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post #21 of 46

I am so glad I signed up for this monthly challenge...I have made some progress!  I still have a lot more to do but I am getting there.

 

Please compare to the photos above to see the improvement. biggrinbounce.gif

 

 

livingroom_piano-corner.jpg

 

 

I have cleared a lot of stuff that was dumped in the corner next to the piano.

 

livingroom_speaker-corner.jpg

 

I relocated the wheely toy and another item that was stored in the corner, cleaned the couches and dusted the speaker and paintings.

post #22 of 46

Yea.. I haven't even really thought about doing anything. Right about now Im happy to stay afloat :) On the bright side of the fact we are moving soon is I can try to get a better start on the next house (ok, I say that every time).

post #23 of 46
Thread Starter 

Great progress, clutterwarrior!

 

One step at a time, Okimom. :)

 

Me, I've been taking two steps forward and a step backward at every turn. Eventually, it'll all happen, right???? ;)

post #24 of 46

I'm going to join you guys for the end of the month.  Our entryway is really our porch and living room, since there's no space in between there.  At the beginning of october we got a new couch and love seat, so that has really spurred me on to *do something* with this space.  I'm working on a pillow (ultimately I'd like to make several) and covering a chair (this one from ikea, so pretty easy), and I want to cover a second, not so easy looking chair.  I'm also planning on making curtains, but I won't have the fabric till the very end of the month or maybe november.  

 

Yesterday I got rid of about a third of the toys that live in the living room and that has made it feel so nice in here!  We are not toy minimalists.  yikes2.gif  So, that was a lot of toys gone for good.  Woo hoo!  The ones that are out in the living room are now all nicely contained in their bins.  Eventually I also want to go through our toy closet (also in the living room but I wouldn't say entryway) and that might make room for more of the living room toys.  

 

So, for this challenge, I'd like to:

 

--  really clean up the porch (including figuring out what to do with our nip 2 year old microwave that's out there)

--  wash the big window in that faces onto the porch

--  wash the curtains that are currently up and rehang them

--  dust and straighten the cabinet the tv sits on, where all sorts of crap I don't know what to do with lands

 

SSD,  Your place is looking great!  I can't believe that white-ish fabric couch looks so good.  Do you have kids???  Mine would destroy that in a matter of minutes, I'm pretty sure.  And if they didn't, my dogs would.  Sigh...  

 

ClutterWarrior,  Yay for that corner under the table next to the piano!  That is the kind of stuff that paralyzes me.  Your place looks great, too!  

post #25 of 46

I'm actually almost done!  I'm first-trimester pregnant, and I don't know if my tiny children will "let" me paint the trim.  Therefore, no guarantees that that part will get done this month (my four-year-old will want to "help," and my two-year-old will dip his chubby hands in the paint.  Trust me.  I know them.  eyesroll.gif love.gif)

 

Your place looks awesome, Clutterwarrior!  Such inpsiration!


Edited by Turquesa - 10/20/11 at 4:36pm
post #26 of 46

Thanks everyone! orngbiggrin.gif

 

Sunnysandiegan you will get there eventually! thumb.gif

 

Rubidoux well done with the toys, and you have reminded me of the porch...we never use the porch at the front of our living room as we are on a main road, but it sure needs sweeping..

 

Turquesa, I can just imagine how the little ones would 'help'...lol.gif

 

 

post #27 of 46

Great challenge! I'm coming in a bit late but since the entrance and living area is half of my home, and I need to rearrange furniture anyway, I am so in on this! Sunny, I'm basing my list right off of yours!!

 

1) Clean coffee table thoroughly. Remove and wipe down glass panels. Make a wood dusting solution and wipe down the frame.

2) Hang decorative wand on front door, possibly add more foliage to it.

3) Vacuum super duper thoroughly!

4) Wipe down baseboards.
5) Clean windows, wipe down frames, blinds as well.

6) Vacuum couch

7) Go thru front storage

8) Rearrange furniture

9) Bust out the knitting and give it a home in the living area instead of hidden in the closet!

post #28 of 46

 

--  really clean up the porch (including figuring out what to do with our nip 2 year old microwave that's out there)  --  still gotta figure out what to do with the micro, though

--  wash the big window in that faces onto the porch

--  wash the curtains that are currently up and rehang them

--  dust and straighten the cabinet the tv sits on, where all sorts of crap I don't know what to do with lands

 

I did a ton today!  I was motivated by the fact that someone from ds's school is coming to pick him up for a b'day party tomorrow and they'll at least see the porch and maybe more.  I'm going to add a bit to the list:

 

--  do the upkeep for the leather couches that are the first things you see when you walk in (some kind of conditioner you're supposed to rub on them every 3 mos, I think)

--  clean the inside of the remaining two windows in the living room (these are impossible for me to reach from the outside, I'm sure they'll still look pretty cruddy after I clean the inside)

 

I also would love to get a low sun plant to put out on the porch but I don't have much money to spend.  Any suggestions?  :)

post #29 of 46

 

Ack!  Can't get rid of this quote box...  but I did a little more today:

 

--  really clean up the porch (including figuring out what to do with our nip 2 year old microwave that's out there)  --  still gotta figure out what to do with the micro, though

--  wash the big window in that faces onto the porch

--  wash the curtains that are currently up and rehang them

--  dust and straighten the cabinet the tv sits on, where all sorts of crap I don't know what to do with land

--  do the upkeep for the leather couches that are the first things you see when you walk in (some kind of conditioner you're supposed to rub on them every 3 mos, I think)

--  clean the inside of the remaining two windows in the living room (these are impossible for me to reach from the outside, I'm sure they'll still look pretty cruddy after I clean the inside)

 

And dh said he'd clean those windows that I can't reach from the outside!  Woot!

post #30 of 46
Thread Starter 

I was out of town this weekend. My DH & DD (age 10) cleaned the whole house  - without me - for the first time EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! joy.gif

(I couldn't find the fainting smilie, so I'll just express my JOY and gratitude!)

 

Someone upthread asked about my white sofa. I purchased that light cream-colored loveseat USED back in 1996 (before I even met DH). Can you believe it???? That was one of my best purchases!!! It has survived three moves, two cats (one elderly with poor health; one too young to be away from her mother), one child (plus oodles of playmates), and lots of home improvement projects.

 

Meanwhile, DH wrapped the sisal around the trunk of the kitty's perch over the weekend. WOO HOO!!! We were gifted all the parts of the cat perch (by various people) and we built it two(?) years ago, adding to it over time. I'm pretty happy with it at this point. I am planning to sew up a fabric liner of some kind for the basket at some point, but that's all for now. When/if the basket needs replacing, the right thing will come along.

 

Someone asked upthread about low-light plants. Dracenas and peace lilies (spathiphyllum) both do well in low-light. The peace lily won't necessarily flower without sufficient light, but the leaves will remain glossy and pretty. Dracenas are an entire category of plants and come in so many varieties, it is easy to choose what appeals most to you. I recently learned something fascinating about both dracenas and spathiphyllums. They prefer to be watered thoroughly and then left alone to dry out mostly. Um, PERFECT for houseplants, in my humble opinion!!! I was trying to be so good about watering the darn things and I accidentally killed not one, not two, but THREE beautiful (in the beginning) dracenas over the last 9-10 years. Hmmmph. I have several more I picked up just this month and they are doing well with the new watering plan. I also have kept grass-type palm-like houseplants alive (only labeled as "tropical plant") in medium-to-low light. I buy all houseplants as small as possible to keep the cost down. They grow... ;)

 

I have two projects to do today that will remove two piles of stuff from our living room. YIPPEE!!! One is school related and one is garden related. I need to leave MDC and get busy... ;)

post #31 of 46

Wow wish I found this thread sooner!!! We are really working decultering around here as we hope to list our house next year. This month I have been working on the kitchen. Next month I will join you guys!! Even if you do kitchens I have sooo much more to do! Great job everybody!! 

post #32 of 46

Way to go mamas!

 

1) Clean coffee table Just did a quick fix for the top of the coffee table, still have to clean it thoroughly. Remove and wipe down glass panels. Make a wood dusting solution and wipe down the frame.

2) Hang decorative wand on front door, possibly add more foliage to it.

3) Vacuum super duper thoroughly!

4) Wipe down baseboards.

5) Clean windows, wipe down frames, blinds as well.Did blinds and wiped down around windows, still have to clean them with vinegar.

6) Vacuum couch

7) Go thru front storage

8) Rearrange furniture

9) Bust out the knitting and give it a home in the living area instead of hidden in the closet-About to do this now!!


 

 

post #33 of 46
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunnysandiegan View Post

I was out of town this weekend. My DH & DD (age 10) cleaned the whole house  - without me - for the first time EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! joy.gif

(I couldn't find the fainting smilie, so I'll just express my JOY and gratitude!)

 

Someone upthread asked about my white sofa. I purchased that light cream-colored loveseat USED back in 1996 (before I even met DH). Can you believe it???? That was one of my best purchases!!! It has survived three moves, two cats (one elderly with poor health; one too young to be away from her mother), one child (plus oodles of playmates), and lots of home improvement projects.

 

Meanwhile, DH wrapped the sisal around the trunk of the kitty's perch over the weekend. WOO HOO!!! We were gifted all the parts of the cat perch (by various people) and we built it two(?) years ago, adding to it over time. I'm pretty happy with it at this point. I am planning to sew up a fabric liner of some kind for the basket at some point, but that's all for now. When/if the basket needs replacing, the right thing will come along.

 

Someone asked upthread about low-light plants. Dracenas and peace lilies (spathiphyllum) both do well in low-light. The peace lily won't necessarily flower without sufficient light, but the leaves will remain glossy and pretty. Dracenas are an entire category of plants and come in so many varieties, it is easy to choose what appeals most to you. I recently learned something fascinating about both dracenas and spathiphyllums. They prefer to be watered thoroughly and then left alone to dry out mostly. Um, PERFECT for houseplants, in my humble opinion!!! I was trying to be so good about watering the darn things and I accidentally killed not one, not two, but THREE beautiful (in the beginning) dracenas over the last 9-10 years. Hmmmph. I have several more I picked up just this month and they are doing well with the new watering plan. I also have kept grass-type palm-like houseplants alive (only labeled as "tropical plant") in medium-to-low light. I buy all houseplants as small as possible to keep the cost down. They grow... ;)

 

I have two projects to do today that will remove two piles of stuff from our living room. YIPPEE!!! One is school related and one is garden related. I need to leave MDC and get busy... ;)



SSD,  That was me, on both accounts.  :)  Thanks for the advice about plants.  I'll keep my eye out for dracenas and peace lilies.  And that watering routine sounds doable.  I am so bad at taking care of plants.  Hopefully I'll be up to that task, though.  I'm going to home depot today to get some *free* paint chip cards to make some "wall art" with, and I'll check out their plants.

 

I was going to take today off and do only the everyday upkeep kinda stuff, but all I have left on my entryway list is to condition the new couches.  Maybe I'll do that.  Seems kinda mindless and not too traumatic.  

 

As I've been sitting my 2 year old has emptied out two big bins of toys onto the floor.  :(  I think it's about time for a nap!

post #34 of 46

Well I'm still about where I was by the end of last weekend! Still have some rearranging to do..... glass/windows and vacuum couch (going to dump a bunch of baking soda on it later! then I have no choice). Getting an easy chair coming tomorrow (free), so I'll have to wait until then to get everything in place. Beyond that .....not much else I can do with zero budget. I am going to set back up the play area I used to have in the living room for D. It was a corner sort of sectioned off by her chalkboard, shopping cart, and table. I put everything away when I was having some ladies over but I'd rather she be able to play than the closets be full!

post #35 of 46

I haven't made a lot of progress since my last photos, as last weekend I started working on decluttering the computer table with a view to moving it out of the room, but then my DD and her boyfriend took over the living room to watch a DVD and I didn't have the heart to throw them out of the room, and just haven't had time since. I am too engrossed in other issues at the moment in my life to worry about it right now, so this is going on the backburner for now!

 

post #36 of 46
Thread Starter 

I got through the school project and those items went back to the school and out of our living room! :)

 

Still more to do.......always......sigh.........

post #37 of 46

I did one couch and now I only have one to go...  Hopefully I'll do the other either tonight or tomorrow night after Aug is in bed.  It's a little irritating, though, to be done with my list and look around and realize that it's going to look kinda crappy till I paint.  Sigh...  The only thing that's stopping me is that we are BROKE till next week.  So it shouldn't be long.

post #38 of 46
Thread Starter 

I finished another project that was lurking in the living room and put those items away. Everything except the immediate entryway is looking good finally!

 

I still have all the actual cleaning to do and the entryway straightening. The stairs are magically clear, though, which is a pleasant surprise!

 

Last big push is this weekend!!! I'm aiming for completion, how about you???

post #39 of 46

Yay!  WTG, SSD!  I think I'm going to finish my last little project tonight, the cleaning/conditioning of the love seat.  

post #40 of 46

Well it looks a bit more like a living room and less like an empty room with a couch, thanks to the addition of an easy chair and short bookcase from my mom. She also gave me a couple of wooden partitions, one of which will go outside my front door to reduce the obviousness of the stuff stashed under the stairs- my landlord keeps a couple spare air conditioning units, tools, etc. and I have the Christmas tree and Dahlia's bike out there, possibly going to put off-season clothes out there as well. The other one might help create the play area I envision for D! I never did pull out her chalk board and move her little table back over into that corner. After tonight, I work two doubles in a row, so there won't be much happening between now and the end of the month. This is going to be a work in progress for quite some time. As I said before, the open entry/living/dining area is fully half of our home... and it's just big enough to provide a lot of different options for arrangement. Maybe after the kiddo goes to bed tonight I'll get inspired to put some things into place and shoot a couple pics. It is a very unpolished space compared to most of what gets posted here! I mean even compared to your before photos! But I think I'll do it to get some placement suggestions before the challenge ends.

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