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post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by iamama View Post
I would like to work on the financial area of the house to make sure were ready to recieve...any tips?
me too! any help in that department would be great.

i know that one thing my books say is always keep the toilet seats closed when not in use. when they are left open, money gets "flushed away" i try to do that anyways in case baby decides to go for a swim or throw things in, but its a good reminder!
post #22 of 40
OK, well, in the theory of decluttering I of course checked the library for this. Of course, they don't have this book!
post #23 of 40
I'm going to install a couple of hooks in our coat closet so I can quickly hang up my jacket, Mine doesn't end up right in front off the door but further in the house.. but not put away, I find it time consuming to get a hanger down, hang the jacket on it and hang the hanger back up, so I'm hoping with a hook I can just qickly hang it and be done. The kids have a low hook for their jackets but I find they are not hanging theirs like they were, most likely because they are following my bad example.

I'm having a debate in my head... a clock... right as you walk through my door you will see a digital alarm clock on the table next to the couch. I like it there because it's easy to see from the porch and I can keep track of time for when there are kids over that need to be back home at a certain time, it's useful. But it's right there... I could go with a analog clock on the wall, but my boys are still learning to tell time and the digital is easier for them... Do I like it on the table? where it is at? kinda, sorta, not really.... I could move it to another place but then it would be harder to see... what to do? what to do?

green_momma2007 you also hit the nail on the head when you said holiday pictures... well I have a cabinet of tree ornaments that you see right when you walk in the house! I need to put them away!

I need to figure out something for shoes, I have the closet and an over the door holder for shoes and usually the shoes are put in that or on the floor in there but as spring nears and garden season is here shoes are more muddy and I don't want to track things in the house so I would like something outside on the porch that will hold the shoes... suggestions anyone?

I'm doing pictures because it's easier for me to take one, load it on the computer and then sit here and think about what I see only in that frame.

Another question... where do you keep your wallet/purse/bag? Do you keep it near the door or further into the house? We just moved to 'the city' from pretty rural so it just seems unsafe to me to keep my purse right there as you walk into the door. It's not like I'm keeping mine in the way back of the house in a safe or anything... but I don't want it near the door nor do I like it where it is at now, over a wood chair back in the living room
post #24 of 40
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Originally Posted by lightheart View Post
I'm going to install a couple of hooks in our coat closet so I can quickly hang up my jacket, Mine doesn't end up right in front off the door but further in the house.. but not put away, I find it time consuming to get a hanger down, hang the jacket on it and hang the hanger back up, so I'm hoping with a hook I can just qickly hang it and be done. The kids have a low hook for their jackets but I find they are not hanging theirs like they were, most likely because they are following my bad example.
I notice the same thing! I hang my jacket, DD hangs hers (on hanger or hook). I leave my jacket out, DD leaves hers out. Monkey see, Monkey do???

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I'm having a debate in my head... a clock... right as you walk through my door you will see a digital alarm clock on the table next to the couch. I like it there because it's easy to see from the porch and I can keep track of time for when there are kids over that need to be back home at a certain time, it's useful. But it's right there... I could go with a analog clock on the wall, but my boys are still learning to tell time and the digital is easier for them... Do I like it on the table? where it is at? kinda, sorta, not really.... I could move it to another place but then it would be harder to see... what to do? what to do?
I love analog clocks! DH & DD both MUCH prefer digital. We have digital in our bedrooms and analog in the living room.

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I need to figure out something for shoes, I have the closet and an over the door holder for shoes and usually the shoes are put in that or on the floor in there but as spring nears and garden season is here shoes are more muddy and I don't want to track things in the house so I would like something outside on the porch that will hold the shoes... suggestions anyone?
I have seen closed plastic shoe storage at Ikea and other places. I wasn't interested, so I didn't pay that close attention. I vaguely recall three tilt-down doors that held the shoes. It was streamlined.

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Another question... where do you keep your wallet/purse/bag? Do you keep it near the door or further into the house? We just moved to 'the city' from pretty rural so it just seems unsafe to me to keep my purse right there as you walk into the door. It's not like I'm keeping mine in the way back of the house in a safe or anything... but I don't want it near the door nor do I like it where it is at now, over a wood chair back in the living room
Our entryway is literally 4 feet by 4 feet of raised white tile. The stairs are immediately in front of you when you walk in the door. The rest of the entryway is open to the living room. I use a bit of the living room for the entryway. We have a tall bookcase next to the door (off the raised tile) and I place my purse on one of those shelves. The bookcase is between the windows and the door on the same wall, so unless you are inside the house you cannot see my purse. It is tucked between the side of the bookcase and a wicker organizer where I keep keys and outgoing mail and coupons, etc. It doesn't really show much even when you are in the house, either, unless you are looking for it. Our "coat" closet is farther into our living room and I used to keep my purse there, hanging on an over-the-door hook. I moved all my "out of use" purses there. We rarely need coats/jackets here (mild climate), so it was a pain to always remember to get my purse before putting on my shoes. I don't take my purse everywhere since I walk several times a day and I prefer to keep shoes off the carpet. DH keeps his wallet and "stuff" farther in the house.
post #25 of 40
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Originally Posted by MamaFern View Post
me too! any help in that department would be great.

i know that one thing my books say is always keep the toilet seats closed when not in use. when they are left open, money gets "flushed away" i try to do that anyways in case baby decides to go for a swim or throw things in, but its a good reminder!

Thanks! Lids down at iamamas house from now on
post #26 of 40
Thread Starter 
I finally started cleaning the entrance hall. Wow, that floor was dirty. I'm going to put a shoe rack to gather all those shoes. I still don't know what to do with the stroller though. I use it all the time when I go down the hall to do laundry. So I think it will stay there for the time being. Here's the pic:
http://flickr.com/photos/13478937@N04/?saved=1
Any ideas on how I can spruce it up a little?
Maybe add a plant?
post #27 of 40
Thread Starter 
Regarding mirrors:
Remove any mirrors that are cracked or that distort.
Make sure that mirrors do not face the door (sends chi out the door).
Also, never have two mirrors facing each other.

Mail clutter:
Have a place for incoming mail, and throw out junk mail the minute it comes in!
Store menus in a folder.
Have a place for your keys and put them ther all the time, that way you are never left wondering were you last put them.
post #28 of 40
When I don't have the extra money to buy a book, and it's not at the library, I go read it at the book store. There are lots of places that let you sit and read. Then you can also take a pile of feng shui books and compare. or browse the bargain books. sometimes it's cheaper when you don't have to pay shipping.

That's interesting about the shoes in the entryway, since every asian house always has a ton of shoes at the door. I think the theory and the practice don't always match up.
post #29 of 40
Cool idea, sounds fun & I think I may join in. (without this book, but I've got other feng shui books so I think I'll catch on to the ideas the challenges are getting at).

Our 'entry' is like 3x2 and crowded with an over used coat rack, two doors for the bookshelf I've never gotten around to putting on it. We keep shoes elsewhere just inside. I'll have to look over stuff.

On the plus side, just yesterday I tossed the old and dried holiday swag on the door in the compost.
post #30 of 40
anyone want to throw out a guess why not 2 mirrors facing each other?

I wonder also if thay are not directly facing each other but more angled like you would see in a dressing room... what then okay or not okay?
post #31 of 40
My copy just came in the mail today!!!!

I"m so excited....:
post #32 of 40
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Originally Posted by green_momma2007 View Post
Things to look out for in the entryway:

shoes

What to do:

Put a shoe rack
uggh - this is a sore point for us....we have a tiny house and tiny closets. DH wants his shoes by the front door - I try to remember to put mine in my closet in an effort to keep things neat, but somehow we end up with tons of shoes by the front door...I don't really want to get a shoe rack because that's one more "thing" to have...

does the book give a "reason" why shoes and other clutter is bad for the front door, maybe it'll give me some back up in getting DH to move his shoes to his closet.

PS - thanks for the great thread!
post #33 of 40
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mariel0419 View Post
uggh - this is a sore point for us....we have a tiny house and tiny closets. DH wants his shoes by the front door - I try to remember to put mine in my closet in an effort to keep things neat, but somehow we end up with tons of shoes by the front door...I don't really want to get a shoe rack because that's one more "thing" to have...

does the book give a "reason" why shoes and other clutter is bad for the front door, maybe it'll give me some back up in getting DH to move his shoes to his closet.

PS - thanks for the great thread!
I believe it's because a shoe rack will keep the shoes orderly, as opposed to strewn all over the place.
post #34 of 40
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by lightheart View Post
anyone want to throw out a guess why not 2 mirrors facing each other?

I wonder also if thay are not directly facing each other but more angled like you would see in a dressing room... what then okay or not okay?
Because it would just bounce the flow of chic back and forth.
post #35 of 40
I boxed up the Christmas decorations finally!!!! Unpacked a couple of boxes of my bottle collection and put them in the cabinet that was storing the holiday decor, it's really pretty I think and makes me happy to see my bottles again, silly I guess but .....

I scored 2 really nice wingback chairs from the curb on Friday for the living room so I moved our futon out of there and back into our bedroom where it really belongs, so nice not to have to put it back up everyday so we have enough seating. I know not in the entry but the living room is the first thing you see when you walk through the door so in a way it's helping the entry.

...makes sense that the chi just bounces back and forth when mirros face each other, pretty simple of a concept, I think I was over thinking again when I posted the question, sometimes simple thinking is better.
post #36 of 40
I'm retouching the paint on the walls and the trim. We have a small entryway (live in condo) and everything looks so much nicer w fresh paint. I have a mirror that does face the door and it also holds our keys so they are always in one spot. Everytime I take it down it looks so bare. I love mirrors and have several. Also, looking for a nice front door mat. Other than that it looks good. I try to get DH to clean up his shoes and for the most part its free of shoes. I couldn't find the book at the library or at the bookstore so I'll be checking the thread to see whats next.
post #37 of 40
Thread Starter 
Is everyone done with their entryway? If so, we can move on to the next challenge. I was thinking we could do family office next, since that's the March challenge?
post #38 of 40
I would love to join in. I don't know much about Feng Shui but I would love to learn. I'll work on my front hall today.

I have also always wanted to set up an online picture album like Flickr. Maybe I can do that also and post before and after pics. I always love seeing pictures of peoples homes!
post #39 of 40
Mostly done with the entry, I think.

The front entry needed coats thinned out to the closet, and I moved the kiddo's trunk of hats/shoes in there (which is pretty cheery and now not blocking the stairs). We use the actual front door minimally, so I neatened the 'second entry' too which meant taking all the tools I'm often too lazy downstairs finally. And once I finish up puttering around the computer, yes I will go through all that junk mail! We usually do a little better with it.

Now, the picture of the garbage cans is what one actually sees when coming through the second entry. It probably needs me to tidy it up too, maybe switch out the painting we've got there & move a few things somewhere else. . . so I'll wait and see on how that goes.

(ugh. . the office next, I can't even imagine where I'd even consider that in our house. We have no official office so stuff like that is scattered around and I admit I fear household 'office' paper stuff the most.)
post #40 of 40
I would be interested in hearing about doing the office. I'm taking vacation from computer until March 22 though, so I can spend more time with the kids during their spring break... doing a quick pop in today though
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