It's that time of the year again.
when in Northern Ireland
we get much colder and wetter weather
in our house we move
relaxing in the Sun Room
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?
Nail file, scissors 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.
9 items Thrown Out
A bundle of clothes
A pair of slippers
A pile of papers from Fred's files
4 puzzle magazines
2 items To Car Boot Sale
1 item Given Away
A Bundle of pens
Total: 12 Not so good
11 items Thrown Out
Another pair of slippers
Another bundle of clothes
A pile of papers from my files
8 items To Car Boot Sale
1 picture frame
1 set of crafting stamps
1 craft stencil
1 gift box
1 small tray
9 items Given Away
A Bundle of clothes
Total: 28 Better but still not enough
So running total gives me
TOTAL 309 items in 334 days
Still behind so I need to clear 56 items in December!