Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
For those of you decluttering with me or just following along. Here is my week 2 wrap up of the 40 bags in 40 days project I'm doing along with my friend Anne Marie over at www.whitehouseblackshutters.com
So...This weekends main decluttering jobs were the two big closets in my house. The boys and mine. Now, I have excuses as to why my closets are in this sad of shape, moving, not really unpacking well, kids...On and on. But basically the main excuse is this is my downfall. We have so many clothes that we could start a second hand clothing store. And there is no need. This was super hard for me though. I have the mind set that we NEED all these clothes, and for what? We all wear the same 5-8 outfits over and over again. Why does Brother Baer need 100 tee shirts....Yes, seriously 100.
First stop of the weeknd was Friday: The boys closet!
Here is the before picture:
and the after:
Really doesn't look like a HUGE transformation. I was hoping for more. HaHa But....I did manage to rid out 3 bags full, From where, I don't know. But here's the proof:
1 bag of Brother Baer's clothes, 1 bag of stuffed animals (Which I have a hate/hate relationship with in my home) and a bag of Little Baer's clothes. and a full bag of hangers that aren't needed
So....then on to the next HUGE (did I say HUGE?) project for the weekend. My bedroom closet. Now, I have to admit, The word "Hoarder" is going to come out your mouth when you see this before picture. I really am embarrassed, really was thinking I should skip this before picture, except for the fact that that is the reason I'm doing this right? UGH...Anyways Here is the before:
Just breathe, LOL It's literally impossible for me to find anything in this closet. So, I spend a lot of my time getting frustrated and angry when I try. Oh...here's another look...Because just when you think you've seen it all there is more...
So, I got to work. It took about 3 times through my clothes. Taking everything out of the closet, sorting piles, and ridding out as I went. Then I would go through the piles AGAIN...put the wants in the closet and then sorted again...Still seemed like to much to keep. I mean really...I don't need 10 black long sleeve shirts. Or 15 pair of jeans. I had to decide what clothes I really Loved, or enjoyed when I wore them. Then I went back through for a 4th time after allowing it to "settle" in my mind for a few hours. And REALLY took at look at everything....Do I LOVE it? Do I NEED it? There are so many clothes that I have that I hate when I'm wearing them...I don't like the way they feel or look, or they don't fit right, and I spend the day readjusting my shirt or pants.
Some of the clothes I purged were clothes that honestly I don't WANT to enjoy. LOL Like those velour sweatsuits that I could find myself wearing. ACK! Seriously...I don't want to be seen in those clothes. Elastic waisted dress pants? Those scream OLD LADY AHEAD! ugh...I don't want those. Clothes that maybe were in style 15 years ago. Just becasue they fit, doesn't mean I want to wear them. Why do I have them? Why keep clothes that I can wear just because.
Here is my pile to get rid of after the first 3 times of sorting through:
And then there was the linens, and sheets, and blankets and all the other stuff that had found it's home in my closet. So...That was the next step of clearing....Sheets, I kept 3 sets for each bed in the house. Pretty sure that is enough to suffice. And all the rest went! Here's that pile of donation:
Now this process was very tedious. Over and over I would sort, and walk away. But then there was this that stumbled into my mess:
Cute as a button....YES. But that chocolate face says he was into something naughty. So...Off I went to discover chocolate fudge cookies that pappy had brought him yesterday ALL OVER THE KITCHEN floor. ALL half eaten/or totally eaten and spread around. LOL
So, After that was handled. (I know better then to believe quiet is a good sign) I got back to sorting and clearing out.
Finally! Here is the After shot:
Huge difference! Total for that project: 8!!!! yes, 7 garbage bags donated. and 1 bag of trash!
So....It was time for a trip to Thrift King! (Our version of Goodwill)
10 Garbage bags and 1 box:
The total tally for the weekend is 11 bags! 10 donated bags, and 1 bag of trash
On Monday I conquered a small project and cleaned up the yard. The winter takes it's toll here so I spent my time cleaning up debris and sticks and clearing out some flower beds of leaves. 1 bag total there!
Total Tally for project is at 16! 10 bags donated, 4 bags of trash, and 2 bags sold.
(Oh and we are down one package of fudge cookies. LOL)
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
First 2 days Wrap!!
So, I've been working on my 40 bags in 40 days project and have been making HUGE progress so far.
Day 1 consisted of my bathroom linen closet. You ready? (It's bad!) Here it is before:
Seriously. To much Stuff! And it's all crammed in the closet, so it leaves me no where to put anything and things are always falling on me when I try to get something else out. Yikes! It's madness. So....this was my first priority in my 40 days of decluttering.
I conquered this the first day and am super proud of that!
Here is the after picture:
So...I cleared out a clothes basket full (I know...seems silly) of stockpile items. Those things will have a new home in the basement on shelves. I figure...I don't need 25 tubes of toothpaste in the closet. *sigh* I also purged a clothes basket full (LOL) of bath and body products and they have new homes with Mended Little Hearts. Tons of soap, lotions, shampoos, all kinds of things that are unopened and ready to be used in Care Bags. My stockpile of bath and body stuff was a tad bit out of hand. Even for a hoarder like me.
I threw out a grocery bag full of garbage, and a grocery bag full of towels, washclothes, and baby towels that I'll free cycle!
So I counted that as 1 bag. Simply because if I filled a garbage bag it would have probably been about the right amount!
That was day 1!!
So, Day 2 I started tackling a small job in the morning and gathered a box of books from the living room and my bedroom. Why do I need so many books? LOL I don't even read them anymore since I bought my kindle. So....off they went. And a bunch of cookbooks were purged too because again....If I want a recipe I look it up online. So, no need to keep junking up much needed space with books.
THEN I tackled the Laundry Area!!! WOOT WOOT!
This was my next BIG job -Here is the before (YIKES! the pictures keep getting scarier)
Who wants to do laundry there? ACK! Not me. Now...The boxes are still from my move in December. I'm still in the process of putting away and the basement is all that is left. (Except for I'm already needing to purge the house too...ack!) Although, there's a lot of boxes to go down there! So I worked on cleaning, organizing and purging this area.
Here is the After:
OK, So it's not pinworthy yet, But...I'm getting there. It's clean and organized and I have space to put my linens (when I get to my bedroom closet) and it's much nicer to work in now! The decorating part will come later! I'm thinking of fabric walls and some decor to make it really nice and peaceful...hid all those pipes and terrible walls. (Which btw...as I was trying to wash was falling off. LOL)
From this area I took out a bag of trash and an entire bag of recycling (Laundry soap containers and such). Everything else was just relocated to somewhere else in the basement till I get all the "areas" done and all the boxes sorted. *phew* I'll also be showing all the donated and stuff to sell. Who knows, maybe even trash bag pictures. So funny, posting pictures of trash. HaHa
Day 2 Tally - 3 "Bags", one from the upstairs (Which was technically a box) and a bag of trash and a bag of recycling from the laundry area.
So 2 days, 4 bags...Go me!!! (This means I can take a day off sometime.) But not tomorrow....Tomorrow I conquer the boys clothing! Drawers and closets in their room.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Total cost...Was the icing. Everything else I had at home. And thanks to couponing the cake mixes were here and ready to use (And were super cheap)
So, next time you are throwing a party try and see what you can create from items at home. And what you have to work with! No sense in spending a bunch of money on things you can do for cheap! (There's that word again! )
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
DIY Workbench for kids!
I sanded it down and took off the door pulls.
Make sure that you sand down the entire thing and rough up the finish, you need to have that for the paint to stick later!
Then I bought some discounted paint! From someone who had not liked the color....Cost $5.00 for the quart. And a can of chalkboard spray paint. $9.99 and also a piece of pegboard $6.00 and some new door pulls $4.00
I painted the table with the blue! And then used the chalkboard paint on the pegboard and the top of the table (which is the workbench area)
I used two coats of each paint. Letting it dry in between and then replaced the door pulls with metal ones! More utility looking.
Then I bought some peel and stick letters at Michael's to finish it up!
The pegboard was originally going to be attached, but once I realized it was more sturdy and durable setting behind it against the wall I left it that way. My boys are rough and the small amount of space to attach it wasn't going to be enough to hold it. And it's more movable for us! But you could attach that as well. I added some pegboard hooks to hang some tools.
Then I bought a bunch of kids tool sets and construction hats to finish it off! (Those weren't included in the $35.00 price tag!) The tool sets weren't expensive and the boys love to play building things!