You may have been wondering where I've been this past week. Well, I've been immersing myself in Zone 1 (the dining room) and it's been hard work. This is a tough zone, a very heavy duty working area of our home, and there is serious Clutter Overload here as you can see. I admit that I've struggled with my newly adopted Home-♥-Loving mantra as it really has felt like a hard slog this week to be honest. I've not exactly been feeling the love. However, although I am nowhere near finishing the job, I've made some good progress.
I had Little Man off school for two days, suffering with vague viral symptoms. Isn't it funny when a child describes their own symptoms? We've been dealing with a "weird tummy", "wibbly legs" and a "heavy head". I know just what he means though, that's exactly how I feel when a virus hits.
He's been unwell with a slight temperature but not dreadfully ill, and actually I've loved having him home. In between extended flat-out bouts of weird-wibbly-heaviness on the sofa, he's been helping me out with Little B, allowing me to crack on and Get Stuff Done. Many piles have been dealt with, and much recycling, sorting, reorgansing and rearranging has taken place. It's taken some doing.
The above photo was taken in the early summer, it's the back end of our dining room. This shelf (along with another small cupboard) holds the Little People's art and craft supplies, and it's always been incredibly hard to keep this area under control. Stuff often spills and tumbles from the shelves onto the floor (often aided by Little B's mischievous hands) and I've lost count of the many times I've spent scooping up fallen items and shoving them haphazardly back onto the shelves.
Two months ago I purchased this little pine chest of drawers from the second hand shop for £20, and for two months this little chest of drawers sat empty.
Now it has replaced the open shelving (hooorrrah!) and it's drawers are full of well organised art and craft materials. Gosh it took some sorting!
I went through the huge array of pens, pencils, scissors and brushes and organised them into these jars....
....and Little Man did a great job testing out the colouring pens so we could dispose of the ones that didn't work very well.
Now everything has a logical place to live, and the Little Ones each have a folder to store their art work in.
Much scribbled-on paper was Secretly Recycled.
But some scribbles were just too darn sweet for words and definitely for keeps.
Over on the other side of the room, progress has been slower. The clutter over here is Serious. I've managed to empty, sort, reorganise and repack this one cupboard (gift wrap, greetings cards, ribbon, envelopes, papers, labels, brochures, catalogues), but the other one (which is jammed with yarn and sewing supplies) has yet to be tackled.
And then there's Those Shelves. Man. They send shivers up my spine. Baby steps right?
ps see you soon with some bright and happy yarn and blanket stuff. Promise x