William Morris Thursdays.

Shot nearly a year ago today…. 

Last October, I followed Jules of Pancakes and French Fries as she attempted and accomplished her “William Morris Project.” What a trip.  She spent a month living by this quote.

 “I will have nothing in my home that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
– William Morris

And not only did she clean up, organize, purge, simplify and beautify, she inspired many many other people to do the same. I’m one of ’em. Now, instead of doing it every day for a month, which is hard, she is posting one project a week, on Thursdays. And I’m joining her. Eeck! Today I’m just sharing my list. Which I’m sure will grow, but for know here it is. And if any of you want to help or join, come on over!  

Kitchen: Back entry, central area of the house. 

  1. Repaint kitchen, especially by the side door where the hockey bag has left many a mark.
  2. Get an “air plant” for the bay window.
  3. Purge food cupboard once and for all.
  4. Purge, organize and dump old spices.
  5. Organize and purge pantry cabinet.
  6. Organize and purge drawers with pots – we have so many, but use the same three over and over and over.
  7. Organize recipes – this will be painful, where do I start?
  8. Clean out the Freezer, Again.

Main Floor Bathroom: Original 50s tile, sheetrock breaking apart.

  1. Give the tub a good scrubbing.
  2. Remove the glass doors on the shower/tub?
  3. Fix crumbling sheetrock on walls/ceiling.

Dining Room: Where we eat most of our meals, and a dumping ground. 

  1. Even out the three frames on the wall. (oops)
  2. Keep the table clear, avoid the dumping ground.

TV Room: Where we spend way TOO much time.

  1. Purge and organize CDs. (do we even need them anymore?)
  2. Purge and organize Games. (do we even need them anymore?)
  3. Figure out what else is in that closet and purge/organize it.
  4. Get rug professionally cleaned.

Living Room: Play area, more than a living area.

  1. Get rug professionally cleaned.
  2. Purge and organize coffee table books.
  3. Bring unwanted coffee table books to used book store.
  4. Figure out what’s inside coffee table and end table.
  5. Research and buy new plant now that Daughter leaves them alone.
  6. Sew more pillows.
  7. Paint. This requires scaffolding and professional painters.

Daughter’s Bedroom: Way too many toys for one kid.

  1. Get rug professionally cleaned.
  2. Purge and organize toys before her birthday.
  3. Purge and organize closet. Again.
  4. Purge and organize dresser drawers. Again.
  5. Update her artwork on her wall.
  6. Find and Buy Ikea Spice Racks for book shelves.

Master Bedroom: Read, sleep, play, relax. 

  1. Clean out and organize drawers. Donate clothing.
  2. Paint master bedroom a calm, relaxing color.
  3. Replace rocking chair with chair from Daughter’s room.
  4. Create reading/writing nook.

Master Bathroom: Huge and beautiful. Could be my favorite room. 

  1. Purge and organize drawers, but really, these aren’t in bad shape.
  2. Take a long, relaxing bath. Soon.

 Basement: Ugh

  1. Purge
  2. Purge
  3. Purge
  4. And Purge some more.

Office/Studio: For sewing, designing, and other creative endeavors. 

  1. Organize everything….
  2. Do I dare say donate or giveaway some fabric?

Hall Closet: A place where coats hang.

  1. Organize mittens, hats, scarfs. Why do we live here?

Miscellaneous: We all have those things that don’t really go anywhere but need to get done.

  1. Update photo albums.
  2. Go through books, go to used book store
So, it’s not 52, but 47. More than enough to keep me busy for the year, don’t you think?
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2 thoughts on “William Morris Thursdays.

  1. I’ll buy you a couple bottles of wine if you get all of that accomplished this year – great list though – my office & the basement storage room are my downfalls. I’ve been cleaning out the pantry & cabinets for a couple of months now & have only made a dent in the office. I gave away quite a few clothes last year, but know I have more to get rid of. It’s a never ending job though.

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