The first thing I did was look around my house - I haven't yet had the stamina to clean out my attic - that will be a wintertime chore. We've had some 100 degree days lately, so I know what my attic feels like. Usually when I open the door to my attic, I slam it shut again because I don't like what's facing me. Besides, attics in 100 year old houses are scary. Although it was scorching hot this week, I braved it and found a few things I can use. I found baskets, office organizers, vintage pretty bowls and dishes and even an old magazine rack. There was even a unique little drawer that I had saved when my computer desk fell apart a while back (see, I can't throw anything away). I found a neat old green wicker hamper and proceeded to haul out a few items - if not to use in my current project, at least I can use them as I progress in my goal to be organized.
My goal this week was to do a little organizing in my den. I had some magazines and books stacked on the floor beside my reading chair that really needed to be cleared away and as much as I wanted them to, they were not going away by themselves. The den was beginning to look a little disheveled so it was time for action.
Time to get rid of some of those magazines! I had planned on clipping recipes and things out of them but it just never became a priority. I began by throwing some of the older ones into the recycling bin, some of the newer ones I saved for my son-in-law's law office, and then there were a handful that I couldn't let go. I took an office file folder holder and stacked them in it for display - magazine front covers are so pretty, they should be displayed! The books were the same way - some I'll be giving away but I have a stack that I've been given or have bought and haven't gotten around to reading just yet. They went into one of the baskets I found.
|books to be read|
|Magazines displayed in a file folder upright tray. Check out the article on the BHG cover - Get Organized - I think I need to read it.|
|I placed the small magazine rack I found on my old Eastlake table with some of my "coffee table" books that I had just laying around. They look much neater contained.|
|My mother's handmade quilt went in the green wicker basket along with some throw pillows (I'll probably spray paint this basket another color since the green is a little wild for the rest of the room).|
|Pens and spare change go in old ruby red glass and the remote goes in a vintage rectangular milkglass bowl. A gold chocolate tin is in the background to collect this and that things that hubby likes to put on the lamp table.|
Frugal me! I didn't spend a dime. Bring it on - I'm ready for anything now! I'll let you know later what I did with the little drawer out of the broken desk - I knew it would come in handy one day.