Organizing My Home One Month At A Time: January

Every year after the holidays I feel like the walls are closing in on me. I have an intense need to purge, simplify, and organize. This year it was worse than ever before. Every member of the family felt the impact of me going back to work, and adding a new (messy!) member to the family.

Isn't he cute? If he looks guilty, that's because he is. He doesn't allow us to vacuum or mop without barking and howling and launching himself at the cleaning equipment. Sometimes I just give up and play with his adorable ears, which leaves us with a messy house.

I showed you a picture of Jasper because soon I'm going to show "before" pictures of my master closet and they aren't pretty. If you need to come back to this picture, I understand.

The house was bad. It was messy and smelly and disorganized, and dusty and gross. Doesn't that sound delightful? Want to come over and hang out? I have wine.

So, where to begin with Kon Mari? I heard about this buzzword/organizing method throughout 2015, and I'm always late to the party. I'm skeptical by nature, and this whole movement sounded odd, so I skipped it. When the hashtag began to regularly pop into my instagram feed, I gave in. I read the book. I have a collection of organizing books - you might consider it a hoard. It's not helpful to save a collection of dusty organizing books that promise plenty of clever storage tips, when you just end up organizing and storing everything in labeled bins and still have too much crap! This is exactly what I was struggling with! The Kon Mari method walks you through the process of letting all of the extra stuff go. If something doesn't "spark joy" then why keep it? Rather than deciding what to get rid of, choose the things you love, and let the rest go. That is the gist of it, but the book goes into great detail about the process, and she does follow a rigorous process for a reason.

I decided to start with my side of the master closet. She suggests that everyone begin with purging clothing because it is the least sentimental of our possessions. As luck would have it, the master closet was in desperate need of attention. When we moved in last August, we stored a lot of things in the closet that shouldn't have landed there, but we were still adjusting to having extra space in this house. So after a year+, it was time to reassess the space and reorganize.

I took some "before" pictures, but this is a judgment-free zone. I know half of you will recoil in disgust, and the other half will recognize the struggle. Please note these are iPhone quality, and I'm not trying to win any photography awards with this particular post.

Here we go...

If the general chaos didn't force you to take a deep breath, maybe the scary doll did? In case you didn't catch the doll, here's a closeup.

She always gave me a start when I walked in there, but better I know where she is then find her missing, if you know what I mean. My daughter decided she is terrified of dolls (can't imagine where that idea came from?) and Julie showed up in my closet one day.

Moving on...

This really is a theraputic process. In the end I donated three full garbage bags of clothing, and tossed a bag of clothing that was ready to be put to rest.

Ready for the magic?

I did adjust a few details to suit our needs. According to Kon Mari, we're supposed to fold everything and put it in drawers, but we don't have a dresser. We keep everything in the closet. So I bought several small bins to store my socks, tank tops, and unmentionables. I am skeptical about rolling up my shirts, but I'm giving it a try, and it makes more sense to do that than stack them in piles where you can't see them. I'm in "wait and see" mode on that. I'll keep the empty hangers just in case.

Look at all of that empty space!

I discovered that I have a ton of jeans. These are also supposed to be folded, but I have this closet space, it makes sense to use it.

I also discovered that I have an excess of gray shirts. 

When I showed Jason my organized closet space, something magical happened. Jason disappeared into the closet for several hours, and eventually emerged with three huge garbage bags.

His side of the closet looks amazing too.

We both got rid of so much clothing that we don't need or wear anymore. The closet feels clean, organized, and useful, rather than a dumping ground for everything, including scary dolls.

So what's next? I have identified four big projects that really need my attention. 1) The craft closet in the guest room. It is a huge closet stuffed full of craft supplies that used to fill an entire room. I might need wine to get through this one.  2) Owen's room - it just needs help. 3) All of my extra decor that happens to be spread throughout the house. 4) The kitchen. *sigh*

I'm teaming up with a few other bloggers who are starting on their own organizing journeys. Take a moment to check out their projects. We will post updates every month.

The Crowned Goat
Roots North And South
My Life From Home
Monica Wants It
The Turquoise Home

I haven't decided which space I'll tackle for February! If you're interested in reading the book and joining us, you can find it here.
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Friday's Furniture Fix #21

It's our last round of Friday's Furniture Fix for "2015" and we're so glad that you're here! Thank you to all of you who shared your furniture makeovers with us this past year! Today, we've got lots of timeless refinished pieces to share! Enjoy!

Your hosts for #fridaysfurniturefix are...

Here are our favorite picks for this week!

Week 19 Friday's Furniture Fix Features

ReFind Design by Coco Clare took a vintage chest of drawers and turned it into the loveliest nursery dresser/changing table for her daughter. We're crazy about this shade of pink from Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint collection, the white floral knobs and it's original wood legs. So fun and whimsical!

Kim from Hunt and Host found this little side table for $5 at a garage sale. With a little chalk paint and some painters tape, she gave it both function and a purpose! Pop some popcorn... who doesn't love a good game of checkers!

Paige from A Junk Chick Life is a negotiator, a furniture flipper and a magician! Seriously, you absolutely have to head on over and see the before of this desk. It was a mess. Paige has restored it beautifully!

We're smitten with the texture and design of this classic grey dresser from Gray Table Home. Those knobs and the original wood legs and top give this piece both warmth and style.

Our most popular makeover this week goes to Heather from The Heathered Nest for her Mid-Century Modern Armchair Revival! What luck to find not just one, but a pair of these mid-century cain chairs! Gorgeous makeover, Heather!

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Friday's Furniture Fix #20

Welcome back to Friday's Furniture Fix! 

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We're so glad you're here! Thank you to all of you who shared your furniture makeovers with us this past week! There's a whole lot of wood and neutrals today to inspire you. 

Take a peak!

Home For Christmas With Country Living And Hometalk

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Country Living is one of the few publications I consistently admire. I look forward to every issue, and make a point of reading it cover to cover, so I don't miss a thing. I was thrilled to attend the Country Living Fair in Columbus this fall. The style offered in the pages of Country Living has evolved gracefully, from pure country, to organic, rustic, clean, with details that  define the warmth of a home. 

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I'm joining an esteemed group of home/garden/DIY bloggers this month to share a holiday project with and

I decided to feature our guest room for Home For Christmas. This is a room that has been mostly neglected since we moved here a little over a year ago. Before guests arrive, I'm a busy bee, tidying and making the bed, but no real change has happened in this room. I'm thankful for understanding family and friends, and I promise that one day it will be amazing! I'm picturing a wall planked with reclaimed wood...

I did finally find a beautiful bed. I considered painting it, or possibly turning it into a bench, but I don't know if I could do either of those things. It's so pretty as is. 

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I wanted this room to feel warm and celebrate the season, without going overboard. A little holiday charm goes a long way!

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The armoire below has recently undergone a big makeover. It is almost ready for its own post. In the meantime, it adds the perfect touch of red to this room.

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My small collection of vintage brass candleholders fits perfectly on the armoire.

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I'm off to visit the other talented bloggers taking part in this holiday event. Be sure to visit each one and find us by searching #homeforchristmas on social media.
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Friday's Furniture Fix #19

Welcome back to another edition of Friday's Furniture Fix! We hope you had an incredible Thanksgiving filled with great food, fun, and family. It was a lot of fun to pick 10 projects last week from projects linked up to all the past #fridaysfurniturefix parties. One thing is for are a talented bunch of furniture fixers!

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Thanks for linking up to the party each week and sharing your amazing talent. We really love pouring through your links and seeing all of the pieces you link up.

 Your hostesses are...

Friday's Furniture Fix: Thanksgiving Edition

It's hard to believe we started this furniture link-up party over the summer, and it's already Thanksgiving. 

I look forward to it every week, seeing the work and creativity that you bring to us. I've made new friends and found new furniture folks, thanks to this little party. 

Which pieces have captured my heart?

 This sweet gray side table by Girl In The Garage...

This stunning MCM dresser by The Weathered Door...

This beautiful gray cabinet by Just The Woods...

This gorgeous green table by DDs Cottage and Design...

These adorable chairs by Pillar Box Blue...

This blue empire dresser by Saw, Nail, and Paint...

This emerald green MCM dresser by Plaster and Disaster...

This two-toned cabinet by ReFind Designs...

This art-deco vanity by Prodigal Pieces...

And this MCM desk in the most beautiful shade of blue, by Reinvented KB...

Be sure to check the other hosts for their favorites too!

Join us next week when we return with a new party, and a special guest host!

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My Rustic Holiday Mantle

It was one of those non-stop weekends; I was running here and there, enjoying neighborhood events, soccer for three kids, an overnight birthday celebration, and the necessary cleaning and preparation for Thanksgiving. (Thanksgiving?!)

Sunday I forced myself to just stop everything and focus on my mantle, which sounds ridiculous, I know. But I am a nester by nature, and when my home feels organized, clean, and cozy, then I am able to focus on other tasks with a clearer mind.

I cleaned everything off the mantle except the mirror and bunting, then added and edited until it felt just right. 

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Jason brought home two of my favorite rosemary trees, and yes, I need to find a suitable replacement for the shiny black plastic containers. But if I let that hold me back I wouldn't have finished at all. So onward with the temporary pots. 

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I picked up the 5 and 8 from Fleurish Home, where I spend most of my days, teaching the best methods of painting furniture and assisting the shop owner with photography, staging, and other fun projects that pop up. Hint: sweet new website coming soon!

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Now I am able to focus on all eleventy-billion items on my list, but no worries, I have two full days in which to make that happen, and a family who loves me even when I only finish one or two items on that list. 

Happy Holidays!

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