MASTER BEDROOM: Looking up my cleaning essentials

We’re back from a lovely, lovely family trip to Osaka. We went with my eldest son’s friends’ families and had such a great time. I was able to think about the cleaning essentials I need, and actually, while on the plane, hehe. When we flew back home, I knew I would end up getting something from Muji because it was important for me that my tools are not only functional but also pretty, and preferably white.

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The Muji cleaning system (the mop head was out of stock in the Shang branch)

I also knew I wanted to use Muji’s cleaning system because it’s so smart and simple – one rod for all the brushes. My only issue is the dust pan, as it does not sit flat on the floor. I would need to look for another kind – except I can’t seem to find anything else that is as neat and streamlined as the one Muji makes.

This is a little too detailed for cleaning supplies, but I’m trying to make sure every single thing in our home has a purpose and every choice is intentional, and this is for my own reference in this little read corner of cyber space, so here goes:

  1. broom – for obvious reasons. I want a brush broom because the walis tambo I get always shed. I seem to be sweeping our bedroom several times a day because the 3 boys hang out there all day.
  2. dust pan
  3. desk broom and dust pan – for our shelves, window ledges, table tops
  4. mops – Muji has 2 kinds. I actually want to get one just for Bo, because he spills when we water plants, and he tries to wipe it away with toilet paper. His own mop would be great. (Muji has a short pole, and a telescopic pole, all available locally, thank goodness)
  5. duster – for pendant lights, cornices, and higher shelves
  6. natural bristle brush – for higher shelves and corners
  7. micro fiber cloths – I cannot find one that is not some garish color. The hardware stores only seem to carry blue and yellow, and the occasional grey (which is sold with one very bright yellow, ugh).
  8. all-purpose cleaning spray – I’ve always used, and still love, the one from Messy Bessy
  9. vacuum cleaner – Dyson is the gold standard. I want something I can attach to the wall, and without bags or cords, because I want it stored out of the way, but still easy to grab. So Dyson it is. (Our vacuum now, I get so lazy about using it because too many attachments, it’s big and bulky, I have to empty out the bag, etc etc).

As for storage, for now I’m going to hang them from hooks on the wall behind our dressing room door. Just simple wooden hooks from either H&M Home or True Home in Magnolia, with twine strung through the tools for hanging.

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MASTER BEDROOM: Checklist Updates

I’ve had to make some adjustments to my original 3-part checklist for our Master Bedroom, because renovations for our utility area will be put on hold as both we and our contractor will be going on trips – the Intercom for the master bedroom is linked to the utility area, and since the latter won’t be finished soon, installing the Intercom has likewise been bumped down on my lists of priorities.

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The boys making do with our makeshift media console and now too tiny tv

The shades are up though! – and I couldn’t be happier and more pleased with both the quality and the service provided by Showcase.   That’s a big item off my 1st Priority List for the master bedroom – the other one being repairing the window.  I’ve actually found another glass/iron shop, and I’m waiting for them to come over and inspect our window so I can get a quote.  Instead of waiting for my contractor to do the work themselves (as an add-on), I figured I’d try an independent third party because we really really need to have that window fixed before the rainy season comes.

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Ante-room 

Another adjustment to our master bedroom checklist is that we did, in fact, move the boys’ double bed to the ante-room.  This means no more Montessori playroom.  We are, however, very happy with this new arrangement!  The ante-room is tiny and is now 80% bed, but the boys still have space to play – the doorway, for one, is big and wide.  We aren’t quite ready to quit co-sleeping, but with this set up we at least have some breathing space from each other (since we’re together 24/7 this summer).

Anyway, there’s no room for an actual bedside table in there, but we put Alo’s lovely work table beside the bed, and that worked out beautifully – both Laz and Alo both use the table during the day, and Laz places his book and glasses there come bedtime.  There’s really no space for anything else in that room.

I’ve also pushed back my desk on the priority list, because I am liking the furniture arrangement in our room right now (not crowded!), and I don’t mind working from a tray on the table.  My hours are not as long as they used to be, there’s less volume of work I mean, so it hasn’t been as hard on my back.

And while I recognize we need the cleaning supplies (for quick clean ups for the bedroom, since everyone is here all day, every day), I’m now not as sure about where to store them.  Originally, I figured I’d put them in the closet room behind the door – but I didn’t include the closet room as part of the master bedroom because we didn’t renovate the former.  So, technically, the cleaning supplies shouldn’t be in the master bedroom checklist or weekly to-do-list – but I’m OC and I need them.  The Type A side would just have to accept that storage for these supplies will have to be temporary (or place holders, I think, is what them decor bloggers like to call it?).

MASTER BEDROOM

Where we are as of 18 May 2018, post-renovations:

  • Built a new doorway to the ante-room, with new cabinets flanking both sides of the open doorway
  • Ripped out all previous built-in cabinets, cupboards, and closets in both the bedroom and ante-room (save for the small wall mounted bookshelves in the ante-room)
  • Rebuilt the wall that divides the room from the bathroom and closet room, added a ledge that spans the length of the entire wall, and painted that wall and ledge grey
  • Replaced our cornices and added baseboards
  • Patched holes on the walls and ceilings
  • Rebuilt the doorway to the closet room and replaced the old door with double doors intended to look like wardrobe doors
  • Moved the entrance doorway to the bedroom so that it’s now across the bathroom door, and rebuilt the old dry wall separating the bedroom from the upstairs landing
  • Painted all the rest of the walls, ceilings, cornices, baseboards, ante-room cabinets, ante-room existing shelves, closet room doors white
  • Bought new doors and doorways for the bedroom and balcony, rebuilt the balcony entrance, and painted both doors a lovely dark color (it looks black or a deep navy depending on the light)
  • New hardware for the bedroom and balcony doors – weatherproof ones, finally, for the balcony (I would have preferred matching hardware, but the ones we got for the bedroom door can’t be used for outdoors)
  • Installed new spotlights – finally with dimmers! – for the bedroom (4) and the ante-room
  • Replaced all electrical outlets and light switches – repositioned some, added/removed others
  • Moved one of our minimalist Philips light fixtures (a design we still love) to the ante-room (we used another Philips fixture that was too big for the space, and too hot)
  • Got my dream Kartell Fly pendant light for the bedroom, and finally got my black caged pendant light fix for the catwalk (from Wilcon!)
  • Also finally got white speakers!  I’ve been crushing, since over a year ago I think,on white Marshall speakers since I saw them online, but the white ones weren’t available here until recently.
  • Installed white black-out blinds for the master bedroom (2) and ante-room (2)
  • Organized corner shelves with a focus on these three (3) areas: medicine storage (Muji basket and Quirks first aid box); writing materials (Wildwood pencil jar); and catch-all (Muji basket)

1st Priority

  1. Repair window where old A/C unit used to be
  2. Cleaning supplies

2nd Priority

  1. Trolley/cart for baby’s night time essentials
  2. Media console
  3. Storage for light bulbs and batteries
  4. Intercom
  5. White standing fan for bedroom
  6. White floor fan for ante-room

3rd and Last Priority

  1. Laptop desk and chair
    • storage for my bible, binders, note pads
  2. Large white planter
  3. Smaller plant stand
  4. Organize ledge
    • cable management
    • catch-alls and pencil jar
    • coasters and tumblers coasters from The Cork Project (available in Common Room) – we actually need more;
    • decor!
  5. Hanging plants in both master bedroom and ante-room
  6. Trimmings for corner shelves:
    • diffuser, with storage for oil bottles
    • decor!
  7. Art work and other wall art
  8. Sell Muji armchair and get a new recliner for the H

MASTER BEDROOM: First Aid Box

Ha, I have a progress post. Rare now, haha, but I actually got to check off something in my Weekly To-Do List for the Master Bedroom:

I’ll share our medicine organization in another post, and when I write about the corner shelves where this first aid kit is sitting on.  Point is I’ve been looking for a tin medicine box for a while – browsing longingly in Amazon, to be exact, until I found one locally in Quirks!  They only have stocks left in SM The Block (yes, I called all their branches), so we made the trek last weekend.  You know, decorating those corner shelves in the master bedroom has been HARD, haha. Everything there has to be functional and pretty at the same time, and I’m always stepping back and worrying about cluttering or overcrowding it.

4 AT A TIME

Some time ago, seeing how frustrated I got about not finishing anything at home, my husband suggested focusing on 1 project at a time.  Oh, I know this is obvious, and this is advice I’ve seen in various sites, but honestly, it’s easier said and done.  When you’re renovating your house you see so many things you want to do, and end up dipping your toes into too many ponds.  Some people are really amazing about juggling so many projects at home – and actually finishing them all, with matching checklists, before and after photos, big reveals and all.   Other people – like me, apparently – are not as good at it.   Since I kept wanting to tackle several big projects and mini projects together, I ended up feeling discouraged about not completing anything.  My purchases felt unintentional or premature, and my efforts felt half-hearted or half-baked.

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Recently, our living room has been more boho than scandi in my attempts at scandiboho style.  The H wants the monochrome back, hehe

Well! That has to obviously change.   I’m going to allow myself to work on 4 projects at a time – major and minor ones.   (As in really minor projects, like cleaning out a closet).  We’re renovating the master suite and utility areas – 98% done with the former, and 70% through with the latter – but I’m not going to count each renovation as 1 project (because there are sub projects within each renovation area – no doubt, if you’ve renovated, you are well aware of this!).

So my 4 Projects right now are the following:

  • 1st Priority Projects for the master bedroom (described in detail here, with a quick view of the 1st Priority items here, and updates on the Weekly To-Do List in my sidebar)
  • Paper management (including re-organizing our manuals and warranties)
  • Keys organization
  • Linen organization

I’ve purged and organized relentlessly before, but I just started a better system for filing away our documents at home and I want to see it through.  New doors also mean new keys, hence, I’m back to key organization and storage.  As for the linen, that was something I’ve been doing before we even renovated and as with paper management, I just want to see it through.

 

MASTER BEDROOM: The Post-Renovation Checklist!

New and improved! Ha! I’ve got a lot of before and progress photos, actually, I’ll share them before the “reveal” – if I get around to doing that, teehee. I wouldn’t say we’re all done, because there’s still that one window that needs to be fixed (where the old wall-type A/C unit used to be!). And our bedroom doesn’t quite feel finished without tackling the walk-in and the bathroom and the balcony, hmmmm? No complaints though! I am grateful and happy about the work our contractors have done on the room – the sleeping quarters and ante-room, specifically.

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Progress shot of the ledge that’ll go behind our bed’s headboard

I really want our purchases for this renovated bedroom to be more intentional now, in keeping with the whole minimal vibe we’ve got going in our house and the continuous decluttering. So I figured I’d divide the to-do list and purchases into tiers – starting with the necessities, down to the smaller functional stuff we need, and finally for the purely decorative things that make a home feel personal.

MASTER BEDROOM

Where we are as of 18 May 2018, post-renovations:

  • Built a new doorway to the ante-room, with new cabinets flanking both sides of the open doorway
  • Ripped out all previous built-in cabinets, cupboards, and closets in both the bedroom and ante-room (save for the small wall mounted bookshelves in the ante-room)
  • Rebuilt the wall that divides the room from the bathroom and closet room, added a ledge that spans the length of the entire wall, and painted that wall and ledge grey
  • Replaced our cornices and added baseboards
  • Patched holes on the walls and ceilings
  • Rebuilt the doorway to the closet room and replaced the old door with double doors intended to look like wardrobe doors
  • Moved the entrance doorway to the bedroom so that it’s now across the bathroom door, and rebuilt the old dry wall separating the bedroom from the upstairs landing
  • Painted all the rest of the walls, ceilings, cornices, baseboards, ante-room cabinets, ante-room existing shelves, closet room doors white
  • Bought new doors and doorways for the bedroom and balcony, rebuilt the balcony entrance, and painted both doors a lovely dark color (it looks black or a deep navy depending on the light)
  • New hardware for the bedroom and balcony doors – weatherproof ones, finally, for the balcony (I would have preferred matching hardware, but the ones we got for the bedroom door can’t be used for outdoors)
  • Installed new spotlights – finally with dimmers! – for the bedroom (4) and the ante-room
  • Replaced all electrical outlets and light switches – repositioned some, added/removed others
  • Moved one of our minimalist Philips light fixtures (a design we still love) to the ante-room (we used another Philips fixture that was too big for the space, and too hot)
  • Got my dream Kartell Fly pendant light for the bedroom, and finally got my black caged pendant light fix for the catwalk (from Wilcon!)
  • Installed white black-out blinds for the master bedroom (2) and ante-room (2)
  • Organized corner shelves with a focus on these three (3) areas: medicine storage (Muji basket and Quirks first aid box); writing materials (Wildwood pencil jar); and catch-all (Muji basket)

1st Priority

  1. Repair window where old A/C unit used to be
  2. Intercom
  3. Cleaning supplies

2nd Priority

  1. Storage for light bulbs and batteries
  2. Trolley/cart for baby’s night time essentials
  3. Media console
  4. Laptop desk and chair
    • storage for my bible, binders, note pads
  5. White standing fan for bedroom
  6. White floor fan for ante-room

3rd and Last Priority

  1. Large white planter
  2. Smaller plant stand
  3. Organize ledge
    • cable management
    • catch-alls and pencil jar
    • coasters and tumblers – got coasters from The Cork Project (available in Common Room)
    • decor!
  4. Hanging plants in both master bedroom and ante-room
  5. Trimmings for corner shelves:
    • speakers – got white Marshall multi-room speakers last April
    • diffuser, with storage for oil bottles
    • decor!
  6. Art work and other wall art
  7. If we decide to move the double bed to the ante-room:
    • bedside tables for the H and I, and Laz
    • recliner for the H
    • bedside lamps

Hehe, why does everything seem so daunting once I make a list? And it’s these lists that eventually leave me hanging ha. Well, all in now!