Friday, 3 March 2017

Housing Ladder

We've spent most of the week off involved with operation love our home. We had an evening out at Ikea looking for kitchen ideas, we didn't buy much, only veggie balls, a very small chopping board and some beer for Dan. 

Since the big ugly unit moved out of the house at the start of the year the majority of our books (we still have a few even though we've donated over 600 in the past year or so) have been living in the spare room wardrobe. Getting rid of the defunct Sky box and dvd player freed up space for some books in the living room, I have relocated my craft stuff from the sideboard in the spare room to the small cupboard on the landing freeing up the sideboard for the rest of the books. The vinyl have gone into the cupboard under the stairs for the time being, we don't have a record player at the moment so there's no point having them out. So now we have a wardrobe that can be used as a wardrobe, blimey.

Dan took the rest of the garden waste to the tip on Monday so we had plenty of space in the bulk bag for the broken fence panels and lots of ivy. all of our decluttered stuff went to the charity shop so we're quite clear at the moment. 

A couple of things have made their way into the house. When we bought our dining table it came with only two chairs which means it's a bit of a scramble to seat people when they come round to eat, which happens more often these days. I've relocated my white chair from the bedroom to the dining area and sometime today a friend will arrive to complete the set. 

We have also been on the lookout for a bookcase for the living room, but now we don't need a bookcase we settled for some shelving instead. It arrived first thing. Luckily for us we have a midcentury furniture shop in the town so it was our first port of call, they had something to fit both our budget and our small alcove. 



I'll try to not fill it up with too much junk.



The most exciting thing to me is that I'll be able to have a plant on the top shelf, surely it's too high up even for naughty and determined bunnies!



                                                                                                             

26 comments:

  1. That is a lovely piece of furniture, do you have a freecycle? there are some really nice things on there sometimes.

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    1. Thanks, it's ideal. There is a freecycle based in the next town, I've never used it though.

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  2. Wow, you've done well to get rid of so many books. I think about it from time to time but haven't quite committed to it yet. It must feel nice to clear spaces and use them for their intended purposes.

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    1. Well, I don't buy into that whole thing that books are knowledge and that they're things to be kept at all costs. Like everything else if they're not being used they have no value.

      It is nice to clear spaces out and finally feel organised. We've made do with much of our furniture/storage for a long time so sometimes it's good to have the right thing.

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  3. That is an unusual piece but it looks oh so very useful as well as eye catching. With the added attraction of being nibbly bunny resistant - you can't go wrong!

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    1. I hope the buns keep away from it, as it's on the tiled area they tend to keep away from it, but I never underestimate them!

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  4. What a lovely retro unit, I'd like that myself. I'm looking forward to having a big declutter in a few weeks' time when husband retires.

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    1. I love the idea of having a big declutter when the new phase of your life begins, how exciting.

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  5. Love the new shelving unit. We are about to do up our living room. It's the last room to do. It's taken us 3 years to work through the rest of the house! We have a ladderax system of units that were my partners grandparents and I can't wait to finally get them in place.

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    1. How exciting to finally be able to use your ladderax! I won't discuss how far we've got through the house in the time we've been here! I am hoping to repaint the downstairs rooms this year though.

      I always thought a ladderax system would be a bit much for our little place, but this single section is ideal.

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  6. It's good to see the home love is working. Trying to look at the house with fresh eyes and a bit of a change around can work wonders. X

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    1. Thank you, you're right. OK, we've spent a chunk of money this month, but we've been making do until the right thing came along and this unit was the right thing.

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  7. I also go to Ikea mainly for ideas. I don't come home empy handed, but the purchases are usually small things.
    On the top shelf you could put one or more 'lucky plants', favored by Feng Shui doctrine.

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    1. It is a great place to shop for ideas.

      I was readinging a Feng Shui book last week at the charity shop, I love the idea of lucky plants, thank you.

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  8. Lovely shelving unit. Pretty sure the high shelf is out of even the most determined bunnies.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you. I'll be sure you let you know should they investigate!

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  9. I like the new cabinet and what a good fit - is that a drop down writing desk or is it too high?

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    1. Thank you, it couldn't be a better size. It is a drop down and could be used as a writing desk. At the moment its too high but the system is fully adjustable, metal rods fit onto the ladder sides and the shelves and cupboards slot on, so should be want to use it as a workspace it would be an option.

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  10. I love your new unit! We've had a sorting out week here too, the old shed's gone in a skip, we've put the bed up in the spare bedroom (so now the mattress isn't flopping across the doorframe - much better!) and we've had a trip to IKEA to look at kitchen worktops too! Must be the time of year for it!

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    1. You've been so busy! I love your garden posts. Our spare room is very make do but it's coming together and feels a bit more proper these days.

      I think spring does bring it out in us, although we mainly went to Ikea for veggieballs.

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  11. Great project and I love your new shelf. We can't have any plants at our house because the cats eat them at every height!

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    1. Thank you. Yes, I can imagine nothing is impossible for a cat! Luckily the buns don't venture upstairs so I do have a plant (an aspidistra!) up there but I would love to have one in the living area too.

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  12. What a lot of moving about, kudos to you.
    If I can get one thing done, it feels major.

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    1. Thank you, it takes us a long time but we get there eventually. Getting one thing done IS major!

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  13. Wow, that is a lot of shifting around! Well done you!!! Ha, I BET the bunnies find some way up there!

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    1. Thanks. If there is a way they will find it!

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