Week 3; I’m exhausted and my kids are loving their clean bedrooms

My main focus for week 3 of the 40 bags in 40 days challenge was to tackle my daughter’s bedroom.  This beautiful child, who is 13.
I was very frustrated with this room because it was such a mess.  This is totally unlike my daughter.  Of all 3 children, her room is usually in pretty good shape.
She will sometimes lock herself in her bedroom and clean all day.  I guess all the evenings and weekends spent on the baseball and softball field has been keeping her from it.
I can understand that.
Or, she just hasn’t bothered because she knew I was doing the 40 bags in 40 days challenge and wanted me to do it for her?  No…. she wouldn’t think like that, right?!
Has anyone ever seen a chair that looks like this before?  No? Yes? I’m not the only one right?
Those clothes are ALL clean.  No wonder it takes her so long to get ready for school in the mornings – she can’t find her clothes.
Her room wasn’t super bad, like her brothers.  She just needed her dressers and desk cleaned off, dusted, trash thrown away and some things sorted to give away or sell.
This is her hutch.  She found this Christmas candle holder I forgot to put away with the Christmas decorations.  oops!!
Her desk.  I hope she isn’t upset that I got rid of all the old birthday and christmas cards she had displayed.  It was time!
Her dresser.  See the dusting wand?  She was actually trying to clean a little bit.  I like to think that I was just helping her out.
Her closet wasn’t bad.  Shes pretty good about not keeping clothes that don’t fit or she doesn’t like anymore.
I did find this pile of stuff shoved in the back.
Everything gets put on the bed.  It’s a great place for sorting.
The empty closet.  She actually had a pretty good sized closet.  My husband likes to paint the kids closets when we redo their rooms.  I think it’s fun and looks cool.  The kids love it.

Most of her clothes stayed.  I did find about 10 shirts that I hadn’t seen her wear in a few years so I put them in the giveaway pile. 
Her room didn’t take me near as long as her brothers.  I got finished in 1 day.
Her desk looks much better.  Maybe she can actually do her homework there now.
And 1 final finished picture.
She had been asking me all week if I had gotten to her room.  I hope she is happy with it when she gets home.
In the end I got 1 bag of trash and 1.5 bags of giveaway/garage sale items.
Not too bad for a slow start to the week.

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Week 2 {40 bags in 40 days)

I’m still knee deep in my 40 bags in 40 days challenge over at whitehouse,blackshutters with Ann Marie. 
Week 2 seemed to be really rough for me.  I’m not sure if it was all the baseball and softball events or the fact that I was working on my 9 year olds room, which happened to be a total disaster area. 
I started out Monday with his closet.  The closets in our house are fairly small, so I figured it wouldn’t be too big a deal.  WRONG!  I could have sworn I had just cleaned out his closet.  I couldn’t believe the amount of clothes he had that he didn’t wear.
The floor of his closet had so much stuff on it that I was almost impossible to get his laundry basket out on laundry day.

So I started as usual and removed everything out of the closet.  I piled everything on his bed. 

The closet completely cleaned out.

Look who came to help!  He actually wanted to sleep in there that night.  I didn’t let him.  It’s amazing how much room we have when we don’t have all the clutter.

I even enlisted his help going through his clothes.  I let him dictate what fit, what didn’t fit, what he will wear and won’t wear.  He took everything off the hangers and help me bag it up for goodwill or a garage sale.

Look at all the extra clothes that were hanging in his closet.

Tuesday, wednesday and friday, I continued working on his room.  It had really gotten out of hand.  This corner right here drives me crazy.  He seems to just throw everything on the floor in this spot.

His desk is always a mess.  The kid is a genuine pack-rat and loves to hang onto stuff.

Look at this night stand.  Yes, that is a Christmas stocking! 

After finished the closet, we got the clothes he was keeping and promised to wear hung back up.  The floor is clean of stuff and I won’t hurt myself trying to get to the laundry basket.

Remember the white bookshelves I had removed from my master bathroom?  Well, they would work perfectly in his room.  He needed the extra storage space too.
It looks so much better and gets all that stuff off the floor.

Check out the night stand now. 
I just hope he can keep it this way.

And in the end, I think ‘Ted’ the turtle is much happier with a clean room.  Do you see that big smile on his face 🙂

I promised my daughter that her room was next.  She was totally envious of her brothers room.  I’m slow getting started again this week but I will get there.
One bag at a time!!
I’m linking up with whitehouse,blackshutters.

568 photos and a weekend of softball & baseball

I didn’t get much sorting, tossing and cleaning done this weekend. 
What I did do, however; was take lots of pictures.
568 pictures to be exact.
Actually, let me rephrase that; at one point my daughter got her hands on the camera and she took about 100 pictures.  So, technically; I only took 468.  A minor detail when you take that many pictures.
I’m sure your thinking “what on earth could she possibly take that many pictures of?”
Um, baseball and softball, duh!!
It has started (and taken over our lives) in full force.  I’m not sure when we might have another chance to breath.  Right now, we are just taking it one day at a time.
Friday night:
We started the softball tournament.  Thank goodness it started on Friday or I wouldn’t have gotten to see any of my daughter’s games.
It was dark so I wasn’t able to take many photos.  Also, I should mention that whenever I go to any of her games, she doesn’t do well.  She does great when I’m not there.  I just don’t get it.
They ended up losing the first game and tying the second game.  They had to come back on Saturday to play and we didn’t figure they would make it very far. 
Since I had to take Zachary to his tournament, I wasn’t able to go to Victoria’s.  (Of course, the tournaments were on 2 completely different sides of Georgia)
With the way they played on Friday, we figured Victoria would only have a couple games, and then would be done.  The plan was, they would then come to Zachary’s tournament.  Obviously we spoke too soon.  Her team did great on Saturday {don’t forget I wasn’t there}, they made it to the championship game and came in 2nd place {without me being there}.  They even got a trophy!!! I’m convinced that wouldn’t have happened if I had been there.
They finally came dragging in about 1am.  One AM!!!  How in the world these people expect girls to play all day and not finish until 1am is beyond me but they do it.
So, really with the time change, that couldn’t have come at a worst weekend; they really got to bed about 2am.  We had to be up at 6am to have Zachary 1 hour away by 8am.  Yikes!!!
This is what my daughter looked like until about noon.
We didn’t dare speak to her.
She finally comes out of her coma and begs and pleads for the camera because she is bored. 
It’s interesting what she takes photos of.
Her foot
The back of my head
My clapping hands
Finally she gets my face
And a light
We finally take the camera back from her so we could take pics of her brother.
But first, a question.  How in the world am I suppose to get that red dirt out of our uniform.  Talk about a major headache.  It looks like they added some extra coloring to it.
Yes, Zachary does ‘fly’ around the bases. 
Coming in for a landing at home plate.
Stealing second….
SAFE!!
  That umpire knew better than to call my baby out!  Just kidding!
Overall the boys had a great tournament.  They ended up 2-2.  We didn’t make it to the championship game; but we played great together as a team.  We are improving more and more each time we play and that’s what matters in the end.  Oh, and the fact that we are having fun.
And a major highlight to our weekend….
Zachary got to meet former Atlanta Braves pitcher, Tom Glavine. 
Mr. Glavine’s son was on one of the teams that Zachary’s team played against (and beat).  Tom was at the game on Sunday and every kid in the park wanted his signature.  He signed a ball for Zachary and also his baseball uniform.
I was off getting lunch for the family at the time and can you belive my husband didn’t even grab the camera to take a picture.  The nerve; he was in so much trouble.
Today I feel like I have been run over by a truck.  I didn’t do much in the way of my 40 bags in 40 days; I only managed to clean out a small closet.  Tomorrow I’m hoping to tackle a bigger project.
Until then…. Happy Monday!
Nancy


Day 3 {40 bags in 40 days}

On Wednesday I started a challenge called 40 bags in 40 days.  I learned of this challenge from Ann Marie over at whitehouse,blackshutters.
The purpose of the challenge is to declutter your home, life and everything in between.  I love the idea of decluttering and to be honest, I haven’t decluttered in a long time.
My first project was my master bedroom closet.  It was a big task to start with but really needed done.  You can see the progress here.
It took me all day to clean everything out, sort through everything and then put everything back in.  I was exhausted at the end of the day; but I’m not giving up.  I ended up with 1 bag of trash and 3 bags of stuff to go to goodwill.
My thought process was that on day number 2 I would do the master bathroom and then the master bedroom and then just work myself down the hall into the kids rooms and bath and so forth.  I liked how it seemed all organized and flowed nicely.
After such a huge day 1, I was lucky to do anything on day 2.  I did manage to clean the kids bathroom.  I wasn’t cluttered, it just needed to be cleaned.  So I can check that off my list.
Today, however; I got it together and tackled our master bathroom. 
Can I just start off by saying “we hate our master bathroom”.  That’s terrible, but we really, really hate it.  We would love to just gut the whole thing and start over.  Unfortunately, the lack of time and money keeps us from doing just that. 
Sometime ago, I got the bright idea of putting this bookshelf in the bathroom to hold all the things I had to have in there.  I don’t know why I thought this was a good idea but I did.  The bathroom isn’t huge and this took up quite a bit of space.
I kept it pretty full, too.  You can see the brown wall behind it.  I decided I wanted to paint the bathroom brown and so I painted just that one wall, hated it and it’s been that way since.
This is under hubby’s sink.  It’s not too bad.  That plastic bin, if you can see it there, is empty.  It’s suppose to be for his extra bars of soap.  You can see where they are.

This is under my sink.  Not too bad, but there is a lot of stuff thrown in the back.  I did try to be a little organized with the plastic bins.
I have a few of these bins sitting around collecting hair gels.  I don’t know why I bother, I never use them. 

And so I began; I removed everything from under the sinks and off the bookshelf.  I started tossing bottles of stuff that I don’t even remember why I bought it in the first place.  It’s amazing how much stuff we can collect.
I organized it all, made use of the plastic bins that I had anyway, wiped everything down and put it all back in.  Only organized this time.
This is what under my sink looks like now.
I was even able to get some of the things off the bookshelf in there, which is what I really wanted.
Under hubby’s sink.
Why is it that men just naturally require so much fewer stuff than we do?  I’ll never know.
I even got more things into hubby’s drawer, which was only half full.
While I was at it, I cleaned everything.
See, doesn’t it look much bigger without those bookshelves in there?
Maybe one day we will get to redo this room.  For now; I’ll just do my best to keep it clutter free.
I’m linking up with whitehouse,blackshutters for her 40 bags in 40 days challenge.
Looking forward to what the next 37 days bring 🙂
Nancy

A cupboard redo….

This summer my husband was coming home from the grocery store and discovered that my favorite antique store was having a garage sale in their parking lot.
He suggested we go see what they have, and since I’m always on the lookout for some good “junk”, off we went. 
We got there at just the right time – closing time.
You know when you show up at something like this right at closing time, the people are practically paying you to take their stuff just so they don’t have to shlep it back home with them.
I found about 4 or 5 good things from one booth and the lady running it was giving the stuff to me for FREE.  She also had this cupboard and I ended up throwing $3 her way because I felt so bad that I was taking all her stuff for nothing.
So we loaded the cupboard up and brought it home.
This is what it looked like when we brought it home.
It was pretty rough but I had big dreams for it. 
Now keep in mind that I have never refinished any piece of furniture in my life.  I’ve thought about it a great deal but never done it on my own.
My husband, on the other hand, is very handy to have around and so I knew if I got into a tight spot, he would be able to get me out 🙂
In my excitement, I promptly went to the home improvement store and got some paint stripper.  My plan was to strip off the paint, sand it down to bare wood and stain it. 
It’s good I can laugh at myself because that wasn’t happening.
Those of you who have refinished wood before know what I’m talking about.
So after stripping some of the paint off and sanding it a little, I put it back into the basement where it waited and waited and waited some more.
Fast forward several months; we had a really nice day in February and I just couldn’t stand seeing my poor cupboard sitting in the basement half (well, not even half) finished.
This was when I decided that a nice coat of paint would be perfect for it.  I took it outside, washed it up, sanded it a little bit and then primed it.
Oh my gosh…. it was already looking so much better.  It ended up being a really nice weekend so I got the entire cupboard painted.
Looking pretty good for a FREE cupboard that is going in my basement anyway.
If you remember, it also had doors.  We knocked out the insert and I wanted to do glass in the doors.  My husband came up with the idea of putting a piece of plastic in them and painting the plastic with a frosting paint. 
We decided to ‘fancy’ them up a little bit and add our initial to them.  I created a template in Microsoft Word that I liked.
Printed off 2 of them; one for each door.
I then cut them out and adhered them to the backside of the plastic pieces.  We just used a little scrapbook adheasive so they would be easy to get off.
I went and got some of this Valspar Frosting paint.  It worked really great. 
NOTE: Don’t spray this in your basement, it really stinks for a long time and will make your whole family high.  I’m just sayin’.

I was shopping at my fav antique store and came across these 2 handles. 
I liked the simplicity of them.
This is what it looks like completely finished.
I really like the way the doors came out.
It’s not stained like I thought it needed to be, but I think it looks great and I’m happy to say that I did it.