Sadly, winter break has come to an end, and it’s back to work early tomorrow morning. The last few days of vacation are kind of a bummer, but I must say it’s been a very good break – a relaxing yet productive three weeks. In addition to a week in Hawaii, sleeping in very late, and many movies, I delved into a few home projects.
For the last year or so, I’ve been a Pinterest junkie. I’ve pinned tons of recipes, art/craft projects, school lessons, and home ideas in hopes of some day completing one or more of them. How fun to be able to use some of the pins during this break!
When returning home after Christmas, decluttering was a must. Starting in my room I got rid of 8 bags of clothes and shoes and towels and bedding. Afterwards, I wanted to reorganize what I had left so it was more accessible.
My t-shirt drawer is ALWAYS a mess. Even once organized, after a few weeks of digging through the drawer it’s messy again. I just want to know why I didn’t do THIS earlier! Putting the t-shirts in the drawer vertically rather than horizontally is so very smart.
In this set up, I can see all of the Ts, not just the ones on top, and they are easy to take out and put back. I had to fold into thirds rather than in half because my drawer was too shallow. These shirts used to take up two messy drawers, now just one neatly organized drawer.
Every vacation cleaning out the closet is a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I have a hard time parting with clothes and shoes. I organized my closet this go round based on this tip.
It took some time turning all the hangers in the opposite direction, but the plan is to turn the hangers back the regular way once a shirt or pair of pants are worn. Next year at this time, whatever is still turned the opposite direction hasn’t been worn all year, which is a pretty good reason to get rid of something.
My art room is the biggest offender of clutter. I don’t know what to do with it because when I put stuff away, out of sight out of mind, but when it’s left out I don’t have room to work. I haven’t known where to even start with it. I’ve been pinning ideas and this was one I could get going on easily.
My ribbon drawers are just as messy as my t-shirt drawers were. With them stacked on top of each other and some unwinding, it was very difficult to see what I had, and usually some untangling had to be done before I could take anything out of the drawers.
I found some clear glass cookie jars for $5 at Target and a bag of craft sticks at JoAnn’s. I spent several hours over a couple of days sitting on the floor of the art room rewrapping ribbon around the craft sticks.
After about about 2 hours (and only about 9 sticks wrapped) I wondered if this was such a good idea after all. It took a long time. At posting time I have 9 more rolls to go and a lot of scraps, which I’m not sure how I will handle yet.
I am, however, happy that I pushed through (and figured out how to wrap more efficiently) and got through most of the ribbon. The clear glass and the ribbon being vertically stored makes the ribbon easier to see and find the color I need. It’s certainly not the solution to all my hoarding problems, but at least it’s a start.
For some reason while I was in Hawaii, I decided to redecorate my guest bedroom.
I went back and forth on what to do from changing paint color, to changing furniture, to just putting up wall decorations. I finally decided to keep the paint the same and just lighten things up with new bedding and pictures on the wall in bright white frames.
Pinterest had the wheels turning, and I ended up buying a cheap iron bed I found on Craigslist with the intention of repainting it.
The repainting took a few days because the temps have been in the 50s which lengthened drying time. But the bed turned out great.
I bought some really cute but unfinished frames from Very Jane. On Friday, I started painting them.
This afternoon I sprayed the 2nd coat of paint on the front and am now waiting for them to dry. Hopefully they’ll be covered because I’m afraid now that vacation is over I won’t get around to them again until spring break.
The bedding for the guest room arrived this week. I’ll post pictures of the finished room
if once it’s finished.
I enjoy taking on projects, but when I’m working I have neither the time nor the energy for them. I feel so accomplished after vacations like this!