This started out as a laptop sleeve for Ron’s macbook early last year. I kept forgetting to felt it, and eventually found a really nice felt laptop case from Julia Hilbrant at Rhinebeck instead. But I’d already lightly felted it, so I couldn’t frog it for my Finish or Frog uberlist item. Instead I crocheted 4 tapered sides to make a bed for Freddy, who loves boxes. My first try underfelted it, so I went a little nuts and did an uberhot heavy-duty cycle and ended up with something a little too wee for a cat bed. But Freddy still seems to be enjoying it, so I’ll leave it in play for a while and see if he stays interested. If not, it will make a nice magazine tray or yarn box for the counter.
In OYTAOL (One Year to an Organized Life) news, I’m done with my kitchen–as much as I can do on my own, anyhow. I still want some improvements–the native limestone counters we had cut 3 years ago still aren’t in place, and I want a new pass-through counter and some custom shelves for my cookbooks under it plus floor-to-ceiling display shelves for my S&P collection–but I’ve got my lovely corner lazy Susan back in place, and all my stuff sorted and organized, and all the seldom-used item organized, binned, labeled, and moved to the utility room.
The lunchroom is still crazy–I’ve got a work station in use and several hampers of clean laundry on the cafeteria tables in anticipation of the sorting/organization soon to be underway in my bedroom. My bedroom is chaotic enough as it is, so I’d rather hold off then just have to empty it all out again this weekend.
The pool table is covered with the DH merch Marta is sorting and inventorying for me (we’re trading labor). I’ve also got several boxes destined to shove off to Goodwill and tons of styrofoam block headed to the recycling center this weekend (weather permitting), both proof of my tedious progress in my hellscape of a storage room (which actually has 2 unmortifying areas now).
(And I have to stress, for the record, how woefully messy and disorganized everything that I’m not explicitly showing you is. I’m building little pockets of order, but it’s mostly madness. And for everyone who has asked: our kitchen is a salvaged hodgepodge of commercial & residential stuff. The wraparound stainless counter & sink came from the old state hospital they tore down in KC, the blue cabinets came from the old home ec room in our other building, the big fridge and home-built island from the kitchen in the same building, the filing cabinet, along with the one in my sewing nook, came from the state surplus place, the surgery light from an old hospital in MO, etc.)
So! Presenting my freshly organized kitchen:
Main kitchen (main work space)
Decluttered counters and appliance storage:
Onion drawer (potato drawer beneath):
Freshly-labeled Modular Mates for at-hand staples (backups and less-used items live in the pantry):
Both sinks now have their own bucket of cleaners and brush basket, the idea being that not having to haul my fat ass back and forth between rooms will make me more apt to tidy up.
Freshly cleaned, culled, and organized drawers in island cart (the cart’s from the Eskridge school, a homemade table made of 2x4s and 4x4s; Ron refinished and distressed it & added new hardware, then we topped it with an IKEA butcher block countertop):
From the other side (with the pass-through window behind):
The fabulous lazy Susan corner cabinet is back in place, and I made magnetic labels for all the drawers and cupboards.
Cleaned and organized fridge:
A stack of custom grocery lists (snag mine here if you eat what I eat) let me tick off what I need as I notice it:
The perpetual calendar holds the week’s menu any any notes on groceries or prep. It’s been a great help eating through the freezer.
Kitchen storage/washing room (backup storage, dishwasher, main wash sink)
Down to one freezer from three last fall. We’ve been eating our way through. Now there’s a whole cleared-out deep freeze I can use for Yarn School!
I made an inventory of everything in the freezer so I don’t forget what’s in there, and tick it off as it’s used up. This should also cut down on wasted electricity from groping around or staring blankly into the open freezer:
There’s a tight little spot in the corner where we keep our pantry in a lateral file. The shelves pull out and let you access the full depth of the drawer, so you can pack it with far more stuff than a regular shelf. And the drawers are mouseproof, critical when you live in the country. Having the shelves pull out is especially handy at the bottom and top, where stuff is normally a pain in the ass to get at.
The other general storage is an open shelf, but I plan to replace it with a lateral file like the pantry. But I did clear out a good deal of stuff, so there aren’t as many precarious towers of crap.
So. Yay me! Onward to February, my bedroom!