on the counter top.  They haven’t even attempted to hide the washer and dryer.  It doesn’t seem to matter though since the area on the counter top looks so nice and coordinates with the shades so well.  

 

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I definitely want to put in something to make a counter.  I like the shade idea, but fabric will match better with the decor around the laundry alcove.   I also need to think about some sort of container for the detergent and other supplies.  That may end up being a set of baskets, a counter top cabinet, plastic bins or something else entirely.  I suppose I will worry about that after Christmas.

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Perfect timing…

I got my new washer and dryer today.  I am so excited, which probably sounds a little looney, but I got to actually pick out what I wanted.  Not what was cheapest, not what would be practical, but the set that I actually wanted.   I will be eternally grateful to Sully’s mom for such a generous and thoughtful gift.  She suggested it a few weeks ago but with my brother in law in the hospital recovering from a stroke we had put off our shopping trip.  Last Friday, we decided to just get it done.  (My brother in law is still in the neurological ICU but he is stable we are waiting and hoping for him to heal and come back to us.)  It was a nice surprise, going shopping on Friday.  It turned out to be the perfect week to have them delivered.  Boo and I started our Christmas break this week so I had some extra time.  We just have Christmas crafts and general housekeeping stuff to do this week.  I had plenty of time yesterday to work on crafts and clear out the laundry area.  Definitely perfect timing, I am ready for a great week.

This is the set that I got…

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It was delivered this afternoon and it looks great.

I spent most of yesterday moving stuff out of the laundry area, which is just a 6 foot by 3 foot closet, give or take a few inches.  I had some shelves on the back of the unit that held my detergent and other cleaning items as well as a rolling cart that slid in between the washer and dryer.  After cleaning everything else out I started moving the old washer and dryer.  My old set works great and I actually feel bad for replacing them they work so well.  I am planning on donating the set so that someone that needs it can make use of it.  The dryer was easy, unplug, disconnect the vent hose and wheel it away.  The washer was a bit more complicated as I couldn’t get the cold water to turn off.  I ended up leaving it in the closet for the delivery people to deal with.

I was glad that I got the dryer out though so that I could clean the floor, there was a mat of lint that matched the footprint of the dryer exactly.  I had to use a scraper to get it all up, swept and mopped twice.  Moving the dryer and mucking around with the washer also helped me figure out that the new set wasn’t going to fit like the other set did.  The depth of the closet is 32 inches, the new set is 31.125 inches deep, I didn’t even think about the hookups in the back.  Oy…  Well, at least there is a finished doorway that adds another five inches to the depth of the closet.  Of course, that means that the ugly bifold doors had to come off.  I wasn’t exactly upset about that but now it would be an open space and that I might be upset about.

Here’s my poorly lit pic of the new set in my little laundry area.  You can see on the sides how the closet cuts back out a bit on each side. 

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I am looking at ideas for covering the area or at least dressing it up.  I will keep you posted.  The dryer is singing a little tune to me now.  That load must be dry.