Now that our new floors are installed in the family room, I am very motivated to clean up the joint. Things were so busy for me in 2012 that I really slacked on my usual “stuff control” duties. I knew I needed to clean out a closet, organize the toys, or get rid of clothes that were too small for the boys, but I would feel pressed to get something else done and I wouldn’t do it. For some reason, stuff stresses me out. It might be in a closet, totally out of view, but I know it’s there and I don’t like it.
I like the stuff that’s in plain sight even less!
For about a year, we’ve had this toy shelf with locker baskets in the family room. It’s a piece we built for Cottages & Bungalows magazine and it’s been a great storage piece. My boys are getting older now, though, and they don’t need to have so many toys in the family room, so today I cleaned out the toy shelf…
…and moved it upstairs to their room. They still do a lot of playing down here, though, so I wanted to keep the toys they played with most accessible to them. I cleaned out the dresser under the window and the bottom of the hutch to make room.
That involved consolidating the toys they like and getting rid of the things they never play with or the things they’ve outgrown.
What didn’t fit in the hutch went into the dresser. The drawers slide out easily and everything’s arranged so it’s easy to find and easy to put away.
I also moved the decorating magazines off the coffee table and put some sketch pads, coloring & activity books in their place along with some crayons. We had some out for a long time, but the boys stopped using them, so I put them away.
Their artwork is getting so darn cute nowadays that I want to encourage it again.
I did some organizing for myself as well.
That side table needs a little rehab work…and some paint, of course.
My Oma (grandmother) always had a bowl of nuts out in the winter months, so I’m following in her footsteps. I put some out in an ironstone casserole that’s missing a lid and an English nutcracker I purchased off Etsy.
When I got the hooked Dash & Albert rug for my office, I moved the wool rug I bought from Target on clearance to the basement. I loved it too much to get rid of it just yet. As I was doing laundry this morning, it occurred to me that it would be perfect for the family room. At 5 x 7, it’s too small for the space, but it’s a nice stand-in until I can find and save for an 8 x 10. It warms the room up, reduces sound and breaks up the brown of the flooring.
I can start to see how the room is coming together. Isn’t it cool when you make a change that makes you start to fall in love with your house?
…I still need to reupholster that chair and make a video series of me doing it. I hope to get to that in a few weeks.
I even set up a new place for me to work on my computer. I have been using the kitchen counter for years. I needed to when my boys were younger, because it was out of their reach and it became habit, but now they’re old enough to know not to touch mommy’s computer unless they have permission. This is the perfect little corner.
I worked hard today…scooting around furniture, sorting things, hauling out trash bags, running up and down the stairs…but it was so much fun. I can’t wait to tackle more.
Is organizing and moving furniture this invigorating for anyone else?
Oh! I forgot to mention two things. First of all, tomorrow, January 8, 2013, Joss & Main will start running a sale of home decor items curated by me! It’s called French Blue, Farmhouse White.
I almost always buy used and that makes it hard for people who want to purchase MMS style for their home. I had a great time collectimg furnishings, pillows, rugs and accessories that I would use in my own home. If you’re new to Joss & Main, click HERE to join. Even if you don’t shop, I hope you can get some inspiration from the collection I curated.
Second, the winners of Milk Paint Workshop giveaway are…
Christal Wilson wins one ticket to the Milk Paint Workshop
Kelly of Fadedology.com wins one ticket to the Milk Paint Workshop
And Nancy (queenmum07) wins two tickets for her and her daughter to come to the breakfast.
I can’t wait to meet all of you this weekend!