The Big Move

WE. DID. IT. We actually moved. I realize, that our move was pretty average compared to a 5,000 square foot home, across the country or something of that scale, but to us it was a big accomplishment. The upside to moving from our condo, to an apartment and then to the home we’re now in, all in 8 months is that you definitely learn to purge. Even as I type this, I know my husband is rolling his eyes that I’m a hoarder but I’m really working on becoming one of those mythical minimalists.

Aside from the move, we’re also doing some minor cosmetic renovations including, re-finishing the basement floor, playroom built ins and giving the kitchen a mini-facelift complete with a new backsplash, new hardware, and a new faucet.

To add to the chaos that is moving with small children, we’re off on our first international trip with the kiddos in a week! Say some prayers for us!

From now until then we’re getting more and more boxes unpacked and the house is becoming a little more live-able. There’s a long to-do list in terms of organization and unpacking but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that’s pretty exciting!

Here are some before photos and some plans I’ve drawn up on my new favorite website, roomsketcher.com (beware, it’s addicting!).

BEFORE PHOTOS (FROM THE REAL ESTATE LISTING WEBSITE)

THE WORK IN PROGRESS

 

Check back for the playroom reveal in a couple of weeks!

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DIY: Winter Homekeeping Tips

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

Here are a few ideas to help you get your home winterized. Try a couple of these projects on a snowed in weekend or ‘sick day’. From storing holiday china, to rotating your mattress and cleaning out the pantry, Martha Stewart has a few handy tricks for a fresh, clean home this winter.

  1. Safeguard Your China
  2. Winterize Your Entryway
  3. Check Firewood Supply
  4. Season Your Cast-Iron Pots and Pans
  5. Vacuum and Rotate Mattresses

See the rest of her tips here!

DIY: New Year’s Organizing Checklists

Martha Stewart Cleaning Checklist

Martha Stewart Cleaning Checklist

Start the new year off with a freshly organized house. From the linen closet to everyday cleaning, Martha Stewart has handy checklists to help you along.

  1. How To Stock: Cleaning Supplies Checklist
  2. Linen Closet Checklist
  3. Home Cleaning Checklist: 6 Things To Do Everyday
  4. Seasonal Checklist: New Year To Do List

Save Money And Design The Baby Room Yourself

When a baby is on the way, stress is high. There is no end to your preparations and even more so, the cost of those preparations. The house will be shifted around and equipment will be purchased as you prepare for a couple of decades of worry, poverty and anxiety. Of course I am exaggerating here. The arrival of the baby will be the most beautiful thing that has happened in your life yet, but all new parents are crippled with the thoughts of what’s to come. One thing is certain, babies cost money. Not all at once, but over the course of time, this growing, new human will certainly set you back a couple of bucks. Your first big expense will be designing and building the new baby room, but if you do it all yourself, you’ll save a ton of money!

Know what you want

Know what you want

 

 

Never go into a big project without a clear idea of what you want the final product to look like. Sure, your vision will evolve, and during the process, you’ll get ideas, but before you spend a cent at the store, have a plan. You know you’ll need a crib and a changing table, but after that, your imagination will be your window into the perfect room. Think of props or paint colors. Many parents choose colors based on whether or not the baby is going to be a boy or a girl. I’m not terribly fond of this practice, but that’s just me. After you have a color scheme, think about the props you want. Think soft, educational, and too big to put in your mouth. If you need ideas on building materials or on how to build pieces of your new baby room, go to either grommet hole punch or
http://thediyoutlet.com and peruse the wisdom bestowed upon you from the internet! DIY sites like these and others are great resources for any do-it-yourselfer.

Execute your plan

Execute your plan

 

Okay, you have a detailed idea of what you want your baby room to look like. You have all your supplies, maybe even a blue print for a crib or that changing table. Now all you have to do is put everything together. Simple, right? Wrong. However, this is the price you pay for saving money and doing it yourself. DIY projects are often learning processes, so don’t get frustrated right off the bat. Make sure to take your time and stick to your plan and before you know it, you’ll have the baby room of your dream. Whenever I plan a big DIY project, I turn it into a DIWF (with friends) project. That way, I get the best input from the people I trust most.

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This is a good strategy when you know that there’s a lot of work to be done. It will probably cost you a few beers or some pizza, but in the long run, it is worth it.

~TheDIYOutlet.com