I hope joining in here will have the same results for you. I am participating in Patsi's weekly challenges and that works in the same way, I am always thinking I don't want to have to say I didn't get around to the tasks I said i would do! This happened to me once, never again! It's the buddy system, what a good thing it is!
The other thing that is working and always seems to work for me is making a list. Currently I made a to do list for my pantry and preparedness every week and try and work through that. Lists work for me. The joy of ticking things off a list is ridiculously satisfying. Some people will think this is mad. Others will totally understand!
Thank you for the ideas last week on storage and finding space! Plus just hearing your progress is fantastic. Also on both sides of the world the snow and ice then the cyclones in Australia... it is so incredible to hear about how everyone deals with these things. Helen has a post next week about how she managed with the incoming cyclone.
Following on from storage ideas I have a few pictures to show you. Glenda posted about her shelving system that sounds amazing. She is covering the shelving in her sewing room with a curtain. This can look so nice! It reminded me of a picture I had kept from a magazine. This would make any shelves look perfectly beautiful in any room.
This picture is a few years old. The curtains were IKEA linen. It was used to cover an open wardrobe but it would work the same to cover shelves. I love it!
I have kept scrapbooks of all things I've loved, recipes and ideas since I was fourteen. I don't like to keep cupboards full of magazines etc. I just tear out what I do want to keep and so many years of ideas are in half a dozen scrap books. They don't take up much space and they are pure joy to go through now and then! If you have cupboards full of magazines after doing this you have a free cupboard for pantry supplies!
After curtains to conceal storage I remembered good old fashioned table cloths. Nana kept all sorts of things under tables and hidden by the cloth. I had this picture that reminded me of it and thought you could have shelves or baskets or boxes under there and who would know? Sometimes the old fashioned things are the best!
I also had this picture which shows a blind used to cover shelves instead of a curtain. It also shows how one bookshelf had baskets on top and a basket on the side to make heaps of clever storage space. I love that!
Another one is baskets. I get baskets from op shops and paint them. The ones in op shops are usually an orange- ish brown and I paint them french grey. (So they look like in the home ware stores I lurk in). On the weekend I noticed all the dressers and wardrobes in Provincial Living had huge baskets on top for storage and the fact it looks nice. There is nothing to stop you painting unattractive baskets any colour you want. They are very inexpensive in op shops. (and very expensive in home ware stores).
Some of my past basket makeovers are here and here. Even terrible baskets can be made to look lovely really easily! The ones I started with in these pictures were op shop baskets. They have so many uses for storage.
This week I started to build up my kitchen pantry now that I have so much more space in there. I added small baskets to categorise things and get it much more organised. It is such an improvement!
I started on a better first aid kit for the car and on first aid and medicines for the house. I bought two organiser boxes from the cheap shop. They are quite flat so one will sit under the seat in the car and be out of the way. It will take me a few weeks to stock them but I started. In the car one I have included water, asprin, band aids, sting ointment and so on.
I downloaded a free app on my phone so I have free instant first aid instructions. I used First Aid by Australian Red Cross. There are plenty of free ones. Then you have a first aid icon on your phone to go to when you might need it. A really good idea is when you are waiting somewhere open these kind of apps and learn your way around them. Then when you need them it is really fast and easy. I am really liking this one as it is categorised so you can find what you want quickly and easily.
I also downloaded an app that makes your phone into a torch. It really works well too! There are different ones for different phones. It is called Flashlight and is also free. While in some emergencies you would want to carefully conserve your phone battery there are others that is not an issue and a light would just be very handy!
I added surgical gloves to my first aid kit and car first aid kit.
I added tuna, coffee and canned tomato to my pantry.
Now I am setting some goals for next week. In part it is good to have goals to work on and partly it is a matter of taking advantage of fantastic specials and making the most of things that come your way and never miss an opportunity to build up your pantry!
How did you go this week? Even one small thing is progress! We will see how much we can do in March and make it a great month!