21-day challenge: entry way organization

21-day challenge: entry way organization

Our entry way looked like this:

It wasn’t bad, but it did need some help.

I’m going to show you my before and after shots, but I also want to share some of my tips for a more organized entry.

1. Have a place to stash shoes.

See those big baskets under the table? I use those to corral shoes. Without the baskets, shoes were always all over the floor.

2. Have a designated place to stash incoming mail and other items.

Those two baskets corral items like mail, keys and school papers, which keeps them out of sight and off the counter tops.

I gave both baskets a little straightening up, simply by going through everything in them and throwing away what didn’t need to be there any longer.

We also thinned out some of the coats and extra things hanging up in our entry way. These hooks corral our book bags, purses and the dog leash.

Our entry is still not decorated the way I want it to be, but it’s certainly more functional and neat.

Let’s see that before:

And after:

Isn’t this a lot better?

Don’t forget to show me your organizing progress on Instagram with the hashtag #ons21daychallenge ?

The 21-Day Challenge: Organize Your Whole Life in 3 Weeks!

The 21-Day Challenge: Organize Your Whole Life in 3 Weeks!

Every January for the past three years, we gear up for a little “routine refresh,” if you will. We tackle all regularly used areas of our home and perform a purge and an organization tune up.

While the 21-day challenge may seem intimidating, consider this: make it work for you. Don’t do an entire room at a time. Do one small section, or drawer, or closet. Or start with the worst part of that room. You can do as much of this challenge or as little of it as you’d like. It doesn’t have to be major and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. And you can also repeat it as many times as you need 🙂

Organizing doesn’t have to be stressful and it doesn’t have to be time consuming- it does have to be helpful. Here are the challenges list, if you’d like to play along. If you do take the challenge, I’d appreciate it if you’d post a pic on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #ons21daychallenge.

Happy organizing! For the next three Saturdays, I’ll share my progress with you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Our house looked like this:

Pardon the snow pictures; since my server crashed earlier this year, I’ve lost many of my pictures.

Not bad, but this eyesore wasn’t doing a thing for our home’s facade.

Our garage door was big, white and booorrrring. I’ve been crushing on Coach house garage doors since forever, but because they run in the upwards of $2,000, they aren’t exactly in the budget right now.

pella carriage house door

Lowes

As usual, I decided to get creative. I had an Amazon gift card to burn, and I’ve looked at these several times.

AntiqueSmith Magnetic Decorative Faux Hinges- $18.88

And these magnetic “window panes.”

Magnetic Garage Door Window, Decorative Black Window Decals for Two Car Garage, $29.99

I promptly ordered them and, thanks to Amazon Prime, I received them two days later.  All pieces were 100% magnetic, so if you make a mistake, or like me, can’t seem to get your “window panes” straight, you just pick them up and move them…no nail/screw holes, and no damage 🙂

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It took me about 30 minutes to put them all on the door. I would recommend having a “spotter” to stand back and help you determine if you’re putting your “windows” on straight. Other than that, these things are easy-peasy to install.

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I texted a picture to all my family when we were finished and several of them asked when we got a new door.

Doesn’t our house look so much better?

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Let’s see that before and after:

before:

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after:

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Isn’t that a thousand times better? It’s amazing what just a simple, $50 change can do for your home.

Join us this week for the following features:

Wednesday: a super cute study space

Friday: Farmhouse Friday: Repurposed and recycled decor

Saturday: Simplify Saturday:  Your paper clutter problems solved!

Sunday: Resources for family daily devotions

A quick and easy bathroom room refresh

A quick and easy bathroom room refresh

Room refresh

We are on a constant mission around here to add some character to our builder grade, blank slate house. We want to do some major remodeling to our bathroom, but like most people, we have other expenses and have to do a little at a time.

Our bathrooms were very drab and builder grade. Here is a look at our bathroom before we started.

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You can’t see it that well, but behind our toilet is the standard towel rack.

We’ve had these Allen + Roth mirrors sitting in our garage floor since Christmas.

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We had a friend from church over to help us move a piano, and he graciously agreed to help take down the plate glass mirror we used to have. While the mirror was down, I patched holes in the wall, sanded, and painted the wall. We then put up these two mirrors we purchased with a gift card at Christmas time.

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Next, my brother in law took down our cheap, builder grade vanity lights and installed these Allen + Roth barn lights.

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Here’s a picture with the lights off so you can see them a bit better. Don’t you just love that detail?

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We then changed out the standard nickel drawer pulls and cabinet knobs in favor of rubbed oil bronze hardware that would match the lights. We also changed out the toilet paper rack and towel racks so they would match as well.

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I then recreated my pipe and board shelves from the other bathroom. I’m not 100% satisfied with how they’re decorated, and am currently looking for the perfect typographical art to complete them. Big surprise, right?

Let’s take a look at that before and after again.

Before:

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After:

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Ignore my tiny photo bomber.

We are not yet finished. Our to-do list looks a little like this:

Replace large mirror with two smaller framed ones 

Replace builder grade vanity lights with barn style lights 

Replace cabinet and drawer pulls 

Replace towel bars and toilet paper rack with bronze hardware 

Install pipe shelves behind toilet 

Replace toilet

Replace faucets with bronze faucets

Replace flooring with hex tile or ceramic “wood-look” flooring

Replace bath tub

Install tile tub surround

Stain vanity

 

As you can see, we still have quite a few bathroom projects left before we are finished, and most of them are expensive! That is why we are doing this a little at a time.

Have you ever remodeled a room a little at a time? How did you do it? How did you prioritize your projects?

Comment and share below!