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Bookshelf Revival!

Are your bookshelves looking a little tired and untidy lately?  Mine sure are!  After completely reorganizing my ‘office’ desk/bookshelves in January, I was so excited with how they looked and felt.  But Life goes on, and Clutter happens.

Our biggest clutter magnets are the shelves just out of reach of the kids.  That is where all the little things get put that need to be just out of reach of the kids.  And the kids’ books get reorganized (pulled out and scattered on the floor) at least once daily.  Anyway, it is time to clear out the shelves again and have a fresh start.  If you are thinking about a bookshelf update, here are some ways you can go about it:

1. Fresh paint.  This is a great option for wood bookshelves.  You can paint laminate, but in order for it to adhere properly you will need a smelly oil-based paint and primer and a well-ventilated space to work.  I have tried latex paint and even spray paint on laminate, both with less than stellar results.  But, if you are up to the task, a unique look is to paint the outside of the bookshelf white, and the back and inside a color that compliments your decor.  Chalkboard paint on a kid’s shelf would add another element of creativity (and it would be ok to draw on your furniture!).

These bookshelves don’t have backs, so I painted the wall a bright orange for a fun accent.

2. Wallpaper.  If you have a remnant of a wallpaper you love, put it in the back of the bookcase!  You can even mix and match with smaller samples of wallpaper.  Another inexpensive trick is to use gift wrap (I love a good black and white stripe) or craft paper.  If the shelf has smaller cubbies, scrapbook paper can easily be cut to fit.

This bookshelf from the blog HiSugarplum, has a wallpaper back, a mix of books and decorations, and art hanging on the front of the shelves.

3. Fabric.  For our basement wall of books, I decided to display some of the pieces of fabric my husband brought back from his time in Japan as an exchange student.  Because I don’t want to ruin the fabric, I cut pieces of foam core (found in the craft or school section) to fit the shelf opening.  Then I wrapped the fabric around the back and secured it with a small tack before placing the entire piece onto the back of the shelf.  I placed the fabric pieces behind the most visually open shelves, since I didn’t have enough to cover all of the bookshelf backs.

4. Add wood trim for a custom look.  This is also a good way to reinforce laminate shelves that might be sagging from the weight of heavy books!  Glue trim pieces on the front and outer edges and clamp until dried.  You can add crown molding at the top to make the shelf even more customized.  If the original paperboard back of the bookshelf is in poor condition, think about using a different material, such as a backing of wood pallets, white board paneling or beadboard.

The reclaimed wood in the back of this built-in bookshelf ties in with the desk area.

5. Intermix books with baskets, photos, art, and other treasures. Placing some of the not-so-pretty books in baskets will visually lighten the shelf.  Vary the direction of your books, some in horizontal piles and some vertical. Tchotchkes placed on top or in front of books also makes for an interesting display, but don’t go overboard.  Art can be placed behind or in front of books, or even hung from the frame of the shelf.  For my shelves, I like to color coordinate books, but for my husband’s books, that is not very practical.  Be creative and think about ways to personalize your own bookshelves and give them a fresh new look for fall.


Mission: Closet Organization

Well, as hard as I tried, I couldn’t transform our shared reach-in closet into a dreamy walk-in dressing room.  Maybe I need some new magic words?

This closet makeover has been in progress for quite awhile now, but it is finally nearing completion!  Since I recently turned our guest room closets into a sewing space and kid art/learning storage, we really needed our closet to function to its fullest potential.

 The first thing I recommend when cleaning and organizing any closet is to take everything out and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit and doesn’t make you feel good.  I did this when my sister was visiting, so I had a trustworthy critic to help me be ruthless.  I donated two garbage bags full to the thrift store!  And that was after I had already gone through things on my own.  While I was at it, I switched from plastic to slim and sturdy velvet covered hangers to gain more space.  (fyi, our Costco has them on sale right now, and they are not flimsy like some others I have bought).

For our closet, we decided to go vertical and raised the existing shelf and hanging bar to make room for a partial second hanging bar.  Jer built a box of sorts out of plywood and we attached a hanging bar to it and the wall.  About one-third of the closet is reserved for longer items (my dresses and skirts) and the other two-thirds is divided with two bars.  The high upper shelf is now the perfect size for labeled baskets containing infrequently used or off-season items.   Jer didn’t really want baskets for his things, so I will likely add a few shelf dividers to keep stacks neat.  We each have a row of hooks on ‘our’ sides of the closet to hold belts and scarves or ties.  There is currently room for some shelves for sweaters, jeans, etc. but we are going to live with the closet as-is for awhile to see what would work best for our needs.

Shoes are always a challenge in a closet.  Since our closet is small, I opted to use a hanging shoe rack over the door.  I bought a metal one, but it kept falling apart, so I twisted wire around each of the joints.  It works m.u.c.h. better now.  I might spray paint it a fun color one of these days, but right now I am okay with the white.  Boots and other shoes that don’t fit on the rack have their own spots on the floor of the closet.  We might build custom cubbies for these (I will share the details if we do).  If you do have the space, clear shoe drawers and boot boxes with a photo of the shoe on the front are a fun option.  Jer has fewer shoes, so his are on three shoe shelves that fit sideways on the bottom of the closet.  Another option for everyday shoes is a sturdy basket on the floor of the closet to toss the shoes into.  We do that in our entry with our summer shoes.

When all of your stuff is out of the closet, it is a great time to paint and freshen up the space.  I painted the closet the same color as the rest of our room, but if you are feeling adventurous, closets are a fun place to add bold color, a stencil or some wallpaper.  Since our room is small and the door opens right in front of the closet, we removed the closet doors right away.  I made curtains that I will hang eventually, but I really love not having to wrestle with doors coming off their hinges.

I always color-coordinate my clothes when I put them back into the closet.  This looks fun and enables you to find a particular item more quickly.  It also tells you a lot about your color preferences!  I labeled my baskets with scrapbook paper, ribbon scraps, and a few feathers from my kid’s craft closet.

I am looking for a fun divided tray to set on top of the shelf created by the second tier.  My husband likes to toss random objects on any flat surface, so this would be a way to corral some of the clutter. We also hope to add a light to the closet at some point.

Ahh, I really love a freshly organized space!

Laundry Room Idea Board

Laundry Room Idea Board

This room may be a work in progress for awhile, since I am still working on painting the exterior of our house.  But, it always helps to get the ideas going, and then when it is too hot outside, I have more motivation to go to work on the basement laundry room!  Here are some ideas so far:

1. Possible colors for floor and walls.  I am pretty positive the walls will be white, but the floor may change.  I am currently thinking a soft yellow-green, sort of based off the ‘grass’ colors in the screen (#7).

2. Black and White leaf drapes.  I have these already and am using them in our living room.  But, we really could use another set to really cover the picture window, so I am thinking of moving them to the laundry room.  I will put them on rings so they open and close easily.

3. I love the idea of painting the utility sink.  I am not sure our colors will be the same, but I do like the pop of red (or a red-orange) with the light gray legs.

4.  I really like the look of soaps dispensed into smaller containers (since we get ours at Costco, size large). Our soap is liquid, but the baking soda, etc would look nice in jars like this.  I am looking for a fun pump for the liquid detergent.  Smaller sizes will also fit better on the shelves I would like to add above the washer and dryer.

5. We want to add narrow shelves above the washer and dryer to store the cleaning supplies and possibly my extensive spray paint collection.  We will likely repurpose a shelf that Jeremiah just removed from the garage.

6.  I need to organize my paint and supplies.  Nothing is more frustrating for me than knowing I have a product or color and not being able to find it.  Jeremiah built a workbench that currently houses the paint, but it really needs some organization.

7. Our furnace and water heater are highly visible from the entrance to the laundry room.  I would love to buy or make a privacy screen like this to hide them while still being easily accessible.  A curtain system would also work.

8.  An inexpensive and colorful rug adds a feeling of softness while being easily cleaned and dried in case of any water overflows.

9. The humor and retro feeling of this sign fits our family’s aesthetic.

10. This image I found online reminded me of hanging clothes out on the line with my mom as a kid.


That’s it so far.  Things will likely change, but making Idea Boards gets me thinking of a direction anyway.  I am excited about this project because there is just so much potential in that room!

Laundry Room: ‘Before’ pics

Yes my friends, this is where I do my average of 400 loads of laundry per year…

Our laundry room is extremely neglected and uninspiring.  But, it has great potential and I am extremely grateful to have well-functioning machines to keep our clothes clean.  There are two decent-sized windows and it is a generously sized space (more than the size of our kitchen and dining area combined).  With a minimal budget for laundry room renovation, I have been thinking of ways that will increase the appeal and function of the room while also cleaning up and organizing the entire space.

1. Declutter the entire room.  The generous size of the laundry room is nice for storage, but it also means the laundry room is a convenient dumping ground for items we don’t know what else to do with.  I predict a thrift store donation run or three in my near future.

2. Give it a good scrub.  The place where we clean our clothes is by far the dirtiest room in our home.  It is time for some serious cleaning, from the ceiling to the floor.  Our dryer has lint and spilled stain remover on its top, and the washer could use a good scrub in the little nooks and crannies.

3. Paint.  Painting the concrete floor a bright color and giving the walls a fresh coat of paint will rejuvenate the entire room.  I considered painting the ceiling’s exposed floor joists, but I don’t really mind the look of the wood enough to go through the multiple coats of primer and paint it would take to get good coverage.  There is a dividing wall along the stairs with a row of border paper that is definitely getting a face-lift though! I thought it was ducks, but it is floral/cottage.  Either way, not our style!

4. Add function and organization with shelving and storage.  Jer already built a large folding station/workbench along one wall, which is currently housing all of my paint and painting supplies, along with a tool chest and miscellaneous items waiting to be donated.  We will be adding shelves or cabinets above the washer and dryer for storing detergents and other cleaning supplies.  A utility sink, drying rack, folding space and some hanging rods are other conveniences that help a laundry room work more efficiently.  Our current hanging device works really well, but needs some aesthetic work.

5. Don’t forget the details!  Adding art, rugs, window coverings and good (and pretty) lighting will make this room more comfortable to be in.

With some elbow grease and imagination, you can turn an often-neglected space into a fun and organized room you won’t mind spending a little time in.  Have you transformed a basement laundry room?  I would love to hear all about it!  Stop by in a few days for a look at my Laundry Room Idea Board.


Kitchen Update

It has been awhile since I updated you all on the kitchen progress.  Over the past year, we have been working on making our kitchen/dining area function for our family.  Our kitchen, dining table, main entrance and basement access are all located within this 15’-6” x 10’-4” space, so we have been coming up with Small Space Solutions to work with what we’ve got.  If you are just joining me on the blog, see our Pot Rack, the Fruit Basket, and the Microwave and Hall Closet ideas.  We also took out an upper cabinet and installed some open shelves, along with a row of coat hooks and a sliding door.  Here is the microwave in it’s current home:

All of these solutions have really helped our kitchen accommodate our little family much better, which brings me to a few more tips on updating your kitchen relatively quickly and somewhat painlessly.

1. Clear out unused items.  Go through cupboards and drawers, and be ruthless.  Decide how many spatulas and rolling pins you really need, and get rid of the rest.  When your drawers aren’t cluttered up with excess stuff, you will be able to quickly find things you need, and it will be easier to put them back in the correct spot.

2. Arrange according to function.  If possible, locate items in cupboards according to the function of the space.  If a section of the countertop is frequently used for baking, locate all baking supplies in the cupboard above the counter.  That way it is readily available when needed.  It is also convenient to locate frequently used dishes and utensils close to the dishwasher and sink.  They can be unloaded directly into their spots with minimal movement around the kitchen.


3. Update cabinetry.This isn’t a super quick update, but it is relatively simple and has a big impact.  I recently painted my basic cabinetry and added hardware to the cupboards and drawers.  I chose white because all of our appliances are white, and because the kitchen is very small and I wanted to keep it looking clean and bright.  Adding handles and drawer pulls where none existed has made the biggest difference as far as function. *all remaining pulls have been added since the photo below was taken.*  I also used the same pulls for drawers as well as cupboards, and chose to center the pulls on the bottom edge of the upper cabinets.  I love how they look and they are very easy to open.

4. Look for unused or wasted space.  We recently added labeled baskets above our upper cabinets for extra storage.  It really helps with overflow from our pantry closet.  We also moved some white dishes from the pantry to above the cabinets.

5. Paint the walls a happy color.  Since you likely spend a good amount of time in the kitchen, choose a color that is reflective of you and your family.  To make our small kitchen/dining space seem larger, we have painted it a bright and light gray.  This also allows me to use pops of color in art and other kitchen accessories.

6.  Change out your accessories.  A new dish towel or two will go a long way in sprucing up your kitchen.  Decorative mixing bowls displayed on a shelf, a fun patterned rug, simple curtains, or new chair pads are all simple and quick ways to help make your time spent in the kitchen a lot more fun.

Go ahead, rethink your kitchen a bit.  See if you can make a few changes and add some zest to your space.


The January Cure, Assignments 13-19

Whew!  Last week flew by, and this one seems to be going even faster.  Which is good, because I don’t know how much longer I can keep from adding cream to my coffee on the Whole 30!  I can do it.  We are out of coffee filters, so I might just skip the coffee altogether for the last few days.

Anyway, we have been doing an okay job keeping up with the assignments from Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. My kids are still little messers, but at least I know in my heart that at some point in the last month, each space in our upstairs has been thoroughly cleaned and organized.

Assignment 13 was to get papers and files in order.  That one is still being worked on, but all of the paper piles in the kitchen and on my desk area have been dealt with.  It feels good. I also rearranged the living room a bit so the file cabinet (which we use as an end table) is much closer to my desk.  Before, it was clear across the room and blocked by a box.  Sometimes all it takes is a simple solution.  I also have a small filing system on my desk for things like bills, tear sheets from magazines, and kid’s art.

Assignment 14 was to deal with cords.  Jer was a trooper on this one and spent the evening cleaning his ‘office’ corner in our living room.  It was past due for a cleaning, so that was a giant bonus to this assignment. We finally brought our printer upstairs so that it could be used. Jer brought in the base of an old tool box that was given to us by a friend for some storage and spot for the printer. It is not perfect, but it works for us for now. Jer likes having a drawer to put all of his ‘toys’ that the kids often got into before.  I like not having to fish the ear buds out of little mouths.

Daddy and his Helpers, fixing the tool chest/printer cabinet.

Freshly cleaned and organized space.

Assignment 15 was to clean out medicine cabinets and drawers in the bathroom.  The medicine cabinet went quickly and I loved the result so much that I tackled the hall linen closet also.  I added some baskets there to corral some of Jer’s stuff and some of my extra decorating things.  I also use lots of little baskets for things like medicines and extra bathroom products.  It feels so much better now, even though it would probably look better if the baskets all lined up and matched. Ha!  I didn’t get to the drawers below the hall closet. Another day.

Linen closet.  Could still use some work, but SO much better than it was.

Assignment 16 was to declutter books and media.  This is the day I started on my livingroom/office shelves. They have been bothering me for a LONG time, but it was a daunting task.  I started by analyzing it and deciding where the problem spots were.  Mostly, it was just the two larger open shelves that were the biggest trouble.  That was where we put piled everything that needed to be out of reach of little hands.  It had become overwhelming and precarious, to say the least.  I started by emptying those shelves into a laundry basket (which I will soon have to deal with) and wiping them down.  I decided that to solve the problem of them becoming a junk receptacle, I would fill them completely with books.  I have all my design and art books upstairs by my desk for easy reference, and most of them are nice colors.  I like to organize these books by color, because it just makes sense and looks the best to me.  I filled those two shelves and called it a night.

Over the past few days, I have been working on my shelves (among other things, don’t worry), and I finally have them under control.  I have a serious magazine collection problem, but I went through and got rid of 10 magazines last night.  I plan to do a few each night, until my problem is handled.  The bottom four shelves on each side of my desk are pretty much filled with my kid’s books and games/puzzles/toys.  It works for us, except the littlest one loves to just pull books off the shelf.  He does look at them sometimes.  So, this picture was taken this morning after I put him down for a nap and before it gets messy again. Not kidding.

So.much.better.  You may notice that I moved the orange art and craft tubs from the top of the fridge to the upper right of the shelves. Working well so far.

Assignment 17 was called Weekend Chores: Flowers, Outbox, Living Room and Lighting.  Whew! Didn’t even think about the lighting yet.  Jer picked up a little bunch of purple flowers, I took one load (more to come) to the thrift store to donate, and I am still working on the living room. It has been vacuumed and dusted.  It is just not completely rearranged and sporting its new rug yet.  As I sit here writing this post, I am amazed at how much more relaxed I feel when these shelves are organized and my desk is cleaned off.  SO refreshing and positive that I might not even miss my coffee for the next few days. Maybe.


January Cure: Assignments 8-12

We have made it almost half way through January, and I am still pretty on track with the assignments in Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, and I am still on track with my Whole 30 eating reset!  I am feeling pretty good about things, and my house is starting to look better all around.

Last Monday’s assignment was to plan a party for the end of the month, and send out invitations.  Hmmm.  Jer and I have talked about having a Chinese New Year party to celebrate the end of the month, but we had overnight company on Thursday week and I start teaching evening classes soon, so I am just going to get through this month and see where we are with that.  The purpose of the party is to keep you motivated, but I feel like I am very motivated to get this figured out anyway.

Tuesday’s assignment was to create a landing strip near your entry door.  This is something I have been working on for awhile now.  When we moved in to our home, we quickly realized the existing exits were not realistic for our needs.  My awesome parents had a sliding door installed in our kitchen where a window once was.  This created direct access to the back yard and a straight shot to the garage where I park my car.  It also meant that we now used the tiny dining room/kitchen for our main entry.

Before: Dining/Kitchen with window.

Before: Dining/Kitchen with table and window.

After: With door and new paint. Pretty similar to how it looks right now.

I also created a coat hook in the dining area, which is working really well at keeping coats off the floor and chairs.  It needs a good paring down, but overall I think it serves its purpose. Now, the boots and shoes are another story.  This weekend I spotted one of those old dowel cd storage racks at the thrift store, and thought it might make a good shoe rack for right by the door.  Unfortunately, someone must still have cds that need storing, because when I went back to get it today it was gone. Back to the drawing board for now.

After: Coat hook wall. Located right beside the fridge. Table is directly to right in this photo. Sliding door is to my back.

We have also been using the counter right inside the door as a nice landing strip for keys, garage door opener, and mail.  I love having my keys right there ready to go.  Jer is learning that it is easier to just drop his there when he comes in rather that having to search the house for them every morning.

Wednesday’s assignment was a media fast, which worked well since our internet went down Wednesday and we didn’t get it working again until Friday night.

Thursday’s assignment was to work on your goal project.  Mine was to get rid of the piles in the kitchen, and I succeeded!  I am also working on the second coat of paint on the trim in the kitchen, so I will wait to take photos until that is all done.  I love being able to use my counters for cooking!  Now I just have to keep them clutter-free, which I know is a constant effort.

Friday’s assignment was also for the weekend: flowers, bedroom organization and cleaning.  Jer picked up an inexpensive bouquet of flowers on his way home from work, and I spent Friday cleaning and rearranging the kid’s room.  It feels so much better and they are enjoying the new arrangement. We still have a lot in there for such a little room, but the crib and rocking chair are still necessities at this point.  Our room was already cleaned to the core when I painted and did the floors, so it just needs a little touching up.  I say ‘needs’ because it didn’t get done this weekend.  We were pretty much gone all weekend, so our room is still on my list.  I would like to get some artwork hung and the too big rug out of there.  It is still rolled up on the floor at the foot of the bed. Yes, I trip over it all the time.  It is a hazard.  The rug has a future home in the living room.

I realize this post is pretty text-heavy.  I apologize and promise more pictures this week.  It is just so crazy hard to get photos before the kids mess it up again!! All for now…today’s assignment is to get papers and files in order.  This may take awhile.


January Cure: Assignment 2

After an eye-opening experience coming up with my project/problem list for Apartment Therapy’s January Cure, the next assignment involved a lot more elbow grease.  Assignment 2 was entitled Flowers and Floors, and consisted of buying flowers for your home and deep cleaning all of your floors.  No problem, I thought to myself.  I have all weekend to do this…

I got a great start on Friday.  My littlest one took an unprecedented 3 hour(!!) nap and I scrubbed my kitchen floors until they gleamed as much as cracking vinyl floor tiles can gleam.  Then I got a little sidetracked and started painting the cabinet toe kicks and some of the trim.  But it looks awesome, and was on my list, so I am okay, right?

My awesome hubby had finished tearing out the carpet in our bedroom to reveal hardwood floors in passable shape.  On Saturday, I convinced him to help me move everything out of our room so I could clean and shine up the floors and paint the walls.  I ended up painting the walls and scraping paint off the floor Saturday night after the kids were in bed.

Closet Before. Maybe those light areas were stripped previously?  I should have tried to stain them first.

View from closet.  Lots of scratches and dull spots.

Sunday night after the kids were in bed, I scrubbed the floor and used a floor restorer called Rejuvinate on it.  I used the high gloss formula to bring some shine back.  I was very happy with how it looked, for the most part.  There were parts of the floor that had possibly been stripped at one point, so they are lighter in color.  Most of that is in the closet and covered with shoes anyway, so I think we are just feeling fortunate that there weren’t pieces ripped out and replaced with plywood.

Closet After.  We might put in some FLOR tiles or a rug during the closet overhaul.

Before the kids woke up Monday morning, I put on a second coat of the floor restorer and let it dry for the day.  After the kids were in bed for the night, I put a second coat of paint on the walls.  I was bummed that I had to do a second coat, but there was a lot of white showing through.  I was painting over white walls with Valspar’s Signature Paint + Primer from Lowe’s, but it just wasn’t quite cutting it for this project.  I am super happy with the finished results though, and am glad I decided to do the second coat.

View from closet.  Scratches are much less noticeable and it is shiny, shiny!

Tuesday was a day for drying and off-gassing fumes with the window open (and it is COLD here, people!).  The kids loved running into the open space, so it was hard to keep them out.  I brought some of the light furniture back in, and tried out an awesome rug from Jer’s grandpa in the space.  I loved the rug, but unfortunately it was just too big for the room.  I don’t want to cover up all the cool hardwood that we just uncovered!  The rug will be reappearing soon in another room, another post.

Phone photo of the rug.  It went end to end and almost edge to edge!

On Wednesday, I convinced Jer that I could not stand another day with our bed and dresser taking up the e.n.t.i.r.e living room, so we moved back in!  I am so excited to put the room back together, without the piles of crap, of course.  The piles are still in the living room, waiting for me to deal with them.  And unfortunately they are patient little buggers and don’t go away when I ignore them.  A lot like my kids.

As for the assignment, I bought a $3 poinsettia at Home Depot when I was there getting my floor restorer.  The floor in my kitchen is now needing another scrubbing as it is covered in food remnants and Play-doh.  The other floors were neglected.  But, WOW does our bedroom floor look good!

January Cure: Assignment 1

At the beginning of each year, the motivation to get organized and start fresh is paramount on my mind.  How about you?  The folks at Apartment Therapy started what they call The January Cure, where they take you through a month of “assignments” in which you clean and organize your home and create a fresh start and new habits for the coming year.  After playing along half-heartedly last year (new babies tend to make you put everything else second), I decided to jump on board full force for January 2014.

The best way for me to be accountable is to tell others about my goals and progress.  So, here goes…the first assignment was to make a list of projects for each space in your home.  I decided to focus on the main floor and leave the basement for my own rendition of a February Cure.  Here is the list of problems/projects I came up with (narrowed down to the top 5 things in each room) and solutions for completing these projects.  The items with an asterisk (*) are long-term projects.


Clutter everywhere, on the counters, table, and top of fridge.  Solution: Use the Outbox, file papers, throw things away!!

Cabinet toe kicks and trim needs painted.  Solution: I plan to paint these glossy black to accent the room.

Coat hooks are being used, but things are piling up. Shoes need a spot.  Solution: Remove all but everyday coats. Get/Make a boot tray for wet shoes.

Art supplies are overflowing their baskets on top of fridge.  Solution: Find a new place for supplies that are ok for Aspen to get to on her own.

Paint needs touched up in spots.  Solution: Get out the paint!

*refinish countertops

*new art for wall

*herb planters?

My 3 year old’s projects are taking over!!


Living Room/My Workspace

Desk and shelves are a huge mess.  Solution: Remove everything and only put back what we truly love and use.

Filing cabinet is not accessible.  Solution: Move it closer to the desk area.

Toys! Toys! Toys!  Solution: Limit toys in living room to what can be put into one basket and the lower shelves of the desk space.

I would like to change the piano bench again.  Solution: Reupholster. I already have the fabric.

Dirty rug.  Solution: Change out rug for larger one from storage in the garage.

*Need a light at desk

*Ugly mirror over desk

*New, longer drapes

*Thrift for some round end tables

‘Child-proofing’ has consisted of piling things on higher shelves.

Living Room Entry

Closet is stuffed to overflowing. Solution: Donate or move less used coats/jackets to the basement. Designate area for vacuum.

*Door needs new weather stripping


Shower/tub hard to clean.  Solution: Change out shower head for one with a hose.

Medicine cabinet is cluttered.  Solution: Clean, throw away, organize.

Diaper sprayer hook fell off.  Solution: Find the piece and put it back together.

Whole bathroom needs a good scrubbing.  Solution: Scrub!

*change out beadboard and vanity

*softer paint color



Paint needs touched up where I patched a hole.  Solution: Get out the paint.

Boring doors.  Solution: Paint all doors with chalkboard paint.

Linen closet a disaster. Solution: Get rid of old towels, sheets, tools, misc. Organize.

*hallway needs new base molding


Kid’s Bedroom

Current arrangement is cluttered.  Solution: Rearrange beds, remove extra furniture, sort through toys and move some larger toys to future basement playroom.

Gallery wall is not surviving kid’s busy, reaching hands.  Solution: Change out art wall and move the changing table/dresser. Move some of gallery wall to living room gallery wall.

Boring light fixture.  Solution: Dip shades in paint.

Walls are looking dingy.  Solution: Wash walls.  I would like to give them a fresh coat of white paint in the near future.

*Remove carpet

*Paint and hang shelf I bought at a garage sale last summer


Our Room

Walls are patchy with samples of paint colors.  Solution: Paint walls.

Carpet is in the process of being torn out.  Solution: Tear out remainder and use Rejuvinate to shine up the hardwood underneath.

Closet is in progress.  Solution: Finish hanging second clothes bar and paint entire closet.  Find rug or FLOR tiles for closet floor.

There are piles of assorted things everywhere.  Solution: Donate baby items that are no longer used, put things away.

Jer’s lamp shade has never been painted to match mine.  Solution: Paint his lampshade.

*Ceiling fan is too wobbly to be safe.  Solution: Change out fixture.  I would like something a little more fun than a ceiling fan, anyway.

*Reupholster headboard

*Add sheer drapes


That should keep me busy for awhile!  I will be happy to get even half of this done, but I am feeling very motivated this January.  How about you? Any projects or resolutions that are getting you going for the New Year?