I’m almost to the end of the whole KonMari journey, and I can hardly believe how much we have gotten rid of. We’ve made some major Goodwill donations in the last few months, and it feels so good to clear so much clutter out of our home. Going through everything we own in such a systematic way was a really great way for me to take a good hard look at what we’re buying, how we’re decorating our home, and get some inspiration for where we want to go. I was shocked at how many ideas I got for projects and other things just through the process of cleaning out our home!
This post is all about tackling the living spaces in our home – the living room, bedrooms, and extra rooms. I’ll admit, we aren’t quite finished with this category yet…we currently have Corey’s dad staying with us for a while, so I haven’t ventured into the guest room to clear it out. The garage and workshop also haven’t been cleared out but they’re both high on our priority list for this summer, so they’ll get done soon!
Welcome to Friday Finds, the post where I pretend like all of the perusing I do at my favorite places online actually has a purpose. Today’s topic: Planters!
I’ve said it again and again here on the blog, but I’ll admit it again: I’m a plant killer. I want so badly to keep plants alive, but I just can’t seem to do it.
But let’s be real – that doesn’t stop me from trying. Every once in a while I get the itch for more flowers and plants in my life, and I go a little crazy buying them and feel all gung-ho about it until I kill them all.
Guess what time it is?
I’ve got the “new plant” itch, bad, and I’m dying to see if I can reform from my plant-killing ways for good. We have a couple of outdoor planters that we love, but I’m thinking if I gather up a nice collection of beautiful planters to put all of my new flowers in, I’m probably a lot more likely to take extra care to keep them alive.
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We’ve been trucking along for the last couple of months on getting our whole home organized using the KonMari method – it’s been equal parts thrilling, exhausting, and challenging. We’re nearing the end of the challenge (only two posts left!), but I want to take a few steps back today and talk about clothing organization again. I shared how we were keeping our clothes organized back when we did this part of the project, but then we got the opportunity to give our closet a giant makeover so now it’s even MORE organized.
You have no idea how happy this makes me.
So, settle in, grab a snack, and get ready to feast your eyes on my beautiful new master bedroom closet!
We’re off work today and we only have three (count ’em, THREE) days of school this week before it’s officially summer.
I’m losing my mind with excitement.
We’re out and about enjoying our day off today (and I hope you are too!) but I wanted to pop in and share our summer bucket list. I always love making these little lists and it’s such a fun way for us to make sure we’re making the most of each season!
Welcome to Friday Finds, the post where I pretend like all of the perusing I do at my favorite places online actually has a purpose. Today’s topic: Vases!
Now that I’m KonMari-ing our entire house, one thing I’m realizing is that we have a lot of decorative stuff in our home that I don’t particularly love. I like it just fine, and it’s not horrible or anything, but it doesn’t spark joy in me.
I’m trying to fix that.
I’m in the process of finishing up clearing out all of our living spaces, and I’m finding that I’m going to be woefully low on decorative pieces when all is said and done. My plan this time around is to avoid any impulse purchases and stick to high-quality pieces that truly make my heart happy. I’m starting my research with vases – right now most of the vases we have are just the boring ones that come with flower delivery, so we’re way overdue for an upgrade!
I’ve been really looking forward to reaching the “komono” category of decluttering – this entire category is all about the miscellaneous items in your home – I’ve always been the type to love purging when it comes to clutter, so I’ve worked hard over the years on keeping our clothes and paper relatively organized – but it’s the random stuff that seems to get me. I knew this part of the challenge is where I would really start to see some big changes and feel like we’re really making some progress.
I’m breaking the “komono” category down into two separate posts – one on clearing out the kitchen and bathroom and one on decluttering our living spaces. Our bathrooms were a total disaster (I actually tackled the kitchen a few weeks ago when we did the open shelving), so I was really excited to see how much I could clear out!
Jackson is a huge fan of chalk. Like, mega-fan. I think he could spend the entire day in the backyard doing nothing but playing with chalk. I love that it’s an activity he enjoys so much, but our backyard patio is pretty tiny, and if we’re using it (which we often are if we’re in the yard), it doesn’t leave much room for him to actually do any drawing.
So, when I saw this idea for creating an outdoor chalkboard to hang on your fence, I knew it was something we’d have to tackle for Jackson. And, um, I think he likes it.
This project was an easy (and affordable) one, and I’m pretty proud of how it turned out!
Here’s how we did it:
First, we picked a spot – we’ve got an area of the fence that’s nicely lined with trees and gets lots of shade. Jackson already plays over there a lot, so it was perfect! We started with a large 4X8 foot piece of plywood – now, this may be a slightly controversial choice, and we’re fully aware that something like Hardi board would survive the elements better, but we have some old plywood attached to the fence in our backyard that has been there for well over a year and it looks just fine. So, we figured we’d save a little money (and avoid seams, since Hardi board is smaller) and use wood instead of springing for anything else. We did take a few extra measures to keep it safe, though, so keep reading to see how we tried to make sure it’s as weather-proof as possible.
We started off with some primer. Lots of it – I did three coats of primer on both sides of the board, and we bought pre-primed boards for the frame. We went ahead and cut the boards for the frame at a 45-degree angle on both sides before priming, then we made sure to get the edges of all the boards particularly well because that’s a place water might seep in.
Once it was all primed, it was time to paint. We spray-painted the frame pieces with yellow paint and used chalkboard paint on the big board. Be sure to check the directions on your paint if you are trying this for yourself – I never realized chalkboard paint requires a full 24 hours between coats!
Once everything was painted, it was time to assemble it! Corey flipped the board upside down and clamped the frame boards to it. Once everything was all lined up and exactly where he wanted it, he drilled the frame into the board from the back using 1 1/2″ screws. This way, we don’t have any screws showing on the front of the board!
Once that was taken care of, all that was left to do was hang it. We centered the chalkboard on a section of fencing so that each end touches a fence post (there’s a bit of an overhang on each side). He hung some cedar spacer boards in-between the fence posts to ensure maximum sturdiness (they’re the only boards that are exposed and not at all sealed with paint, so we used cedar), then used black screws to attach the board to the posts and the supports (in the black part of the chalkboard, so you can’t see them!).
After it was hung, we took a cute little hook from Target and a galvanized metal bucket and hung them nice and low on the chalkboard to hold all of Jackson’s chalk! The bucket is meant for potting, so there’s a small hole in the bottom which will be perfect for allowing water to leak out if it rains.
We got it all hung up and ready one day when Jackson was taking a nap, so when he woke up…
… let’s just say he was excited.
Now, like I said in the beginning, this isn’t the most weather-proof option. If we wanted to take extra care to keep it safe from the elements, we could have used Hardi board for the chalkboard part and cedar for the frame. However, this is in a pretty well-shaded area that doesn’t tend to get too wet, and we aren’t too stressed about warping thanks to our experience with some other plain ol’ wood being outside for extended periods of time. We’ll keep an eye on it, though, and you know I’ll let you know if we end up regretting this decision!
I’m pretty excited to have something fun like this for Jackson in the backyard, and I’m hoping it’s just the first step this summer towards making our backyard a place where we can all really enjoy hanging out.
Now if only we could get some dang furniture out here!
Welcome back to Friday Finds, the post where I pretend like all the perusing I do at my favorite places online actually has a purpose. Today we’re browsing Craigslist!
Happy Friday! This was my last full week of school – next week I’m taking a few days off to go visit my best friend in San Antonio, and the week after is our last week and is only three days long. I can’t even believe summer is so close!
This week I spent a lot of time on Craigslist and it did not disappoint. Corey and I have been browsing a lot more lately as we have been planning about 17,000 projects at once, and we had really good luck finding stuff this week! We haven’t pulled the trigger on anything, but I’m hoping that with your help I can convince him to buy one or two things on this list!
Today we’ll be browsing Austin’s Craigslist, but if you have a reader request feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com and I’ll add you to the queue…I’ll take any excuse I can get to peruse!
We are a big-time board game family. We love playing games together, Corey and I regularly have date nights where we do nothing but playing board games, and we have quite the collection of games on our shelves. I’ve shared before about some of our favorite games to play (see here, here, and here), but one thing I haven’t talked about yet is how we’re working on introducing Jackson to board games.