Monday, March 10, 2008

Getting Settled In

When we started the remodel last year, I should have took more time going through and purging before I packed up. Now that we've moved back in, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of THINGS we have. Fast forward 9 months and now I have to unpack all this stuff.

I'm doing what I can, unpacking and organizing a little bit every day. I am making keep and sell/donate piles as I go through each box. My goal is to de-clutter! I found lots of great tips on that topic, here.

The first week in the house, I think I emptied out at least 40 boxes. I unpacked all our clothes, the kids' clothes, and all our coats. I sorted the clothes and already donated the baby's outgrown outfits and crib beddings to our neighbor (no more crib -- he's got a new twin bed now). I washed and cleaned all the dishes, glasses, pots/pans, and kitchen appliances. I also unpacked all the pantry stuff. I love all the cabinet space we have now! It's so nice to be able to organize things instead of just cramming them wherever there's space.

Here's our beautiful Crate and Barrel dishes. Our family and friends pitched in to buy the whole set for us as a wedding gift.

That's my husband's BBQ sauce collection there on the top shelf. He loves BBQ!

And here's a peek at our pantry. That tall basket on the floor is where I keep a big sack of rice.

Even with all the boxes I've already unpacked there's still plenty more to go.

There's also a lot of little things that still need to be done around the house, too. For example, my husband finally hung the last door just this weekend. But I know eventually we'll finish!

Etsy Update

Obviously I don't have much time for sewing these days. But I do have 2 new books I'm adding to the shop:

I've already posted this one, here.

And here's the second book, which I should have up in the shop within the next couple days:

You can see more pages from these books, and other japanese craft book photos here on my flickr set.

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