Home Improvement: Decluttering, Makeovers, New Lamps and a Whole Lot of Jesus

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Decluttering
Remember that long list of rules to keep, donate and toss? Two Saturdays ago, a certain someone woke me up at 5 am (hint, it wasn’t my sweet husband who loves when I sleep in), so I decided to get started on that long list of decluttering rules I made for myself. I started with the laundry room, then walked in the guestroom and started on that room, then the closet, then threw things away in the kitchen and started on the pantry. By the time J got up, I had seven projects going at once and the place looked like a madhouse. It was fabulous! I got rid of so much junk, so many “I’ll use this someday” items. I ended up with two bags of trash, five bags of donated items, five things to try and sell, and a very clutter-free apartment. Spring cleaning for the win!

Laundry Room Makeover
During this decluttering party, I gave my laundry room a little makeover. I use the word makeover very loosely because this room is certainly not beautiful or Pinterest-worthy, but everything has its place and is so much more organized than before.

While we are on this subject… can I go on a little Pinterest rant? When searching for some laundry room inspiration, I came across some crazy pics. Like painting polka dots on your washer and dryer. (Isn’t that going a little far for a washer and dryer?) Or, laundry rooms with a TV. Now, I may change my tune when I have kids and laundry becomes my life, but right now that seems just a little excessive. Anyone else agree?

Anyhoo, back to my “makeover.” This room is part-laundry, part-pantry, part-storage area since our kitchen cabinets are limited. It started out looking like this (well, technically it was after I got started… it wasn’t normally this messy):

laundry room before

And turned into this:

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laundry makeover

It doesn’t look that amazing, but it is much more organized than before. The bookshelf is my storage saver. I thought about painting it, but instead just added some old wrapping paper to the back to give it a little pop. The top shelf has our detergent, toaster and food processor (appliances that didn’t fit well in our kitchen), the second shelf has Leia’s dog treats, wet food and bones, the next two shelves are party and baking supplies I don’t use very often, and the last one stores our soda and paper towels. I also hung my aprons and Leia’s leash on some hooks on the empty wall to the right. There are a lot of cleaning supplies hanging and bags full of rags behind the washer and dryer.

Also – you may notice the sports posters on the wall… this my friends, is what we call compromise, as I shared in an earlier post on decorating with a boy. ;)

Let there be light.
My sister in-law Katie works at a furniture store, and will occasionally get free accessories that are broken or damaged. She sent me a picture of this lamp that had a broken ceramic piece, and I decided to go for it, since our large side table needed a chunkier lamp. I super-glued the broken piece (one of the “loops”) and you can’t even tell, unless you look really closely. I’m not crazy about the lamp shade and will probably replace it someday, but for now it looks so much better than our skinny lamp on that table. And the best part is it cost me nothing!

new lampFor the record, the lamp isn’t crooked, just my photo skills.

A New Little Print
Has anyone read Kisses from Katie? If not, go right now and order the book or rent it from your library. I read it last October and finished it in two days. SO GOOD. This quote is from there, and the print is from the Recipe for Crazy etsy shop.

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What home improvement projects or little additions have you given your home lately? 

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  • I think I may be a rarity among the female gender, but I am NOT on Pinterest (and my wedding will be far from a Pinterest worthy shoot!) I have no desire to use it – feel like I’m on enough social networks already and there’s no reason for me to use Pinterest (and it would probably only make me feel inadequate about everything in my life).

  • Totally hear ya on the Pinterest stuff!! The laundry room decor kind of baffles my mind. I plan to paint it a fun color some day but that’s pretty much it. Some things I see on blogs kind of drive me crazy, too … people make a lot of intricate, detailed things for parties and what not and I’m just like “that will NEVER be me”. I want a pretty home, but I want to live my life, too!
    I love all the updates! I really need to get on some spring cleaning/de-cluttering myself!

  • Definitely, Pinterest gives different types of innovative ideas about de-cluttering of
    homes and many creative Home
    Improvement
    ideas. I always recommend my friends for referring
    Pinterest.

  • When I saw the sports poster in the laundry room pictures, I wondered if it was a compromise as mentioned by you previously, and sure enough, it was :) Love your blog!

  • Try removing excessive things from the house and
    make it more spacious. Services like london removal can help you
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  • Yep, I feel you on bloggers too. I find myself thinking, “Did you do this just so you could blog about it?” Of course I have to ask myself that too sometimes! :)

  • Fantastic Post!!!! De-cluttering is a nice way to give a fresh and new look to your house. You have given creative and easy tips to de-clutter your home and improving in a unique way. All photos are beautiful which helps to explain all the points in an effective way. Stores are very useful to storage for storing all the clutter or junk after the de-cluttering process is completed.

  • Fantastic Post!!!! De-cluttering is a nice way to give a fresh and new
    look to your house. You have given creative and easy tips to de-clutter
    your home improvement. All photos are beautiful which helps to explain
    all the points in an effective way. Stores are very useful to storage for storing
    all the clutter or junk after the de-cluttering process is completed.