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Our House Becoming Our Home

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No matter where I have lived I have upgraded cabinets, installed new tile and made even a rental house my home. The transformations played out above run the range of an hour to a year, but they all have a powerful thing in common – Freecycle, clearance items, and Second Use.

I hope that the pictures and descriptions will inspire you to enjoy your current house by making it you very personal home!

Projects Completed in a Day  

Yard Transformation

We have 3 perky puppies and a wonderfully well planted yard.  Postings on several local www.freecycle.org lists, and a colleague with an unwanted kennel helped created the barriers that keep the dogs happy and the plants living.

Garage Transformation (Part 1)

The door from the garage to the kitchen was moved to the laundry room / hot water heater niche before we even moved in.  It was the first step in creating an entry DMV for groceries and coats so the perky dogs stay inside while The Carpenter can have the garage door open all day long if he chooses.

Dinner Room

Not everything has required tools.  We transformed a quilting / piano room to a cozy dining room thanks to my grandmother’s furniture (both sides) and ‘lending’ our bedroom side table lights until we hang a ceiling light.

Projects completed in a Weekend

Mobile Laundry

Project 2 prior to moving in.  The laundry hook ups traveled up the wall to the master bedroom closet.  Plumbing folks at Loewe’s and Home Depot helped us navigate the world of plastic plumbing… we have always had copper before.  This Old House had great suggestions for washer hookups that only let water flow through when the appliance is turned on.

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There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a weekend… let alone a weeknight for a home cooked meal. Since moving to Seattle two years ago I have found some wonderful businesses where you can either assemble entrees and side dishes yourself… or have them do the work for you!

For 2 hours and ~ $200 your freezer will be stocked and your weeknights will be tasty.

For 2 hours and ~ $200 your freezer will be stocked and your weeknights will be tasty.

For about $200 a session (less seafood or less steak less $$$) and 2 hours of your time it’s a great way to have ~36 portions ready and waiting… just pop a bag in the fridge in the morning and in less than a half hour at night dinner is ready.

 Menus change every month and some companies now offer organic sessions… a couple are even organic all the time! 

Here is a list of some of the places that we rotate through on a regular basis in no particluar order:

Month of Meals Inc (www.monthofmeals.com)

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