Thursday, March 29, 2012

One floor down, 2 to go!

I have been busy the last couple of days. I sorted through the living/dining room and sold many pieces on an online yard sale. I love how the living room turned out. So much space to play for the boys :) I only have one "before" pic, so here you go:


And this is how our living/dining room looks now:



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My new bible ...

I started reading this amazing book "The joy of less" by Francine Jay. I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in a useful, well written minimalist living guide.




I'm back!! No, I didn't already lose all my motivation ... ;)

... I just have been holding off on the decluttering and blogging about it, since we had our lovely friends from Italy visiting for a few weeks.
But now I have some time on my hands again and continued sorting out things- today I finished the hallway :)

I have no "before" pic but believe me, it was cluttered!

Finished:



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Visual clutter ...

... that I adore. As much as I am trying to simplify my home and life, I realize that there are some things that are considered "clutter" that make me very happy. I have a picture wall in my living room, that I absolutely love. It's unique, it's colorful and it's US, so I decided to make that wall the main focus point of the living area. I will declutter and minimize the rest of the room, so that "heartpiece"of mine gets the undivided attention it deserves ;)

Monday, February 20, 2012

I love progress!

While Keegan took a little nap on my back this morning (I love my Kinderpack!), I had some time to continue working on decluttering /sorting through the kitchen. Here is what I got done today:







And to "my defense" I want to add: I know that I most likely don't NEED those few decor items I kept, to live. But they are dear to my heart and if I threw them out to archive a real minimalistic home, it would just not be "me" and I would probably feel pretty uncomfortable. So I guess this is as minimalistic as it gets ;)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

And so I begin ....

...slowly, little by little , counter by counter and shelf by shelf I started sorting through all these things I thought I needed all this time.

Before:



After:




Lots of stuff to donate already, and this was just one corner of my kitchen ;)




Nobody said this was going to be easy, lol ...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bins, containers and boxes ...

Before I start sorting out the stuff in my kitchen, the first room that is going to be reorganized, I need more storage. And since I don't want to buy anymore new stuff, I used some empty Spaghetti - and applesauce jars I still had around and pimped them up a little :) They will be perfect to hold cereal, beans or flour and such.
This is how they turned out:












I used this great tutorial from The Sweet Spot:

http://sweetspotcards.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-pimp-your-mason-jars.html



I also ordered these chalk labels on Etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/93236223/14-chalkboard-labels-to-organize-your



For the craft room, I decided to make some ocean themed utensil holders. Everybody that knows our family knows that we have a huge ocean lover under us, my six year old son Noah. He was thrilled to see his pencils and brushes in those nautical themed upcycled food cans :)


This is what inspired me:

http://www.marthastewart.com/274601/leftover-gift-wrap-ideas/@center/307035/santas-workshop#/235154