Friday, December 07, 2007

it's actually way past my bedtime, why am i awake and posting?

Ok, I have a totally awesome Jackpot! for you, i’m really excited about this one.

I'm not sure what started this, but for the past 3 or so weeks, i have been in the habit of staying up waaaay past my bedtime (as of right now, I am announcing my intent to no longer stay up past 11:30pm). But i justify the late nights because of their serious productivity! In these few weeks, by devoting a few hours late in the night about 5 nights a week, I have:

1. Completely reorganized my "bills" and "important papers and stuff" system. I separated, chronologically ordered, and created a home for all of my bills, credit card statements, bank statements, etc. Everything paperlike has a home, a place where it belongs.
2. Heroically braved the dangerous jungle of my closet, emptied it out, and reorganized.
3. Rearranged the furniture in my living room, including the necessary vacuuming and dusting involved.
4. Reorganized and de-cluttered the little endtable/bookstand things in my living room.
5. Taken all of the pictures and things off my walls and started over, taking into consideration things like color, energy, balance, etc.
6. Cleaned off and de-cluttered the crap on my table/desk, coffee table, and shelf.
7. Put up some cute little holiday decorations, like a wreath and a Noel door hanging thing, and i also hung a cool ornament over my sink, which made it more pleasant to wash the dishes tonight! :)

And tonight, i did it again! Way past my bedtime, i cleaned and re-organized the cabinets above my sink, where i keep all of my plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, plastic containers, etc. And when i was done, i opened all three cabinet doors, and i thought it actually looked kinda pretty. In fact, the colors really did look good in my otherwise drab off-white kitchen. So . . . . so, i unscrewed the cabinet doors from their hinges.

Ok, yeah, it was a little . . . radical, maybe. Maybe I took it a step too far, breaking out the hardware and tools. But to be honest, i like it much better this way. I wish I had a before picture, because those doors were ugly. The front was completely blank - no texture, no design, not even wood grain. They didn't even have handles - you had to pull it from the wall, and in my ancient kitchen everything is coated in 40 layers of old paint and so the doors would always stick shut. They were the same ugly off-white-but-maybe-closer-to-beige color as my walls, and it was just . . . drab and gross. Especially with that awful, ancient, uncovered, florescent light. But now, sans ugly doors, my red mugs and pretty glasses give my kitchen some much-needed color!

And the best part about this particular little project, the part that makes this a true Jackpot!, is that this was completely FREE. What? What was that? Did i actually aesthetically improve my kitchen without spending a dime on it? Oh, JACKPOT!


Blogger Topher said...

Way to shake up your feng Shui apple cart! The main tenet to it is to place and arrange things with intent. Place things in your home in a way that is meaningful to you.

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