40 Bags in 40 Days-Post Two

Welcome to 40 Bags in 40 Days Post Two!

My bedroom was assigned this day.  I keep my bedroom extremely simple and just recently did a pretty redo so I'm going to share before and after photos also.




I LOVE IT!  The best thing is I bought nothing new!  It looks so bright and much bigger.  The sleigh bed was one I picked up long long ago at an outlet, and the bedside tables are from Pier One, ages ago.  The pillow is from an estate sale.  My quilt is from Overstocks.  I still have the comforter under the quilt I bought 27 years ago. I never use a top sheet in any beds, just a fitted sheet. It makes bed making easier.  I have one set of sheets for every bed.  I don't keep extras.

The lights were original to the house.  Abbey made me the Mom embroidery when she was young and in sewing class.  The little blue heart is something my sister-in-law made.  I found the white glass and pink flowers at an estate sale also, along with the wicker plant holder.  The curtains are bulk light canvas that I edged in ball fringe. (They are cut up high because I have a little dog that likes to pee on curtains. ;(

The carpet is new and so far I LOVE it.  It's called Mohawk Smart Strand Tailored Essence in Canvas.  I bought it because it has a great warranty and everything comes out.  So far that's true but it has only been a few months.  It is really soft but has the flat berber look that I like.

For me keeping my bedroom so simple means an easy 40 Bags in 40 Days cleanout.  I clean out my bedside table often.  Kids books and my books pile up underneath and the drawer can quickly get filled with notes and papers, etc.  (I will show you where I keep all those special notes and papers next time I post.)

I try always to use what I have and to have every object mean something to me personally.  Even the prints of the ferns mean something to me-I grew up in the beautiful woods and we had ferns everywhere so it reminds me of home.  I like sentimental items instead of just generic things from stores.  I use kid's pottery if possible to organize with-the last bathroom post shows my makeup drawer organized that way.  

About the paint:
For the furniture I used General Finishes to paint the bed in Antique White.  This is MY FAVORITE furniture paint.  No prep is needed but a good cleaning and maybe a very light sanding.  A topcoat isn't necessary either, unless it's a table top. I distressed it slightly on some edges and used a General Finishes glaze called Van Dyke Brown mixed with Floetrol that I wiped off for a very light effect.  I used that same paint on the frames and the tables-I sanded the top of the tables down with my electric sander and used a General Finishes top coat to protect.

The paint on the walls is Benjamin Moore Spanish White (943).  The trim in Benjamin Moore Dove White.

My closet it up next week, and on to Janey's room.

Have a great weekend!  I'll answer any questions you have in the comments or always feel free to email me.

Love, Sarah

40 Bags in 40 Days-Post One

Hi Everyone!

I have had many requests to bring back my 40 Day posts so I am starting from scratch with them today.

For those who don't know what the premise is, it is to spring clean slowly, discarding clutter, giving away what we don't use or need, with the goal of having a fresh, clean, new beginning at Easter.

Sort of what we are supposed to do to our soul during Lent, but we are doing it in our homes also.


Garbage bags or grocery bags.  Whatever size is appropriate depending on an estimate of how badly our houses need it.  Black garbage bags are sometimes preferred when little children are present in the house and don't need to suddenly love the toy they haven't touched in two years that you are donating.

One bag is used for donations, one bag is used for garbage.

A pretty notebook.  Pretty is not essential but I have a penchant for pretty notebooks.  We list forty areas of our house and each day tackle that one area.  If on a roll, keep going!  If you have a free quiet day, storm through.  If a week is busy, don't worry if it doesn't happen.  Cross out as we go.

I also use the notebook to list by area, any long terms plans I will have to tackle later, repairs or things I would like to purchase.  See THIS POST.  My spring cleaning/sell this house system works great along with 40 Bags in 40 Days.

The cleaning product you normally use IF POSSIBLE.  If cleaning and purging at the same time can't happen because of children's demands, put the cleaning off.  I use Clorox Wipes and a vacuum and carry those to each area.

That's it!

Here we go.

My bathroom was up first.

I love clean countertops.

Some of my drawers:

I have four towels that I use and a few washcloths and hand towels.

Underwear and pj's.  I do NOT fold these things, do people do that?  I have one pair of pj's I love and found the brand and type of underwear that I love and I just stick with the simplicity of that.  Is that TMI?  I feel like it might be.  Bras are harder for me because I need the mastectomy kind...that's a work in progress.  I have two that I use that are working for me right now. 

I try to keep my makeup and skin care really simple.  I don't like keeping things I don't use every day.  

I try to keep everything tucked away.
Epsom salts, garbage, toilet paper, toilet cleaner.

Ditto for the bathroom.  Products everywhere makes cleaning more difficult.  

If you don't use it and love it, get rid of it!  I consolidate bottles of shampoo and conditioner so I don't waste-it's all the same to me.  

The less you have the easier it is to clean.
Knowing what brand you love and what works for you from cleaning products, makeup, underwear, etc. makes life simpler.  Sometimes less choice makes for less mind clutter.
Making space for things tucked away is easy on the eyes and helps keep things organized.

Paint Color-it is a very light blueish-green.  It was a custom match.  If you bring this info in to a paint store they can make the formula.

Spring Cleaning 101 (Or Pretend to Sell This House)

Thought I'd repost this since I started my spring cleaning method this week!

Here's how I spring clean:
1. I buy a notebook.
I make a heading for each room. Even closets.
I imagine that I'm a potential buyer of this house. You know...PRETEND!...and see the room through someone else's eyes.
I stand in each room and look around and see all the imperfections.

2. Then I write down what needs to be done if I were to put it up for sale. Every single thing.
Yes, this is scary.
But it works.

For example, in my master bath, the shower really needs to be recaulked because some of it is peeling off and it looks messy. One of the towel bars is coming out of the walls. (Hmmm, someone swinging perhaps?) And I think the closet in my bath needs to have some reorganization...bigger plastic bins for medicine and so forth are in order. It looks messy.

I write that all down. Numbered.

And proceed to the next room.
No matter how small OR big, I write down what needs to be done.
That's my Master List for the year.
I go through it once or twice a year, and sometimes it doesn't get all done, but that's OK.
Because when it's written down I know it will be, eventually.

I came up with this method when I had to show our past two houses in order to move. I learned this: It's super super annoying to have to do all those little things you procrastinated for years, for SOMEONE ELSE! My houses never looked so good as when they were ready to be put on the market. This really annoyed me.

But this way, I don't feel overwhelmed about all the little repairs and improvements that need to be done, because I know I'm working on them-they are accounted for and on a list.

3. When my list in my handy dandy notebook is done, I carry it with me to the first room, when I'm ready to get to the "cleaning" part. This way, I can write down what I need, the measurements, and so forth, and put all that on a separate sheet in the notebook. I can go to the store with my list, maybe 3 rooms out, and get everything I need, without making constant errand runs. If I need a new curtain, or organization bins, I have the measurements right there.

4. Then I scrub like I'm showing the place.

Sometimes, I know I will get just one room done a day. Or maybe even one a week. I set a realistic goal for myself so I won't burn out and I can still keep up with my daily happenings.

I relegate to a separate page, those BIG projects...painting a leaky ceiling, finding a new chair for the den, so I don't get too slowed down. This list can also serve as a "to-do list" through out the year if I can't get it all done right away.