Like most of our grand ideas, this one started one spring evening over a glass of vino!
The weekend before easter last year, whilst we were sat on our little patio, pondering what we could do to make the garden more ‘us’, we both agreed we had too much concrete space at the back, and wanted more grass, greenery and structure to the garden. So imagine before the back concrete area came all the way out to where the grass starts now. Stupidly we both believed we could get it done over Easter weekend, oh how niave we were!
Fast forward to almost a year and we’ve almost achieved what we set out to do, however it’s gone on hold to be finished off due to having an extension, and the likely hood of our garden being trashed in the build! But I loved this project, we did all of it ourselves, from digging out the earth to hiring a skip to take away the leftover hardcore, to creating the sleeper planters and leveling off the ground to create the steps.
I’m so proud of our achievement, and it’s meant in the long run, once we have the extension sorted we won’t have lost any grass space, win win!
We just really need to sow some grass seeds to finish off the lower level, and jet wash the tiles and put and edging on the step. Rehang the mirror – its only down at the mo because ‘Storm Gareth’ (which doesn’t sound menacing enough for this wind!) nearly blew it down so I don’t want it to shatter. Oh and convince my green fingered Mum to give us a hand planting some bulbs in the planters, although knowing Mum it won’t take much persuading!
So buzz word of the moment is KonMarie, assuming you’ve been living in a hole and not yet heard of it, Marie Kondo is a Japanese self confessed tidier, she’s released some fantastic books of how best to tidy your space and ‘spark joy’ in your home. She’s also released a series on Netflix showcasing her skills with different families. I watched the whole series in one rather glum January weekend, and after the madness of Christmas and the fact that nothing exciting ever happens in Jan (dry January, ergh) I figured why not, let’s commit a weekend and do this. First things first, it will take So MUCH LONGER than a weekend to fully sort your house! I started in the proposed way by emptying my whole wardrobe onto the spare bed, then and only then do you realise how many clothes you own (!) Whoops.. Then the idea is to hold each item and work out if it ‘sparks joy’ I found this whole process so uplifting, and truth be told easy with clothes. I’m a high street girl through and through so I always think most of what I own only ever has a few years life expectancy before I’ve either worn it out, or its gone out of fashion. My husband on the other hand, WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY! My biggest piece of advice if you want to take on the KonMarie journey, do not let your spouse see you doing it! For a start he owns far less clothes than me, and the idea of items of clothing sparking joy didn’t resonate with him, so he wanted to chuck nearly everything, and then re fill his wardrobe with new, joy sparking clothes! Not so great when we’re trying to save money at the moment. The clothing section took me nearly a whole day, that was before I’d even gotten to accessories and shoes! The next temptation is to go out and buy tons of effective storage solving ideas, this was the bit I found harder, my wardrobe now looked so much better and neater, and I wanted to glam it up a bit. Don’t. Resist temptation, I added loads of stuff to my Amazon wish list and forced myself not to buy any of them until I’d sat on the ideas for a few weeks, after that the only thing I allowed myself to buy was velour clothes hangers, not only because they look good and clothes hang great off them, but also in a self restraint way to stop me buying more clothes, if I only have 30 pretty hanger I can only have 30 pieces of clothing right? To be continued on that one I think! Fast forward to the next weekend and I decided to tackle accessories and ‘komono’, miscellaneous items around the home, my biggest hoard is make up and general beauty products, oh my, it took me nearly the whole weekend just to sort through my make up and girly crap! I’ll give her one thing though, all those samples that gather in the drawer, she’s right, I’m never going to use them! I even got side tracked once I’d sorted through this category and put things away, I had so many empty shelves and drawers I stayed getting rid of them too! So now my rooms are tidy, clutter free and feel larger due to minimal storage furnature, win win! Will keep you posted on if we can manage to keep this up though!