Outdoors – Small Corner by Driveway

An unruly Holly Bush had struggled to take over this space completely for years. And it conquered, it had swallowed Christmas Lights, allied itself with intrusive vines, bricks and stones, a rope and so forth...

An unruly Holly Bush had struggled to take over this space completely for years. And it conquered, it had swallowed Christmas Lights, allied itself with intrusive vines, bricks and stones, a rope and so forth…

Holly left very ugly stains on the house siding, spent hours scrubbing off the worst

Holly left very ugly stains on the house siding, spent hours scrubbing off the worst

A little bit cleaner, shepherd's cane moved from back yard.

A little bit cleaner, shepherd’s cane moved from back yard.

Black mulch, dollar-store hanger and plaque, bargain plants from small vendor off of route 6 and pot from indoors, hopefully growing Angel's Trumpets. Enough for now.

Black mulch, dollar-store hanger and plaque, bargain plants from small vendor off of route 6 and pot from indoors, hopefully growing Angel’s Trumpets. Enough for now.

Front Porch (Catch-All) Over-Haul

The floor was covered with an old wall-to-wall carpet that had seen better days... ingrained dirt from outdoors and indoors and cat hair everywhere, yuck!

The floor was covered with an old wall-to-wall carpet that had seen better days… ingrained dirt from outdoors and indoors and cat hair everywhere, yuck!

This is a mild illustration of how this porch usually looked... but the mess can easily be imagined. Not a very nice space to greet strangers who doesn't know to enter the house from the back...

This is a mild illustration of how this porch usually looked… but the mess can easily be imagined. Not a very nice space to greet strangers who doesn’t know to enter the house from the back…

Leftover flooring from kitchen, leftover paint from computer room and kitchen, cleaned up, super-cheap curtains from IKEA. Not counting the value of leftovers... total cost for overhaul 55 dollars.

Leftover flooring from kitchen, leftover paint from computer room and kitchen, cleaned up, super-cheap curtains from IKEA. Not counting the value of leftovers… total cost for overhaul 55 dollars.

Nothing says a storage space can't look better and be easier to keep clean.

Nothing says a storage space can’t look better and be easier to keep clean.

Instead of totes stacked in piles, now stacked in shelf.

Instead of totes stacked in piles, now stacked in shelf.

Mail Slot - Yet to be painted white... and Sebastian's Bowls on a plate...

Mail Slot – Yet to be painted white… and Sebastian’s Bowls on a plate…

Cat still has his privacy corner, just more private...

Cat still has his privacy corner, just more private…

Well, spring is supposedly here so these can live out on the otherwise cold porch

Well, spring is supposedly here so these can live out on the otherwise cold porch

Kitchen Cleanup – The Floor

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After

After

Kitchen Cleanup - The Floor

The biggest lift for the kitchen is the floor. The old vinyl tiles were done, completely destroyed surface and impossible to clean or keep reasonably clean.

Kitchen Cleanup – Southwest Wall / Corner

Colors, clutter, a mess

Colors, clutter, a mess

Kitchen Cleanup - Southwest Wall / Corner

Big part of the change is de-cluttering, which really comforts the mind. I do believe clutter jams up our brains a lot.

Kitchen Cleanup – North Wall

North Wall after - Old Phone Cover replaced with my mother's Delft plate

North Wall after – Old Phone Cover replaced with my mother’s Delft plate

Kitchen Cleanup - North Wall

Kitchen Cleanup Continued – South Corner

Before South Corner

Before South Corner

Kitchen Cleanup Continued - South Corner

Paint, de-clutter and floor – New Kitchen