Friday, 27 November 2015

A Great Idea for Moving Rooms - Housework/Funwork 64


It's that time of the year again.

The time
when in Northern Ireland
we get much colder and wetter weather
and
in our house we move

                             from
              relaxing in the Sun Room
                               to
                   living in the Lounge.


I love being in the Sun Room but I also really like my lounge since we got it decorated a year ago and got the new suite.

We try to get as long as we can out of the Sun Room but by now it means the heating on a lot to keep it warm however we did manage to use it from May to middle of November so that's not bad.



There is one thing I got this year that has made the move from the Sun Room to the Lounge with us and that's what this blog post is all about.

I saw a Slim Cabinet Wagon  (which I prefer to call a caddy) on a website I had found in early springtime and I just knew it would be ideal for the lazy person I become once I sit down.
You know - I don't want to have to get up again to get my book or puzzle magazine or crochet or nail file etc.

One of the really enticing features was the fact that it was on castors and I knew straight away that it would be great to take from room to room.




So I treated myself to an early birthday present and ordered the caddy.





I knew I wouldn't need any help in putting it together even though I'm not a great fan of DIY because it would have few pieces and there would be nothing difficult about it and anyway I can read instructions (even when the men in this family don't think that's a necessary task).

It only consisted of two tubular sides, some rods, 2 metal plates, 4 castors, the cover and a smaller thin tubular part  -  no problem!

Yes no problem until I see that the instructions on the back of the box are in Japanese or Chinese or Korean or something but certainly not in English.




However I couldn't go far wrong with the few parts that had to be assembled!

The box came in handy for resting the sides on to join them with the rods to form the frame.



Very simple to do - just slot the rods through the holes and then use a screwdriver.

A bit wobbly to work with with the first few rods



but very steady when all the rods were fitted.




I then put the castors on the base plate ready to attach it to the bottom of the frame.

That was my only mistake.



I had to remove the castors as it was easier to attach the base to the bottom of the frame as each castor was was tightened in.




With the base and four castors attached I was only left with the smaller metal piece to be placed.




It screwed into the base plate and formed a divider for the central bottom part of the caddy.

All that was left was the cover


It fitted down the outside of the caddy but had a centre section into which a thin metal plate was slotted and this would form a shelf about halfway up the caddy.




Then the cover was fitted on securely using velcro strips along the bottom of each side of the frame



and the top of each side.


The finished Caddy

The two sides have slightly different sizes and arrangement of pockets.

The profile view clearly shows the shelf and the divider within the caddy.


There is plenty of room for anything you might want to have at hand when you are sitting watching TV or relaxing reading a book etc.

Because it is a slimline trolley it will fit in nicely beside chairs or a couch.


Here it is in the Sun Room beside the chair




What do I keep in it?
Books
Bible
Puzzle books
Crochet
Hand cream
Nail file, scissors etc.
Hair clip
Bookmark
Pens, Pencils
Glasses
etc.
Oh yes and all the remote controls


Last year in the lounge I had this basket but it was getting too full.




Now  I can have the caddy instead of the basket





or in a better position for me right beside my usual seat on the couch




It fits there really well and can easily be rolled out when I need to get at the lower  parts.




But when it is in it's place it isn't even noticeable as you walk into the room.





365 in 365 Days  -  Decluttering Update

We had previously got up to the end of September so I need to update for October and November now.


OCTOBER

9 items Thrown Out
A bundle of clothes
A pair of slippers
A pile of papers from Fred's files
4 puzzle magazines
2 books

2 items To Car Boot Sale
2 books

1 item Given Away
A Bundle of pens

Total:  12  Not so good


NOVEMBER

11 items Thrown Out
Another pair of slippers
Another bundle of clothes
A pile of papers from my files
7 books
1 lipstick


8 items To Car Boot Sale
3 books
1 picture frame
1 dvd
1 set of crafting stamps
1 craft stencil
1 clock
1 gift box
1 small tray


9 items Given Away
A Bundle of clothes
2 boxes
6 glasses


Total:  28   Better but still not enough


So running total gives me

January        29
February      42
March          31
April              8
May               0
June             57
July              26
August         67
September    9
October       12
November   28
TOTAL     309 items  in  334 days  

Still behind so I need to clear 56 items in December!





14 comments:

  1. this looks fantastic and I am now going to look into getting one of my own (I'm not just saying that!) I have books and magazines and colouring stuff and bits and pieces and this would store them perfectly. thanks for sharing with us on our #OverTheMoon link up ~ Leanne :)

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  2. Sandra....Brilliant, I Say! I need one of those caddies/ trollies. And only 1 mistake in putting it together? We are just to begin a remodel of transforming our single attached garage into a family room. Though it is freezing cold, and the builder may have to wait a week or two. Today he told me to start packing-up! (my caddy will need my bible study things and lots and lots of yarn!) Deedy

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    1. I use it every day and even my husband (who just smiled at first - sort of "that's ok if you want to" smile) has seen the usefulness over the year. Sorry you can't get it to Australia, usually I see things and find I can't get them from US sites to UK.

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  3. Hi Sandra - I left a comment when I read this a couple of days ago but it doesn't seem to show here (hmmmm) anyway I just wanted to let you know that I spent HOURS and HOURS looking for this online because I think it's fantastic - unfortunately it doesn't ship to Australia.....so I have ordered something similar and I'm going to make the pockets to cover it (where there's a will there's a way!) I also wanted to let you know that this post will be one of my feature posts on next week's #OverTheMoon link up. Thanks for the inspiration (I think!) ~ Leanne :)

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    1. Yeah both of your comments only appeared for me to moderate on the same day Leanne. Thanks for the feature on Over the Moon link up too, I've been enjoying investigating this new link up.

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  4. Hey Sandra,

    I like the little caddie! Great idea.

    And, way to go on all of your decluttering! We've been doing the same thing around here!

    Hope you have a blessed day.
    I found your post on Social Butterfly~
    Melanie

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  5. That's a great little organizer and it really makes it easy to move commonly used items from room to room. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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  6. I really like that caddie! It would work really well in our small living room.

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  7. Way to go on clearing out! I need to do some of that myself.

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  8. What a great idea for an organizer! Nice to see your decluttering process. I need to make some headway with mine. LOL One of these days... Enjoyed your post! Blessings to you!

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  9. Love this, but I'd be tempted to keep a bag of chocolates in there too. Would be the death of me. Therefore, I must get up and walk to the pantry... which is basically walking the calories off. Right? But truly, I love shifting rooms with the seasons. We do that because the fireplace is in the formal living room. And we're so used to being there throughout the holiday season it just becomes our place for the rest of the chilly season.

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  10. I love the caddy! What a great way to have what you need close by, but still organized!
    Thanks for sharing at Celebrate It!

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  11. Ingenuous idea! Thanks so much for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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