I'm a stay at home mom of 4 cute kids. I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating. My husband Steve often gets recruited into helping me finish things that I start! We are making our house a "HOME" one project at a time!!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

This quote is so true:
Keep in mind we all have bad days, weeks, months or even years. 
 Last year, when we were remodeling this quote really hit home! It was a mess everywhere!
  I did a whole post about the chaos HERE. 
We finished our remodel at the beginning of July, but my husband is just now (6 months later) able to park his car in the garage.  Our basement has been a disaster (see the pic above) until I was putting the Christmas away and did a major de-junk.  So with that said, sometimes it takes baby steps, but eventually you'll get there.

I think starting off the New Year with a schedule is a great idea.  
This has been my cleaning schedule for years and it really works.
You do a few specific chores each day and this helps cleaning from becoming completely overwhelming.
You can rearrange the days for what works best for you and your schedule.
Start a load of laundry
Mop main floor 
Grocery shopping for the week

Dust main floor: living room, great room, hallway, entryway
More laundry

Vacuum main floor: living room, great room, stairs
Clean main floor bathroom

My kids clean their bathroom
Dust upstairs: loft, bedrooms and railings to the staircase

Clean master bath
Vacuum upstairs: loft, hallways & bedrooms

Most of the main chores are done to enjoy the day!
Or if you had a day you missed, do it today.
Usually there is more's never ending around here!

Take the day off!

Make beds, clear/wipe counters, fill/empty dishwasher, put away coats & shoes etc. 
 I did another post on making your house a home HERE .  It explains how we have designated areas where we put our "stuff", which is key in helping keep things organized.

Here are a few more helpful tips:
*I usually do most of my "chores" listed after I get my older kids off to school, some days it's 15-20 minutes and other days it might take over an hour.

*I try to avoid the computer or other things that suck away my time until I'm done with my chore of the day. 

* When I cook dinner,  I usually clean up while it's baking.  That way dinner clean up is just the table and maybe a few pots or pans.

*My kids also put away any toys that are in their rooms every night before bed.  If all of their toys have a "home" it makes it SO much easier!

Twice a year:
*Every spring and fall I clean the blinds and baseboards.  Click the link below for instructions:

*Clean out bedroom and coat closets.

If all else fails you could try this:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rearranging Furniture...

It's sometimes crazy what triggers me to change things around in our home.  
Over Christmas break, we had a few family movie nights.
 It was after midnight when we finished,
"The Christmas Story"(one of our kids' favorite Christmas traditions).
I kept looking over at our sectional in our living room.  My mind started churning and I looked over at my husband and asked if he was ready to help me move some furniture? He looked at me like I was a little crazy, but luckily we are both night owls & we started moving things around.
  We moved our sectional into the great room, which makes more sense for watching movies...we all fit comfortably and actually have some space to lounge out.
Here it is in the living room.
It is a perfect fit in here, but it will definitely be used more in the great room.
The material always felt like it would be a better fit for a TV room.
Here it is in the great room now...
 At first, I thought it might be too big, but we are really enjoying it there.
It's weird, but when you are sitting in there, it actually makes the room feel a lot bigger than it did before.
 Now I have opened a can of worms figuring out where to put everything else.
I moved our black shelf into the kitchen...
I  really like how it matches our table...
My sister is going to buy my leather set.
Then I found my couch at Ashley Furniture for a great deal!
I actually found it in the classifieds from a wholesale store that was about an hour away.  
We went into the Ashley store closer to our house and they had the same set.
They price matched it and I saved another $250.00.
 I love a good deal.
I love tufted furniture!  
Now we have to find two chairs and a coffee table to complete the room.
Here are a few of my "inspiration" rooms:
Source  and Pinterest

They are both beautiful rooms and I like how this is going to look more "formal" for our living room.

When I started putting away our Christmas decor it started me on a major "clean out"!
It feels so good to get rid of junk.  I actually tackled this storage area we call the "pit".
It took me ALL day, but I had a whole car full of stuff for goodwill.
While I was unloading, the kid asked me like three times, "Is that everything?"
I know how to fill up my car... Lets just say it was a good de-junk!  
We hadn't touched that area in almost 10 years.  It was the space you'd feel with "stuff" and shut the door.  
I love getting organized for the New Year!
 We are off to a good start!
Today, my mom & I started on my sister's house to make room for her to take our old leather set.
She gave us treat on our way out and said not to come back ;).
Unfortunately, we don't listen too well...see you in the morning Clarece!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Decorating With Garland

I've found that garland is a cheap and easy way to decorate for the holidays.
 I got my garland at Michaels for 50% off, so it came to about $8.00.  
With one garland I was able to make:
A little wreath...
I just cut the length I needed and used a twist tie to secure it into the shape of a wreath and hung it with a striped ribbon.  It worked perfect for the chalkboard in my KITCHEN.

A swag for my entryway...
I cut two pieces the same size length and twisted it with a tie at the top and added a ribbon.
Decorations for my baskets...
I cut these smaller pieces and used metal twine from the dollar store to secure them to the baskets.

I also used one more garland to decorate my TREE...
A garland cut into smaller pieces goes a long way on your tree.

I even had some left to decorate my clock ...

I also added some greenery to my lanterns on our MANTLE...
This is a great time to purchase your garlands for next year because a lot of them start to go on clearance. 
It's amazing how many different items you can make with one strand of garland.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas In The Living Room

Here is our living room all decorated for the Christmas Season...
I kept it pretty simple. 
Putting up too many decorations starts to feel like clutter, it drives me crazy by the end of the holidays.
Here is the corner  of the living room with our tree.
You see more about the tree HERE.
Here is our entryway...
 I filled my shelf by the door with some small Christmas decorations...
It makes the space bright and cheery.
 Here is the table in our hallway...
I also put some greenery on the baskets this year.
I found these adorable pinecone candles at Walmart.  
Here is one more view from the side.
I hung a Christmas wreath over the mirror.
I added a lighted garland to my piano this year...
 I love how it looks at night too. 

A close up of our silver reindeer...
I'm wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
If you'd like to see more of our Christmas Decor, just click on the links below:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Mantle/Family Room Decor

Here is our mantle this year...
I really like how it came together!
I filled my lanterns with little trees and used epsom salt for the snow.
Then I just added the greenery/berries to the top of them.
I got this cute metal bucket to place my tree in this year.
We are a family of "6", so it was perfect that they had printed "No. 6" on the burlap!
Here is a view of the whole room.

 I love my Peace, Love & Noel sign.  
The burlap backing also matched the burlap sign on the bucket for our tree!
I also added a Christmas pillow to the couch.
I love how cozy Christmas makes our house feel.
I'm thinking our dog Mickey feels the same way!
After getting all of the decorations up, I was ready to collapse on the couch too.
 I'm always surprised by how much work it is to get it all set up.
Now I'm hoping we can just relax and enjoy the Christmas season!

If you'd like to see more of our house decorated for the holidays, click the links below:
                 2- Red, White & Silver Christmas Tree

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Red, White & Silver Christmas Tree

I got our tree up over the weekend!  
Last year, I decided to try an all silver tree and I did love it, but I missed having some red color in the tree.
You can see my tree from last year HERE.

 Our tree this year...
I love the mix of berries, pinecones, birds and sparkle!
 Red always makes it feel like Christmas to me!
I used my same "Merry Christmas" sign from last year.
 The red bird was a gift from my aunt.
I actually took a garland that had the flock greenery and pinecones on it and cut it into pieces.  Then I  placed it throughout my tree.  It makes it feel a little rustic and it matches the garland that I have on my piano and entryway table, so it pulled it all together.
 Then I added a few red berries and some red sparkle twigs throughout the tree to add some color.
 The topper and star are also from last year.  My little boy says we need a red star because he can hardly see it...He might be right!
 Here it is all lit up at night!
It definitely makes our house feel cozy!
If you'd like to see our kitchen decorated for Christmas, click the link below:
Christmas In The Kitchen
Christmas In The Living Room
Christmas Mantle & Family Room