Yesterday was much more productive, thank goodness. When I made the decision to stay in it was raining and L was happy to cancel our walk as she wasn't feeling 100%, so I set to and turned my mind to sorting out the understairs cupboard.
This is the only part of the house that hasn't had any attention. It's an awkward space because the staircase has two bends (looking down at the stairs from above, imagine it bends to create three sides of a square), so the height at the back of the cupboard is restricted. When I open the door the front part is full height for a depth of about 16 inches and then half height for the rest, total depth is just under 5 feet.
I've been in this house for seven years now and this cupboard seems to have become a bit of a dumping ground for things I didn't have a proper place for. So the added bonus of having to empty the cupboard for the new electricity meter is that I was presented with the ideal opportunity to sort things out properly and, because of all the decluttering that's been happening in those seven years, I can now find new homes for much of the stuff.
I've been quite ruthless and am just keeping what I know I use. Unwanted coats (too big 😊), scarves, gloves, shoes and bags have been set aside for the next charity doorstep collection and that's cleared up the front part of the cupboard. The ironing board and iron have been moved to the spare bedroom for now and will eventually live on the inside of the airing cupboard door - I like doing the ironing upstairs so I can put things straight in the wardrobe, and it'll be handy for any dressmaking which may or may not be happening in the playroom.
For now the Christmas decorations have been returned to the back of the cupboard but the tree has been moved out to the garage. I think the decs will stay there as the plastic boxes they're stored in fit perfectly at the back of the cupboard below the fuse board. There were a few bags full of books and unwanted ornaments which were probably intended for the charity shop so that's where they'll be going. And then all that's left to fit in is the hoover, airing rack, dustpan, and spare kitchen rolls ... plenty of space, so I've ordered some shoe racks to try to keep it tidy. Sorry, no photos because Blogger is being difficult again! I still have to take things to auction, recycling, and charity shops, but that's the entire house done now.
Today, I was planning to go for a walk with J but she's asked to postpone until next week so I will carry on with the family tree instead. I'm making good progress on transferring the family tree and family have been very prompt at checking and returning their details, well most of them have! If I keep going at this rate I will have all my research transferred to the new software by the weekend and then I can start hunting for new info.