So I know I said I’d post everyday for 30 days… and I know I didn’t post yesterday… but I have a good reason. I don’t have internet at my house… no internet makes blogging difficult. Normally I type the post up on the computer at home and then actually post it once I get to work. But no work yesterday meant no blog post. I know, I know, it’s the 21st century… who doesn’t have internet? It sucks… but I have a good reason for that too. I bought this little house in January and have been slowly remodeling it ever since. Since I live by myself, and spend most days sitting in front of a computer in my office and most nights tearing something up at my house, internet (or cable TV for that matter) has not been a priority. Plus, the bachelorette pad is really a construction zone and I keep thinking “as soon as I finish this project, I’ll get internet” or “as soon as I finish this, I’ll get cable.” But then another project catches my attention and so far I have neither.
So, since we have already established that I am a goal setter… I set myself a goal. Don’t laugh, because I know how stupid this is… but at some point I have to just say, “Okay, I’m doing it.” And that day is September 15th. My motivation… a sales letter I received in the mail from Netflix. If I sign up for Netflix before September 15th, then I get a free trial. So that’s the last day there will be no internet or cable at my house. I have left the Netflix letter in the middle of my kitchen island as a daily reminder of my goal. I’m taking a vacation September 16-21, and it will be so nice to come home to a finished living room with a couch (which has been in the garage for seven months) and Netflix. J
I suppose I should give you a little background on this project. I came by this house super cheap. It’s a 1300 ft² house on a nice city lot with a detached two-car garage. Nothing fancy… just two bedrooms, one bathroom, hallway, living room, kitchen/dining room and utility room. Perfect size for me, Khaos (my cat) and Kit (my car) to each have our own rooms. J Built in 1950, and last remodeled sometime in the 80s, it needed a little tender loving care. But despite the cosmetic updates I wanted to do, the house was extremely well-built. And here’s the kicker… it came with a two-story, two-unit apartment building behind it. The house was originally listed for $119,000. I offered the guy $75,000 and he took it… for the whole thing… house, garage and apartments. What a deal! Because I got it so cheap, the rental income generated from the apartments makes the place basically pay for itself.
So, each month I have been slowing replacing things in the house, working towards making my little house a home. I’ll try to do some posts in the future with details of the remodel and before and after pictures, but for now, we’ll focus on this weekend’s work. This was really a cleanup weekend. I didn’t do any major work on the house, but I did need to clear out some things. When I bought the place, the detached garage was randomly a three-bedroom garage. For some reason they had put up walls dividing the area into three separate spaces… one big enough for a car, the other like little offices. While a friend knocked down the walls for me shortly after I moved in so that I could store my furniture and stuff in there while remodeling the house, there was still a lot of cleanup work to be done. Removing carpet, moving some of the furniture into the house, getting rid of old wood removed from the house that I ended up not needing and trashing some old furniture left in one of the apartments when I bought it. I was determined to get the garage cleaned out enough that I could park a second car in there… not because I have a second car… it’s just the principal really. So I cleaned and cleaned and cleaned. Not just the garage, but the downstairs apartment that I am also remodeling, the living room in the house I am preparing to put a new ceiling in and even the yard… but the garage was the primary goal and while I still have a few things to do in there, I am pleased to say that I now have a place for one of you to take shelter in a hail storm. J
My garage is clean. Yay! My curb… not so much. I hauled so much junk out there that the trash men are probably going to cut me off as a customer. Here is a picture of what my curb looked like at about midday. This was after some old couple rummaged through it and took a bunch of the wood, but before I made about 12 more trips carrying as much stuff as I could.