I started on Thursday last week, taking time to do things like stick some little game pieces that I liked on the front of a sketchbook, sort things as I went along, that kind of thing. (This kind of activity was a luxury that soon stopped!) So ensued a week of what seemed like utter chaos. In the past, when tackling the back room, which has been a regular occurrence, I would get it all out, then, with ideas that never worked, put most of it back again. Within a few weeks, it would be the same mess it always was, and I would give up, using it as a dumping ground for things I didn't want to deal with, or had no other room for. This time I had a plan, in fact a vision. (Sounds pretentious but it was what kept me going.) I wanted a room where:
I could read a book or do some craft,
I knew where everything was,
The cats could sit,
The radiator was usable,
That wasn't embarrassing.
Cassie was there every step of the way. Lily hates this kind of thing, it disturbs her, and she is wise enough to just hide in the bedroom and sleep, only getting up for food or the toilet!
Cassie, on the other hand, thrives on the excitement and unpredictability of change. She did have one evening of seeming to have had just about enough, as her food wasn't accessible for about half an hour. The above photo shows just how much space she had. This room was her little room when we first got her, as we wanted to separate her from Tiger and Lily for a couple of days. Ever since then, she has seen it as hers, and has expected biscuits to be available at all times in there.
The piles were to the ceiling in some places, and nearly in others.
It all started with a box, well about ten boxes. Thank you Sainsbury's! These were to put stuff to sell into temporarily. They are great as they stack. Cassie loves to play in these boxes, catching her feather through the holes. Here she is waiting for this to happen.
Cassie was very excited when the window was exposed!
My cardboard boxes are in the corner here. I had to tackle the other side of the room before moving them. A lot of this week has been emptying and refilling boxes in more efficient ways. I have not had to buy any storage stuff, just use the things I have better. The stuff to sell is in the shed now, in plastic boxes which I will do over the next couple of weeks. I have two boxes in the sitting room that I will do next week.
Cassie helping to sort the fabric by sitting on it.
Cassie in the card box, helping to sort the cards by sitting on them.
I think this was Saturday. I felt very excited to be able to see the floor and put something where it was going to go. Meanwhile, the rest of the flat looked like this.
The trunks from the kitchen have become my seat. That meant that I could move my wool storage bins to where the trunks were, disguise them with a blanket, and make a cosy seat for the cats.
Cassie loved the new seat straight away.
A bit of relaxing colouring to make this reminder of what is in the boxes.
I found lots of great things I had forgotten I had, or knew I had but couldn't find. These doilies, from various sources, are one such thing. I have a book by Elisabeth Dunker of Fine Little Day. I always used to enjoy reading her blog and when I saw the book a while ago I had to get it. It is filled with lovely ideas and pictures, amongst which is a curtain made with vintage doilies. Making this was my reward for all the hard work. It still needs sewing up a little better, and hanging more neatly, but I like it. It made me spend a lot of time looking closely at the doilies as I sewed them and they are so fine. I can't imagine being able to do such tiny crochet. Some of them are other techniques and all are beautiful.
Finally, a picture of the kitchen table, looking like I think tables should look. I love putting flowers on the table as it takes me straight back to childhood and my Wendy house. Andy gave me the roses on Valentines day, and the daffodils I bought. I was going to sell the spotty teapot, but I love it and it makes a great vase! I found the tablecloth in a case I had forgotten.