I started the garage declutter/clean today with a couple of countertops. Several items are ready to donate and others are put into the correct area (we tend to just set stuff down in the clear area whether or not it belongs there).
- July 15 – Declutter Office shelves
- July 16 – Redo Refrigerator Clean-up
- July 17 – Declutter Office Supplies from Storage closet
- July 18 – Declutter Video Games from Storage closet
- July 19 – Declutter Electronics from Storage closet
- July 20 – Declutter Toys from Storage closet
- July 21 – Declutter Remainder from Storage closet
This is the clutter room – the room that we stuff anything and everything that we no longer need, but aren’t ready to get rid of in. There were 4 chairs, a guitar, a ukulele, 20ish bottles of wine, books, 20 pounds of candle wax, old family photos, 3 computers (one of which is broken), 2 space heaters and a fan amongst the other items. The paint was faded (in some places, down right disgusting) and cobwebs and fuzzballs ready to attack at a moments notice.
The painting started first, a lovely shade called Shiplap White. Once that was on the walls, I panicked……there was not contrast between the walls and the trim….but I forged ahead and now I really like it. It’s such a clean, non-cluttered color scheme for a room that inherently has a lot of stuff, even on a good day.
After the painting, I wrangled some volunteers to help declutter. I still can’t bend or extend my knee completely and going up and down the stairs is still a bit painful. We took loads of thing down to the new junk area – The Garage (we’ll get to that later). These photos are from the “almost done stage”.
The shelves on the right (top and middle) are done. The left and bottom right are not finished yet. I also finished glueing Tom the Gnome back together. That’s Today’s job as is hanging up my oldest’s bulletin board after he decides where to put his cpu. That will help with the clutter of the desk top. Anyone need a gumball machine?
I also made a new curtain for the skylight this morning and need some help hanging that. Right now both of the extension rods holding the ends of the curtain are at the bottom, where I can reach.
On the third day, the declutter was finished up. More trips to the Goodwill thrift store, more dusting and a final vacuum and the space is just about done. I just need to hang a bulletin board and pegs for tech accessories.
- 4 cups blackberries (these were Columbia Star
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- Butter two 4×8 loaf pans and add half of the blackberries to each. Pour the lemon juice over blackberries.
- Combined the flour, sugar and beaten egg until crumbly. Add half to each pan.
- Pour the melted butter over the topping.**
- Bake for 35- 40 minutes at 350 degrees or until the juices are bubbling.
** Whoops – I added the butter to the crumble mix so I put it on top in patties. We’ll see how this goes.
- 9 C cherries, washed, dried and pitted
- 3 C castor sugar
- 3 T lemon juice
- 9 T cornstarch
- 1/4 – 1/3 C water
In a non-reactive bowl, mix together the pitted cherries, sugar and lemon juice and let it stand over night.
In the morning , drain the cherries and transfer the syrup into a large pan.
Dissolve the cornstarch in water and add to the syrup. Cook over medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble.
Fold the drained cherries into the syrup, bringing the mixture bake to a boil for 1 minute. Stir constantly to avoid scorching the mixture .
Fill jars quart jars, leaving 1 inch head space. Adjust lids and process immediately.
- I processed these quarts for 30 minutes in a boiling water bath (you should check directions for your area with you local extension service – many don’t recommend canning products thickened with cornstarch)