The porch is 22 feet wide but only 66 inches deep. My front door in the middle of this 22 feet so there is about 9 feet on either side of the door for chairs, table, rockers, etc. It is screened in. But I have used it more for a storage facility than a porch since it was screened in. I am aiming to change that.
I have been looking at it for a couple of weeks – trying to figure out why the porch has not been working very well as a porch.
Duh! Before the porch was screened in, the swing was at the very very end of the porch – hanging on the end beams. But it is a different story now.
Now, the swing has to be contained inside the porch and not hit the back wall (and it can’t go in front of a window), so it gets pulled in about 3 feet from the end of the porch. It is 3 feet deep – so that leaves only 3 feet beside the door for a table or a chair. Whatever is there, the swing can still hit it.
The porch is too narrow to go around the swing anywhere near gracefully. It is a very tight squeeze. So it is not a good place to even put the gardening tools or other things I may want to keep on the porch – like a bakers rack for some plants – or a planter stand with a mini-fountain.
So, as much as I enjoy sitting on the swing and watching the world go by with a glass of tea – I think rockers are a better idea.
So – to get started – I gave my swing to a neighbor with a new wider porch last week. It is a nice cedar swing – I am sure she will spend many nice hours in it.
Also dispensed with: Two crates contained mushroom lights for the yard and sprinkler system parts. I transferred them to Rubbermaid bins and stored them under the deck with my potting supplies.
Yesterday I got some catering supplies put away that someone had borrowed and dropped off when I was’t home.
A friend is making me a daybed frame out of plywood for my soon to be new den. (I am re-uphosltering his dining room chairs in exchange.) I realized yesterday that maybe I could have the back made so it is a storage facility for 5 card tables I own. (I do catering and have big parties… one can never have enough card tables… but what do you do with them when the party is over?)
There is one mystery Rubbermaid bin out there – can’t remember what is in it. I am tackling it tonight.
I have 1 crate of old files to go through – and 1/4 of a box of papers. (The box was full so I have been working on it.) Papers are such time sinks. I do not know when I will get to them. Or what I will do with the files if I need to keep them. I am thinking of getting a scanner and just scanning important documents… but again that is a time sink. I can’t even get my CD covers and books out of jewel boxes to a notebook… or all my photos into photo albums – so scanning is not a near term solution. I’ll keep thinking on it. And working on all the papers a little at a time.
As soon as I get the stuff off the porch, I get to scrub the floor good and paint it. Once I get that done I can buy some furniture – but not much. I don’t want it just crowded back up again. I need new steps too – but that might be another project.
Oh! One quick project is to take the fake plastic shutters off the front windows. I have 2 of them down already. Two to go.
This project is going to be good for my soul!