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One House/Garden Home Improvement a Day Challenge

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BloodiedGhouloshes Fri 01-Nov-13 17:32:51

Does anyone want to join?

I seem to get bogged down in the day to day grind of keeping the house running and never have time to do the stuff I want to do.

I have so many projects I want to get done... from small (washing curtains!) to large- renovating the kitchen/conservatory and the back garden into a patio.

I thought if I made it an imperative to do something each day, by the time one year is up this place will be transformed.

My place... mid-terrace Victorian. 3 Dcs. 3 dogs 2 cats. Total chaos.

Today I:

1. bought from the local charity shop 5 little cut glass tiny vases of varying heights and put roses in them and bundled them together 'artfully' on the mantelpiece.

2. strung fairy lights up our bannister.

Okay- it's two things. smile

Tomorrow I plan to repot some plants before winter.

Anyone want to join the 365 day challenge?

NameoftheRose Fri 06-Dec-13 15:46:42


Life, eh, Lucysmam?

Freecycle sounds like a good option, hope it works.

lucysmam Fri 06-Dec-13 16:08:56

Aye, life grin There's a bloke wants it on freecycle but no transport between us confused Am going to be stuck with the bugger forever aren't I!

On a much better note, the back garden is once again as tidy as it can be after yesterdays windy-ness & I have managed to finally cram the majority of the junk in the bin to go next weds.

My dad's dropping round with two more big plastic boxes shortly, have arranged for old cooker to be collected in the morning and removed another ten grown-out-of books from the girl's bookshelf smile

WeWishYouAWelliesChristmas Tue 10-Dec-13 06:35:52

Good morning! It is the OP here with my Xmas namechange. Sorry I fell off the thread- life got a bit manic there for a bit!

Am back.

Today I hope to sort through some more toys and charity shop a few. I have however put up the Christmas decorations.

Hope everyone is having a very good day! Today must be .... Day 40 of Operation365 I think.

CiderwithBuda Tue 10-Dec-13 06:51:56

Morning all. Life got in the way here too.

A very boozy day in London with friends on Friday. Saturday we took the Xmas stuff down to put up trees etc. House now a disaster zone with boxes everywhere. How can anyone have so much Xmas stuff??? Comes of moving countries four times and houses about 10 times since 1990. I think I need a massive cull. And I should have washed the inside of the windows BEFORE we put the tree up in the bay window!

Supposed to be having a friend over this morning for coffee and then going to a wholesales but DS wasn't well yesterday and I heard him coughing a lot in the night so he may be home today.

Today's plan is to finish the decorating except the dining room which will be done at the weekend. Have loads of washing to do too.

lucysmam Tue 10-Dec-13 08:53:01

Morning all smile

Nothing much to report here, dd2 has been poorly over the weekend and was at home yesterday. I did make 50mini christmas cakes and ice/decorate them for the school Christmas fayre though if that counts?

Finally got sofa sorted, dp's mum is going to have the smaller of the two so I'm holding onto the three seater for the mo. My dad's going to take it to her for me tonight.

The dd's old buggies and baby bouncer seat thingy are going to Barnardos who have a local ish baby shop. (Am very sad sad sad to be saying goodbye to them tbh, have still got the steriliser all boxed up and cot under dd2's bed...
not quite ready to let those go yet.)

Oh! I did do something yesterday...I forgot! I flooded the undersink cupboard because I forgot to turn the dodgy tap off properly & the overflow thingy doesn't go anywhere, so I cleared out the half used bottles/sprays that I put back last time thinking I'd use them but haven't (hope that makes sense). and replaced the manky shower curtain too.

Tomorrow is bin day so will start breaking up random crap and bagging it up again so it goes next weds (hopefully we can't generate too much rubbish in a week so it will be mainly random junk going in it).

Right, best drink my brew and get up to school so I can blub so I can bagsy a good seat for the nativity.

betterwhenthesunshines Tue 10-Dec-13 13:01:46

Final sort out before Christmas - what do you all do with last year's school books? Just tear out and keep the interesting, funny pages and bin the rest?

lucysmam Tue 10-Dec-13 13:19:46

better, that's what I do! My dad kept literally every scrap of everything I did through my whole time at school then dumped it on me when I moved in with dp.

There were boxes upon boxes upon boxes for me to rifle through

WeWishYouAWelliesChristmas Fri 13-Dec-13 06:49:06

Hi everyone! I have been all over the place again this week but should be able to return to Operation365. I have charity shopped another bag, and last night had a dream where I went out and saw my own discarded jackets and thought 'Hmm, they are nice, I'll buy those back!'.

Step away from the charity shops, Wellies.... grin

have a tip run to do tomorrow so today will be getting stuff in the car ready for that.

WeWishYouAWelliesChristmas Sun 15-Dec-13 06:11:49

Good morning! Well, a load of stuff has gone to the tip. Sadly though I managed to forget to include a box of rubbish that was sitting in my hallway. Grrr.

Have been really busy with a work deadline, so Operation365 has taken a back seat a bit, but I am determined that today I will do something no matter how small, as already our home looks so much better!

On the plus side, after some years of deliberating we have finally decided what sort of mirror we want in our bedroom, so I am planning to hunt around for that too online.

SlightlyDampWellies Thu 30-Jan-14 10:54:19


I am looking to resurrect this thread if anyone is interested?

Today I cleared out one kitchen cupboard.

getoffthephonenoworelse Fri 31-Jan-14 21:36:56

Great, Im in. I have cleared at least 12 bags to the thrift shop, 2 parcels to friends since start of jan.
I want to start in the attic but going to wait until its a bit warmer.
I have a walk in hotpress and for the first time in 12 years I have spare shelving space, that is a real result!!

SlightlyDampWellies Sat 01-Feb-14 07:16:16

I have a bag of charity shop stuff also that has been sitting by my door since New Year.

That HAS to go today!

Mumof3xx Sat 01-Feb-14 07:20:16

Today I will sort through the dcs toys


I only did this before Xmas and now there are far too many

dukester Sat 01-Feb-14 20:23:15

I was looking for this thread the other day , so would defo tleole to join in I have filled my car ready for a tip run first thing in the morning and a pile for the charity shop too. Also bought dd4 a new mattress today . Will have to have a little think deciding what improvements to make tomorrow there are so many of them that need doing .

dukester Mon 03-Feb-14 11:48:06

Have had a busy weekend managed to get some painting done . Aiming to get the living room decorated rhis weekend and another mountain of baby stuff to be given to a friend later before hitting b and q for some more paint and a new tape measure. Which I could paint it today but have to go to work .

SlightlyDampWellies Wed 05-Feb-14 10:22:20

I think I may have to save my jobs for the weekend- just too crazy during the week!

Have a man coming to look at our hedge this week. It is massively overgrown and if it is not too expensive then I want it really trimmed hard. DH has broken his arm so it is the perfect time for me to just get it organised as he has been saying he wants to do it for 3-4 years now.

Pumpkin567 Thu 06-Feb-14 14:20:02

Fell off this thread but I'm back!
Today I scrubbed and cleaned out half of the kitchen cupboards and drawers. They look great and I decluttered and organised them too. -- they were filthy--

I need to the other half now. A very productive day smile

SlightlyDampWellies Thu 06-Feb-14 14:25:36

Today I put all the kitchen clutter into the utility room and jammed the door shut. The kitchen looks great!


dukester Fri 07-Feb-14 00:17:15

Now I am actually seeing the results of my hardwork it's much more inspiring to continue to improve the house. Though the kids are a bit scared that i keep chucking stuff out. Really want to sort out the gardens now too .
Today I found some new handles for an old chest of draws am going to paint it white too. Decorating the living room tomorrow afternoon will be mostly prep till dd4 goes to bed .

SlightlyDampWellies Fri 07-Feb-14 06:08:58

It is amazing how quickly the results just add up to something big!

SlightlyDampWellies Fri 14-Feb-14 06:52:56

Right. Have booked a massive hedge clean for later this month. That will make an incredible difference to our garden. It is straggly and overgrown.

Today - have a pile of bills and paperwork sitting on the worktop. That will be dealt with today.

RudyMentary Fri 14-Feb-14 07:03:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SlightlyDampWellies Fri 14-Feb-14 09:34:02

Everyone welcome to join!!!

LetThereBeCupcakes Fri 14-Feb-14 11:07:22

I've been lurking here for weeks so thought I should post! We have a small 3 bed end terraced and far too much stuff so I'm currently having a massive declutter. I have it all planned - 16 spreadsheets worth of planning in fact!

DH has gone away for the weekend and he completely emptied out his car before he went, kindly dumping the whole lot in the living room. So my job today is dealing with that little lot!

LetThereBeCupcakes Mon 17-Feb-14 09:08:52

Oh dear, I seem to have killed the thread!

Anyway, managed to sort the contents of the car, as well as decluttering 2 kitchen drawers. Impromptu day off today as DS is unwell. Plan is to sort out DH's wardrobe today.

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