Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Living Room

I wanted to share an update on my living room since my last post 6 months ago Home Tour: Living Room. Wow, our living room has changed so much. I purged a good amount of stuff and bought a few things.  I'm proud of my new living room with a minimal cost of $124. I purged more from this room than I brought. I need to paint the walls, redo the floor, and buy new curtains but it looks so much fresher.



I purged a large amount of the decorations from the room. I bought the owl and shoe figurines at the thrift store for $3.00. I might paint the little wood box on the floor that holds my grandkids books. I wish it fit on he entertainment center but it doesn't

I bought 2 new sets of pillows for the couches at Walmart for $60, 2 sets of metal curtain tie backs at Walmart for $20, and a new curtain rod above the picture window for $20 at Walmart.

I donated everything that is no longer in the room including my country style pieces like the birdhouse and floral arrangements

I got the little chair for my grandkids at a yard sale for $1.00.

I bought the TV tray set behind the door at the Habitat store for $20.

I need something to fill the empty spot on the entertainment center.

The received the bird plates for mother's day. I moved around some of my decorations on the entertainment center and corner cabinet.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge September 2014 Part 3

I've collected 203 items this month to donate so far. The purging has slowed compared to previous months but my husband and I have completed several home projects.

My purge pile this week:

I'm purging baking items that I've never used.

I'm purging games from the guest room. This is the last of the standard board games that we have. My guys prefer games like Catan, Kingdom Builder's, Dominion, and Kingsburg.

My husband and I bought 4 new chairs on clearance for $6 each so we are purging 2 older chairs and the bags the new ones came in.

I'm purging the last of the soap and lip balm supplies along with the plastic tote. My daughter Nastasja and I had a little summer business at the farmer market a couple years ago. We sold homemade sweet breads, soaps, lip balm, and garden vegetables. It was fun but tons of work.

I'm donating the book I've finished read to the library since it is new.

I'm not going to be able to use all the flour before it expires. I'm trying to cut down on my cookbooks again. I still have 15 cookbooks. I bought 6 this year at thrift stores with 5 being diet cookbooks. Why did I buy the Crockpot cookbook when I already have 4 that I hardly use? UHUH One step forward, two steps back. I hope to one day have nothing but my Cooking Notebooks.

Cookie Mix Jars

 Freezer items

Storage Containers

A bag, computer part, cards, fan, and other misc. stuff

 Toys Cars

Star Wars toy

You may be interested in:
Our Barn
Clutter Busting Challenge September 2014 Part 1
It's Not All or Nothing
Clutter Busting Challenge September 2014 Part 2
Guest Room

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry 

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

~Matthew 6:25-34

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guest Room

I thought I would share our guest room since my last post was in 2013 My Guest Room and My Sewing Space. I shared in 2012 a couple months after I first set it up Guest Room/Nastasja's Bedroom Redo. It has really changed and looks very nice on a small budget. I have added to the decor over the last couple years with thrift store finds. 

It was painted about 7 years ago and needs to be painted again. I plan to paint it the same color of creamy white called White Chocolate. We had previously used it in the room along with the rest of the house and the tan brown of the Master Bedroom called Otter Tail. We need to redo the wood floors in this room along with the rest of the house. That probably will not happen until next summer.


I bought the bird themed couch for $25 at a thrift store this past Winter. The previous couch went to our oldest sons room.


I really like my guest room and think its really pretty.


I got the mirror over the desk at a thrift store a couple months ago for $5.


My bible study supplies in the flower pot on the stool one of our boys made.

I keep hard candies in the blue crock on the night stand. I have games for the grandkids for when they get a little older in the night stand cabinet. I have old Mary Englebreit magazines in the basket. The baby pack-in-play is now in storage.


The little table and chair set I sent to my grandaughter's home. 

I keep my poetry books in the china cabinet along with decor items. I have a few things in the drawer such as air freshener and a lighter.  The bottom cabinet is empty.


I like to sit on the couch and read sometimes. 


The chest is empty. The TV hasn't been used much since I bought it. Our youngest son had it in his room for a while to play console games until he bought himself a new TV.  I got the rocking chair for $30 at a thrift store in the Spring. I donated the chair that had been in the corner before.


I love the quote over the bed.


I keep my sewing supplies in the closet and desk.



Friday, September 12, 2014

Clutter Busting Challenge September 2014 Part 2

I've collected 27 items this month so far to donate. I've been at this since January 2011 and I'm really pleased with my home. It will be 4 yrs. in 2015 for me and I'm trying to make it to that mark. I've did the household and my personal stuff alone. I'm really starting to slow down with my purging over the last month. This last year my husband has gotten serious about purging his stuff. Last month, was the first time since I started that  my husband collected about half of the items that we purged. It has been fun to do the challenges. I have way to much free time. I'm looking forward to being finished and moving onto other things. Although I'm not really sure this journey to less stuff ever completely ends.

My purge pile this week:

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Clutter Busting Challenge September 2014 Part 1

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It's Not All or Nothing

I have a “non-minimalist” sized home (2,800sqft) that is nicely decorated on a budget. I have a ton of books, craft supplies, and workout stuff. I like giving myself manicures and facials. I like to dress nice, wear heels, makeup, and jewelry on date night. I have food storage, water, and bug out bags in my basement. I have a limit that I allow myself to have and don’t have clutter. I’ve stuff I’m working to downsize including Homeschool stuff, cookbooks, and memory keeping.  It’s minimal compared to most people but I do have stuff and I like it. LOL

I digitized my music, DVD’s, and photos to minimize the physical stuff, yet I don’t use much technology other than my computer. I prefer print books, notebooks, planners, pens, and paper. I do my best to DIY to minimize expenses with cooking homemade, crafting, and home repairs. I like to support local businesses but shop second hand, and big box stores. I visit the farmers market for anything that I don’t have grown in my garden. It’s a balance of doing what feels right.