How I’m Taking Back My Home in 2019
My home has been in bondage since April of 2018. It has been loaded with unorganized dishware for my new eBay store, The Little Dish Cottage. I enjoy finding lonely, vintage dishes, then selling them to good homes. I have well over 300 cups, plates, trays, shakers, and etc. for sale. When my item numbers start to dip, I hit the thrift stores and buy more, then stack and pack them wherever there’s a nook or cranny. I’ve got dishes in the morning, dishes in the evening, and dishes in the afternoon, as the old song says.
Over the last 9 months, I have loaded every unused dresser, shelf and cabinet with dishes. Many of these surfaces are flat, and aren’t ideal for stacks of things. The result is big, flat surfaces covered with fragile dishes.
I have 4 kids living at home, so a dish room is not an option right now. Also, I don’t want to wish away my time with them, ever. An organized dish room is worth nothing compared to having my beautiful children at home with me.
My goal, starting today, is to begin taking back my home in 2019. I’ve developed a plan and broken it up into small, achievable bites. It will be like eating an elephant, one bite at a time, right?
Goal #1- Buy More Shelves and Cubbies
I’ve noticed that shelves and cubby storage cubes work much better for storing tableware than flat surfaces. They are also narrower and taller as a rule, and take up less space. The two flat areas I hope to “shelve” are my gorgeous maple (now it’s horribly overcrowded) china cabinet, and an old computer desk. Both are stacked to the moon with dishes.
Goal #2- Don’t Buy Dishes That Set, Rather Than Sell
Sometimes, especially if the dish is a piece of American-made Depression glass, a holiday item, an espresso set, or heaven forbid, a cute set of salt shakers, I can’t resist. As a result, I have dozens of unsold items gathering dust on over- populated surfaces. I would say this same rule applies to buying or keeping things you don’t really need or use.
Goal #3- Create Designated Areas For Each Item Type
Currently, everything is everywhere. If I sell a set of coffee cups, for example, I have to look in each area to find them. In the future, I would love to walk to the drinkware shelf to find the purchased item. Right now, the cup section is my former shoe holder. Don’t even ask where my shoes are living right now.
Goal #4- Prepare to Ship the Night Before
I want to prepare items for shipping the night before, so my school mornings aren’t spent wrapping, packing, and mailing. Usually my children come to the dining room table with their books, reading aloud over the crumpling of dish paper. My hairdresser mentioned that she does her shipping prep at night for her small side business. That would work great for me, because I’m allowed one business day to ship things out. Luckily, I can simply print shipping labels and walk my items to the mail box.
Goal #5- Work on EBay Listings and My Blog at Night
Since the Lord has called me to be a wife, the keeper of my home, and the mother of 5 amazing children, I want those things to be the priority. I want to keep the house clean, homeschool, cook great food, and hang out with the people I love. I can work on my own stuff once they go to their rooms at night. I am reminded of Matthew 6:33:
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. NASB
In summation, I don’t have to worry about eBay, or my blog as long as I’m putting the Lord’s will for my life first. Anytime I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I remind myself that the Lord always gives us enough time to finish the things we truly need to accomplish.
In the meantime, I’ll be posting about organizational ideas, furniture refinishing projects, and New Year’s resolutions.
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