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Clean and Green March 19, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Less IS More.

After we donated our extra refrigerator from the garage, the stuff inside our garage had fewer places to perch and became a bit jumbled and tumbled.

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We had some green totes sitting high and dry and decided to put them into service as storage bins.

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One problem, they wouldn’t fit on the flimsy shelf unit we’d inherited with the villa.

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So we bought a sturdier shelving unit from Home Depot and BFF assembled it to accommodate the idle green totes.

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Now we have a tidy place for everything to hide inside . . .

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And can keep everything in its place . . .

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Aah . . . that’s better!

I wrote and scheduled this post several days before the WP Daily Post issued the Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Inside. ย Note the uncanny similarity between their totes and ours. ย Spooky! ย All we’re missing is the baby!


1. suzicate - March 19, 2014

I like that system! Inspires me to redo the bins I have in our large storage closet.

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

Make sure you click on the link to the WP Daily Post photo challenge . . . the baby stored next to the bins might give you an idea for time outs in your day care. :mrgreen:

2. Pix Under the Oaks - March 19, 2014

Hey! It looks great! BFF did a great job! Wish CH’s garage looked that neat.. ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

He did! Since these shots, he’s labeled each tote so he can now find what he wants without moving anything he doesn’t need.

The shelves are super sturdy ~ with a several TON capacity. And Goodwill benefited from the “clean out.”

3. Grannymar - March 19, 2014

That space looks real tidy, do you fancy a trip this side of the pond to have a go at my garage?

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

I would LOVE to have a go at your garage. You’ve heard of Compulsive Hoarders . . . well I’m a Compulsive Organizer ~ a Neatnik of the nth degree.

Like a Beatnik, without the goatee. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grannymar - March 19, 2014

I once belonged to that club. My mother warned Jack before we got married, not to stand in the one place for too long, or I might put him in the bin!

I find the living alone I am not as tidy as I used to be. Today I spent clearing, sorting and shredding. One small area cleared! ๐Ÿ˜€

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

Bet that kept Jack on his toes! Glad you made headway in one small corner of your world.

4. Carol Balawyder - March 19, 2014

Wow! Your garage looks neater than my office:)

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

Our garage looks neater than my office!

We keep chipping away at the extraneous and hope one day to only house the essential.

5. ericjbaker - March 19, 2014

Good thing those bins aren’t purple. You’d never have been able rhyme your post title.

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

When rhyme time doesn’t work . . . opt for alliteration ~ Pondering Purple Plastic. :mrgreen:

ericjbaker - March 19, 2014

Ooh. I like it!

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

Oh, my . . . the emoticons have morphed into something not nearly as fun as they used to be. They look rather like Terence and Philip now.

6. Maggie - March 19, 2014

I wish my shed looked that neat!

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

Bringing order to disorder is rather satisfying.

7. jannatwrites - March 19, 2014

I like organization! One of the first things we did when we moved into this house last year was to have garage cabinets installed. It makes it look orderly… well, except for the kids’ bikes sort of tossed in there, but it’s a start ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

Yes . . . our bikes are still loitering about too. But the ladders are now hanging on the walls. It’s a start.

8. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - March 19, 2014

Oh, I love when I get to organize like that… and buy organizational items like shelves… and totes! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks good!

nrhatch - March 19, 2014

Thanks, Kate. We inherited a profusion of totes with this villa ~ most of them filled with Christmas lights and decor. We donated the contents and kept the totes.

Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - March 20, 2014

Oh, now that was smart! One can never have too many totes!

nrhatch - March 20, 2014

When we lived in NJ, our roof began to leak. BFF allowed his imagination to run wild and envisioned the ceilings collapsing in on us as we raced around with buckets to catch the drops.

When the rains stops and the roof repairs were complete, I asked him what he’d learned:

“You can never have too many buckets.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

9. Three Well Beings - March 20, 2014

It’s amazing how excited many of us can be with order and organization. It just feels so good! Good for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - March 20, 2014

Yes! After re-organizing, we gave Goodwill the old shelves, totes, and a bunch of other extraneous stuff we decided we could live without. Clearing clutter and letting go is liberating.

10. kateshrewsday - March 23, 2014

Very organised, Nancy! I love to make order out of chaos. One feels so much better afterwards.

nrhatch - March 23, 2014

It does! I’ve been working on an inside project ~ organizing my grandparents’ and parents’ writings. I’ve gone from an assorted mish-mash of half-filled notebooks and loose sheets to ~> a single three ring binder with pockets for journals, invitations, and photos.

11. My Light Bag - March 26, 2014

I am launching a new weekly post with simple living testimonials from fellow bloggers and simple-living lovers. I’d love to feature you on my blog – would you be interested in contributing a post on this topic?

nrhatch - March 26, 2014

Great idea. And, yes, I’d be happy to contribute a post.

My Light Bag - March 27, 2014

I’m really happy, that’s great! Could u send me your e-mail address to polinawriting [at] gmail.com, please? That way i can send you some details. Thank you!

nrhatch - March 27, 2014

Will do!

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