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Taking up the Tiled Floor

I would have left it in place, really I would as although nothing special there were broken tiles, a couple of areas unfinished as well as a wall coming down leaving just the concrete. I have yet to finish taking it up but here is a glimpse.

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The Sleeping Beauty Garage

The walls are covered with ivy and it looks as if nobody has been in for 100 years, of course, it looks pretty but it is not so good for the stonework which is spalling in places and needs repair in others.
Update: The electricians are STILL changing the knob and tube – what a mess! all the baseboards have to be taken off and the dust with the removal of old plaster and lathe… tomorrow looks to be the worst day as they are doing the bedroom we are camped in. The plumbers fixed all the leaky taps, and pipes and are coming back again tomorrow. I have finally cleared up all the rubbish in the attic as it was garbage day today. Finally cleared out the garage and pruned some very thorny bushes that were in the way.
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Difficult Decisions!

The basement kitchen is the first to go!
The basement kitchen is the first to go!

We were going to renovate the upstairs kitchen first as the basement had a newer kitchen and the area was finished, however that plan took a different direction once we found the pipes has not been connected properly and there was water leaking, plus the 24 junction boxes in the ceiling made it unsafe, not to mention the furnace and ductwork were not working properly as we had a lot of areas where the heating or a/c was not getting through. Think Florida in the basement, Italy on the ground floor and the North Pole on the bedroom floor. Strangely the attic was not so cold.

So now we are readying the other kitchen and cleaning like crazy, I don’t usually use bleach but we bleached this kitchen four times to make sure it was sanitary, needless to say we were eating takeout until we were satisfied! Here are some “before” photos of the things that are just disgusting as well as the things I have been dying to get rid of…

Underneath the fridge freezer that had never had an outing!
                        The “decorative” pelmet
                                      Nets
                              

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Moving Seniors – Rx for Clearing Houses

Debris Removal and Moving Cleans
Debris Removal and Moving Cleans

Moving seniors out of a home, this time the lady of the house was going into a care facility because of Alzheimer’s. I was told this was the reason for the downsize, they did not need to, as when I began clearing the home I kept finding duplicates and triplicates of the same books or items and realized that she has simply forgotten and purchased another one.

The house was sold, the family had taken what they wanted, the auction houses had been in, and so had friends of the family but everything and everyone  had taken longer than they thought and still there was an incredible amount of “stuff” The family had had enough so Style Organization was called as the last to attend to the house. We ended up having a tight time frame and had only two days!  We started early and stayed late. We like to donate as much as possible but with time being an issue could not donate everything so a waste bin was ordered and then a second as we ended up filling two waste bins! The first was the larger items of mattresses and box springs. On the first day everything was sorted and bagged for donations and put into the car for delivery to the charity shop. The garbage was put into the bin and as soon as one room was cleared, it was cleaned. It took two ten hours days and we worked through lunch which was just as well as it was done with 10 minutes over the clock.