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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cleaning Out The Junk...

How can it already be July??  
We've been so busy lately that I haven't blogged for a while!

Can you believe it's almost been a month since they started painting our house & it's still not done! 
My last post showed you what they did to the door.  They tried for 2 days to fix it, but it still didn't work.
It is driving me to deal with my anxiety we have been working on cleaning the inside of our house.
We have a few areas that constantly collect...JUNK!  
That would be closets, the basement & our garage. We have conquered 2 out of the 3 this week.
We did the kids' closets & the basement .  I am proud of my kids...they were so good to get rid of things they don't use anymore!  We filled the WHOLE car full of donation items...there wasn't any space left for passengers!

We started out by emptying the entire closet & separated the stuff  into 3 piles:
Then we organize the "keep" pile where we want it to go.
It's a MESSY process, but it feels so refreshing when you are done!
This is from my 10 year old's room....
There was so much junk it started overflowing into the hallway...
We actually filled 2 bags of  just garbage!
It always amazes me how much STUFF can fit in a small space!
We decided to really clean & move her whole room around...this always makes it feel really fresh when you are done!  The way we arranged it actually makes it feel more spacious.

My daughter actually has a great sized closet, so we change it into a reading/music/clothing room.
  She LOVES it & so does her little sister...can't keep her out of there!
We pulled all of her American Girl posters & toys out.  You can see the before HERE.  Then we put her chair & bookcase in there. Her clothing hangs on the other side of the closet.
 Next, we decided to hang her own artwork & will be displaying more of her art on the wall...she was excited about that!  
We just moved her bed, dresser & vanity around.  Then we took her "name" letters from above the window & put them going down the wall.  It's amazing how just moving around the stuff you already have makes it feel like a new room!
It feels so good to get rid of JUNK!
At least this frustrating painting process motivated me to clean out some of our problem areas!
I hope the painter's finish up this week & I can post pictures soon!  They have repainted my deck, the back door & they've removed the paint off of the brick & lights...which I'm thankful for.  We did have to order a new door & hardware & have decided not to let them paint it.  
I can't wait to have our house back so we can enjoy the rest of our summer!!
I'm sharing with these blogs:
Not Just A Housewife
The 36th Avenue
52 Mantels
At The Picket Fence
Chic On A Shoestring
Thrifty Decor Chick
Organize & Decorate Everything


  1. I love going through all my stuff and organizing. I'm with you it helps me deal with my anxiety about things. I love the letters you decorated for your daughters room. They look great and I like how you arranged them.

  2. Hello Everyone
    Cleaning Out The Junk...
    Nice resource! You've performed a fantastic job throughout this post and all other posts that I checked.

  3. Great Post. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  4. I've been doing the same thing in all of our rooms preparing for our upcoming move. It's a lot of work, but so worth it! What a beautiful room!

    Found you over at The 36th Avenue.

    I'd love for you to link up to my party:

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Looks great. My daughter and I just cleaned her floor. I don't know why all her toys seem to migrate there. Just doing that made her room feel bigger. I love the color scheme of your girl's room. Found your blog from Home Decor and organizing link party. Thanks for sharing.

  6. You really are an organized person! It’s amazing how you managed to fix that mess. It also helps to have kids who are not fans of hoarding unneeded things. Hehe.

    Anthony Bath