Everyone has to bite the bullet every now and then and it’s my turn. After the moving trucks left, I opened the boxes that I needed immediately and pretty much stopped there. The plan was to not unpack until the upstairs was redone. We all know what happened there. So, after the allowed five minutes of being really sad, I rudely awakened to the fact that I hadn’t really moved in. By my calculations, it will be years before I can renovate the upstairs which means it is time to move in and get settled.
When I have to do something that I don’t want to do, I always start with the part I hate the most. In this case it was my closet. I sorted, stored, and pulled out all my jewelry. It is now in a jewelry box or hung on hooks all properly organized. The rest of the closet just needed some straightening and reorganizing. There are a few finishing touches to be done, but I have to hit a hardware store for supplies.
Then, it was on to the kitchen. The upstairs freezer was stuffed with food that’s been put up in the last couple of weeks. I packed up a couple of grocery bags full of stuff and carried them to the downstairs refrigerator. It’s so pretty; I should get a merit badge for organization. The fridge holds all the canned veggies and soups so they stay at a constant temperature and the freezer has all the meats, fish, vegetables, and fruit each in their own compartment. All that’s left to do is clean it which will happen next month when it’s cooler.
Anyway, the biggest problem with this house is the lack of storage and shelving. I have the few kitchen cabinets stuffed to the gills and two plastic cabinets in the garage filled and the overflow is in wheeled wire-shelving units. I constantly run back and forth between kitchen and garage. The resolution was to get a buffet to hold items I don’t use very often like bowls and platters and a hutch to hold all the favored treasures that Leo and I collected over the years.
I found a really pretty one at an auction house which was really inexpensive and only requires a change of drawer pulls to make it perfectly mine. Cookbooks were unpacked and stored in an old microwave cart purchased at a thrift store for very little. By this weekend, I’ll have the hutch and buffet filled and move stuff from the garage into the emptied cabinet space. Already a room that was dysfunctional and uninteresting is looking warm and welcoming. Moving the dining table into the bay window area opened the space for the buffet and hutch. There’s plenty of room for another piece to hold more stuff that’s still packed.
Finally, I am moving in. Some paint for the walls and a bench and tablecloth for the table will be about finish the kitchen. Then, I can move on to the third bedroom which right now is furnished with an air mattress. Moving in is just a barrel of laughs.