Looking Around the Rooms

As I look around the bedrooms we have a lot of clutter.

This dresser in the smallest bedroom was part of a set inherited by my son.

But we also have some items we’d like to keep that are in the wrong spot.

This dresser can move into the space left by the mid-century dresser.

So when our son comes to get his mid-century Scandinavian teak highboy, we will move Charlie’s tall dresser into its place.

I’m hoping this mirror looks good on its own wall.

Then I can try my mother’s gold rococo mirror on the empty wall.

I must make space in the Treetops room for this chair which would be convenient for guests.

And the chair in the master bedroom that just gets covered with clothes can be moved to the Treetops room since that room is green and the chair is green.

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The Treetops Room: Starting the Clean-up

Sug spent a considerable amount of time this past week wiping down all the dust in the back bedroom at The Glade.

This is my pile to get rid of.

She would not let me touch anything until it was wiped off because I have been suffering from shortness of breath.

I’m happy to cross off the following items from my non-conclusive list:

  • Organize castle  

    The castle is being stored on top of the tall dresser until we have time to repair it.
  • Organize desk set

    Waiting for just the right person.
  • Use small cabinet as side table  
  • Move shoes to master closet

    My shoes are stacked in my closet — finally.
  • Hang slipcover in closet

    I created an empty drawer in the dresser into which the sofa slipcover fits.
  • Empty old clothes from drawers — I’ve started this project.
  • Wash comforter and shams

    The bedclothes have been laundered.
  • Put all bank statements in proper boxes in attic
  • Vacuum and dust entire room

    Everything, including the closet, has been wiped down.
  • Run landline for the house phone — Charlie’s project

    We’ve only had one phone hooked up since the renovation in 2014.
  • Organize lamps

    I can’t imagine ever using this lamp.
  • Decide on a place for gold mirror

    I just don’t know where to hang this large mirror.
  • Get rid of large mirror

    The old mirror from the pink tile bathroom is no longer needed.
  • Decide about small wood wall cabinet

    I was hoping to use this cabinet someplace in the house.
  • Try to get rid of saddle and tack

    Hoping to sell this saddle along with other tack.
  • Pack or donate books
  • Put paper goods in pink bedroom
  • Clean and donate stuffed animals or put in empty drawer
  • Hang photos in hall

    These photos deserve a better place than piled in a heap.
  • Get rid of drywall

A local church has a rummage sale each fall and spring.  This October they will get a few treats from the Treetops Room.

Do you have a good helper?

Next Steps in the Treetops

How can one small room have so much stuff stuffed into it?

Treetops bedroom

Sug has offered to help me since the dust is so bad in this room that I have spent a day trying to get my breath back. Apparently filth does not close her breathing apparatus like it does mine.

I have washed the comforter and pillow shams and remade the bed. I dare anyone to put something on the bed.

Here’s the non-conclusive list:

  • Organize castle

    The castle needs to be repaired, updated, and given to a lovely child.
  • Organize desk set

    Waiting for just the right person.
  • Use small cabinet as side table
  • Move shoes to master closet

    I have already downsized shoes once.
  • Hang slipcover in closet
  • Empty old clothes from drawers
  • Wash comforter and shams
  • Put all bank statements in proper boxes in attic

    Three years of bank statements ready to be filed.
  • Vacuum and dust entire room
  • Run landline for the house phone

    We’ve only had one phone hooked up since the renovation in 2014.
  • Organize lamps

    I can’t imagine ever using this lamp.
  • Decide on a place for gold mirror

    I just don’t know where to hang this large mirror.
  • Get rid of large mirror

    The old mirror from the pink tile bathroom is no longer needed.
  • Decide about small wood wall cabinet

    I was hoping to use this cabinet someplace in the house.
  • Try to get rid of saddle and tack

    Hoping to sell this saddle along with other tack.
  • Pack or donate books
  • Put paper goods in pink bedroom
  • Clean and donate stuffed animals or put in empty drawer
  • Hang photos in hall

    These photos deserve a better place than piled in a heap.
  • Get rid of drywall

A local church has a rummage sale each fall and spring.  This October they will get a few treats from the Treetops Room.

Do you make lists? Do they overwhelm you?

Clean-Up Begins in the Treetops

We call the back bedroom the “Treetops Room” because it has 3 windows through which the treetops can be seen while lying in bed.

This dresser is right inside the door.

I have a lot of things to either get rid of or put away in this room.

I wanted to move the dresser on the right to the empty space on the left of the bed.

However before I started decluttering I wanted to move the highboy from just inside the door to the corner near the window that overlooks the front yard.

The tall dresser is in its new, more out of the way position.

I pulled out all the drawers and lifted the empty dresser on its side onto the bed. Then I slid it across the comforter and off the other side. It was heavy to right it but I did in one motion. I returned the drawers.

The glass is on the bed on a pile of mismatched socks I found in the top drawer.

We have a piece of glass to cover the top of this dresser which I asked Charlie to put in place.

This is the goal.

If I can do a little chore every afternoon perhaps I can get it all finished.

How challenging is clutter in your life?

All My Clothing

I’ve gone through most of my clothing.

All my blazers and jackets hang together.

I brought it into the bedroom and sorted it between giveaway, throwaway, and keep.  My closet is now stuffed to the gills but at least I can see what I have.

The iris quilt throw can stay on the bed in the Treetops Room.

Now that the closet in the back bedroom is almost empty I can hang some quilts, curtains, and slipcovers in there.

I fill paper bags with clothing and bed linens for donation.

And I am losing weight so as some of the clothes I’ve been wearing over and over no longer fit, I’ll let those go also.

What do you do with surplus bedding and furniture covers and table cloths?

Reracking the Firewood Rounds

Charlie hauled some pallets behind the Cottage so he could neaten up the extensive wood pile consisting of seasoned oak rounds from the many dead trees that have been taken down.

The largest rounds are 45 inches in diameter.

We couldn’t possible burn all this as firewood either in the fireplace or fire pit. I’d like to share it with folks who will just haul it away.

One issue is getting the view out The Cottage side window free from clutter.

Charlie laid out the pallets in the wooded area between the back of the Cottage and the neighbor.

We’ll have plenty of wood if we ever need it.

He stacked up some of the large oak rounds which, by the way, I have listed on Craigslist.

I think Charlie’s plan is move and split all the wood.

The backyard is coming along under Sug’s supervision.

Do you have a fireplace or wood stove?

A Picture for the Blog

As Charlie was driving the John Deere mower through the yard hauling a cartful of pallets he yelled, “Don’t you want a picture of this for the blog?”

The pallets were a free gift from a neighbor.

Frankly, no I don’t.

Charlie made two trips.

As a matter of fact I don’t want any more clutter in the yard, especially pallets.

Hoping the plan will meet with fruition.

Charlie says he’s going to use the pallets as a base for piling firewood to keep it off the ground.

Does keeping clutter to a minimum challenge you?