Or, 8 Reasons Why I Now Feel Self-Righteously Entitled to Laze About in a Peignoir and Eat Bon-Bons
1. I updated the built-in bookcase.
Goodbye hideous, ill-advised orange (seriously, people who lived here before, what were you smoking?), hello elegant plum fabric which I bought for $6 from an antique/junk mall and hot-glued to the wall.
2. I unpacked the rest of our stuff.
I’d been avoiding a last giant pile of boxes in our downstairs bedroom—mostly miscellaneous kitchen, garage, and office things. In fact, the place resembled one of those lockers they auction off on Storage Wars (new favorite show!). Anyway, I unpacked everything and got all the boxes flattened and stored and all the furniture set up. The room finally looks like a room. ::OCDsighofrelief::
3. I organized the garage closet.
Oh, couponing stash, how I’ve missed gazing on your orderly beauty. Also, my tools and hardware and paint supplies are all much more neatly put away now that I have all this extra space in the garage. It makes me want to, like, build a million things. Right now.
4. I re-organized the cat closet.
When we first moved in I threw the cat box down here and that was about it. Now I’ve set up a feeding station and a litter area way at the back (these are weighty issues if you have four cats) plus some extra storage. Husband thinks it’s dreary, but I think it’s quite cosy, and honestly, it’s not as if cats really give a crap about where they…well, you know, crap.
5. I made this lamp.
I can just hear you. You’re all, “WHAT?! She made that?” I know. I bought this vase from an antique store for I think $8, can’t remember. Throw in a special glass drill bit ($12), a bottle-adapter lamp kit ($10), and a harp ($4), and voila! Easy-peasy one-of-a-kind super chic lamp for $34. Well, it was mostly easy—it did take FOR-GAWDHELPUS-EVER to drill that hole in the vase. I spent probably 30 minutes holding the drill to the spot. It’s a wonder my teeth didn’t shake out.
6. I set up a new trash/recycling system.
Tyler and I found out that Lansing offers a really great, totally free, no-sorting-necessary recycling program, so I wanted to get jiggy with it, as it were. Problem: I didn’t want two trash cans in the already small high-traffic area where the original can lived. Solution: I had to shift around a lot of stuff in the kitchen, but I managed to clear out the one cabinet we have with a slide-out drawer. I put two smaller trash cans in there and now the kitchen is less crowded, plus I feel like I’ve practically saved the planet.
7. I put up some holiday decor.
Easter approacheth! I wanted some Easter cheer for my mantle so I painted these cute little eggsters with help from the husband. Do you see the one that says “EGG” on it? Yeah. That’s one of his.
8. Then…I blogged about it.
Seriously, I am ON FIRE.