Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Landing Strip


I have never heard the term "landing strip" until The January Cure mentioned it in one if its assignments.
Maybe you are also not so familiar with the term? Here you can find the definition.

Seems like I had a day off the "Cure" today, because this is how our landing strip welcomes us every evening, not a lot to fix:

You find an empty hook to the left, lots of space for bags and the mail and to the right you see the edge of the clothes-rail ...

...  which serves as minimalist, but unfortunately a quite practical hook for my keys.

I could use a hook for the keys, but somehow I manage to hang them on that not so secure and of the rail and they rarely fall down onto the wooden floor. When they do, it's a really unpleasant noise. So maybe a hook. For the keys.

This is the hook to the left, a close-up: 
 I found this aluminium hook a while ago in the street. It was resting next to a public garbage container, still attached on a wooden board. I am glad I did not hesitate to bring it home.

Walking further into the apartment, my shiny sink greets me

 ... accompanied by a shine stove. A shiny stove is at least as important as a shiny sink. Trust me.

Oh, the clutter free closet with ONLY baking goods! Candles = definitely baking goods. What would a birthday cake be without candles. Now I know where to find them.
Sorry for this snobbish portrait of my oven. The oven is already 13 years old and you must believe me, we are power users. This oven is the result of one of the weekend assignments of the january cure. The one that did not leave time for taking care of the fridge.
 Slowly but steadily we are turning towards the more messy parts of the apartment, here is Outbox #1, things I am going to donate and ...
 Outbox #2, things that belong to friends and family.

All over the place you find bits and pieces of last weeks flowers. They already lasted 2 weeks.

 and some ... well .... project. There was a heavy storm a few days (weeks?) ago and I did not dare to leave the windowboxes outsidem now that they are lightweight. Ever since they have been populating our living room.
Yes, they are exactly as ugly as they appear in this photo.

Last but not least the chest of drawers in the bathroom, same goes here as with the entrance hall: everyday appearance. The chest of drawers is an old ALIBERT. My grandmother owned it, now I own it and I see no reason why I should replace it with something new. But this was not the question, right?


Good night!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

New Routines in 2015


January 16, which means, half time at The January Cure. Janel Laban sends daily assignments (from Mon-Fri). On Fridays we are asked to bring flowers to our home. It took very little time to establish this new routine, which is good news. 

 A fraction of last weeks bunch

The new assignment leads straight to the bedroom. Straight to the bedroom? Well, I kept circling around the bedroom and kept myself busy doing other fun things such as ... cleaning the vacuum cleaner. Please tell me I am NOT the only person who occasionally gives her vacuum cleaner some TLC?

Oh, what joy that sparkling shining oven window in the (blurred) back provides. 

Speaking of "joy", thanks to Alana in Canada, who posted a link, I found out about Marie Kondo's book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying". The key message is simple: ask your stuff if it sparks joy. If not, there is no room for the stuff in your home.

Good night!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

One Drawer Before Bedtime

On I go with The January Cure. Today Janel Laban from Apartment Therapy asked me kindly invited me to de-clutter one drawer. ONE. That's enough.

AFTER: right side of the drawer and tray

 To put it in Janels words:

"After your drawer clearout (don't go crazy now - stick to the pace and just do one), share your progress with us all - which drawer got the treatment and how did it go?"

How did it go?

Easy, spontanuous and effortless, joyfull, simple ... surprisingly easy.

Here you see the clutter from the drawer photographed above, where it belongs:
So to say the BEFORE, already outside the drawer: Broken electronic-stuff

Inside the drawers is a tray which moves from the left side to the right side. The fun started, when Mr Paula looked at the tray BEFORE, containing all the stuff I had chosen to throw away and agreed to throw it away.

Of course I did test the SONY walkmen, enjoyed listening to South Corean pop music from the 60's for 3 minutes and some 1997-R'nB and knew: this little fellow does not work properly. Adios.

The emptied tray now contains batteries, all of them checked for power, USB-Sticks and a pouch with our subscribtion to the theatre, including vouchers (don't ask me, how and when the theatre nested in the audio/visual-drawer. It works and so it stays in this place)

The botton left part (under the tray) is dedicated to the radio: recording device, chargers, MP3 Player, earphones)

The right part is the visual section: chargers for my cameras, SD Cards (in the blue box) and one small handy camera

AFTER: Left part of the drawer and parts of the tray

This drawer is part of a chest of drawers I grew up with. My mother used to store the silver cutlery in this exact drawer, with the tea spoons and cake forks on top in the tray and the large knives, spoons and forks below. And I loved to polish it. I like it how multifuntional this drawer is, it serves me well, especially now that it half empty. :-)

I am totally aware that postings like this one are the reason why people raise their eyebrows, when it comes to bloggers. Photos of so-so drawers? Really?
Haha. Ok, it does feel silly, to post my drawer. I guess I am the first here to raise my eyebrows. So what. I like the photos and the result. 

Not to forget: these photo represent a huge part of "me". My favourite activities ever since I left school - and even before!

Have a good night!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A Kitchen Report


Tonight kitchen was calling my name. I spent 4 hours in the kitchen and finally turned my kitchen a better place. Being a rookie at the "The January Cure", I have been told that it is always overwhelming, when you do it for the first time.
the only part of my dirty fridge I am willing to share in public. ;-)
I just took the before photos. Afterwards I was so much in awe, I just stood there and admired the sparkling white fridge. Including the shining seals.

I stored all the deep frozen items in the back of the apartment building, it's about 0°, perfect condition for a thorough de-frosting of the freezer. Except for some leaking Vodka in the outlet, it all worked very well. Maybe some nightactive animals had a party down in the garden behind the building, while the ice in the freezer was thawing? Who knows ...

Now I need to nourish my skin, the hands are in a really poor state after all the cleaning. I prefer water as in watercolor. ;-)

Just in time I found this Youtube-channel, which I find and inspiring, it's called Art Tutor and offers all kinds of tutorials.

This one is truly helpful:

Are you a fan of art tutorials? To me the people who share their knowledge are truly generous.

Have a good time!