Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hello, Old Friend

I'm in the process of (attempting) to de-clutter our home so that we can start on some big projects this winter. This process is easier said than done, let me tell you. I just know that as a family of 3, we have way too much stuff. I threw away an entire trash-bag of things from our kitchen alone last night and none of it was food; one only needs so many water-bottles, glass jars (this was a hard one for me), and left-over napkins from parties and holidays. I'm proud to say that my kitchen is way more functional now than what it was 24 hours ago, however.

My main objective is to clean out our back bathroom so that we can attempt to start finishing it. We have been using it for storage for everything from our Christmas tree to boxes of things I want to put in a garage sale this fall to clothes that I'm hanging on to of Henry's in case our next (there is going to be a next, right?) baby is a boy. This room is completely unfinished, no drywall or floor, so you can imagine the work that's going to go into it. Do you know what I'm most excited about?!


A bathtub!

We haven't had a bathtub in our place of residence in 3 1/2 years and let me tell you something: I MISS IT! Henry is getting way too big for sink-baths and you should see it when I have to give the dogs a bath. Not to mention, our single bathroom in this house was converted from a closet. A small closet. It has just enough room for a shower, toilet and a very small cabinet in which Jeremy and I have tried to shove all of our bathroom-related things. It's not a pretty picture!

I sometimes feel like after owning this home for two years, things should be easier than this. We should be more organized and more finished with projects that we had intended to start directly after moving in. But the truth of the matter is that when we moved in, we had so much to clean up before we could even start working on the house. The garage STILL has things in it that do not belong to us and we haven't had a chance to get out there and go through it all. The main issue I've come across is that a house built in 1920 is missing one huge aspect: storage.

There are 4 closets total in this house: our bedroom closet, the hallway closet, Henry's bedroom closet and a very small utility-like closet upstairs. We also have very little 'storage' type furniture. Our closet alone plays duty to hold all 3 of our clothes, shoes, and accessories. We have one dresser which holds Jeremy's undies and t-shirts, plus all of our swim suits. Mama needs more furniture!

Things will all fall together eventually. In the meantime, I'm getting excited to start our bathroom and planning exactly what I want it to look like in there! I mean, HELLO, first room EVER that I get to start from scratch. THAT'S exciting!

9 comments:

  1. We need to do a deep clean and de-clutter, too. Scott is always telling me we have too much "stuff." He's so right. Maybe an organization weekend is in store - I do have three days, after all.
    Can't wait to see all the end results of your hard work!!

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    1. I will never have a completely organized and uncluttered home because Jeremy is the kind of person who finds sentiment in too many things and I'm the kind of person who holds on to things in saying that I will use them for some crafty purpose eventually. BUT, there is stuff we can get rid of, and I'm bound to at least get rid of some of it.

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  2. You have GOD sized dreams, and you are going after them! Love this post!!!

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  3. That will be so amazing!!! :) There is nothing better than deep cleaning and de-cluttering. :)

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    1. I just wish things would stay clean! Haha!

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  4. I am so impressed by your ability to tackle such big projects. I need some creativity and design vibes sent my way. I try but I just wasn't born with that gift. You're awesome!! Can't wait to see the end product.

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    1. We don't have a choice! I have always had the 'creative' gene. Come visit and maybe I can rub off on you, it's happened before!

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  5. Ugh. I hear you! Sometimes the amount of "stuff" and clutter around our house just stresses me out. One day, I would love to just start in one room and go to town with throwing away everything that's not needed. Of course, my problem is, then I start thinking, "But maybe one day I will need this..." And then nothing gets thrown away!

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You don't know just how lovely you are...thank you.