Please excuse the crappy cell phone photo, but I just had to share my newest Craigslist find...
I love Craigslist. In case you can't tell from the picture, it's a quarter-sawn oak, Mission-style secretary. In near-perfect condition. I'll take a better photo when I get my camera back from my mom, but be assured that it is gorgeous. I love how antique furniture looks so at home in this house. Whenever I get a new piece, it fits right in like it's been here forever.
I couldn't find any pictures, but this corner used to house a little "linen cabinet" that we bought while still living in our rental hovel. It was about a third as wide and only had one drawer. I tried to use it to organize mail and paperwork, but it was just too small. I was able to fit everything (except the things I threw away!) inside the new desk, and it's now neatly organized. I ended up pitching about 30 pens, which I feel bad about, but we just had way too many. I swear they multiply. We had pens from politicians, from businesses, and God-alone-knows-where-else. I saved about 5 decent ones and put them in a pottery cup on the top, then tucked 10 or so more in one of the interior drawers. That is plenty and will probably last us the next 5 years.
Saturday is going to be an organizational extravaganza. My mom is watching Ethan almost all day, so I'm going to go through the cupboards on the back porch and reorganize everything. I'm hoping to do the same in the bathroom. And the "office". And the buffet in the dining room. Since I'll have about 8 hrs, I'm should be able to make my way through just about the entire house. I don't have to worry about cleaning, since I've managed to keep up with housework this week, just all the other little things that never seem to get done and then turn into big ordeals. Thankfully, I've already taken care of the kitchen, our bedroom, Ethan's room, and the basement pantry.
Shayne watched an episode of "Hoarders" last night, and told me today that he's determined to go through the basement and get rid of his junk and organize what he is keeping. I'm amazed. I thought he'd hang onto that stuff forever. Maybe I should arrange for monthly viewings of the show to keep him motivated!