One of my New Year's Resolutions or goals is to make use of the things I have in the house. In doing so I'll see what I really need and want and will gradually organise and declutter my house.
This week I started by looking at my laundry:
I know - pretty scary! We don't have a lot of space and this is tucked into a corner of the kitchen. Ultimately I want a concertina door across it to hide it away - but it's not in the budget yet!
Anyway - There's lots to be done here - but I at least made a start this week on making it easier for my 2 daughters to help with the cleaning!! (yes, I've got my priorities right!)
They have started doing small chores for their pocket money and extra cash. They wipe surfaces with a damp cloth - and they also like cleaning the bathroom! (long may that continue!!)
Anyway - that's all well and good, but they can't reach the cloths themselves so I have to get everything for them. Time to remedy that so they can do it all themselves!!
I found and old 'bag for bags' that my mum made me years ago, the elastic stretched and it's been folded up unused for years now!
I set to work replacing the elastic to make it a useable stuff bag again:
Then I stuffed it full of old cloths - which are lots of old t-shirts reused!
Then I hung the bag - together with the girls' own pink and white rubber gloves, low by the laundry sink so they can reach!
That orange spray bottle you can see on the right is also now within reach - and filled with white vinegar so safe for the girls to use by themselves for cleaning!
This may not seem like a very exciting project - but anything that makes it easier for my kids to help out in the house is exciting to me!
(and my kids like it because they feel more independent and grown up!)
As to the rest of the laundry - well little by little I'll spruce it up to make it look better, since hiding it behind a door isn't happening any time soon!
So that's my organisation at least started!
Another challenge I've taken on for January is this:
The challenge is to make a clutch bag using lots and lot of notions - so a chance for me to use up some of my stash of zips, buttons, and oh my goodness what else....I have so much.....
I do like a challenge - and I've set myself a target that by next Thursday I'll have something to show that I've started work on!
So watch this space!
What projects have you made a start on this year?
I'm linking up to Our Creative Spaces, so time to grab a cuppa and see what everyone else has been up to!