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MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR
coming later...

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM (Include a picture!)
hard pressed to pick anything, it's not the best room in our house at all. maybe the best thing is that there is a master bath attached.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
everything - it's small, it's dark, it's got too much stuff in it, yucky paint color, dreary, it's last on the list for updating/remodeling so no budget for that room right now. part of the clutter problem is that we cosleep with dd. we never really addressed storage needs for a new person in the family.

HOT SPOTS (spots in your room that tend to collect clutter)
definitely dressers and closet floors. the actual floor doesn't get too bad because we need a path to the bathroom.

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

- find a place for the stuff that's on the dresser tops
- declutter drawers and closets and try to get dh to do it too (or do it for him and have him double check the goodwill pile. we don't generally mess with each other's things so I have to see about this.)
- go through my shoes and get rid of some. this is a tough one for me, even tho many no longer fit very well.
- try switching some of my drawers for dh's drawers (different size and shape - I think his clothes might fit better in my drawers)
- hang a few pictures
- put the pack n play away and put our nightstands back in the room (dd is not going to sleep in the pnp anyway and our nightstands don't fit with it in the room)
- do a serious dusting and vacuuming including ceilings/corners
- figure out a way to brighten up the room without repainting. I wish I could repaint but DH painted it about a year ago when I was pg with dd, and he picked the color. I don't like it, but I'm stuck for now. Maybe I'll order the sheets I've been eyeing at garnet hill if I can find the $.
post #82 of 241
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Originally Posted by Miss Juice View Post
It can't be worse than what i just posted. Can it?
OK, now I feel bad for not posting

I took some pictures, I'll post the links later today.
post #83 of 241
Due to circumstance I only partially completed last months challenge but hey: that is better than nothing right. Well here I am to give it another go I really mostly like this room and it stays pretty well cleaned up. Well compared to the rest of the house anyway. I didn't even bother to show inside the computer cabinet as it is my husbands domain and as long as I can shut the doors and it is all hidden I have promised not to complain. We also *gasp* have a TV in the bedroom as sometimes out dd watches movies in there Overall though this is the best room in the house but I am going to join in anyways

MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR

http://www.flickr.com/photos/6027804...7594569158894/


WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM (Include a picture!)
I love the color! I love the 12 foot ceilings and the bay window and french door

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
I wish I had a closet

HOT SPOTS (spots in your room that tend to collect clutter)
Top of the dresser top of the computer cabinet all electronic housing cabinet
Top of the mantel and top of the nightstand (I guess we like keeping all the clutter out where we can see it lol)

MY PLAN OF ACTION -
Clean off all hotspots and reorganize dresser drawers Sort and clean up books and magazines
post #84 of 241
My photo tour and more details are on my blog here: http://http://littlehomeblessings.bl.../03/march.html

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM

I like our big comfy bed. It's safe!!!! This is from both an air quality and baby proofing prospective. Beautiful views out the window. It was actually very cute and pleasant when it was close to being done.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM

NO FURNITURE!!! It drive me crazy not to have a place to store clothes. I would love to have bunk beds for the boys. I'm so sick of having a whole stack of diapers tumble down on my head every time I go to grab one.

I'm also very sad about the prospect of going back to a more 'unfinished' room. Our whole downstairs is still foil covered. It was so nice to have the upstairs be a foil-free zone. It was all covered waaaa!!

HOT SPOTS (spots in your room that tend to collect clutter)

The kids seem to like to throw everything we own on the floor and sometimes the bed. The room gets used a lot. Then we it's time to clean up everything tends to just be thrown haphazardly onto the shelves.

MY PLAN OF ACTION -

Ultimately there is a lot that needs to be done. There is a lot that we can't do until we rebuild the ceiling and walls. But I talked to DH and got him on board and here is our plan for the month of March:

* We are going to try to replace the western slope of the ceiling. At least as far as our limited budget will allow.
* Rebuild the walls around the stove pipe
* Possibly rebuild the bookshelf in front of the stove pipe
* Re-organize everything as much as possible
* Sort through and remove anything that doesn't absolutely need to be in that room
* Slowly start setting nails/filling nail holes in prep for finish work
* Try to personalize the room a bit more and make it both more 'homey' and more functional
* Deep clean everything
post #85 of 241
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Originally Posted by AutumnMelody View Post
My photo tour and more details are on my blog here: http://http://littlehomeblessings.bl.../03/march.html
Your link didn't work for me!
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post #87 of 241
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by AutumnMelody View Post
My photo tour and more details are on my blog here: http://http://littlehomeblessings.bl.../03/march.html
You posted an extra http:// in there... http://littlehomeblessings.blogspot..../03/march.html should work.

Sorry to hear about your roof troubles! I've never seen a paper bag clothing storage system... very unique

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Originally Posted by Mooky View Post
Due to circumstance I only partially completed last months challenge but hey: that is better than nothing right.
Absolutely - every little bit counts when you are decluttering!

I love the color of your room, and the bay windows - I always wanted windows like that.

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Originally Posted by anthasam View Post
If you have clutter, boy are you hiding it well!

Today, I got pictures taken and lists made (for proof, because I plan to donate a LOT of stuff this calendar year, the IRS won't have nothing on me!) of all the donation stuff and NINE garbage bags of clothes went out to the car. The SA is not answering its phone, so I'm guessing I can't donate it today, but I am determined to get it out of my car tomorrow! YAY!
post #88 of 241
OK, I used mightymoo's laundry suggestion, and while only one basket got folded and put away, the other three are sorted and sitting, poised for action, on the dresser of the laundry recipient. It WAS easier to take the basket to the girls' room and file the clothes as they were folded. Very helpful hint.

Tomorrow's goal - empty my closet. Maybe not empty to bare, but weed out everything that isn't getting used, which should be most of it. That will leave room to put things that ARE getting used. What a novel idea!

Motivating decluttering haiku:

armed with plastic bags
battle waged, my victory
an empty closet

Check back with you all tomorrow!
post #89 of 241
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Miss Juice View Post
Motivating decluttering haiku:

armed with plastic bag
battle waged, my victory
an empty closet
I love it!

Well, as expected since we haven't really made this house our own yet, I've gone from jsut decluttering into full blown decorating. We've scraped the wallpaper off all the walls around where the bed usually is.

Little tip - vinegar and water work just as well as those toxic wallpaper strippers - I've done easy jobs (the bedroom is fairly easy, it was applied over paint at least) and really hard - our living room the wallpaper was put right on the wallboard with a very thin coat of primer, it was awful. And I've compared the vinegar to the Dif stuff - the vinegar works just as well in all cases! And, when you are spraying it and inhaling it, you aren't worried about what its doing to you (though getting it in your eye does sting a bit!)

I'd love decor opinions. Our comforter is Nautica Ocean Beach, since I just bought it recently I'd love to figure out how to match the room to it. Here is the pattern and here is a closeup of the colors (though the colors are a bit washed out in that pic, the light green is a lot more vivid and mossy) - I'm so torn as to what to pick. I don't want tan. The room was blue under the wallpaper, so I'm getting a chance to see what it looks like blue, and I'm not feeling it, though its slightly different blue. My hallway and living room are green, so while I love the green in it, I'm wondering if its too much green. Orange or turquoise walls seems like way too much for us. And the yellow turns out to be exactly the same yellowy orange color as we painted our kitchen! Any thoughts or ideas?
post #90 of 241
MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/slideshow.php?id=24816

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM THe size and the ceilings.


WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM the lack of style

HOT SPOTS Everywhere there is free space

MY PLAN OF ACTION -
  • Organize, Organize, Organize!!
  • Get laundry in control..
  • Clean everything up.
  • Pictures...I have so many I would love to hang
post #91 of 241
Sorry the link didn't work. Also, sorry that I'm too exhausted right now to be bothered with going back to fix it. The link to me blog in general is in my signature line and all of the pictures should still be on the first page.

This weekend we:
  • cleaned out an under-bed storage box and started packing ds's out-grown clothes into it
  • Put all of the baby's socks/booties/hats/etc into a photo box
  • Sorted through the box of wadded up patterns, made them all nice and put them in a file box
  • cleaned off five shelves
  • pulled down half of the ceiling on the west side and both walls
  • put up part of the new ceiling and both walls

There are now some in progress pictures on my blog too.
And now I must sleep!
post #92 of 241
I wanted to join last month's challenge but I was too postpartum-y to even consider it. My kitchen really needs the help, though, so it's too bad it didn't work out. Thrilled and excited to be joining for this month's challenge!

MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3253261...7594570317352/

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM (Include a picture!)
I love the color of the walls. That's about it.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
It's small and crowded. I inherited my grandparents' beautiful-but-too-large-for-our-room bedroom set. I love it, but it doesn't fit in our room and takes up valuable space. Also, the only place our bed fits is where it is (at least as long as we have the crib sidecarred, which it will be for the foreseeable future), which really limits rearranging. I don't like that, as I'm a rearrange-aholic.

HOT SPOTS (spots in your room that tend to collect clutter)
top of the dresser and chest of drawers, top of bookcase, and worst of all, the floor. Oh an the closet. Oh heck, the whole room is a hotspot!

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

-- sort through dh's clothes in chest of drawers and closet
-- sort through maternity clothes, pull out things I'm not wearing anymore and organize in tubs; sort through pre-pregnancy clothes and find stuff I can now wear (hahaha, see how optimistic I'm being lol!) as well as stuff I know I'll never wear again
-- declutter closet
-- find new home for bookcase
-- buy small lamp for headboard
-- find outlet connected to switch, move floor lamp to that outlet if possible
-- do something about the curtains on the window
-- switch around the dresser and chest of drawers (maybe, if the dresser will fit on any other wall)
-- hang wedding bouquet wreath on wall, along with wedding pictures from downstairs (maybe)
-- find other pictures/art for walls, get prints and frames, hang them up (maybe)
post #93 of 241
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I love it!




I'd love decor opinions. Our comforter is Nautica Ocean Beach, since I just bought it recently I'd love to figure out how to match the room to it. Here is the pattern and here is a closeup of the colors (though the colors are a bit washed out in that pic, the light green is a lot more vivid and mossy) - I'm so torn as to what to pick. I don't want tan. The room was blue under the wallpaper, so I'm getting a chance to see what it looks like blue, and I'm not feeling it, though its slightly different blue. My hallway and living room are green, so while I love the green in it, I'm wondering if its too much green. Orange or turquoise walls seems like way too much for us. And the yellow turns out to be exactly the same yellowy orange color as we painted our kitchen! Any thoughts or ideas?
Before I finished reading, I was going to say the lighter blue color.

Is the paler orange too bright? On my monitor it looks kind of peachy.

What about pale yellow?
post #94 of 241
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Originally Posted by lisalulu View Post
Before I finished reading, I was going to say the lighter blue color.

Is the paler orange too bright? On my monitor it looks kind of peachy.

What about pale yellow?
The paler orange is like neon faded life jacket color, so too bright.

The blue might be okay, I was thinking looking at the pictures of the bedspread and how it was displayed that maybe I should go with a cape cod beachy feel and the blue would work for that. And if I did that I could keep my eye out for furniture I could paint white.

But the light yellow might work too. On either front. hmm. Or I could rethink it all, sell the comforter and buy something else. :

DH and I put the bed back in the corner where we were stripping the wallpaper today and we agreed that it feels like we are living in the ghetto - the walls are all dirty of course from teh scraping and glue and have nicks out of them, its like we are squatting in some abandoned building...
post #95 of 241
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just get it to its typical everyday clean/picked up state
: We're supposed to have it clean everyday?

MY MASTER BEDROOM PICTURE TOUR
Dh begged me not to do this...share these pics online, that is

WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
The "hotel style" arrangement with the bed and sink area all in one big room. I love the paint color, border and wallpaper in the bathroom area. The room has a lovely romantic vibe to it when it's not cluttered with crap. I love the big arch window.

WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT MY MASTER BEDROOM
I don't like the sunrise shining through the big arch window, so I've replaced the sheer, curtain that covered all of the window except the arch with a big, dark blanket. : I don't like that it is the most neglected room in the house.

HOT SPOTS (spots in your room that tend to collect clutter)
Bathroom counter, tops of dressers, and the plus-sized changing table a.k.a. crib. The entire room becomes a hotspot if company's coming. And when that happens, all the unfolded laundry in our front living area goes in here.

MY PLAN OF ACTION - here is where you can be as aggressive or laid back as you like. If you want to list a series of goals
1. Purge things in the closet. When we moved in, we just dumped boxes and other things in there that need to be weeded through. That was a year and a half ago!
2. Get rid of any toys in our room. It is not a playroom!!! I repeat...my room is not a playroom!!!
3. Setup a better laundry system. Our current hamper will not hold enough laundry. Although, if I washed it more often then this would not be an issue. I'll take any tips on this one!
4. Clean the carpet, get rid of the cobwebs.
5. If I get everything else done, I would also like to organize my sewing closet.
post #96 of 241
Melody, your room is wonderful and your family is stunningly beautiful.

I just had to say that.

Jude
post #97 of 241
I'm still plugging along...tried to post the pics yesterday but I don't know where the camera cable is, lol. But Miss Juice, it's not that far off from yours, I promise! Will try to post the pics this week.

In the meantime, I'm making progress. I forgot to add to my list that I've been trying to get rid of one of the last plastic items in out house - our hamper - but I haven't found a replacement yet. I'd like something to hang over the door but they're all so small or flimsy. Still thinking about it, but I'll add it to the project list.

Our bedroom looks much, much better.

The lingerie chest is going tonight! It's all cleaned out and being picked up later! Woo-hooo!!!

Jude
post #98 of 241
Tanya,



Your room is awesome! I love the color, and it's got enough space and storage to work with.

I'm reminding myself that this is a month-long process. Today I will empy my closet, so I have some free space to put stuff.

Is it cheating if I take some things that need to be sorted and donated (like the contents of my closet) and move them to another room temporarily?

Re: laundry - how do you all handle lonely socks?
post #99 of 241
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Originally Posted by mightymoo View Post
If you have clutter, boy are you hiding it well!
I did admit we have been working on this room for a while now

One recent change we made that had a huge impact: we moved our laundry sorter to the back of our walk-in closet. It used to live here, sideways between the dresser and other closet door. It was always overflowing and messy. The room looks 10 times better with it in the closet!
post #100 of 241
Aw, thanks Jessica!!
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Originally Posted by Miss Juice View Post
Is it cheating if I take some things that need to be sorted and donated (like the contents of my closet) and move them to another room temporarily?

Re: laundry - how do you all handle lonely socks?
I don't think it's cheating. You can make sorting through it all and putting back what you keep your last part of the process.

I buy the same kind of socks. Each family member has one kind. I wear socks all.the.time. So by the time my socks are done they aren't worth keeping for anything. If one goes MIA, that's ok because there's another around. And I keep the strays until I run out of socks that are wearable. Since I wear them without shoes so much, the heels wear pretty fast. If I get a hole in one and have to toss it, it's ok because I kept a stray.

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One recent change we made that had a huge impact: we moved our laundry sorter to the back of our walk-in closet.
We like having ours in the closet, too. When we had cable, my favorite show was Trading Spaces. They would make these terrific rooms (and sometimes no-so-terrific) but dh and I would always say "where are they supposed to put their dirty clothes???" We have too many family members to have a central laundry sorter. So the kids have a hamper in the main bathroom and we have ours that often gets shared with baby clothes.
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