Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Declutter Challenge Week 3

I'm back with a couple pictures of the week 3 declutter challenge. I'm on a different computer, so I don't have the before picture to show you, but once I get on the other computer I will edit the before picture in. Anyway, I decided to flip week 3 and week 4. The week 3 (productivity challenge) was supposed to be the garage sale stuff, but that has quickly turned into the dreaded challenge. And having a functional and clean workspace is productive so I figured it would work. Now, on to the photos.

Nothing, spectacular. Just a desk with a computer and where hubby stores all of his photography gear and where we all print to.

Well, I'm off. I have a screaming almost toddler who is acting like a nap is the WORST possible thing in the universe. Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sunday Night Chit Chat

Again, I skipped last week (Yay! Giants won the Superbowl!!!), but I'm back again this week with Carla's Sunday Night Chit Chat.

First things first, starting off with a picture. Gotta start it off with Eli Manning, the Superbowl MVP!

Reading? A scoring guide for a standardized test. It's ok to be jealous. ;-)

Watching? Does my computer screen count? Too much work to do to be watching anything.

Listening to? The hubby is watching something on his computer so I am hearing that music in the background.

Cooking/Baking? I think I let you all in on a little secret 2 weeks ago that I stay out of the kitchen AT ALL COST! I did make myself a caramel brulee latte using my espresso machine not to long ago. Does that count?

Happy you accomplished this week? LOTS of laundry, including washing and hanging up most of Liam's 18 month clothes and putting his 9 month clothes in a basket. I just need to fold all of the 9 month clothes and put them away. And yes, I know he isn't even a year old and will be in 12 month stuff for a while, but a friend gave me more clothes than I know what to do with. So it's just easier to hang them up instead of putting them in a bin that I have to find later when it's time for him to wear them.

Looking forward to next week? FRIDAY! We are going to have professional 1 year pictures taken of Liam and it's my last day of work before a week long break!

Thankful for today? I'm feeling very thankful for my family. Liam hasn't been feeling well so we took him to a walk in clinic today. He hasn't had an appetite and kept tugging at his ear, so we assumed ear infection. Long story short, no infection, but the doctor was worried about his color and has ordered bloodwork to check liver functions, for mono, and jaundice levels. He said it's most likely nothing and could be just a virus, but it's a mother's job to worry so worrying is what I'm doing. I'm thankful for my family, especially my hubby who are trying to reassure me that my little boy is alright.

Hope everyone has a good Monday!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Decluttering Challenge Week 2

This week over at Carla's, the challenge was to declutter a family space. If you remember my first post with all of the challenges listed, I was focusing on my basement for the whole month. Even with these 4 challenges, there are still things to focus on (clothes bins, other storage totes, going through stuff from college). Despite the seemingly endless list of things to do down in the basement, I did get week 2 complete (and ahead of schedule too!).

Just to remind everyone, here is the before picture again. In all fairness, it really wasn't as bad as it looked. The drying rack was actually over out of the way, but we had already started moving some stuff to prepare for painting the floor. As you can see, it was still quite messy and the floor was gross!

And now onto the afters:

This one is taken from the same angle as the before picture. We flipped the couch and futon around, put a slip cover on the futon, and we angled the futon towards the TV and projector. You can also see the drying rack is way out of the way now over by the washer and dryer. Hmm, imagine that, a drying rack over by the laundry!
This is looking at it from behind the family area (where the mess of garage sale stuff was). Josh has all of his gun and golf supplies and they are neatly organized. (And before I get questions, the guns are kept in a locked gun closet, are not loaded, and the ammunition is kept somewhere else...we take gun safety VERY seriously!)

This shot was taken from over by the futon. We have the snack center with the mini fridge and microwave, a little entertainment center, our US flag, and the Giants flag. We have also added a little kitchen cart under the US flag that we keep plates and things on to complete the snack center.

Last picture, you can see our projector screen, the TV next to it (for the months when football and baseball overlap and we need to watch the Yankees and Giants!)

What you don't see in the pictures: We hung a dart board to the left of the TV and have been down there at least a few times a week playing, Josh has sports shirts hung all around the perimeter of the space. What you can see if that the floor looks a TON better...even though the pictures don't do it justice!

We aren't sure if we are going to leave the floors like it is or put carpet or laminate floors in there. Josh is also building a coffee table out of broken hockey sticks to put in front of the couch that I think will really add to the family area/man cave feel. Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Decluttering Challenge Week 1

I am back with the after pictures for Carla's Week 1 Decluttering Challenge: Personal Space. I will show you the before picture, and then a few after pictures.

Here is the before picture:

And here are the after pictures:

Looking into my scrapbook/craft room. The hubby had just taken this set of shelves out of a pantry in the kitchen and to give me some more storage if needed he hung them up in this little spot. It fits great! No idea what to put on it yet, but I'm sure I'll thinking of something.

This is the same angle as the before picture. I decided to move the shelving system to the opposite wall and now this area is home to the kitties. We have the cat litter box, cat litter containers, and you can't see it, but a nice 3 shelved thing to hold wet food, dry food, and extra dishes.

This is where I moved the storage shelves to. They now hold cleaning supplies, office supplies, and some other things.

What do you think? I am so pleased with the outcome! Thanks for looking!