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post #161 of 241
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Anna~ you are a goddess woman! (how's the hand?)
Thanks! The hand is doing great! Much better than expected. Still on meds for nerve pain, but almost complete movement back and working on strength. I'm at about 80% to 90% use.
post #162 of 241
annakiss~ Excellant, glad to hear you're mending.

On to the bedroom..... weeded out clothes I'll never wear/fit/etc. Good stuff bagged for Goodwill, bad stuff thrown. Two loads of laundry done with two-a-waitin, still need to pare down my sweater stash and then go thru spring/summer stuff once warm weather hits!

Had to stop for lunch for kid home sick and 2yo.
NOW to tackle those outgrown clothes.......
post #163 of 241
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Now - what to do with the other T-shirts? Pitch them? Take them to good will? or Cut them up for rags? Is there anything else that can be done with 20-23 T-shirts?
I like anna's idea of the lego quilt, but I'm not that ambitious. Do the shirts hold memories?

I've taken some of mine from college and HS days and made a a simple quilt. I cut the silkscreened side into a 12X12 square, or larger, and then just sewed them together. Its the softest quilt, great for laying in the grass outside.

If that's not an option, I'd do some rags and toss the rest. I don't see them being a "hot" item at goodwill. Maybe an animal shelter?

Good Luck! Amanda
post #164 of 241
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Thanks

It took a long time to get here, and I'm still not 100% happy with it, but I don't have stress when I enter the room anymore and that was my main goal!
That is an excellent goal and one I hope to achieve myself too!

By the end of March when I come home my room I want no stress... there it is, down in print
post #165 of 241
We're still chugging along. I'll post a progress report after this weekend (generally our most productive time!).

Right now I'm thinking a lot about balance. I'm working with a very small room, to accommodate a whole lot of people. I really want to do some decorating and personalizing. I'm just afraid that with each thing that I add, the room is going to feel smaller, more cluttered, less restful. I would really like to design little areas for each of the kids and I would love some space tailored to just me as well, but that's a lot to expect out of such a tiny footprint.

Anyone have any advise or sage words on decorating a small space?
post #166 of 241
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I like anna's idea of the lego quilt, but I'm not that ambitious. Do the shirts hold memories?
The T-shirts do hold memories, but I'm over that and ready to let them go. I'm not a quilty kinda-person so they aren't going to get turned into anything. I keep seeing how distressed T-shirts are in at Hollister (or were) so I wondered if they might sell at good will. I may cut a few into rags and box up the rest.
post #167 of 241
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Anyone have any advise or sage words on decorating a small space?
Bright colors, minimal objects and furniture. Avoid dark, bulky things. A large painting can cover a lot of space and really bring in a lot of color. Keep window treatments simple and let in lots of light. Any other specific questions?
post #168 of 241
I'm two days late, but that's okay, right??

My before pictures can be found on myspace under the "march decluttering challenge" blog: Charmie's MySpace

I really want to get the rooms painted, but I don't know if it'll happen, so for now I'm going to work on the clutter and unpacking the closet.
post #169 of 241
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Bright colors, minimal objects and furniture. Avoid dark, bulky things. A large painting can cover a lot of space and really bring in a lot of color. Keep window treatments simple and let in lots of light. Any other specific questions?
I'm actually not very keen on bright colors, especially in a sleeping area. Bright just doesn't equal restful to me.

I just keep thinking, hmm.. I want this, and maybe that there and then this... and then stop to think about it and it's like, wow that's going to be crowded.

I was actually really jealous of your gorgeous belly cast hanging on the wall! btw, and this is totally OT, but did a see a placenta print hanging on the wall above the one dresser??

Anyhow, I thought that I'd really like to hang my belly cast. And I'd love to hang some pictures and a mirror. I'd like curtains and a ceiling fan. There is the dresser that I desperately want, and the bunk beds for the boys.

Our room is around 150 sq ft. It's oddly shaped, so there is a lot of visual stuff at play already. Currently we have a king sized bed up there and an air purifier, as well as some large built in bookcases. It feels pretty peaceful right now, if you don't look directly at the bookcases. But add in all of the other stuff, that would make life easier or personalize it more, and it's just going to be wall to wall. There really isn't any way around that, but I'm trying to minimize the effect.

We were at a friends new house recently. There bedroom was the most incredible thing I've ever seen. It was a small room with lots of windows. The windows themselves were beautiful architecturally speaking, very esthetically pleasing. The windows framed breathtaking views. There was a beautiful light fixture hanging in the center of the room and a bed. That was it. Their dressers and closets were elsewhere. There was a bookcase built into the wall outside the room. It was so pleasant and peaceful!! I loved that feeling. But they also have an entire house to work out their artistic impulses and store all of their stuff. Our bedroom is for 4 people and it's half of our house. We need to get a lot out of it! I'd just love for it to feel more like a sanctuary, more spiritually nourishing, yk? In a small space every square inch matters and effects the way the room feels. It's a lot to consider.

Anyhow, I'm totally babbling here. I'll have to think about specific questions I might have.
post #170 of 241
I've watched a lot of HGTV and the thing I've found when they're working with small spaces is that they always use multi-function furniture. A nightstand that serves as a dresser, as well, would be a good example for the bedroom. We don't have a small space, but that's something that we've made use of ourselves. I REALLY HATE dressers, as they always end up being catchalls (the tops), but most people need drawer space. Another possibility would be to put your bed on lifts and make use of the underbed storage (though that may not work if you're a co-sleeper). Anyway, my advice is think multi-function. The goal may be a room that looks minimalist, but that doesn't mean the room has to be empty.
post #171 of 241
Hi, Charlotte! Fancy meeting you here!

I've not made any extra progress in my room this week. It's been a crazy week and I've not been home much. I may try to tackle the bathroom counter and the ironing board today. Save the closet for next week!
post #172 of 241
I know I am starting like, a third of the way through, but hey I am almost 37 weeks pregnant, so gimme a break.:

MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR- Not Happening, sorry. Camera still isn't workingb


WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM - It's a good size(not sure the dimensions any more) for our house. It's peaceful, and our whole house has really nice energy, including the bedroom. We have a sink/vanity open to the room and a little shower/toilet just off the room.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM - The lack of decorating, the nasty old country wallpaper in the vanity, the lack of
a window in the bathroom. The lack of a fan in the bathroom (no mold yet, but I am paranoid) How much CLOTHES I own, but that's not really a problem with the room, just with me...:

HOT SPOTS (spots in your room that tend to collect clutter) Um, most open surfaces....: The dresser, my closet, and the corner near my bed.

MY PLAN OF ACTION - here is where you can be as agressive or laid back as you like. If you want to list a series of goals

1-Get the cosleeper out of there. I used it for dcboy but he sleeps in a big bed now. The cosleeper holds crap now.
2-Go through my clothes- this is the biggie, I need to seriously cull the majority of my clothes, and in a few weeks I can get rid of alot of maternity!
3-Get DH to put up shelves over the changing table, to hold more diapering stuff
4-Pull down wallpaper in vanity, organize the vanity
5- get someone to come help with puttng up texture in vanity, or wait until after baby comes to texture and paint
6-Get or make some type of window covering for the window. Lived here for close to two years and still have just the same *pink* (shudder) blinds...
7-Put up some pictures/art/ something for goodness sake!

I think thats it for the time being...
post #173 of 241
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Originally Posted by AutumnMelody View Post
I'm actually not very keen on bright colors, especially in a sleeping area. Bright just doesn't equal restful to me.
I just mean bright as in not dark. Light, airy colors, anything that doesn't close you in, making small spaces smaller. yk?

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I was actually really jealous of your gorgeous belly cast hanging on the wall! btw, and this is totally OT, but did a see a placenta print hanging on the wall above the one dresser??
Yes, it is a placenta print - a really lovely one. I paid a fortune on that framing though. God framing is expensive. But it looks so nice!

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Anyhow, I thought that I'd really like to hang my belly cast.
Do it! I have two hung in my house - one in the hallway and one in the bedroom, which you saw. The first one I put little holes in on the sides and thread wire through, but I had to reinforce the holes with clear glue. The second one I use leftover plaster strips to attach a ribbon to the back. It worked really well. Just a tip. Did you paint yours? I loved the sculptural quality of mine so much I just couldn't(they both have the full torso and arms, though the hands are folded around the belly differently - the one in my room as them both underneath, the one in the hall has one on top and one on bottom).

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Originally Posted by AutumnMelody View Post
Our room is around 150 sq ft. It's oddly shaped, so there is a lot of visual stuff at play already. Currently we have a king sized bed up there and an air purifier, as well as some large built in bookcases. It feels pretty peaceful right now, if you don't look directly at the bookcases. But add in all of the other stuff, that would make life easier or personalize it more, and it's just going to be wall to wall. There really isn't any way around that, but I'm trying to minimize the effect.

We were at a friends new house recently. There bedroom was the most incredible thing I've ever seen. It was a small room with lots of windows. The windows themselves were beautiful architecturally speaking, very esthetically pleasing. The windows framed breathtaking views. There was a beautiful light fixture hanging in the center of the room and a bed. That was it. Their dressers and closets were elsewhere. There was a bookcase built into the wall outside the room. It was so pleasant and peaceful!! I loved that feeling. But they also have an entire house to work out their artistic impulses and store all of their stuff. Our bedroom is for 4 people and it's half of our house. We need to get a lot out of it! I'd just love for it to feel more like a sanctuary, more spiritually nourishing, yk? In a small space every square inch matters and effects the way the room feels. It's a lot to consider.
That sounds really nice. I really wanted a sanctuary too. The stuff on our walls just kind of ended up there, but I like looking at it, so it doesn't bother me. The bedding became the real focus of that for me. I love our bedding. Curtains, color, these are how to make something really peaceful. DH also wants a fountain, or "water feature," but he hasn't gotten around to buying one yet. As a treat to myself I think I'll replace our curtains when the kids all move out. The things on the wall really celebrate motherhood and pregnancy and birth, but I feel like it's so about my body and less about my children that I like it that way. If our house were different, I'd probably put those things elsewhere and move some other paintings into our bedroom, but this is nice too. Besides, where else is a belly cast gonna go? The dining room? :rofl:
post #174 of 241
I made more progress last night! I locked myself in the bedroom (told DH, "DS is all yours. I'm not here!), and I put away alllll of the clothes that were out and actually have a home. Then I finally unpacked all of our clothes from our 10 day vacation that we got back from on Sunday. So, all the clothes are put away now! The too small/for sale/not-sure-what-to-do-with-you pile is still there, but that's going to get tackled this weekend.

My plan for the weekend:
-Nothing tonight. I was planning to do a little bit of work, but a couple at our church that we're going to start doing marital accountability/counseling with asked us out to dinner, so we're doing that instead.
-Tomorrow, I'm going to Ikea in the morning to get some organizing items for the closet, and curtains. I'm reallllly excited about the curtains! I think I'm going to get these (in orange), or maybe these (depending on how many I'll have to buy to cover my window, since they're panels. I don't want to spend a ton). I was thinking about these, because they're so cheap, but I'll only get them if that green is more vibrant than it looks in the picture.
-My mom is going to take DS for about 4 hours in the afternoon, and DH and I are going to put a major dent in the bedroom. I want to at least sort out "the pile", and clear off all the horizontal surfaces (the dresser, the vanity, that old entertainment center that is serving as DH's nightstand).

I can't wait to post tomorrow night with the continued progress!

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I was actually really jealous of your gorgeous belly cast hanging on the wall! btw, and this is totally OT, but did a see a placenta print hanging on the wall above the one dresser??
Thank you soooooo much for reminding me that I want to frame my placenta print and put it on the wall when I put up my belly cast!
post #175 of 241
Took my "before" pics today, but may not around to posting them til later. DH is appalled that I would post them, so we'll see.

Then I cleaned the top shelf of my closet and got rid of 9 pairs of shoes and dusted the shelf and remaining shoeboxes. Still have a lot of shoes, but this is definitely progress. Some that are left I just can't part with yet, in spite of them being totally inappropriate for Seattle weather and my current wardrobe. They're mostly expensive, too dressy, and with leather soles that don't do well in the rain.

Hopefully I will go through more things tomorrow.
post #176 of 241
can I join in really late? I tried to post the other night but the computer kept eatting my posts!:


MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR
http://s168.photobucket.com/albums/u...wfromdoor1.jpg


WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM (Include a picture!)
*the over all size of it,
*my 'new' closet (a couple of weekends ago we repainted it, added the baseboard and put in new flooring...over a year ago our closet flooded ~it backs up to the laundry room ~ we had to take out the carpet and we laid down a blue tarp to cover the subfloor!) needless to say I LOVE my closet now!
*the big window and the french doors.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
*there is too much furiture in there...
*clutter collects in there (everywhere)

HOT SPOTS (spots in your room that tend to collect clutter)
anywhere flat! tops of dressers,the floor, everywhere!
my room was actually 'clean' when I took the photos. it isn't usually that clean.

MY PLAN OF ACTION - here is where you can be as agressive or laid back as you like. If you want to list a series of goals
*tackle the desk ~ find homes for all that stuff ~ put the desk in the other room
*find a place for ds2 stuff that is on the changing table ~ give away the changing table
*go though all the clutter under the vanity
*list the boxes of for sale stuff on ebay
*find a 'new' comforter for the bed, along with a bedskirt
*paint the room (and maybe put up curtains)
*go though my dresser and the boys clothes again
*clean out under the bed to make room for useable storage
*find a better spot for laundry

I'm sure theres more, but thats a start right? :LOL
post #177 of 241
Moon child I'm in love with your vanity!!!!
post #178 of 241
Since posting my entry, I have been busy with purging my fabric stash (tomorrow we give 11 trash bags full to someone!!) and our clothes. Between DH and I, we gave away about 4 garbage bags of clothes, mostly his (I purge mine frequently). I am so proud of him, as he loves to keep EVERYthing. I thought it would be a lot harder than it was, but he only insisted on keeping a few things that don't fit, and a small pile of "memory" clothes. He tried to keep 5ish work uniforms from an old job, but I talked him out of it. I'm super excited, though, because DH is starting to get into this decluttering thing, too. Just... slower than me.

Oh, and funny thing (to me, anyways)... when I first brought up the idea of switching the bedroom with the craft room (months ago), DH was VERY resistant (hates change). He thought it was such a terrible idea. But just today, he said that he can't wait! He's excited to have a spot to carve stamps for his letterboxing hobby (www.letterboxing.org).

Hmm... I think that's all for now.
post #179 of 241
I'm a tad late joining too...the cooties have gone around this past week and I was sick and taking care of a sick little one too! : But I'm on board now! Usually I shy from these challenges because I feel like I'll just lose steam, get busy and blow it off. But I've been eyeing my bedroom for a while and now is the time to work on it (or at least give it a try)!

MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR
http://s168.photobucket.com/albums/u...h%20Challenge/

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
It's a big room (12' x 15') and has a good sized closet. Oh - and I love the curtains I made.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
Actually the room itself is nothing to complain about. But the closet is jammed with stuff because I don't have a linen closet or any storage so my Christmas stuff, dd's hand-me-downs in large sizes, vacuum, sewing machine, towels/sheets, etc (you get the picture) are all in there. My clothes are jammed in a tiny area with all my pants hanging on the back of my door. Other clothes are jammed in my dressers or under my bed in storage containers (the seasonal stuff). I would like to figure out a better furniture arrangement that flows better. I always feel like I'm walking in a zillion different directions just to get clothes to wear.

HOT SPOTS
The corner and area in front of the window where my laundry basket and scrapbooking cart are seem to be clothes magnets. I tend to pile clothes on top of the cart and the laundry basket gets overfilled! Next to my bed on the floor and on top of my night stand books and magazines start to accumulate. After we read a story I tend to just drop them on the floor because then we turn out the light and go to bed. And the closet is a real disaster!

MY PLAN OF ACTION
1.find someplace else for the scrapbooking cart (but that may not be feasible). If not, at least clean it off and maybe move behind the bedroom door.
2. clean and organize the closet. gulp!
3. work on new furniture arrangement
4. go through the bins under the bed to weed out unnecessary stuff
5. do something with all the smaller sized clothes of my dd's that are stuffed into a clothes hamper (that didn't make my pictures I noticed but it's near the window).
6. find a new place for the laundry. I keep moving that basket around!

I'll be impressed if I get through even a few of these tasks!
post #180 of 241
I made some huge progress this weekend! : Saturday morning, I went to Ikea and got a bunch of stuff that we needed for the bedroom (and some stuff to catch up on last month's kitchen challenge! ). My mom took DS for about five hours in the afternoon/evening, and I got soooo much done! I was planning on having DH help me, but it ended up being more of a one person job (there wasn't really room for more than me in there anyway!), so I put him to work in other parts of the house. Anyway, I tackled most of the pile, and got my curtains up. I was going to post pictures, but I just looked at them, and I don't know what I was thinking when I took them...I was so busy taking pictures of my new curtains, I cut off everything else! So, I guess they will have to come tomorrow, after I take some new pictures.
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