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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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?
Let’s see that before and after:
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!
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.
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.
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.
Next, my brother in law took down our cheap, builder grade vanity lights and installed these Allen + Roth barn lights.
Here’s a picture with the lights off so you can see them a bit better. Don’t you just love that detail?
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.
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.
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 faucets with bronze faucets
Replace flooring with hex tile or ceramic “wood-look” flooring
Replace bath tub
Install tile tub surround
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?