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23 Mar
2015
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Cleaning, Rearranging and Clearing Clutter

Recent bright blue skies and sunshine kicked me into spring cleaning and organizing mode. I’ve cleaned closets and drawers while loads of curtains stripped from grimy windows washed. Furniture was moved and vacuumed under. Trim paint was touched up, and that’s just the start of my spring cleaning list.

I’m energized by taking care of our home. I’ve learned when I feel motivated to clean, rearrange and clear clutter, it’s best to buckle down and go with the urge. Actually wanting to clean and tidy the house doesn’t strike often.

I love feeling motivated. I feed on the sense of purpose that comes with focusing on a task and crossing it off a list. Crossing items off my to-do list is like a giant pat on my back that says, “Hey look at me go!” Most of my projects in the last 10 days aren’t anything anyone would notice. The windows do look cleaner, but honestly they weren’t that bad. Curtains are less dusty, and cushions no longer hide crumbs and lost LEGOs. No one notices the difference but me. I’m all right with that. I like taking care of our home and what’s it in, both things and people.

white and gold nightstand from 1960s

Warmer temperatures ignite my creative juices. I want to paint things, rearrange furniture, use hot glue and create something. I’m not kidding anyone in my house when it comes to painting. I don’t enjoy painting walls or furniture, but I like the idea of the finished product. More than once I’ve started painting a room only to hand the brush to Craig and walk away. I’m too impatient to wait for coats of paint to dry. I want a magic wand to wave and the changes just happen. I always have the urge to paint something in the spring when the weather turns nice…every single year. My daughter was given a nightstand that once sat in my mom’s childhood bedroom. I like the lines of the piece but the yellowing white and gold accents weren’t my style. It needed a fresh coat of white and updated hardware. The project took the greater portion of a day because of drying time. I primed and then painted two white coats before calling it finished. It fits nicely in the bedroom with the new look, and I managed to do all the painting myself.

white nightstand with blue handles against purple wall

I’ll get an idea in my head and won’t be able to shake it away. We had three frames hanging in our living room that were a dark brown/red color. For months, I walked into the room and stared at the frames. I didn’t like them. They didn’t fit our current style. Spray paint was the answer. My husband helped me pick the color. I could take weeks just picking a color for a project. My husband knows this and likes to expedite the process when possible.

spraypaint can with three frames

If I don’t decide on something, he’ll hear me talk about it for weeks. It never fails that I’ll decide on paint and have buyer’s remorse as soon as arriving home. As soon as I started spraying the frames, I thought the color was wrong. Thankfully, the frames turned out better than I had hoped and give a pop of color to the wall.

living room with three frames on wall

I don’t like to spend money on home decorating if possible. I’ll walk around rooms and look for items that could live somewhere else in the house. Part of our oldest son’s skeleton key collection hangs on a wall in the dining area. Jars of collected treasures (rocks, shells, etc.) line shelves. I’ve been known to find items (windows, bike wheels, cabinet doors) and incorporate them into our decor. I’m forever on the lookout for things to salvage.


 
DIY: T-shirt Quilt
By     |    Dec 18, 2014
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DIY: T-shirt Quilt

I appreciate a good craft project. I swear I can hear my glue gun and sewing machine calling to me when they’ve been neglected. My husband will often come home to find items painted or rearranged. Our kids enjoy being involved with sports, school and clubs. Over the years, they’ve amassed quite the collection of t-shirts from various organizations. They eventually are relegated to the pajama drawer. I saved outgrown shirts thinking I would find the perfect keepsake project. Two... [Read More]

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Counting Down 12 Days to Christmas
By     |    Dec 11, 2014
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Counting Down 12 Days to Christmas

I do best when I have a list to work from. I don’t forget things or continually push things to the next day if I’ve written it down (most of the time). I get great satisfaction from crossing tasks off a list. I may even write things down I’ve already accomplished just to cross them off. I’ve learned over the years to schedule family time along with to-do items. Our family countdown of the 12 days leading up to Christmas... [Read More]

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Avoiding Christmas Failure
By     |    Dec 10, 2014
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Avoiding Christmas Failure

Every year when we pull out Christmas boxes filled with decorations, I think I’m going to cutback this year. We won’t put up quite as many decorations and only do those traditions that we absolutely LOVE. Then I start sifting through the boxes with my helpers and quickly realize that’s not going to happen. Each tradition is special and each of the children can make an argument for why we most definitely cannot live through December without XYZ. We haven’t... [Read More]

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Counting Down to Thanksgiving with Halloween Candy
By     |    Nov 1, 2014
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Counting Down to Thanksgiving with Halloween Candy

My kids brought 13 ½ pounds of candy into the house last night, and only three of the four kids went trick-of-treating. We didn’t even walk to that many houses, or for very long. I swear every year the candy in their bags increases exponentially. As much as the kids beg to, I don’t let them eat whatever they want on Halloween. A couple of pieces is good. The next morning we sort through what they have. The living room... [Read More]

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DIY: Hobbit Birthday Party
By     |    May 20, 2014
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DIY: Hobbit Birthday Party

“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien is our first grader’s favorite book. I read it to him and our third grader before the first movie hit the big screen. C can tell you what’s accurate in the movie and what’s added for extra drama. He can quote the book and does a creepy Gollum impersonation. It seemed natural to have a Hobbit-themed party for his 7th birthday, but he hemmed and hawed about the theme he wanted. Fairly close to the... [Read More]

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Repurposed Windows for Decorating
By     |    Apr 22, 2014
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Repurposed Windows for Decorating

I have quite a few repurposed windows as decorations in our home. I’m frugal and crafty which fuels my need to repurpose items. My first grader told me last week our house was decorated in “clean junk.” I was quick to give a vocabulary lesson. Not junk, but repurposed items. I write this as I stare at the weathered, vintage drawer front we found on an old homestead months ago. I’ve finally decided where to hang it. Sitting on my... [Read More]

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Forced into Spring Cleaning
By     |    Apr 16, 2014
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Forced into Spring Cleaning

If there’s an upside to having a sick family, it’s being forced to clean house. Walls have been wiped, bedding stripped, pillows washed and furniture disinfected. My sick family gave me reason to start spring cleaning. I actually don’t mind cleaning, so purposefully setting time aside for spring cleaning fits my personality. I find the act of taking care of what’s mine to be rewarding. Cleaning out closets and drawers gives me a natural high. Getting rid of clutter helps... [Read More]

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DIY: Scout Merit Badges Specimen Art
By     |    Apr 8, 2014
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DIY: Scout Merit Badges Specimen Art

I wanted to change the shadow boxes hanging in my kitchen from cookie cutters to a specimen art piece for months. I stared at the four frames hoping for inspiration but came up with nothing. Enter the Internet, specifically Pinterest. Young House Love posted about a Christmas present Sherry created for John of copies of Boy Scout merit badges hung as specimen art in a frame. The badges were chosen by Sherry because they remind her of John. I’m a... [Read More]

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Cub Scouts: Blue and Gold Banquet
By     |    Feb 24, 2014
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Cub Scouts: Blue and Gold Banquet

The Blue and Gold Banquet for our Cub Scout Pack held more significance for us this year. This year we watched one of our sons cross over to Boy Scouts. I don’t have brothers. My knowledge of all things Cub/Boy Scouts revolved around clichés. My husband and his two brothers are all Eagle Scouts, and their mom was extremely active in Boy Scouts of America when they were growing up. Scouting was something my husband hoped our three boys would... [Read More]

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Greatest Adventure
By     |    Jan 16, 2014
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Greatest Adventure

We have a chalkboard hanging on the door leading into our garage. I write phrases on it or let the kiddos draw a picture on it. Most of the time, you’ll find something seasonal on the board. The start of the new year, a new beginning, had me looking at inspirational quotes for the benefit of the kids. This is what our board said: “Mistakes are proof you are trying.” I thought it was perfect. I grew up terrified of... [Read More]

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New Year’s Eve Plans
By     |    Dec 29, 2013
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New Year’s Eve Plans

Our New Year’s Eve plans consist of staying at home and celebrating with four very cute children. It’s been years, over a decade, since we’ve gone out and celebrated with just adults. I don’t miss that kind of celebration. We’ve had a few years where we invited families over to celebrate with us. I wish I would have been more on top of it and invited people over to ring in 2014. I actually enjoy mass chaos. Those moments of... [Read More]

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