This Time I’m Serious

We’ve been working on the master suite for years now.

Closet

Last year we installed the bare bones of the walk-in closet.

We held down the plastic with with furniture frames.

Then the weather turned bad and we had a lot of other things scheduled so we put the baseboard trim lumber covered with plastic out on the second floor deck.

The master closet is still cluttered but also in use.

Now I have set a goal to finish trimming the closet and the master bedroom by the end of July when we are having guests who will use the suite.

The drying wood.

To that end I laid out the 16-foot long wood on the deck this morning so it could dry out a bit in the 90 degree sun.

The lumber is lying across our passageway from the hall to the bathroom.

Then Charlie brought it in and shoved it under the bed so it can get acclimated again to the house. The fact that it obstructs the passageway in the bedroom will encourage us to get it finished sooner rather than later.

Baseboard runs around the master closet as well as the bedroom.

Chore for next week: remove all floor obstacles in the closet so trimming can begin next weekend.

Do you have a project with a looming time goal?

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Summer Chores

All through the cold months we’ve let some big projects go by the wayside.

Baseboard runs around the master closet as well as the bedroom.

We must finish adding baseboard trim to the master closet, master bedroom, and upstairs hallway.

I think we can stow the trim under the bed although it will definitely be in the way.

Unfortunately we’ve been storing the lumber outside on the master deck.  It needs to come inside for a few weeks while it gets acclimated to the indoor climate.  The boards are 16 feet long so finding a reasonable storage will not be easy.

I don’t know who is going to do this job.

We also need to get the toilet in the little pink bathroom reset but the flange has to be changed.

My great grandmother might be the key to a DNA relationship.

I have to find my genealogy box with notes from the 1950s written by my mother’s aunt.  Someone from the DNA project has contacted me about a certain name which I think has some interest for me.

Little Rory is coming home on Saturday.

This weekend we’re picking up Sug’s new puppy. Then we’re picking up Sug at the airport when she arrives home from a week-long mission trip.

We have discovered a groundhog has made his home under Sug’s new deck. Oh NO!!!

It would be nice to get something done but I’m not hopeful.

What’s holding you up?

The Simplification Has Begun

Back in January I wrote that I will never be a minimalist.

I placed an order for a 16-pack of red cedar for Charlie to use to line our front walkway.

However, I gave myself 10 challenges to decrease my stress level. The ones in green are in the works.

  1.  Charlie and I resigned from a bi-weekly leadership position.  
    We put in our resignation in January with a promise to stay until Easter.

    Our final responsibility is Easter Sunday on April 1. We’ll have some time off and the opportunity to do more free-lance work.

  2. I started to clear unnecessary documents and clutter from my office. 
    Phone books were cluttering my credenza. I haven’t used a phone book in years.

    I will be using the empty credenza space for Dash when he goes to work with me.  

    This is a great space near my office chair where I can keep an eye on a little puppy while he rests.
  3.   I have shredded at least 4 bags of paper.  It’s a process.  
  4.   Get rid of more books.  Sharing or donating 100 books will only be a drop in the bucket. I haven’t started working n the books because the ones I would get rid of are in the attic.
  5.   Buy healthier food and prepare food in advance so good choices are available after work. 

    Charlie has recently starting planting his garden which makes healthy eating easier.
  6. Sell at least 5 large items of clutter that we no longer use.

    Someone might just need this chandelier more than we do.
  7. I have unsubscribed from dozens of e-mail subscriptions that I inadvertently signed up for when ordering over the internet.
  8.  Pack light when traveling.
    I usually limit myself to one carry-on size suitcase when traveling.

    I’m limiting myself to one suitcase.

  9.  Clean out my handbag.
    Using a smaller purse might be part of the solution.

    I usually do this just before I travel.  My purse is so heavy I’m often mocked about it by my friends and Charlie. I can change this.

  10.  Streamline my laundry system.
    We need to finish the laundry room before we can organize it.

    Truth is I have no system so there are clothes in “waiting” or “holding” situations that appear to be clutter. And clutter is bad.

I already feel less burdened.

What task eats into your free time?

I’ll Never Be a Minimalist

Although minimalism is  tempting, it’s not for me.

We still have a few projects to finish up the house renovation.

However, I am planning to simplify my life in 2018.

I enjoy a clean and neat kitchen.

I’ve been reading lists on the internet of ways other people are downsizing their lives. I’m planning to start with the following list of 10:

  1.  Resign from a bi-weekly leadership position.  This one act should reduce my stress level immensely.
    Freedom

    It will be very difficult to walk away and I’m sure some people will not understand.

  2. Clear unnecessary documents and clutter from my office.  I have recently had a change at work that will allow me to distribute boxes of documents to long-term storage or another more appropriate office.
  3.   Shred and discard personal papers: old bank statements, old bills, old tax returns.
    Paper headed for the shredder.

    I have about 15 years worth; I only need 7.

  4.   Get rid of more books.  Sharing or donating 100 books will only be a drop in the bucket.
    Gobs of books.

    That’s the challenge.

  5.   Buy healthier food and prepare food in advance so good choices are available after work.

    I love vegetables but they take some prep.
  6. Sell at least 5 large items of clutter that we no longer use.

    Someone might just need this chandelier more than we do.
  7. Remove e-mail subscriptions that I inadvertently signed up for when ordering over the internet.  Now I just delete them over and over again.  Unsubscribing would be more efficient.
  8.  Pack light when traveling.
    I usually limit myself to one carry-on size suitcase when traveling.

    I’m limiting myself to one suitcase.

  9.  Clean out my handbag.
    Using a smaller purse might be part of the solution.

    I usually do this just before I travel.  My purse is so heavy I’m often mocked about it by my friends and Charlie. I can change this.

  10.  Streamline my laundry system.
    We need to finish the laundry room before we can organize it.

    Truth is I have no system so there are clothes in “waiting” or “holding” situations that appear to be clutter. And clutter is bad.

I hope to get started soon.

What are you simplifying in your life?

One Task Ticked Off the List

The task I’m referring to is putting in some more baseboard. The plan last Saturday was to get something finished.

This pile has been dispersed.

Of course we didn’t finish it and totally whittle down the pile of trim but the hallway in the master suite is completed.

Baseboard really finishes the look in the hallway.

The first area Sug and I worked on intersected with the lower cabinet of the linen closet.

The base of the linen cabinet.
This is the shape we tried to cut out with a coping saw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our baseboard is formed by a piece of 1 by 4 topped with ogee molding and finished with a piece of shoe molding in the front.  We tried to cope the 1 by 4 so it would fit into the bottom trim on the cabinet but we really couldn’t make it work that way.

We started with 1 by 4s cut to fit which slid behind the cabinet’s trim.

So instead of coping we just trimmed the cabinet trim and ran the baseboard all the way back to the cabinet.

It looked very complicated when all the pieces were fit together.

We cut 1 by 4 for all areas then topped it with ogee.

The shoe molding is coped and the corners will come together better when the trim is fastened to the wall.

We tried again to cope the joints of the shoe molding and were successful.  Using a coping saw we cut out the shape of the shoe molding in the adjoining piece.

We drilled a hole then screwed in a brass door stop.

The hallway is trimmed. And we put a door stop behind the bedroom door so the door knob doesn’t make a hole in the wall.

This section of baseboard in the bedroom needs shoe molding.

Next task: finish trimming the bedroom.

What carpentry skill can you brag about?

Divide and Conquer

The weather forecast for Saturday has changed from rain to sun to rain to clouds so Sug and I are planning to work on some indoor/outdoor projects.

Much, but not all, of the dirt was removed when we cleaned the rug in spring.

She is going to clean my outdoor master deck rug. I did a poor job of it in the spring.

This section of baseboard needs shoe molding.

Also with her help I’m planning to install baseboard trim in the master suite.

We set up the miter saw on the deck outside the master bedroom.

That will mean dragging the miter saw out to the master deck.

We need to hand the trim boards out this inconvenient window, then on to the roof, then to the second-floor deck.

It also means fishing 16-foot-long pieces of trim out the back bedroom window and onto the deck.

I’d like to whittle this pile of trim down to nothing.

The plan is to get SOMETHING finished!

What’s hanging over your head?

Prettying the Porch

Over the past few months while we’ve been working on projects the side porch had become cluttered with all sorts of home improvement paraphernalia.

The side porch was a cluttered mess.

The porch was loaded with stuff: paint, tools, furniture, papers, rags . . . get the picture.

We don’t have time to decorate the porch, just clean it.

When I arrived home yesterday evening the porch was bare.

All this clutter must be put away or thrown away.

The driveway was a shambles.

I was surprised that the polar bear mat was more turquoise than blue.

Charlie had removed everything and washed down the porch. And I had received my new polar bear door mat so I gave it a try.

It’s a relief to have the porch cleaned up.

I decided to save the new mat until I clean the front porch and put the twin mat out there.

What spot in your house is needy?