Tuesday, April 21, 2020

cleaning up

These days I have lots of blog posts and photos in my brain, getting them on “paper” is harder. But I think I’ve hit a level of “normal” in these times, so I’ll start to show you what I’ve been up to!

I’m lucky to still be working (though not as much) and certainly staying busy (because other than projects, I also count reading a book and drinking tea as busy). A complete introvert, this may be making me much worse!
how perfect this mug from my sister!

But I did CLEAN ALL THE THINGS! (OK, not my tack, I hate cleaning tack and am putting that off). First cleaning project was my feed room.

Now my “feed room” is just a corner in my 1940s garage (too small and weirdly angled for any modern car to fit), but I sadly did not take any photos of the before. Picture this: old tiny desk, once cute, now with peeling wood. Only fits three buckets (one orange, one white, one galvanized), the rest is precariously balanced on some wood boxes, lids of cans, etc. It was not very efficient.

Enter the new desktop. I loved this green desktop, bought on clearance at Ikea some time ago. Thought I’d find a use for it in my office, but went another directions (standing desk with butcher block top). Finally decided what the hell, what not use it for my feed area (I know it may not hold up great over time, but this space is only used a couple times a month, when I make Major his feed and supplement baggies for the stable, and my crappy wood desk lasted 10 years!).

love this new setup!

so organized (for now!)

Desktop + garage shelving supports = new table! Then of course everything else looked haphazard too. I scrounged all the orange buckets (just happenstance!) from the garage, so they all match now. And did buy one new galvanized can so feed is all in one type of container, instead of scattered about in random plastic bins. Then, of course, I had to label all the things! My vinyl cutter is so much fun, I made large labels for the buckets and cans too.

label all the things!

more fun labeling!

I even organized my lockers. These are from a school surplus, and had been collecting random things inside. Now four lockers are horse (hoof boots/misc tack, blankets, tack cleaning, horse health), one is other (kayak stuff) and one is actually empty!

this locker will not get much use!

After all this I realized, actually, it is a pretty good idea to make sure someone else (my SO!) could make up baggies if I was indisposed (in these times, a true worry). Wrote out all the ingredients needed and hung in a noticeable place. (True, at his stable Major gets hay and water, and truly does not NEED these baggies, but I feel better supplementing him these basics).

a little art in the space, and Major's feed list

so efficient to make all the baggies!

Now it is so pretty I want to go out there and just make baggies, but they’re easy to make and Major is set for the month. Though he would insist I did not fill them full enough!


  1. OMG that mug I WANT ONE!

    Also - jealous of your organizing binge. I hope to have one (combined tack + feed room) here before too long. And finally - what is the story with that roll of toilet paper (simple nose blowing or some new to me horsey application) hanging from the wire thingy... a bed frame? Details please :D

    1. I'm totally on a binge! the TP is just for nose needs when I'm out there (dusty and sometimes cold in the garage), and yes, sharp eyes, that is an old bed frame! They make very cool room dividers, lots of places to hang things from, and are again, school surplus (used to be in the dorm rooms, wads of gum were still attached!)

      Will love details when you get your space arranged, I'm sure it will be amazing!

  2. That vinyl cutter is amazing. I love how perfectly everything is labeled. It makes all of my inner OCD parts SO pleased to see.

    1. The vinyl cutter (I have a cricut explore air 2) has been so much fun. Lebeling buckets, cans, drawers, making fun graphics, best non-horse splurge money I ever spent!