A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Busy, Busy!

We’ve had a busy, busy summer, hence the lack of posts. After family visited and I had my little trip downstate, we went to Traverse City, MI for a few days at the end of July with some friends and had a great time. I bought a print at an art fair and we also bought a couple of handmade tiles from a local artist. We need to frame the tiles which I plan to do using our leftover attic remodel trim (I’m finding all kinds of uses for that extra trim!).

I’m happy to be home though (plus I always feel guilty leaving the cats alone with someone just coming in to feed and check on them), and I spent the past couple weekends cleaning up the never-ending clutter and tackling little things that have been bugging me forever, like trimming dead leaves off houseplants and finding a home for all the crap that never seemed to have a home.

I also went through the dresser and pulled clothes to donate and figured out a new strategy to stop myself from piling re-wearable/still-clean clothes on the chair. So far it’s working!

I dropped off things to recycle, like plastic bags, CD jewel cases and used inkjet cartridges. Many places will take plastic bags and inkjet cartridges, but there aren’t many who take CD/DVD jewel cases. I was happy to see that Best Buy takes them, although their store numbers seem to be dwindling (as I found out yesterday).

My next little project is to pull out all the various empty frames stashed in the basement closet, gather up all the things I’ve been meaning to frame and see what matches size-wise and will also look good together.

I feel much more relaxed when things like these are finally taken care of. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start which can be stressful, but once you start somewhere it tends to flow into the next and you gain momentum (and sanity!).


  1. Laura T on August 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    What’s your strategy for still wearable/mostly clean clothes? I have the same problem of piling them up somewhere they don’t belong. I’m glad to hear you’ve been having a good (if busy) summer!

    • denise on August 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Laura! Isn’t it the worst?! I’m not sure if you can do something similar in your situation, but in addition to our 2 (small) clothes closets, we have one by the bedroom door & bathroom that’s too shallow for hangers so we just have wire shelves and clothes hooks (yes, to hang still-clean clothes, but I didn’t like how they might misshapen things, hence the chair dump). I usually stashed workout clothes, loungewear and old T-shirts on the shelves in addition to sheets and towels. I cleared off a shelf at eye level that is specifically and only for those clothes and it’s perfect! Now I only hang pants on the hooks which works much better too. Maybe you have a shelf in your closet or can clear out a drawer that is only for those types of clothes? Or maybe a linen closet shelf in the bathroom? Good luck–I know it’s a hard habit to break!!

      • Laura T on August 20, 2015 at 10:47 am

        Thanks for the ideas – I’ll have to see what I can figure out. We’re about to move too, so hopefully I can make a good spot in that process.

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