Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The last few days


So these last few days of my holiday have been spent decluttering my huge kitchen cupboard.  For ages I've wanted to move my every day dishes into it but I'd been putting it off as it would mean completely stirring my kitchen.

I emptied the cupboard and started making piles of all the stuff I wanted to sort out.  I ended up with a large box for the charity shop (new students will be arriving in town soon) and I ruthlessly binned all the chipped and cracked stuff.   I took all the opened packets and put the contents into glass jars.  I binned some out of date stuff.  There wasn't much this time I'm happy to say!!

It looks so much better and my plates are easier to get to now.  Looking at it makes me happy although OH couldn't see the difference!!!  Pah!


I gave the fronts a good clean.  Although I don't like the rough finish of the technique I used with the chalk paint it does clean nicely.  I'm glad I spent the time applying the wax properly.


After 3 years I finally added a hook to hang my aprons.  It needed to be on the left so it doesn't bang into the cupboard when the door is opened.


See!


I've also been sanding and stripping in my utility room.  The woodwork was varnished with a very shiny varnish so it's all been sanded off.  I don't do anything shiny!! It will be painted in a satin finish white.  I've started stripping the paint of the door into my downstairs wet room.  I love using the heat gun!! Doesn't look great atm but the bit I've sanded as well is very smooth so should be good to paint over.  It'll be purple, same as my kitchen door 💜

I've added my new rug and curtains to my family room/den and written a long blog post on My upcycled home. Do have a look HERE.  I'm going to do a detailed post about all the rooms in my house as I complete them.  Let me know what you think.

I now have just 1 day left of my holiday.  I still haven't popped into school as planned this week but I'm not stressing about it.  I am determined this year to keep a close eye on my workload and set an example for the younger teachers by not doing excessive hours.  That said I am going in tomorrow just to see what needs to be done.  8 of out 12 teachers were moving into new rooms and the resource room was relocated so the school was in quite a state on the last day of term. Hopefully it will be ok by Monday when the kids are back.  Eeeeek!!

8 comments:

  1. That feeling of satisfaction is well worth the effort it takes, isn't it!

    Where I used to work, when people were changing classrooms, we did it towards the end of term too and the children helped to fetch and carry. We borrowed supermarket trolleys from the shop over the road as well. The aim was to get it all done in term time but, of course, there was still stuff to do in the holidays!
    Fingers crossed for Monday!
    xx

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    1. Yep we moved during the last week but the deep clean and major building work during the holidays meant I couldn't actually set up my class. Plus the school was only open at certain times, mainly when I was away. I'm going in shortly to make a list and have a look :-)

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  2. You’ve inspired me to make a start on my kitchen cupboards today while I wait in for a delivery. I understand why that cupboard makes you happy-last time I really cleaned and tidied our kitchen, I took photos of each unit as I finished with a view to keeping them like that. Need to remind myself today what I am hoping to achieve. Enjoy today-my daughter went back on Monday.

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    1. I'm so glad it's not just me!! Every cupboard was deep cleaned and re organised. I feel very efficient :-)

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  3. I love it when I reorganise a drawer or cupboard and its all tidy and neat. My challenge to myself this week has been to put lots of stuff for sale on Gumtree. I've already sold a pair of my sons biker trousers he couldn't take with him to Sydney. I've got a giant pile of stuff for the charity shop as well so lots of clearing out going on here too. About time too!! Hope all goes well at school today and next week. Good luck! x

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    1. Thanks! Well done on the Gumtree sales :-)

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  4. You have accomplished so much on your summer break. Love the nice and tidy pantry, I need to do that too. Kids don't go back until Sept. 4th here, staff go back August 29. I'm sure teachers here are glad they're not going back right now. It is so smoky here that the kids wouldn't be allowed outside. On the air quality scale of 1-10 we are a 10+. Hope you don't have too much to do tomorrow.

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    1. I feel like I've packed a lot in! Tomorrow will be boring meetings, liaising with colleagues then some time in class. 1 day isn't enough to get ready but I'll be ready on Monday :-)

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