As you know writing down everything I owned was partly to help me see where I could still do with less. I’ll show you a few things that left today and then I’ll show you a transformation I am really proud of.
Now that my inventory has been completed it was time to tackle the areas that needed improvement. I started with my clothes. Twenty summer tops was more than I needed, two I was holding on to until I lost weight. My thoughts on having more summer clothes were that I went through more clothes by working in the garden. Good excuse but I get dirtier sanding furniture. I also told myself that summer clothes were lighter and therefore I needed more to make a full load of clothes. But again that excuse didn’t hold up. If I had less clothes to wash I could wash the sheets with the clothes, saving that extra load.
Besides this top I pulled out 7 other summer tops, and a winter sweater I never wore this year. My daughter-in-law took one of the tanks and the sweater. This lovely top became my granddaughters after a quick fix.
I also donated a queen-sized crocheted blanket I haven’t used and a small throw given to me. Then it was time to tackle the jewelry.
Little one spotted this heart charm and wanted it. It was part of a set of charms that could be changed on a pair of earrings. I love the earrings but never cared for the charms. I gave her this chain to put it on. Mom took one bracelet, two chains, and my grandson took his dad’s wresting medal from 1993 (with dad’s blessing)
Their mother also took 3 rings (which I knew I wanted to get rid of so didn’t count in the inventory). Then came the earrings. Nine pair along with a pair that has a matching necklace are all leaving. Seven pair (including the set with the necklace) have been claimed by my other daughter-in-law and another necklace left today with my granddaughter.
Finally, the children’s step stool I kept in the bathroom for washing hands was no longer needed as they have grown so much. That left for the thrift shop and being solid wood should have a home rather quickly.
No more Big Box Look
Do you recall the microwave cart that was left for me this winter? It had two broken wheels so at the time I removed the wheels and called it a day. I knew what i wanted to do to this, but the bed frame came first. I already gave you a sneak peek in the picture of my grandson but I’ll show the whole cart to you now. But first a reminder of how I found it.
Surprisingly, the pulls were wood but with a laminate finish. With black as my main accent color and knowing it would trick the eye into believing the cabinet is smaller than it is black was the color.
The doors are fabric my daughter-in-law picked up at a yard sale. We split the piece with her receiving cloth napkins from her portion and I used leftover Modge Podge to attach and seal my piece of the fabric to the doors. I should say my granddaughter used the Modge Podge. :-) She had so much fun with the night stand I cut down the fabric to fit and she did the decoupaging.
The knobs came from the discontinued hardware I bought from a local business. They were hard to photograph, but oh how shiny they area. Here is how the cabinet looks next to the couch, all I need to do now is fill the open space with my books. Speaking of books, one more left with my son today and can be crossed off my inventory. :-)
Did I disguise the cart enough to not scream “big Box store”?