Depending on who you follow on Pinterest…this could be a topic you have seen so many times you could puke. Well…me too. Until I came across this site and this article.
Now, over the past couple of years I have heard the terms downsizing, decluttering, small living, etc. It sounds so freeing….for other people. I never thought I would drink the Kool Aid. A few articles that I was drawn into later and I realized that there are things in my house that I haven’t touched for months. I decided to take a step and worked on my closet.
Here is my ‘After’:
Not gunna lie…..I let it get super messy again. BUT I have not added to it, which is good. I was able to get it cleaned up in 10 minutes which is a miracle and a testament to keeping only the things you wear.
So – I have decided to start working on each room in the house. I hope to get through the whole house by mid October. My plan is to do an initial run through that mimics this……http://redefinedmom.com/how-to-declutter-your-house-in-five-minutes/ and then do a second round that is a more cut throat.
Even though Jules has her own room now, she ends up in Jane’s room 95% of the time. They were just hanging out on the bed, playing on the floor most of the time……or coming to the living room to use the coffee table. I wanted to add something very functional for them to use….I want to extend the playtime for them for as long as possible. There is almost 5 years between them and anything I can do to keep the sibling love and play going….I am giving it a whirl.
I wasn’t able to find anything that I liked locally, so I started in on the internet search. I ended up going with an Ikea table.
Well – the box came and I was in construct mode.
It took me less than an hour and I got a completed table with 2 chairs. So far the set is a hit.
The girls have spent a bit of time using the chairs by themselves and then the set as a whole. I hope that it stays popular with the girls for awhile.
I have a long list of items I want to complete this week…..see my white board below? I decided on staining the Adirondack chairs today. I got one chair completed – I am using the same stain….the Behr -Weather Proofing in Redwood.
You can see in the above picture the beautiful completed chair. It is so lovely. I was all set up to complete the second chair when my neighbor came to the back fence to chat with Jules and I. She told us that a storm was rolling in and that hail and snow were expected over the next 2 days. Jules went in to hyperdrive and moved all my plants into the dining room. She was a girl on a mission.
And they are now awaiting less threatening weather. Can you believe it? Snow forecasted….in May. I will be waiting to finish my other chair as well.
Dave decided to put the scrap wood to use as well. He made a slated holder for our recycle bins. Those bins are ridiculously ugly. Now that the holder is done…..I feel like it should have been taller….but it’s done and I am happy that we used up more scrap wood. The very end has a space big enough for another black garage can and I will be purchasing another one to hold the wood scraps we will be keeping as fire starter.
Parting shot of our newly mounted garden tool holder…..with Jezebelle watching over us from the doorway…..can you see her beautiful eyes?