Today’s photo doesn’t look much like an after photo, I must admit. But it doesn’t matter, because it represents the day I took on a great and noble task, one written about in days of yore – rejanimating under the stairs. Confession: I started doing this the other day and completely lost hope and gave up after a little cursory sorting. But thinking about it today, I tried to bear in mind the important ReJanimate creed – you don’t have to do it all at once. Sure, its a big job, but it doesn’t have to be done in one go, and according to the rules of ReJanimate, anything you do is a success.
So I thought some more, and I realised one stumbling block was a big basket that got shoved under there when we redid downstairs, which was large, heavy and full of magazines. Well, I considered, that’s easy to fix – I can take some to school to use, some are for stashing with my knitting stuff and some can go to a friend. Underneath those, I found a load of really old travel brochures, so I recycled them, and pretty quickly, the basket was empty. Job done.
The best thing about rejanimate is that this now counts as a day’s task completed, so the pressure’s totally off. I still had energy though, so I went for it! I moved the shoe cupboard from the bottom end to near the top, turned the shelves 90° (which blocks off the end but we never, ever used that part anyway), put all my bags on a rack I took out of the bathroom and ended up with room for the hoover and, crucially, the other pushchair.
Now, it isn’t finished – the shelves need organising and so do the baskets, and I obviously – obviously – knocked a box of poker chips all over everything immediately, but that’s all a job for another day. Or more than one day! It’s OK!
January 22nd: reJanimated under the stairs.