Sunday, September 13, 2009

Red, White and BLUE Present From My Sis and Let's Get Organized!

A week has gone by and so it's Monday again. That means it's time for Blue and Metamorphosis Monday. Let's all join Sally of and Susan of and view lots of wonderful blues and "befores and afters".
After my sister visited us a few weeks ago, she called and said, almost apologetically, and told me she knows I have a lot of plates but she saw this set in a store and thought I could use them for Labor Day or Independence Day. And she thought I wouldn't want them because I had enough plates? Doesn't she know I am a plate addict? LOL! I LOVE THEM! And they are perfect to use for an outdoor table setting for the 4th of July. She sent me 16 dinner plates, 6 salad or cereal bowls, 2 oval serving trays, 2 serving bowls and 2 chip and dip servers. Perfect! Now I can't wait for Independence Day to come. I could even use them for Memorial Day too, can't I?
Isn't my sister thoughtful? I just love her so much! Thanks, Atsi!
Now, let's get busy with all the bloggers who are doing makeovers.
John was busy organizing the garage. We decided to move as many boxes as possible in the attic.
Lots of sorting going on in here.
I am glad he can still manage to smile even if I am not helping him, LOL! You see, I just got back from a Florida trip and I have a lot of cleaning, unpacking and organizing to do inside the house too.

Looking a little bit better below, right?
Here is a big walk in closet.Here is what you see when you open it.
to the right are lots of labeled plastic bins.
I have to find time to sort all those clothes so I can give what I don't need to goodwill.
To the left are luggage. Do you think we have enough? Sad to say but we have more inside the house too.
We bought this from an antique store 2 weeks ago. DH said it reminds him of his grandma's and he couldn't wait to buy it. I asked him what he will use it for because for an old cabinet, it wasn't cheap. It costs us $250. He said he had plans. I asked if I could use it for my plates and he said "NO" so I thought he was saving it for something special. I came home and found out what he has stored in it.... cleaning supplies! LOL! Can you believe that?
As for me, I have better use of my storage cabinet. I use it for my craft supplies.
Ok, let's go to the attic now. We had our maintenance guy put floors, at least on some part of it.
We started moving plastic storage bins up there 2 weeks ago but I had to leave for FL so the job was halted.
still more boxes to put up there

I am excited at how much we can store up there.
and look at how much more room we can use if we ran out. You can't even see all the way to the other side but we have a ladder at the very end too. Hey! do you see the orbs?
As you can see, we are not quite done yet but we should be finished tomorrow if the gardener shows up, but he is going to be lifting instead of gardening. Aaaah! projects, that's our midde name, LOL!
Thanks, y'all for stopping by!
And thanks Sally and Susan, for hosting and allowing us to participate.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, you dishes are just perfect for an outdoor BBQ. I think I would use them all year round. I love the red/white/blue and to me it is always perfect for the patio. Your storage is just amazing. I am so jealous. We have very small attic space and only a 2 car garage, so storage is a real issue. It is all looking so good. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hey Christine,
I wonder if we wear the same size? lol. My mind is boggled by all your storage! Sweet sis you have, cute plates for next year! Cindy

Just Breathe said...

Love the plates, they will be perfect for those special days.
You certainly are organized. You are welcome to come and organize my home anyday you'd like.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a job I would run to Florida to avoid, Christine!! We always store things in basements, garages and attics and they are okay until they get old, moldy & musty. Then, who wants to go in there?? lol!!

I was going to ask you how much luggage you had because you are always buying more to get things home!! Because Alan refuses to pull my luggage, I have learned to pack light so I can bring goodies home!! ;-)

Oh, I would claim that cabinet from John!! Give it a few weeks and he won't remember or care where his cleaning supplies are. Then use it for your crafts as well. You can never have too many craft things nor storage!

Thanks for your comments and thoughts on my dad. I am going to try to be positive and do my blog as normal. It is good for me. But I can't keep my life a secret either. I will find a balance. And of course, I have a long road ahead of me as will he. I will always appreciate your prayers and support.

Thank you for being such a great friend, Christine...

xoxo and the biggest hug...

Tootsie said...

all I have to say is that I envy anyone with storage..this house has none...and I have always wanted an attic....yup...just jealous here!

Boo-Bah said...

You are really fortunate to have so much storage. Before your husband got things organized the first photos after the dishes reminded me of my kitchen dining room and living room. In redoing our house, (a 5 year project which is probably going to go two years over,) we are in a mess. down to concrete floors in the dining room and boy is it hard on the feet.

I loved your dishes. Red white and blue is always a pretty combination of colors.


Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... very organized!

Becky K. said...

You are such an organizer. I love the signs in the attic that tell you in an instant what is in the boxes and bins for each section.

Have a great day!
Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

bj said...

I love love your new dishes. They will be perfect on your pretty patio!!
Wish our attic was this large. We have a tiny one but it does make us keep things thined out so that is a good thing.
Everything looks so nice and neat in your huge garage and attic.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Wow! What great storage! I would love to have a cozy attic. Thanks for sharing and have a Happy Blue Monday.


Candy said...

What a great attic. And yes, I do think your new patriotic plates would look great in that supplies? Oh My! what a guy thing. But he did do a good job in the garage.
And all that luggage, doesn't seem like that much since you guys are always jetting around the country and even the world.
Happy Monday.

SmilingSally said...

You could use those plates for Flag Day and 9-11 too. Happy Blue Monday.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a great collection of red/white/ and blue!!! use them whenever you want...not just on the 4th or memorial day...we can celebrate the red/white/blue all the time :0)
Very organized. Looking good!!!

ellen b said...

Hi Christine, those dishes will be a lot of fun to use for a few holidays! Enjoy. How sweet of your sister. I love to organize and it really looks like you guys are on a roll!!

~Just me again~ said...

Very patriotic dishes!!

Wow you've inspired me to do my basement. Man it needs alot of work!

Denise Marie said...

great post, sweetie!! Love all that attic storage and looks like you are organizing well. I guess he wants to think of olden days when he reaches for cleaners. :p $250 makes him happy, whatever..honey!! And I love the flag dish set and that she was so thorough about the set. You can use it all during the month of June and July too in anticipation of 4th. dish love to ya.

Mary said...

You and your husband have organizational skills that put mine to shame. I love the red, white and blue dishes your sister found for you. You'll make good use of them I'm sure. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, what a sweet sis you have. The dishes are darling! She knows you pretty well, doesn't she! :)
Your John has done a great job on your huge garage! A 3 car garage! That's marvelous. The old cabinet is great!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kitty Valerie said...

What a big collection of American Styled Plates!

Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday,

Shy said...

You have a very organised place. Nice blue monday presentation.

Chari said...

Hello Girlfriend...

Just read your sweet note...thank you so much for coming by and thank you for the compliments on my autumn wreath and antique door!

Girl, you just never stand you! Hehe! Wow...what a job...I sure don't envy you but I know these things must be done from time to time!!! You have some fabulous storage space...! I love John's old cabinet...OMG...can you believe that he's just using it for cleaning supplies? MEN! Hehe! I love it! Ahhh...and your sis is just so sweet! She did good with those pretty red, white, and blue dishes! Oh yes...they'll be great for July 4th, Memorial Day, Labor Day...or, I guess just anytime the fancy strikes you!!! hehe!

Hope that you're having a great start to the new week, Sweetie!
Love ya,

Mimi said...

Uhm, I just put a pie in the oven. When are you coming by with your crew of workers?

shopannies said...

you are so lucky to have such lovely blue goodies and storage space

onangelwings said...

Very impressive. So organized. Amazing collection of stuff.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, ya'll are working hard! Doesn't it feel wonderful when you get a space more organized, and at least for awhile, you know where everything is? Of course, it never takes me long to get unorganized! Your new dishes are perfect for out by the pool, and that set looks like it has everything you might ever need to serve a meal by the pool! laurie

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Christine!!

So happy you stopped by! Love new friends!

What a sis!!!! such nice dishes!!!!!

love, kelee

Sherri S said...

Oh I SO need some help with my carport and storage! Can you come to Georgia right away? And bring that handy hubby too! LOL Everything looks awesome!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Perfect patriotic plates!

Wow! love all the space you have for storage and great job organizing! My poor hubby is our organizer man in this family! He does such a wonderful job with all my "stuff"!

Blessings & Aloha!

Sharlotte said...

Wow, what a huge transformation! What a great hubby to be so efficient in organizing! Now it looks like you have a lot of room to store more treasures!

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