Thursday, May 31, 2012

This Old House


I adore my old house. I adore it even when I need to use a Halloween candy bowl to catch the rain water dripping from the ceiling fan onto the floor beside me while I lay in a bubble bath...
This place has as much personality as I do. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I Need to Throw the Stupid Thing Out Already!

I drink out of this silly thing about once a week 
I own mugs. I've had dark grey mugs years before the color was trendy. Then I got this thing. Not only did I get this thing but I got a Notre Dame pint glass, a stuffed dog holding a heart, and a tee shirt. Over a decade of dating and this is what I'm left with. Mismatched mugs and glasses... Yes, I've been nearly married to someone I dated for a year. Yes. I've been in love, now, twice. Yes this is all I have to show for it. I meet men that I know have amazing qualities deep down there. They show them in the beginning and something about Erin makes them say "ok now that I brought her this pint glass we're ok." "As long as I don't say the words 'Happy Birthday' I don't have to get her anything." 
I inspire laziness. It's disgusting and makes my insides twist up and prepare for tears. All of those deep down there qualities aren't nearly enough when all you get is a mug. I'm not even a needs gifts girl. Clearly. But I can't imagine someone thinking of me and bringing me flowers. Just because they like me. Or getting something not sold at Walgreens for my birthday. Or EVER getting a Christmas present from a man. And I don't know why some of the dreadful women I meet DO get those things. 

 Is anyone else out there sedimental in strange ways? Maybe it's my fashion background. I can't remember the words. I certainly can't remember the date. But I'll never forget the smells. The feels. The clothes I wore. How I felt in them. Even the underwear I wear when something big happens in my life.   I remember wearing this on my first dare with V.
 We saw a movie after dinner. He held my hand and I knew I'd be in love with him. I remember him coming over the night I'd gotten this shirt and perfume. 
Both were new. We broke up. I got so hot because I was sad, or crying or something. I had a blue cami underneath. I tossed this off. I remember thinking that I'd hate this perfume forever. It still reminds me of losing my best friend. I don't wear either perfume anymore but still keep them. 

 I remember wearing these sandals and perfume the whole summer with M. 

I wore this shirt on one of my favorite dates.

 I am wearing this dress in the M pic to the right. I also wore it on my first date with my most recent loss. 

I wore this perfume every time. I felt so pretty that first date night. It was last July and the weather was amazing. Every other guy would tell me how great I smelled. Maybe that's why I remember the perfumes. I never got that compliment with this one. And, It reminds me. So it'll go into my box of extra beauty stuff too. 

 Too transparent? I love this blog. It's like therapy. Or a journal. But, it's perminant. I have also been "outed" somewhat and people from my family, my friends, college, and my past jobs read this. Maybe even some of the guys I've talked about. Feelings are so much easier to talk about when  you're anonymous sometimes. Being a dork is easier too. That's my musing for now. I also think about the movie Runaway Bride where she eats her eggs differently with each guy. She'd lost herself that much that she changed with each guy. Is that me with my perfume and style? I hope not. Do the lost even know they are lost though? This is who I am these days. 
Philosophy lotion and wash replace perfume most days. I live in comfy jeans, soft tees, and ballet flats. I wonder if they will also be part of an ex memory pile someday...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I Promise: This Is the Last Drawer Post!

I still do have to do my pantry, but I promise that this is the last drawer post for a looooong time! Last time we spoke I showed you the mess of a closet I have:
I also showed you my plan for that and my dresser and drawers:
 I got the remaining supplies needed for my project. Linus inspected and approved them:
I picked up sliders for my kitchen cabinets. They were super easy to install but set off a chain of chaos. At one point I had most of the kitchen cabinets gutted and stuff all over. 
But, it was worth it. This will make staying organized sooo much easier!
I now have all of my baking/cookie sheets in one spot. Remember this mess?
So much better and less chaotic! I hammered out the little shelf in the back of the cabinet. It was getting in my way!
Remember my crazy baking mess and rogue cooler? 
It's so much better now! 
 
I had this useless cabinet:
My glass cabinet was completely packed though:
I pack my lunch for work a lot. I created a "to go" area of the kitchen:

The drawer holds reusable sandwich bags, paper bags, and plastic silver wear:
The cabinet underneath went from this:
 to a cabinet that now holds the rogue cooler, paper plates and bowls, plastic cups, and lunch bags:
I turned the useless cabinet into my travel drink cabinet:
I also did something about all of these spices:
 Not enough though...
I will be buying a second spice drawer insert to go next to this one:
So that's the kitchen...

On to the bedroom!
I bought accessory baskets for the side of the drawer units.
This now holds the extra hangers I have and replaces this:
The second one holds the other stuff in that bin like wrinkle spray:
I decided to keep two drawers on top of the units so that I could fit more inside. I bought inserts for them:
So now I have the most organized socks ever! I'm such a nerd... I love this:
They fit perfectly under the clothes and on the drawers:
I added the remaining drawers and pretty much cleared out my dresser into my closet!
Here is the right side before:
now that it's finally done:
And just to remind you of the left side before:
Here it is after:
Once the dresser was emptied I moved things from the stairs closet to it. Finally the book shelf was emptied and moved out. It's currently in the basement in hopes that someone will adopt it ASAP:
The reason I really wanted the shelf gone its that I have attic access behind it. I also do in my room and the office. The problem is the cat occasionally sneaks in if I leave an attic door open. This is where I hear him crying to be rescued. Also, when it's hot or cold outside the air seeps in through the doors if they're not closed all the way. It's currently very HOT and when I moved the bookshelf I found the door like this:
The closet is dingy and needs some paint. I'm thinking I might paint both closets something bright and the rods white. Stay tuned!

For the time being I hung up all of my jeans and casual pants. Wire hanger elimination is also high on my "to do" list. Ugh. 
My hamper also came back to live in there. My closets and my drawers are officially done!!! Thanks for hanging in there!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I Want

And I really want him to buy me flowers and make me coffee in the mornings...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How Many Drawer Pictures Can You Handle?

Yes, I've been silent! Despite that, you've been here. Every week I surpass the previous week's viewer stats, and while I'm not sure what's so interesting about my little old blog, I'm SO very glad you're here! I hope I don't chase you away with this post. It's about 5000 pictures of my drawers and several of my underwear (no joke)!

I've made some real progress in my drawer organization, and spent lots finding even more drawers to keep my junk!

I started by buying lots of drawer organizers!
Bring on the before and afters!

Remember my crazy medicine drawer?
Way better! I still look like a sinus medication addict... but at least it's organized now!

Remember my random girl stuff drawer?
Much prettier and still just as girly
I did eliminate shades of nail polish I probably wouldn't wear in the next 6 months. The rejects went to live in the basement linen closet
Remember my ever-shifting silver wear drawer? I would love to buy all new everything but there wasn't anything wrong with the divider, so it stayed:
I just added a clear guy to the back. Now my smoothie straws live back there!
Remember this mess of long silver wear?
So much more organized! Unfortunately, I also had to pull a lot out of the drawer.
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