Good moaning Beach Cottage friends, how you cooking?
Righto, seeing as we are halfway through February already and even though I am Down Under, February always feels like Spring Clean Time to me, welcome to the Beach Cottage De-Clutter Challenge!
Are you in a cluttered old mess? Have you let things build up and get on top of you? Do you have a vintage treasure hunting habit that has gotten out of hand, ahem?
If so, you are in the right place! I have just the Beach Cottage Mission for you.
I must say, it’s been getting that way in this tatty old cottage for a while…with the work we’ve had in here over the last few months I have let things slip and slide… I think with a family of five, if you want things to resemble order, unfortunately it is a true fact of life, that you have to put some effort into that, otherwise there will be chaos.
This is a small old cottage…there is not much storage to speak of and five of us with things…and one of us who likes to add to those things regularly…hence we always need a good ‘editing’ and de-clutter every now and then.
I was though, not looking forward to it this time…really because there seems to be, all of a sudden, too many areas, that well, need help.
So I decided to man up to it, and put it on this here blog…issuing a challenge to myself…blogging it means I have to do it, right? Hopefully some of you will join me and we can get our mojos going together!
Here’s what I am planning…the first three of these are in view of the fact that these rooms are in need of a freshen up…I don’t know if it is something to do with the fact that this cottage is old, or the fact that these rooms face North and so they are in the sun, but they seem to require paint freshening quite a bit…well it’s nothing to do with the fact that in my head I NEED a feature wall in a different colour to white…I didn’t tell Mr Beach Cottage that bit, I just told him the rooms seem ‘tired’.
So, if you instagram with me, you’ll know that yesterday I started, on the cupboard in the breakfast room. Gah!!!!!!!!!!
This cupboard has been driving me mad for too long…and I cannot blame it on anyone else, most of this junk, I mean vintage treasure, falls down to one and only one person.
It was amazing though, that actually, it doesn’t take that much time to
1. find out how much stuff you have got
2. discover how much stuff you don’t need and
3. pull it out and send it to Vinnies
This was the Vinnies Pile
It grew larger than that…much larger.
There was a small problem in my de-cluttering Mission…I made that fatal mistake of getting side-tracked while chucking out the chintz….
I kept finding vintage Pyrex, funny that, I have no idea how so many vintage Pyrex dishes got into that cupboard, I mean someone in my family must find them…and as i came across them, I decided it might be nice to take a few photos…
oh yes, while the contents of that cupboard were all over the floor of our breakfast room, and the bathroom tiler was walking in and out of here to his tools, I decided to take photos of dishes
oh no, not only dishes on tables, dishes on the floor
…it was at this point that he asked me ‘do you take photographs of everything’
to which I replied a simple
I couldn’t explain the blog thing to him, I just couldn’t go there with vintage china all over the floor
These are mainly just the shallow Pryex vegetable dishes that I have ….I didn’t even pull the others out…
My fave is the yellow one with the snowflakes…so far I have only found two pieces of this particular pattern…
and a few of the Pyrex bowls I have collected, my favourite is the aqua fluted one, never seen another one like that either, followed by these green ones with the daisies, are they 60′s? not sure, I don’t really do the whole Retro thing apart from in Pyrex, there is just something about it and it gets some colour in my life!
note to self : I do not need a vintage Pyrex again ever ever ever
So anyway, if you are drowning in stuff too, why not join me for this Beach Cottage De-Clutter Challenge?
I want to power on into this and get some STUFF out of this tatty old cottage.
So, this is a two week, in your face, hit it with your de-clutter stick, love it or lose it Beach Cottage Mission.
You are welcome to join me…for the next two weeks I will be covering the five rooms that I want to get clear…of course you can substitute any room that you like, do one, three or all of them…or change one of them to a cupboard…
If you are in, leave your name in the comments to that I know if there is anyone willing to join me!
you can join in just by telling me what you’ve done, blogging it or sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc use the hashtag #BCDECLUTTER, I am hoping to be using that a lot over the next 14 days
So that’s it from me and the Beach Cottage Two Week De-Clutter Mission
I am moving on to the open-shelving in the Breakfast Room today (while the bathroom suite goes in, yippee!), yowzas there is so much to photograph on those and I am making over the cupboard you see up there with some new paint
you in for some serious de-cluttering and get some order in your life?
Come on you know you want to ;-)