Inside the house, I haven't been completely idle and I've been chipping away at some of the smaller, less pressing jobs before the spring/summer onslaught.
I've replaced this nasty old carpet that was in the bottom of the built-in wardrobe in the main bedroom with some easy-to-clean laminate: that was a freebie left over from another job that was given to me - it's more than enough to do the job.
An improvement, don't you think? But probably, I'm the only one who will ever notice.
I've also finished off the laundry, which is a small room adjoining the kitchen. You might remember that there was a superfluous door leading from the laundry into the bathroom which I got rid of and re-plastered last year when I renovated the bathroom. That freed up a lot of extra wall space for shelving and even room for the freezer. After I painted it out, I installed simple open shelving with strong metal brackets, so I can see at a glance where everything is and I'm mainly using it for large and bulky cookware, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner, dehydrator, bulk food etc. Nothing fancy here - just a good utilitarian space.
Just to remind you - here are a couple of "before" pictures.
These shelves are tucked around a corner, so they are not visible from the kitchen or dining room. It has allowed me to substantially de-clutter the kitchen, too.
And lastly, I found this cute little nine-drawer cabinet (on sale for half price at Ishka) to put in my small entry (to replace a temporary very cheap and nasty table I had in there) It's the perfect place to put all the bits and bobs you need as you are going out the door and to put KEYS so they don't get lost!