Monday, 1 January 2018

Barely Visible To The Naked Eye


One of the many things I've been inspired to do through listening to the Happier podcast  (at least I think it was from there) is that if a task will take less than two minutes to perform I should just get on and do it. So I have been doing just that, for all manner of things and it's working well. The coffee table is far tidier than usual without having to really do anything, just make changes so small they're barely noticeable. 

We found ourselves in TK Maxx the other day (yes, I received that voucher for Christmas again) and we were looking around for things on our list - specifically a water bottle and a lunchbox with compartments when Dan presented me with a utensil holder. It turns out that he has strong negative feelings about the pink one we already had, we bought it when we were selling our old house, the whole jaunty vintage style was popular so we bought a few bits to give the kitchen that look. It worked. But since then we've been living with a pink crock, not really the colour scheme of the kitchen/dining area (I don't know what the scheme is, but it's not that). We didn't buy the new thing as it wouldn't have matched this mythical colour scheme.

When we got home I had a poke around in the pantry and found a pot we used to use for storing tea, but wasn't storing anything other than a dead spider, so now we have a new thing to hold spoons. It's a small home improvement, we didn't buy something I didn't even know we wanted and have put something back into use. 


need to wipe that wall
I also dealt with something that hardly took two seconds let alone two minutes. On the worktop, next to the utensil pot is a small piece of chalk. I got rid of the chalkboard months ago, and yet, every day I have been lifting up the piece of chalk, wiping the surface under it and putting the chalk back. Why, oh why have I been doing that? The chalk has gone away. 

Maybe next time I'l put my shoes away. 

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  1. I love it when we make use of what we already have, well done to you.
    It is a lovely pot, is there a makers mark?
    Happy New Year.

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    1. Happy New Year.

      It is a nice pot, very useful, and is marked Saxony.

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  2. The new utensil pot looks great. It's so satisfying when such a small action can make such a big difference to how you feel about a corner of your home. Well done for using something you already had, that makes it doubly satisfying.

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    1. Thanks, I love the pot it came from the charity shop early last year. There's no point in keeping the things you like tucked away in a cupboard is there.

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  3. i have heard that it takes 15 repetitions to get a new habit but a lifetime to get rid of an old one. Yesterday morning I binned a little bag of rubbish that I have been stepping over since Christmas Eve.

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    1. I hope the 15 repetitions is true, that sounds very doable! Well done for binning the rubbish bag, amazing how we do these things!

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  4. Great post! I love that others do this as well-move clutter to clean, only to put it back down. My other favorite thought, "we didn't buy something I didn't even know we wanted". Oh how I need to remember that when thinking of adding anything to my house-even a freebie.

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    1. Thank you!

      It's so easy to have your head turned when surrounded by new things.

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  5. Often I spend longer thinking about doing the task than it actually takes to get on with it! Not sure why I procrastinate so badly sometimes!
    Arilx

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    1. Absolutely! I can think of many occasions when that's been true for me.

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  6. Just stopping by to wish you and your OH a Happy New Year. I hope 2018 is a good one for both of you. I'm laughing at your chalk, I bought a biscuit barrel to match the tea, coffee and sugar set when we did our kitchen. All of them are rubbish - the seals don't work properly. Anyway, fed up of soggy biscuits I stopped using the biscuit jar weeks ago but have been cleaning the jar and wiping underneath ever since, until a bit like you I thought why? It went to the charity shop last week! xx

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    1. Hello, thanks for taking the time to stop by.

      I am so relieved to hear I'm not the only one doing these odd little rituals! I wonder how long the person that buys your set will do the same thing.

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    2. It was just the biscuit barrel I sent and I did point out the seal wasn't brilliant and it would be better as a utensil jar. They said they'd remove the lid!

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  7. I'm all in to repurposing this year - I have just found a really good place to put the mirror that we didn't put back into the recently decorated mezzanine room. Feels good to have found a solution to the problem as I didn't want to give it away. I smiles at the chalk - just the sort of thing I do!

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    1. Repurposing is so satisfying, especially when it's an item you particularly like, it's like breathing new life into things rather than "making do" which sounds so negative.

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  8. I like that pot!

    I've been trying to sort out all my little 'blind spots' like your piece of chalk too. Some are going to need more than 2 minutes, though. Like the big pile of carpet in our lounge/diner. I've hinted very strongly at a tip run!

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    1. Oh yeah, I have things that will take lots longer than 2 minutes, but now I'm not using them as an excuse to not do the little things - which is so easy for me to do!

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  9. I love the pot, it reminds me of some soup dishes that I have in the same style.

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    1. There's just something lovely about the design isn't there.

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