03 February, 2012

Befores and Afters

It feels like Spring. What happens when Spring arrives? That unrelenting desire arrives...you know the one. That urge to beat the dust off the furniture, open up the house, give everything a good washing, and throw away the winter clutter. The problem (if you could call it that) is that it is mid-winter, and NOT a Bleak Midwinter, at that! The grass is even turning green and lush again, and the tulip bulbs are shooting up stems. The cottonwood trees at the back of our yard are blossoming, as well. Yes, it is far too soon, and I'm guessing that they will get frozen back within the month.

And yet! While it is so lovely outside, I've done a little rearranging of a few "stations" in the house. Since I can't get into some huge project a la Pinterest just yet, this will suffice!         

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I used to use the small table to grade and do simple lesson planning while at the computer. I don't do that anymore, so it needed to go!

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Printer station Before -->

Organized, but not very pretty.

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Now I failed to take photos of these two stations. They were flip-flopped and the toaster oven area was a catch-all for everything from bowls of miscellany, to bread, to napkins and pot holders. The bread and the pot holders are back in their drawers on the right, and I put all the coffee things here instead. I also dropped the side-bar down for more walking space in the cottage kitchen. Note the coffee and espresso accessories on the shelf above, from the french press, Italian espresso maker, Italian coffee cups, antique coffee mill, beans tin, and the creamer whipper. I also switched out our older water dispenser for this glass carafe that had been stored unused for over a year. I will eventually be painting that kitchen wall, if hubby doesn't knock it out completely one day, or create a real breakfast bar in that area.

This is where the coffee things used to be. It always stayed pretty neat, but I wanted a change.

I know it will get cold again. We need it to kill the bugs. But when it does, I can sit back with a good book and a mug of mocha and feel great about the decluttered spaces. Now if my guys will help keep them that way...

Are any of my readers getting spring fever and tackling projects or spring cleaning?



Robin in New Jersey said...

Very nice!

Seeing your cleaned-up and decluttered spaces has reminded me that I really need to do this around my house. There are piles here and there and things out of place. I don't mind a little clutter, but I really enjoy less clutter and having things somewhat organized.

Javamom said...

It doesn't take long, does it, Robin? Especially since we also educate in our homes, and have all those papers and notebooks being shuffled about. :-)

Add to that crafts and grading for the classes I teach and...well, you know!