simplifying and reorganizing

To finish off January, I also wanted to finish off my posts about New Year’s resolutions.  One of the big ones for me this year is to find a smoother way to run the home since we seem to keep falling into the rut of bringing things in without making/ having space for it.  I am not someone who does well with clutter/ unnecessary things!

I used a plan thought up by Rachel (post is here) that has worked almost perfectly for us.  Within this month, we have essentially finished our entire list of projects, with the exception of our garage.  Everything that is leaving the house has been moved to the garage (or the trash) and needs to be loaded into the car for a trip to Goodwill this week.

One of the biggest fixes for me was one of the smallest things (funny how that actually works!):  I finally sat down yesterday and hemmed my living room curtains!  It took me all of 10 minutes to pin the curtains and run them through the sewing machine.  I’m obviously not a professional seamstress, but I was pretty darn thrilled at my quick fix…

Before:

And after:


Not too shabby, huh?  It was one of those small, needed fixes that made a huge difference in what my living room looks like.  I no longer cringe when I glance at the windows.

This wasn’t on my list, but because I am cheap and lazy frugal and creative,  I found these scraps given to me by my mom (these scraps are fairly old since I remember them being around when I was young!) and voila, instant curtain tie-backs.  They may not match, but I don’t mind.  At least the curtains are properly restrained ;o)


Do you have an organizing or cleaning goals/ resolutions for this year?  What are they?  Have you accomplished any yet?  I’d love to hear!  I can always use some extra inspiration :o)

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2 thoughts on “simplifying and reorganizing

    • Thanks! I have a lot of glass jars and handmade pottery rejects (I got them free since they were “imperfect” and on their way to the trash) and I have special rocks and shells (collected from specific beaches) in them for decoration. Free + easy! I love knowing that I’m not the only one who does that :D

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