As part of my mission to declutter this year, I thought I'd try the Less 365 Project, which I first read about here.
The point is to get rid of one thing every day for a year. Well... I'm not doing it exactly like that - I'm getting rid of things in fits and starts really. However, I believe I have stumbled on the key to making this a successful project... the simple print out of a 2014 calendar! I found mine here, but any will do.
As I get rid of something, I cross a day off on the calendar. It makes no difference to me what the actual date is I do it - I just cross a day off per item. If you are anything like me, having this calendar will make all the difference - the other week I found myself wandering around the house, calendar in hand, looking for things to get rid of so I could cross another day off! (I shouldn't have to look really, the house is awash with clutter!) It might not work for everyone, but it's a motivator for me - I do like lists, ticking things off, and such related fun! (The Lumberjack didn't quite get the point of the calendar in all of this. His view is that if you've got too much junk, just get rid of it - why do you need a calendar?! Although he recognised that I was clearly delighted every time I could cross a day off! We all work in different ways...!)
Sometimes you'll find you're behind the actual date and sometimes ahead of it - depending on when you have your manic clear-outs! I've been held up for the last week or so, as life has become rather hectic around here...
That's the Lumberjack ripping out the kitchen - eeeeek!
We've been having electrics and plastering and what-not done this week, and the installation starts on Monday. The kitchen arrived yesterday:
The living room has now become a storage area. As well as other random places that boxes have been squeezed into!
So it's a bit chaotic at the moment. I am currently hiding in bed typing this - away from the mess! Everywhere in the house appears to be covered in a fine layer of dust - it's delightful.
This weekend's plan is to get the room painted with a few coats if possible, so that when the kitchen is in, just a final coat is needed to neaten up the knocks and bumps from the installation. The Lumberjack has to work today, so I plan to get on with that (I'm the painter anyway, he does the messy work and I do the bits that need to look neat!). I'm just waiting for the final wet patches of plaster to dry out before I get out of bed and get on with it. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!)
I'm just going to get some white on the ceiling and walls to start with. But we're struggling to decide on the actual wall colour to go for. I originally thought a neutral like a very pale grey, then changed my mind to duck egg - but we've started to veer down the funky bright colour route! Perhaps this sort of colour:
|Source - this was a Pinterest pin which doesn't seem to go anywhere unfortunately|
We're having ivory cupboards, walnut worktops and a low band of lightish grey tiles over the worktop. (Do walnut and grey go?! Eeek, hope so!) It's a small kitchen and not that much of the wall colour will be on show really. We thought it would be fun to have an injection of brightness, rather than be neutral, but it's a bit scary! What do you reckon people? (Be prepared for me to ignore your opinions - I tend to do that. I'll listen and take them on board, but sometimes my heart just has another idea, and you've gotta follow your heart!)
And of course, It can always be painted over if it looks hideous.
Aahh prettiness (taken just as the chaos was about to start):
Spot the polish can on the floor, ruining the picture - that amuses me. (Don't be fooled into thinking I was cleaning - things were just being moved around!)
Goodness, this is a long waffley post - anyone would think I was avoiding getting out of bed and doing some painting....