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Last weekend when I was migrainey, I spent a bit of time thinking and ordering stuff to improve our hallway and kitchen.  The stuff arrived during the week, and I spent much of yesterday sorting it out and installing it, variously assisted by children and spouse.

School uniform
The trouble with being organised and ordering new school uniform at the start of the summer holidays is that a bunch of last year's stuff that was still fitting him in mid-July definitely no longer fit by mid-September, and everywhere was out of stock of school uniform.   Only the new stuff was the right size, and I'd only ordered "enough" of it if the older stuff was in rotation.  So after a few tense weeks getting laundry done just-in-time, I managed to order enough extra trousers and tops to get us through a week.

Actually Charles did all the opening and putting away of this, and I just cleared up the packaging afterward.

Kitchen bins:

- our old "misc unrecyclable waste" bin was getting very tired, bits broken off the lid
- and the council will start accepting plastic bag/film for recycling from next month
- and that's most of what goes in that bin

I ordered a 10L pedal bin that takes carrier bags as liners, and a 6L pedal bin which is actually a bathroom bin but I'm using for food waste, and I hung up a carrier bag for plastic bags/film, and I took out the old bin and old food caddy and put them in the recycling.

Utility room:
I got a welly rack and the children helped me build it and then we put all the accumulated wellies / garden shoes upside down onto it after shaking out spiders and things that had accumulated inside them.  And then we spotted that Charles has outgrown his wellies and Nico has almost certainly outgrown his, so we started a charity bag, and I bid on some replacement wellies on ebay.

Charles can't reach the coat hooks, and the old shoe racks had a large tempting flat surface on the top which routinely got Covered In Stuff. 
I got an adjustable-height hanging rail and some decent coat hangers, and now all of Charles's coats and school bags are hung on the rail (and there is room to put Nico's nappy bag and my rucksack on the rails at the bottom).  I also got stackable expanding shoe rack rails, which hold more shoes than were in the old shoe racks in rather less floor area, and have the advantage that you can't just dump stuff on top.

Charles and Nicholas both did their best to help build shoe racks and hanging rail, and Tony came along and finished off the second shoe rack while I made lunch.

While I was moving shoes, I found three pairs that were disintegrating and went into a bag to take to a recycling point.  While I was hanging up Charles's coats, I went through all the misc stuff on the coat rails, and had three outgrown coats to put away for N, two of mine to put away for if/when I am a different shape, and several coats/jumpers for the charity bags.  I also tidied away a large number of gloves, scarves, bags etc that had been dumped on top of the old shoe racks.

At this point it was 4:30 and the charity shop round the corner closes at 5, so Charles helped me carry the five bags of charity donations there.  I came away with two tops, a sparkly hat, and a bracelet of little polished stones, but that was only one bagful of stuff bag in.

The old shoe racks went into the garage while I sort out friendcycling or freecycling them.

The house was still full of cardboard and plastic packaging from all the racks and rails and bins.  One of our blue bins was already full, I filled the spare blue bin with packaging, and we now have a large cardboard box in the garage with the rest of the flattened cardboard, and the first full carrier bag of plastic film, waiting for after Wednesday's collection, which is the last recycling collection before November.

Still to do
Sort through the boxes of gloves, scarves, etc, which I just shoved everything into.  They were tidied a year or so ago, but lots of stuff ended up strewn on top of the shoe racks, and I decided yesterday that "into the boxes" would do right then, but it needs a proper sort out.

In case you think I get everything right first time, the kitchen bins don't quite work, as they are too low and we have to bend a lot or risk spilling things, and the carrier bag of plastic is messy and obtrusive.  Tony did some hunting online and found a bin with three sections which comes up higher but has similar capacity sections, so we'll still be able to separate into "food waste", "recyclable plastic", "other", but more neatly.  That should arrive during the week, after which I'll use the new 10L bin to replace our existing nappy bin, and the 6L bin to replace one of the bathroom bins.

Date: 2014-10-19 11:16 (UTC)
ceb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ceb
That sounds very organised!

Do you have a link for the 3-section bin? That sounds like a useful thing.

Date: 2014-10-20 08:15 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] emperor
[personal profile] senji and [personal profile] claroscuro also have (had? maybe they did away with it when they got the new kitchen) a 3-section bin that they quite liked.

Date: 2014-10-19 11:36 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jack
Oh yay, it's really satisfying to get those things done.

Can I ask what shoe racks and hanging rail you ended up getting? I saw your freecycle and thought "oh, that's handy, we need a shoe rack for the porch!" but I think maybe I need your experience more than your physical shoe racks :)

Date: 2014-11-11 11:46 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jack
I bought these and just finished setting them up, thank you for the suggestion, they both worked really well!

Date: 2014-10-19 18:48 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kaberett
Hurrah for all these things!

Date: 2014-10-20 09:59 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] stephdairy
Your children sound much more helpful than I suspect I ever was!


Date: 2014-10-20 10:43 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nanila
This sounds very satisfying. It's so nice to sort out niggly things that have bothered you for ages.

Date: 2014-10-20 14:40 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pretty_panther
This all sounds fabulous. Good to get the kids learning. Urgh bins. Every council is different which makes no sense to me. We have general waste, garden waste, food waste and plastics. Things like the plastic packs of bottled water go in used to be in plastic but now general, food used to be gardenb but now has its own and they won't take glass at all. You have to take that to tip yourself. I love the environment but jings what a FAFF.


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