Archives for posts with tag: organising

not exactly Ideal Ikea Land, but it will be organised soon...

Today I moved. No, I didn’t move out of my home, I just moved all of my “studio stuff” (folding tables, chairs, assorted cabinets, drawing table, supplies… oh, and many large paintings) into my small loft-style apartment.

I am looking at this adjustment, this shift, as a challenge.

Whenever I have seen those Home and Garden Design television shows and magazines and websites, I’ve always been most impressed by the smaller scaled situations. How to make something practical, usable, and appealing? How to save space, store thoughtfully, and retain a pleasing aesthetic?

Some of my favorite TV and magazine examples are for small garden ideas. Honestly, I would love to have a balcony. I would tier my pots of vegetables and herbs and flowers… Or to have one of those “postage-stamp” sized yards! Again, pack all the veg you possibly can into the space, and think vertical. (With no balcony or yard, I’ll just have to remain happy with my Community Garden Plot.)

Back to my current reality I go… Sitting amongst the piles of paintings, boxes of goodies, and “new” cabinetry, I am up for this challenge. I think this is my impetus to clean for Spring (finally!) Out with the TV, in with creative storage! Maybe I’ll see about getting some tomatoes in a window, too!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

Advertisements
Dust bunnies

dust bunnies, just in time for Easter

A Sweeping Epic: An Epic Sweeping.

In recent weeks I’ve been feeling a stirring, an urge… and it cannot be denied much longer. Obsession. Thoughts drifting off at highly inappropriate times. Should I do it? Am I ready? I break into a nervous sweat. Getting ready to… clean.

In pre-Spring-cleaning mode, I am thinking about my methods of attack. To tackle the more persistent dust bunnies before, or after dusting the shelves? Should I just sweep really well, or invest in having my vacuum fixed? The little details are something of a luxury for me, details that for a different type of person would be more of a necessity.

I am not a slob! I do not embrace a messy lifestyle, nor do I endorse living amongst personal rubble. However, it might appear that way. I call this: Being Busy. I also call this: Putting On The Necessary Blinkers. Sometimes we have to “put our blinkers on”, so that we don’t see things that we can’t deal with at the moment. I think everyone does this. Perhaps not everyone does it in regards to dust bunnies and heaps of miscellaneous papers, but I do.

I am inspired to use natural, home-mixed cleaning agents this year. Earlier, Tammy had written an article that gave the recipes for them, and it’s most certainly time for me to give it a whirl. Thus far I’ve been non-toxic, in that I really haven’t cleaned properly since moving into my place… a while… ago.

ah, my pretty floor. Soon you will be seen and gleaming again. The same goes for the other surfaces in my home, sweet home.

While cleaning, I am going to re-arrange my home. I like to increase functionality (and feng shui, if I can manage that too, well, bonus!) in my home whenever possible. There are so many inspirational magazines (paper and on-line) as well as home-decor books from the library! I could look at painting a wall, getting some more shelves… Wait. This smells faintly of procrastination. Right, I’ll just start with the cleaning and let the decoration happen later. Willpower, be mine!

Two things are made a lot easier by warmer weather: leaving windows open, and leaving “stuff” out on the street. A small sign: “A Donner, Free” and I’m happier and so is someone else.

A win-win situation, this de-cluttering. Hello, Spring! Bye-bye TV! Bye-bye VCR!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

%d bloggers like this: