My linen closet is organized, and let me tell you, I can sure breathe easier. I had all intentions of this space to be neat on a daily basis, since we're in and out of it pretty regularly. I even grabbed a bunch of small bins from Target a while ago and labeled them so that everything had a place. My intentions were good. However, months later, we were looking a little worse for wear.
I've done one of these "15 Minutes to Functionality" posts before, when I organized my gardening space in the garage (the tiny space my husband allots me). Basically, I write these types of posts to share what I (and you!) can get done in 15 minutes. I'm digging it. It really works for me. Think about it: you have 15 minutes to kill at any given time of day, and the organizational possibilities are endless. At least in my house. It makes me feel so accomplished afterwards.
When it came time to shop around for lamps for the guest room, I was rearing to go. I was fresh off a successful Target shopping spree (where I grabbed a new comforter, pillows, vase, pouf...) and I was itching for more. I hopped around Homegoods, Pier 1, Pottery Barn by day and trolled the internet at night. Okay, that sounds sooo creepy, but I was trolling for lamps, people. Lamps.
Remember back in April, when I painted the trim in the kitchen white and said that new paint for the walls was next on the list? Well, if you don't remember, that's what happened. The trim was painted white 7 months ago and it has taken us 7 months to get a color we love on the walls. 7 months, but it's done. The kitchen is now a color I adore. This girl = beyond excited.
With any painting job, prep is the most important part. And we had a few spots that we wanted to fix up. The walls needed to be spackled in a couple of spots.
You may recall from a previous post that I wanted to change out some curtains to lighten up the room a bit, while adding a little drama and formality (should I need to entertain The Duchess on short notice).
I know I said the kitchen would be the next priority in this house, but I want to keep you on your toes and as a result, I pulled a complete 180. Don't worry, finishing the kitchen is still on the short-term fall goal list. Nonetheless, the focus has shifted to one of the upstairs bedrooms. My brother-in-law Michael lived here for a bit during his off seasons (he's a baseball player) and as a result, we hadn't done anything to the room besides a very half-assed paint job on the walls & window trim just to get moved in quickly.
If you ask me, curb appeal is one of the most important aspects of a home and should never be overlooked. If you don't watch insane amounts of HGTV like we do, you may not know exactly what I mean by "curb appeal." Curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of a home's exterior. It can refer to landscaping, hardscaping, (stonework, driveways) porches, window boxes, shutters, seasonal decor, mailboxes, etc. Having this little ol' school house look good from the street matters a lot to me, and we have taken great strides each season to make it a bit better.
Having absolutely zero time lately to do anything that merits an actual photo sequence of house progress, I decided to prep for this weekend by taking 15 minutes and organizing my gardening shelf. At least I'd feel like I got something done to aid in some upcoming gardening tasks planned for this weekend. (Why yes, the yard is slated to get some much needed TLC since the last go around.)