Sunday, January 29, 2017

Clean Up Day!

After returning from my Okinawa trip with a broken arm, then being busy with the new term at work once my arm started healing, I haven't been able to do a big clean up in my apartment.   My "To Do" list is missing and I need to find it.  I still can't lift with my right arm, but now I can put things away and fold again.  I hardly have any floor space because I have been pulling things out but not putting them away.  I live in a small apartment so putting things away is very important.  This is the floor plan for my apartment.

Today is Sunday, with no work today, so I am planning to do some putting away and organizing to make my place a little more livable!  My place is small but I have a fair amount of storage.  I just need to get my things put away and organized again.  

When you first come in the door from the outside, I have a shoe closet.  In Japan, shoes are taken off at the door, so you need somewhere to put them.   

In the toilet room (separate from the bath room), I have a shelf above the toilet and some baskets I bought at the 100 Yen store for small things.  I wasn't able to fold one handed, so I just shoved the clean towels on the shelf.  They need to be folded.  

Next to my wash machine, between the toilet room and the bath room, I have a shelf that needs to be organized again.  

Above my small refrigerator is my microwave, hot water pot, and food storage area.  This too needs to be organized, as I have just been shoving things up there.  

My kitchen is small, but big enough - I don't cook.  You can see I don't have many dishes - two bowls, two coffee cups, one plate, and one small sauce pan.  In the US, I had about every matching piece of Yorketowne dishware made and multiple pieces of everything!  Big change living here.  

Under my bed I have storage and the two steps to get to the bed are storage too.  I keep my vacuum cleaner in the top step and pajamas in the bottom step.   I also have a desk between the bed and the closet, but it is too messy to show!

My little table is cluttered and needs to be cleaned off.  

I have two big closets, where I have been stuffing clothes instead of folding them.  Above the closets I have books that need to be arranged before they all come crashing down.  

When I get it all in order again, I'll vacuum the floor.  Sounds like a lot to do, but this place is so small, I'll have it done before I leave to go to stitch group in the afternoon!


Queeniepatch said...

That isn't too bad!!! You will soon have everything in neat order again. You have made it very homely with your quilted items.

Brigitte said...

I don't think that there is a lot to clear :) But you are right, when living a small apartment you have to clear things away more often.

Lin said...

How fascinating to see your aoartment Pamela. I love the bed storage area and especially hiding the vacuum in the steps, brilliant. Do you have a view from your window? xx

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Your apartment reminds me of the Tiny House movement that seems to be growing in the U.S. It makes me wonder about myself because I would not want to live in such a small space and it would be hard to not have so many things and comforts that I have come to depend on. The not cooking part DOES appeal to me, lol.
xx, Carol

Radka said...

Thank you for "sharing" your apartment with us, Pamela :-) It is fascinating to see how normally unused corners are utilised in small spaces. Taking shoes of at the door is very common in most European countries; it was a shock for me to, coming to England, to see that the English didn't at that time. But it is getting more common here too. I hope you heal soon,

kiwikid said...

There is very good storage In your place, it does not look untidy to me...but as you say being small it will tidy quickly.

D1-D2 said...

Never will I complain that my room is getting too small for my stash. Seeing your tiny apartment was humbling. Hope your arm is getting better.