The Big O

This weekend we continued our goal of checking small stuff off the master list. It helps us feel momentum while the big projects linger in limbo 

The focus this time around was organization. I tackled the master bathroom and second floor linen closet, and Bill took on the kitchen. 

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It's going to be years until we properly gut and renovate this bathroom, and in the meantime we have only open shelving courtesy of the leaning bookcase we relocated from the guest room months ago. I've slowly been paring, shuffling, and containing the bathroom "stuff" and I finally feel like we're at a point where I wouldn't be embarrassed for a stranger to walk in and use the potty. 

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My trip to Target today was all about containers--for the bathroom and the storage closet. I may have cleaned them out of plastic storage-with-drawers options, and for a minute when I got home I was worried that I had over-purchased. Ha ha, as if a person can ever have too many storage containers! Everything is now sorted and labeled and I have threatened Bill and the kids with something very unpleasant if they fail to keep it tidy. 

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After planning it for months, Bill finally hung up my plants in the kitchen. They had previously been sitting on the counter and it is remarkable how much more counter space we have now that they have been relocated. 

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We also finally put a Command Hook up on the wall, so that we can hang the oven mitts. As with the plants, both mitts had been sitting on the counter for the last few months, and it make me unreasonably happy to hang them up. Maybe if I get ambitious I'll wash them. 

Bill also tackled several other small things, like shearing off the screws that had accidentally poked through a kitchen cabinet when he installed the paper towel holder. He also screwed the plastic bag holder into the pantry wall (our earlier efforts to attach it with Command Strips was a colassal failure. Oh, and he continued to pull down mountains of brush from the backyard. But that is a story for another time. Instead, here is a photo of Bill enjoying a moment of rest after a long day.  

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