Sunday, February 09, 2020

{ Cleaning, Organizing and new book shelves }


Since we've bought this house, we have had a running list of projects we want to do, things we want to change and organize and so on.  We our whole lives to do them in, and we plan on working slowly through that list, but in saying so, there is also excitement in knowing that all the ideas and plans we had over the last 5 years, are finally allowed to be put into action.

There's a big difference between dreaming of what you would change or do, when you rent a house, and actually having the freedom to go forth and do it.

So as much as we want to take it slow, we also have small things that we can't wait to go ahead and get done.


Saturday morning we took Jasmine to work, then stopped at Tractor Supply for some mouse traps.  Yes, you heard right, mouse traps....and I just shivered from head to toe saying that.

We haven't had mice in this house for about 3 years now.  All of a sudden, we have mice again and I'm left wondering why.  Then again, we live in the country so it's pretty normal to deal with these little buggers.  By the way, for the longest time people would think that mice only stayed in a house if it wasn't clean or tidy. 

I'm here to tell you that is a total lie.  It doesn't matter how clean your house is, if they want to come in, they will come in.


But anyway, after we picked up the mouse traps, we were headed back home and decided to stop at a local thrift store.  It was one of those spur of the moment decisions, we haven't been to this store in about 2 years and had no intention of going, until we drove by it and both said "we should go in there, we haven't been in a while"

I guess God knew we needed to pop in there, because low and behold, we came face to face with some bookshelves we had been wanting, for a while.

If you remember, I had those white shelves in the green living room, one of which had never been finished.  I started painting it and then left it with the intention of finishing it off, and 5 years later, here we are, unfinished bookshelf and none the wiser.


Of course, that meant, removing the old bookshelves and all it's contents, and cleaning, and organizing and trying to figure out where to put the shelves, then putting it all back together.

We decided to put them in our bedroom.  Our bedroom is huge, and we had a lot of empty wall space.


Curt anchored them to the wall as they're a bit wobbly.  I packed them all nicely with my books, crochet and such, and I love the way they turned out.  But, alas, they're still not fully painted and look awful.  I will be painting them black this week to match the rest of the bedroom furniture.

The wall color?  Still that ugly salmon/peach that I've disliked since we moved in.  That will be painted white within the next few months, you can take that to the bank.  Haha



The new shelves in the living room were just what I had wanted.  They are tall, sturdy, and just perfect for all my books.

We put all the books on the shelves and I added some of the other decorations here and there, but they are not organized at all.  I need to go through the books this week and organize them, probably by color again (like I had them previously), or by author, not sure yet.




I just love seeing things come together, and rooms taking shape.  I am still very unsure on the green walls, I said previously that I will probably just leave them and work with them, but I just don't know, I may end up changing the color altogether.

The couches have gone back to their original state.  I don't like the way they look at all, they are very 70's looking, but the slipcovers I bought for them last year, were cheap and so they ended up tearing and going really gross in no time.

Will I get new ones?  Probably because the couches are still in good shape.  I would love new couches, because our recliners are also really old and torn and falling apart.  There is only so much you can do to cover that up, and pretty soon no matter how many blankets we cover them with, or throw pillows we add, they will need to be replaced.



I'll share everything we change, as we go.  I'm not doing it because I claim to be some sort of decorating guru, I honestly have no clue how to do any of that, I just put things together that I love, or that I think look pretty.

Key words here "I think look pretty."  That's the thing with decorating our homes, likes and dislikes are very personal and what I may like for my home, may be completely different to what you would have in yours, and vice versa.  I see a lot of homes that are beautifully decorated, but yet I would never want the same look in my own house.

So, yes, I'll be sharing everything that I do in my home, mainly for my own record because this is my little spot on the web and I take immense pleasure in going back over the years, seeing what our previous houses looked like, and funny enough, how my own tastes in decorating have changed over the years.

Goodness, I feel like I've just rambled about nothing in particular.

I better get on out of here and get the house ready for bed.  That means, closing curtains, locking doors, making sure the kitchen is clean, letting Marley out for the night and so on.

I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend.  I will be back in the morning with our Happy Homemaker Monday, until then, stay blessed and have a restful night :)


  1. I just enjoy your blog so much.You keep it so real which is a rarety in the blogging world. Your home is great and I'm looking forward to seeing all your plans come together.-Carol

  2. Wonderful idea to document your changes, as you go along. -smile-

    Super that you found just the shelves you were looking for.

    And getting everything done..... You will in time. Please don't stress over it. -smile-

    And most important! We do our homes, as we like... As we feel comfortable with, and in.... No need for anyone else to "like" them. As long as _we_ do!!!!! I sezzzzzzzzzzzzzz... >,-)

    💕 💕 💕

  3. My dad used to have a yellow kitchen, sounds horrid but I was really sad to see it go, it was the horridness that made it great. My uncle now has a green kitchen and im lobbying to retain it haha. I really love your home though. I look forward to seeing it change and grow with you and your family.

  4. I really enjoy reading your blog, I would love to have a bookshelf some day , Here in India we are always short of space and so I do not have a specific book shelf I keep my books all over the house which makes it difficult to keep track . which camera do you use??


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