Sunday, December 27, 2009

One down.... to go!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Even with all the chaos, too much food and a huge mess ours was wonderful! The kids seemed happy with their haul so I guess life is good here.

Onto party number 2, Syrina's birthday on New Year's Eve. My baby will be 3!

I don't know what it is about New Year's but it puts me in the spring cleaning mode. Maybe it is being cooped up in the house with all this clutter and useless crap that does it. Maybe it is because we get a buttload of snow and going out in it is a chore. Maybe it is the whole in with the new and out with the old.

This year I am resolving to take a room a month and purge, clean and organize.

First on the list is the master bedroom.

It really needs some love. Not like that you dirty minded ladies! Yeesh! I love the color. But on this wall I want me some stripes! I think that horizontal stripes would give it some life. I like the pics above the bed and the sign that I made. Those are staying. The bedside tables are going. I think on my side I am going to bring back my dressing table. On my husband's side I am going to look for a low bookcase with a top drawer. The bed I got this summer. It's an antique sleigh bed. Even though it is a full size I had to have it for my queen bed. So I need to get a new frame so I can attach the headboard, which is leaning against the wall, and the footboard which is leaning against another wall. The red sheets need to go. The hubby requested more pillows. The comforter needs a duvet cover too.

This dresser needs to go into the girls room with a paint job. We have a dresser at our property up north that I want to steal for here. The mess up there needs to be organized and moved. The books will go on his new nightstand. I like the curtains but they do need to be taken down and cleaned. They used to be tab top curtains and I changed them to pleated ones.

I love my bench at the foot of the bed! I got it a couple of years ago at a store closing. The thing is heavier than anything though. I like the new hardwoods we installed last winter too. I don't know if you can see it that well, but I love the bedskirt too. I made a copy of one I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog out of an extra set of tab top curtains. They are pleated with covered buttons at the top of the pleats. I am afraid that once I get the footboard up though the bench is going to get lost. So I think I am going to make a bolster pillow in white to draw your attention to it. I also think that I need a rug at the foot of the bed. Wait til you see the one that I have in mind!

My husband added the closet on the right for more room. So now we have his and hers closets. I need to go through these and take out the clothes that never in our wildest dreams we will ever never fit into again! Love the black doors though! See the footboard leaning against the wall? Yeah that needs to go on the bed. The dog sleeps in between the 2 closets, but her bed needs some help too.

This "dresser" needs to be gone and replaced with a larger dresser. The steam cleaner is there cause I was cleaning the mattress yesterday. Too lazy to schlep it downstairs. I do need to do the other mattresses first though. Also need some kind of mirror here too. The dresser top needs some work also.

So there it is January's resolution. I figure that finding the right furniture will be the most of the work and may take longer. The rest of the work can be done though. I was going through things today to see how much there is to actually be done. Seems I am quite the little packrat cause you would not believe the amount of crap that is crammed into my closet alone! I moved the bed, flipped the mattress, cleaned under the bed and cleaned the mattress today. I think that I have atleast 20 pairs of shoes under there! Those are just the everyday kick around shoes too. Dress shoes are in the closet! I'm afraid to see how many pairs are in there. I see space bags in my near future. Many, many space bags!

If anybody needs me, I will be under a mound of crap that I am pulling out of here!


Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I love your plan on taking one room at a time each month. I need to do the same thing. Too much stuff everywhere!! Looking forward to seeing how your master bedroom takes shape. Sounds like you have great plans for it!

Linda said...

Awesome idea...taking one room at a time! I soooo need to clean out my attic! I will be checking back to see how your bedroom turns out. Hope you have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Jen R. said...

Good luck! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Cindy said...

Good Grief girl! I got tired just reading this post! Good for you! Can't wait to see all the transformation that will happen 'round your place. As for me, I'm still sitting around on the computer waiting for my muse to visit....:)

Lori said...

What a great place to start Maggie as the master bed usually gets left out and done last. I am going to spruce up our room too ~ I want a new duvet and cover and once I find something I love ~ I will use that as my springboard. I will have to take some before pictures and then go from there.... Thank you for the inspiration!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

We're living a parallel life or son is turning 3 on January 3th, so we're working (or need to be working) on birthday plans as well. AND I'm redecorating my master bedroom. That bench is amazing. You have great things to work with, so I'm sure some extra work will take it over the top.

The Whispering Creek House said...

hey there! the master is always last isnt it? haha...cant wait to see how it turns out im sure it will be so pretty. I love your house!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Hi Maggie! I'm so happy to read your post! I missed our contact and I missed my good laugh for the day!!!!!
I agree with you- I am all about organizing and cleaning, and decorating now. After having the Christmas decorations up for a month I am starting to take them down and I am taking an inventory of all the things "to do".

Your bedroom is further along than you think! You have some very handsome pieces. I love the bench and the bed is really beautiful. You are blessed to have a husband that can do projects (I wouldn't trade mine for the world, but when Bobby picks up a hammer we all run for cover. And the sad thing is, he thinks he can "putter". Dear man! I tell him he can diagnose just about anything coming down the pike, and how many people can do that?)- the closet is a wonderful addition- even if it is a place to hide more junk and shoes.
I can't wait to see the finished project. I am very impressed with the drapes and how you made them into pleated curtains. If they are an indication of your talent, your room will be wonderful I am sure. Kudos to you!
BTW- I love those pictures above your bed, priceless!!!
Come visit-
Also I may need your help. Next week I am (insert that eerie music that is played when one is being knifed to death) making venison. I know to soak, oh I mean marinate it, in milk for 3 days. And I am going to follow your recipe from Dec 16th to the letter. I will feature it next week on my menu. Just think good thoughts for me. I may send you a panic message. I am usually such a confident cook, but this really gets my undergutchies in a bunch!
I know this is a long comment-It's been awhile and I just had so much to say!

The Tablescaper said...

I just came to visit your post via Yvonne. You ladies are an inspiration!
I'm not ready to take the decorations down just yet. I'll wait until the children are back at school, but I did start putting all of the china and silver serving pieces away. That's a chore in itself.
If you visit my blog, you'll see that I'm quite the dish collector. I have some wonderful storage space in my basement, but there's never enough room - especially when you add more treasures. I think that will have to be one of the first spaces I tackle.
Looking forward to seeing your progress.Good luck.
- The Tablescaper

aBohemianMarket said...

Hi Maggie:
Happy marvelous belated NEW YEAR to you!!!
You will be busy with the make overs in your master bedroom. I really want to see the dresser when you re-do it for the girl's room. I know it will be pretty.
You got style, girlie, and you can sew!!!
I hope all is going as you want it and that 2010 is all and more than you desire.
Peace & love

Rue said...

I totally hear you on needing to purge in the new year! I have a basement full of crap LOL

Happy New Year to you!!