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Frigid weather means being stuck in the house more than usual this winter.  One of the ways I while away the winter is to re-organize the rooms in the house;  get rid of the accumulation of things that have entered but not been noticed for weeks.  Sometimes it is materials for a new project, sometimes there are fossils that partner finds in the driveway.  I don't have a "rock drawer"! I can't throw out his fossil, but I don't want to display it or store it!  Now it becomes clutter!

My favorite way to make clutter disappear is to take it to the attic or basement or garage, and put it with other things that are similar.  Sometime I can toss things, or give them to a charity.  Always, in the back of my mind I am chanting "Edit!  Edit!" but I am truly a child of my parents; both were born in 1928 and raised during the Great Depression.  They saved and reused everything.  Like being trained by Dr. Spock's methods, and being required to eat everything on the plate, it is nearly impossible for me to throw away something which may be of use down the line.

So I ask you, what is your favorite way to manage clutter?
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  •  Tip Jar (21+ / 0-)

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:55:14 PM PST

  •  g'day all; up to pay a few bills since fox (19+ / 0-)

    terrierist has started bouncing on my chest to let me know she wants to go outside.  Not just a single bounce but repeated stiff legged bounces that reminds me of a polar bear trying to break the ice to get to a seal hidden below.  Not something that is easily ignored.  Also, I think she has put on more poundage recently or she is getting better at bouncing.  At any rate, ignoring her is no longer a viable option.    

  •  Give it away! (20+ / 0-)

    That's brought me some joy lately when I closed my tiny bookstore. The library gets some for their sale, the battered women's shelter gets some for their second-hand store, and the public school gets some of local interest.

    Excellent feeling!

    At home, though, I'm still drowning. Absolutely refuse to evict my rocks.

    I'll set some things by the road at the end of the driveway in my tiny town, and people pick it up to re-use.

    Great topic, thanks!

    Looking forward to others' comments  in the a.m. Still need help ;)

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:23:30 PM PST

  •  The aggregate entropy of a system (14+ / 0-)

    is always increasing.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:58:36 PM PST

  •  Funny you should ask, I just finished (16+ / 0-)

    reading a book called Time Reborn about cosmological physics and entropy happens to be one of the topics discussed in it ... and guess what, entropy can (on occasion, in limited circumstances, for a short time) be reversed.

    That describes my clutter-management scheme, such as it is. Recently I reversed the entropy of bills, magazines etc. on top of my kitchen table, because I wanted to put on a new tablecloth. Did that, table looked great for about a week, and now the entropy is re-establishing itself. I have no idea how it happens ;)

    Btw, I have no idea what was said in the book I just finished reading, either. I could follow along one sentence at a time, but it was so dense I lost the meaning of the previous sentence as soon as I tackled the next one. Quite an interesting mental experience, lol.

    And in other news ... we had more snow today, resulting in barely half an inch. I was out doing errands when it was coming down the hardest, and it was a veritable winter wonderland. Then shortly after I got home, the snow stopped. I have no idea how that happens, but it probably has something to do with entropy ;)

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:05:35 PM PST

    •  Good morning, jan! (11+ / 0-)

      I think it takes much energy to reverse the entropy of even one room, and for me that may result in the increased chaos in another room.  

      I do like having one room that feels serene in its lack of clutter. That is why, as an adult, I finally started making up my bed. At first it was just before sleeping, but now I do it in the morning so I can visit the calm room on and off all day long.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 04:48:40 AM PST

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    •  Cool (2+ / 0-)
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      jan4insight, Kit RMP

      There is a Time Reborn by Smolin at the library, so I will hop over and give that a read.

      One of the more interesting lectures that I attended in university dealt with the idea that the universe has always had four (or more) dimensions but that originally they were all spatial.

      For reasons that were conveniently swept under the rug, one of them became time-like.  The Big Bang kicked off, cosmology describes the universe, and we get to amuse ourselves in speculations about a second time dimension and the possible return to all spatial dimensions.

      Back here on Earth I got to drive into Boston this morning, which normally is a joy but today was a slippery adventure on the back country roads.  Some of the spots are so well shaded they won't be dry for a week.

  •  I'm a pack rat (14+ / 0-)

    What I actually need is a few bookcases, since when I took over this lease it was without an interesting amount of the furniture that had been in it. Once I CAN put everything in its place, then I'll figure out what to do with the rest of it, if indeed there is such a thing.

  •  We have rain tonight in the SF East Bay :o) (15+ / 0-)

    Very happy with the rain. Very good diary topic weck.

    I really need to become disciplined & eliminate the clutter. Donate stuff, throw away stuff, and keep some stuff.

    State Bird Bitty Block

    State Bird Bitty Block~California Quail ~ Quilt Block by Spiced Coffee

    Not my photo; borrowed/stole from flickr

    •  I am so hoping that California gets a good soaking (10+ / 0-)

      soon!  I think extreme weather starts to mess with people's heads, and that, millions of folks will be able to exhale for a day or two from a good rain..

      I think that the stuff for sewing is very hard to move along, especially when quilters can use such tiny bits of fabric.

      I have found a way to reduce the rag pile; I am cutting everything into squares to go to the lawnmower shop for shop rags.  We were buying them while the pile got bigger and bigger, so when I sit and watch TV I sometimes cut up old cotton sheets or shirts.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 04:57:18 AM PST

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  •  I get larger houses and find bigger storage spaces (15+ / 0-)

    after filling up all garages of my mother, and friends.  I can easily think of potentially valuable uses for absolutely anything. My parents were also born during he depression and were frugal.  

    For example, I'm being tempted, even as we speak, to print out your Good House Keeping photo and file it under possible future art ideas, in case I should ever become an artist and need ideas for catchy stylistic archetypes for portraying the female form.  

    Or alternatively what if I were to become an artificial intelligence programmer and I needed some examples for a program that would analyze artwork for a topology of genre specific styles.  Then I might say "well darn it, I wished I had saved a copy of that old post weck with that interesting graphic.

    I have thousands and thousands of things I've saved for even less plausible reasons.  Papers or articles on subjects that I might write books about in an imagined future on topics I don't even have any professional expertise in.  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:58:58 PM PST

    •  no, no, no, dear HoundDog -- you want to SCAN (11+ / 0-)

      it or just pull a copy off onto your desktop and save it TO YOUR COMPUTER! then all you have to do is organize the computer and tons of paper can theoretically be removed to the recyclers'!

      that's my main difficulty. I have a pack-rat's hoard of clippings, mostly recipes. when I sort, I have the option of scanning (which I haven't really learned to do and don't want to distract Himself from editing e-books for me 8-)!!!), or hunting on-line for a copy of whatever is in the article.

      the only problem with THAT is that I tend to get distracted READING the recipe or whatever, and cross-searching for more material, to the point that getting a single recipe into the filing can take upwards of an hour!

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:20:13 AM PST

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      •  Yes, this happens to me also. Whenever (4+ / 0-)

        I start sorting a pile I end up reading articles.

        And, yes I have several piles of articles and ads for those scanners which sound like a great idea, although it might take a long time.

        So I've been saving old computers imagining that maybe I'll hire high school student and set up a garage so they can scan old articles into a network of a dozen or so computers.  Dang, I need to get an even bigger house!!!!  I knew it.

        The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

        by HoundDog on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 10:17:15 AM PST

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        •  It's Good to know Interesting Things (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Kit RMP

          The Manchurian Candidate has an often overlooked scene where Frank Sinatra is on medical leave in an apartment overflowing with stacks of books, and he tries to convince a visitor "you never know when you'll need [looks at his hands] Principles of Modern Banking."

    •  I found the graphic using Creative Commons (8+ / 0-)

      search, so I no longer feel the need to save too many recipes or pictures.  

      recipes are sorted once in a while, pasted onto filler paper and placed into a binder by category.  My favorite ones to cut out are sauces and dips!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:02:44 AM PST

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    •  Print to PDF (8+ / 0-)

      Save it to your art folder for when you want to browse and fill your creative well.

      "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” — William Arthur Ward

      by LilithGardener on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:08:36 AM PST

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  •  I gave up. I just live with the mess and enjoy it (14+ / 0-)

    I am glad that Pam is getting rain.

    We are supposed to get some today.  Lots and Lots of fog all day yesterday.  

    I hope everyone has a good day.

  •  shoot, just disappeared opening comment, when (13+ / 0-)

    I got distracted and wrote a 2d comment before posting the 1st! I do HATE it when that happens.


    how to manage clutter? well first, USE IT UP! build something, repair something, finish the project! when the woodworking projects are finished, you can heat with the scrap, if you have a fireplace. My DH is still carting around electrical components from his HS days, and he USES them! He repairs cords, does all kinds of electrical repairs on all sorts of things that we then do not have to put out $$$$ to repair (as if) or replace. He builds furniture and storage for what we DO keep, in non-allergenic wood (rather than highly allergic, formaldehyde-off-gassing paper boxes, or devil-plastic-containers).

    another option is to move it to a storage locker 500 miles away! YOICKS, we resemble that option, 8-)  Have been trying to move for about 10 years and moving SOME stuff has been a psychological boon.

    DIGITIZE as much as possible. Of course, you have to have a knack for this, but Himself does. Also, collecting e-editions of as much as possible helps to remove paper-allergens from the house (40yo SF paperbacks, for example), as well as drastically reducing the volume that will eventually need to be moved.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:30:15 AM PST

    •  I do use many of the things I save for later, but (8+ / 0-)

      as your DH has electrical things, I have those too, plus plumbing things and parts for cars and a big can of old keys, infinitum.  There were many, many things we inherited when we bought the old farmhouse with three outbuildings, we are still doing a primary sort on some of that stuff.

      I find it difficult to throw away brand new 6" bolts, and I don't know who could use them as a donation.

      So, I put up shelves and store them for the future.

      I did re-use some plain white ceramic knobs that I saved from a kitchen remodel in the late eighties when I moved into the farmhouse.  I needed new hardware for this kitchen, but only had to buy the pulls to match the knobs.  I live for this kind of thrill; fixing something without going to the store!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:16:11 AM PST

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  •  Hi all, (11+ / 0-)

    The best way I know of to get rid of clutter is to move! I used to move a LOT (ingrained early from my Dad's military days), before I could collect too much stuff, then I decided to settle down for awhile, and ended up living in one place for 17 years. BIG MISTAKE! When I moved out of there three years ago, what I couldn't give away or get recycled by the municipality (glass, plastic, electrical equipment, old PCs, etc.) I just hauled it off to the dump (quite legal - you have to pay a small amount for it). It was quite liberating, but I still have too much stuff. Sigh.

    Have a good one, I have to rush off to do some errands and go get a new residence permit because I got a new passport recently.

    „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

    by translatorpro on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:42:18 AM PST

    •  Have a happy and productive day! (7+ / 0-)

      We have access to a dumpster for normal amounts of stuff.  After my late husband passed, and I was getting the house ready to sell, I rented a roll-off to get rid of the stuff he had accumulated.  I sold, then gave away, thousands of his books, just keeping my favorites. He couldn't pass up anything on the side of the road!  

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:21:28 AM PST

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  •  Good morning. (10+ / 0-)

    I'm not a stuff lover.   I don't have any collections.   A few years ago when we turned our living room, dining room, and kitchen into a great room, I went through everything, and tossed.   I got rid of everything I don't use.   I decided I didn't want anything on counters except 2 glass pieces I have, and a vase with flowers.   Love it.  

    I'm a tosser.   If I really don't need it, it's gone.   My husband will tell me not to throw some piece of stuff out.   As soon as he leaves the room, it's gone.   The great thing is, he never asks about it.   Out of sight, out of mind.

    We have a big garbage pickup in May, where they take just about anything you want to throw out.   Anything that doesn't have a home in my home, I say bye, bye.

    Watch Hoarders.   If that doesn't make you want to go clean up, then I don't know what will.

    Hope all of you are dug out of the snow, and not freezing.  

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 04:12:24 AM PST

  •  Given that we've pretty much got a modern (7+ / 0-)

    Great Depression going on (with labor force participation as low as it is and real unemployment as high as it is), those might not be bad habits to have at the moment.

    'Hoarding' might be a sign of an subconscious acknowledgement of how shoddy and unstable the economy is for most of us.

  •  Have someone else do it. (9+ / 0-)

    My baby sisters came in a couple of years ago and helped me purge.  They were ruthless.  The funny thing is, I still have everything I need, plus some other stuff.  I have avoided adding more crap to the pile by not having a car anymore.  Anything I drag in has to be something I can carry myself.

    The local school districts are nuts!  All the rural districts around here are starting late or canceled.  The temp is -14 and the wind chill is -31.  Imagine a kid waiting at the bus stop.  I don't know what the cut-off is for a late start, but this weather is life-threatening.  

    They were off yesterday for the snow so I haven't been able to contact the band sub about practicing with kids today.  Even if I had a ride to school, there is no way I'd be able to walk home afterward.  I sent off an email early this morning to tell him I can't go out.  My lungs won't take it, and I value my fingers and toes too much to risk it.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 04:30:18 AM PST

  •  I have to fight back all the time. (10+ / 0-)

    I have ADHD, which makes for clutter if you don't really discipline yourself, and often the fibromyalgia makes me too tired to do the self-discipline.

    But Bear has hoarding tendencies, so I have to work all the same.

    I like order, on a very deep level. It soothes me. So I do get a mental boost when things are right. Plus, it's easier to keep things clean than make things clean, so that's a powerful inducement.

    I just got up, and while I have clothes on I haven't combed my hair or done makeup yet. My morning cup of tea is steeping. I have a sinkful of dishes soaking that needs washing, the dry ones need put away, I have the bathrooms to clean, and need to go out and fetch the sidewalk salt from the back of the truck so I can clean the sidewalk for us all. I think the snow has stopped, so it's worth doing now.

    I need to wash my hair today, too, which is its own process at hip-length. Especially in weather in which you don't want particularly to sit in front of the fan while it dries.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:08:05 AM PST

  •  It's two degrees outside. (8+ / 0-)

    On the topic of controlling clutter:

    I have a great deal of items
    in my collection of items.

    I have very little furniture,
    mainly a few bookcases,
    three of which I made myself,
    about 30 years ago.

    They are very sturdy.

    Four feet by four feet by one foot deep.

    Most everything else I have
    I call mementos,
    since they bring back memories
    of decades past.

    At various times,
    I've thrown out a few items,
    a few batches,
    here and there.

    I threw out my first wife, Pam's wedding dress
    and veil.

    I saved a hand embroidered wheelchair back decoration,
    that reads:
    "We've only just begun.
    October 29,

    It's draped across the curtain rod,
    in our bedroom,
    just above the heads
    of my new bride, Tonia, and I.

    Throwing things out
    is a little different,
    for an old widower like me.

    Immediately after
    my first wife, Pam died,
    in 2008,
    I gave away
    most of her clothing,
    saving back
    just a few mementos.

    I've given away,
    or thrown out,
    at least ten or twenty
    of Pam's plush toys.

    The his and her Christmas bears
    are from Christmas 2007,
    the last Christmas
    we had together.

    It's easy to say,
    we should all throw out
    lots more of our stuff.

    But it's a little different
    for an old widower like me.

    I wish I could have
    some of you,
    here at my home,
    and we could go through my items,
    one by one,
    and you tell me
    which items to throw out.

    My brother-in-law Terrell
    wants to throw out
    all my old National Geographic magazines.

    But they're rich in history,
    with articles from the 1940's and 1950's
    about a time when
    American factories
    were still building steam powered
    train locomotives,
    for export to South America,
    and diesel electric,
    for the USA.

    And ads from that time,
    selling train tickets,
    pointing out,
    at a time when most homes had no air conditioning,
    pointing out that the trains were air conditioned.

    Diesel engines,
    burning lots of diesel fuel,
    can do amazing things.

    When we reach the big shortage
    of diesel fuel,
    our world will change.

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:49:11 AM PST

    •  I too have had to get rid of the belongings of (8+ / 0-)

      a deceased spouse.  I have saved some things that our child may someday want, but he doesn't want them yet.  There are documents and news stories, photos, diplomas and trophies, and a few objects that may have meaning from the time they had together.  Going through those things was emotional for me and it was hard to throw away memories.  I think that many things are saved because of the memory of the person associated with the object.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 05:57:11 AM PST

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  •  We threw out a lot when we moved. (8+ / 0-)

    We do need book cases yet so we can get our books out of boxes. Mostly the closets are our storage, and the car port room. Caedy is the one with the most 'stuff' that sits in boxes forever. She still has VHS tapes from college, and she has no VHS player. But she has boxes and boxes of tapes. But they're out in the car port room and out of the way so I'm not too worried about them. Eventually it will get really hot out there and they'll melt and she'll have to get rid of them. Right?

    It's gotten cooler again. 44 degrees out this morning, high today of 61. This after a high of 82 yesterday. I wish it would make up its mind.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 06:36:30 AM PST

  •  I'm neither a collector (5+ / 0-)

    nor a hoarder, but stuff still accumulates! I donate or toss periodically, but I'm lazy about it. I also give not-so-subtle hints that I don't want "things" for gifts. The hints are rarely taken.

    My biggest goal is to clear things out really well before I die so someone else doesn't get stuck with it. Sounds morbid; it's not meant to be, but I'm old enough to think about it. The best thing would be to do it all while I have plenty of time left to enjoy the clear, clutter-free space myself. I'm working on it!

    Nice to see the blue sky after yesterday's snowy, icy mess. Hope everyone is well and has a good day.

    •  My stepmother did that for my dad, a true child of (5+ / 0-)

      the Depression.  She is 10 years younger and never felt the worry of not having something you needed.  It took her a long time and many garage sales to accomplish, and she finished the job by getting him to sell the big house and move to a nice "community" where he has no basement, no attic, no "extra room" and only the tiniest one car garage.  His storage space is now packed so tight that he can't find and use anything.  

      He knows the key to the mantle clock he gave me is out there somewhere, but for now, my grandfather's chime clock sits on a shelf at my house.  Until someone wanted that, he would not part with it, and I can't wind it to enjoy the ticking or the chiming.

      A few years back, I started giving things that were either small (jewelry) or consumable (wine, coffee, lotion).  I don't know anybody that needs more stuff!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 08:43:18 AM PST

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  •  Ooooh. (4+ / 0-)

    Every once in a while I go on a real decluttering, room by room. Or drawer by drawer. When we remodeled the kitchen, I designed cabinets that went from above the counter to the ceiling, with short, glass-fronted cabinets on top to hold my cookie-jar collection behind wavy glass, also the pitchers. There are also deep drawers to hold my recipe boxes, aquarium stuff, cameras and electronic stuff, candles that I only use for parties, etc. The previous, badly-designed, butt-ugly kitchen was AWFUL. There were huge spacers between the drawers, and the drawers were narrow and shallow. DH HATES clutter and was miserable. I was, too. After my father died, my mother gave me the money to remodel the kitchen. She said she was tired of hearing me complain, and I do love to cook and entertain. I'll post pix, even though they're embarrassing.

    I periodically go through the kids' closets and give their outgrown clothes and shoes to either my nieces and nephews, or the task force for the battered women's shelters.

    I am REALLY bad at going through my own clothes and shoes :( After I lost the weight from my last child, I gave away every single pair of pants that was bigger than a size 6, so I couldn't gain weight. Some are tight now, but I will NOT buy a bigger size. And when I got my navel pierced, all the high-waisted pants were gone. I mailed them to a FB friend.

    I also have a problem with magazines. I rarely have the time to read them, so I stack them or put them in baskets. They stay there until I finally recycle them. Unread, mostly.

    I tried going through my closets with a best friend, but we agreed that everything was a keeper. Oops. I need my friend John to help me, because HE'LL be ruthless. Ack.

    Great diary, weck!!

    Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business, or go to medical school. Senator Wendy Davis

    by BadKitties on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:04:25 AM PST

    •  Thanks! I am looking forward to many deep drawers (5+ / 0-)

      in a remodeled kitchen, myself, for now, I have another set of cabinets in the utility room.

      I stopped ordering magazines after my hubby passed, between them and the three newspapers a day that he read (and clipped!) I used to be insane.  I keep getting Consumer Reports, I really like reading that one, so much so that if I went to an online version I might spend hours every day!

      I was inspired by all the great responses to clean each of my kitchen drawers.  They really are shallow!  And that wastes a lot of space!

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      by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 10:09:40 AM PST

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  •  Kitchen pix (5+ / 0-)
    Kitchen, before, horribly cluttered
    Pantry wall
    Before demolition, with new chairs
    Kitchen, after, lived-in and a little messy
    Pantry wall, now

    Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business, or go to medical school. Senator Wendy Davis

    by BadKitties on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 09:37:14 AM PST

  •  Oh, very, very nice!! (4+ / 0-)

    A deep pantry is part of my new design, and since I have 10 foot+ ceilings, I am going up another row of cabinets with glass,too.  I have some Pyrex and ceramic things I would like to see more often.  There will be one place for all things "baking" as well as a bookcase high enough to see the cookbooks without getting on the floor!  These knees won't be getting younger!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 10:14:18 AM PST

    •  I have drawers for the pots, now. (4+ / 0-)

      Oooh, what nice high ceilings!! Ours are 9'. Going all the way up to the ceiling meant no empty, dusty space, or cluttered space. I put the children's artwork in the powder room =)

      I also designed a free-standing buffet with both shelves and pull-outs to hold the big platters and bowls that were too big for the cabinets, and used to be on top of the old cabinets. Every time I needed them, I had to wash them and then ended up cleaning and dusting all the cabinets.

      The buffet also separates the kitchen from the family room. I have my cookbooks on shelves next to the fireplace in the family room.

      I designed the cabinets to accommodate the aquarium, and gilded the aquarium. It used to be verdigris.

      It was WONDERFUL planning a space for everything! So grateful to my mother. We lived with that awful kitchen for 9 years.

      The pantries have pull-outs, rather than shelves. Well, there's one shelf in one pantry. It's very shallow. And the big mixer has its own cabinet, with an outlet inside.

      FYI...I went to home shows, kitchen stores, etc, and got 5 estimates using my poorly-drawn designs. It turned out that having the cabinets custom-made by a local woman was MUCH cheaper than even the Amish cabinets, and waaay cheaper than the fancy kitchen stores. Part of the reason was no shipping costs, and of course no commissions. So look into a local cabinetmaker. Saving a ton of money on the cabinets let me splurge on the granite. Tracy threw in the hardware, too, and I got to pick both the hardware and the glass as well as the cabinet style, etc.

      The next time we have some money (things are very tight now), I'm going to design a china cabinet to replace the one we have now, and have Tracy make it.

      Lawmakers, either get out of the vagina business, or go to medical school. Senator Wendy Davis

      by BadKitties on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 12:18:01 PM PST

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      •  I believe that I have enough high quality "boxes" (4+ / 0-)

        so that I will only need to order a few cabinets with the drawers for the big stuff.  I will get new doors and counters (good bye, turquoise blue formica!)  I am hoping to find someone to help with installation and the doors, drawers.  Partner is very handy, so he can do some, and I actually like to paint, thinking of an off white color because the room lacks windows.

        Everything in this house needs doing, so we are doing what we can with the cash on hand, then, when the long term tenants move (2017) and I sell the other house, I will have cash to pay off the mortgage and do the big projects.

        We are both delighted with the wainscot room, now we need to get the ceiling replaced in there,  12x12 acoustic tiles will go over to wall board; an esthetic and safety improvement.

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        by weck on Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:36:12 PM PST

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