Wild Optimism

Every place I look in blogland someone is talking about decluttering so while I’m encouraged I’m going to get started.

The Conservatory's future closet is loaded with unused kitchen cabinets, our music system, and boxes of supplies and tools.
The Conservatory’s future closet is loaded with unused kitchen cabinets, our music system, and boxes of supplies and tools.

Actually I’m following the “Cut the Clutter” emails and posts of Chrissy Halton at Organise My House. She’s sending out an email every Friday for the next 20 weeks to get the decluttering going.

After taking down the Christmas tree Charlie moved the piano. Now we can temporarily store the unused kitchen cabinets on the left-hand side knee wall in front of the kitchen.
After taking down the Christmas tree Charlie moved the piano. Now we can temporarily store the unused kitchen cabinets on the left-hand side knee wall in front of the kitchen.

This week’s tasks are to get ready so we can be successful when the decluttering begins.

In order to put the items from the conservatory bathroom into the closet, first I must empty the closet.
In order to put the items from the conservatory bathroom into the closet, first I must empty the closet.

Being impulsive I got right to the get ready list:

  1. made my labels on sticky notes,
  2. got my kit together — boxes and bags,
  3. took before photos
  4. started in the corner of the back bedroom cleared the junk out of the conservatory bathroom after clearing the closet.
Treetops bedroom
Treetops bedroom

I was planning to start in the Treetops bedroom then remembered I had written this post about wanting to get the new bathrooms finished.  Can’t get them finished without starting so  they’re the first item. The master bath is decluttered here, next the conservatory bathroom.

Here's the master bath totally decluttered.
Here’s the master bath totally decluttered.

It’s a bear because we’ll have to live with some of this building clutter until the project is finished.

We have not-yet-used trim and lumber stored in the conservatory bathroom which we're not ready to throw away.
We have not-yet-used trim and lumber stored in the conservatory bathroom which we’re not ready to throw away.

By the way Charlie and I hold up our pens with the people of Paris and all of France.

I put a print of Paris' Ile de la Cité in our foyer to remind us just how brave the French are,  (Remember when the Nazis marched into Paris during WWII?)
I put a print of Paris’ Ile de la Cité in our foyer to remind us just how brave the French are. (Remember when the Nazis marched into Paris during WWII?)

Nous vous admirons beaucoup !!

What’re you doing today?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Wild Optimism”

  1. Thanks so much for featuring my cut the clutter challenge! I’m so pleased it inspired you to get sorted and I wish you the best of luck with it. I’d love to know how you get on and I’d also love to feature some before and after pics and tips etc…on a post in the future if you’re willing x

    1. We are still in the midst of a renovation so some clutter I’m going to just move around but I’m going to give your challenge a sincere try. I’d love you to feature before and afters if we get that far. Thanks, Jo

    1. Why did you remind me about the weight? Actually it’s all “weight,” isn’t it? 2015 — Lighten Up — maybe that’s my theme for the year. Thanks for the inspiration. Jo

  2. MY problem is I move piles from room to room. I have paint brushes in the fridge, and construction materials all over the house. It seems like clutter is my middle name but I have been doing my best to get rid of it and here recently I am starting to see the progress. I love that nestled table with the tiled top and that lamp is very interesting. You have a lot of interesting things in your house!!

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