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Day 17 – Our Family Travel Map

January 1, 2013

Ever since we painted our office (nearly 6 years ago) I had plans for the really big empty wall behind the desk.  I wanted a Travel Map to hang and display all the amazing places that I wanted to travel to and a place to mark where I had been.  Never quite go around to that project and eventually that room ended up looking like this

Enter Project Rookie Housewife and my plan was not only to get the office back in shape, but I went online and ordered that map we needed to make our very own Family Travel Map.  Take a look at the overall Office Makeover post from yesterday.  I wanted to share the new Travel Map that we hung up on that big empty wall. Read more…


Day 15 & 16 – The Office Makeover

December 31, 2012

Well folks, it is done.  The most stressful room in our house – is FINISHED!  This room was the product of a DIY wedding planner bride, very generous friends and family and a general desire to hide (that’s me) from cleaning it.

So next on the LIST is to clean, declutter and organize the office.  Once we dove in I have to say – it wasn’t so bad. Read more…

Day 14 – Wrapping Paper Shelf Solution

December 30, 2012

I mentioned on my last post that I will be joining in on the New Year’s REVOLUTION, four weeks to clean and organize four areas of our houses.  The first week starts off with the office and our office is in desperate need of organization.  This used to be my favorite room.  Honestly, it it one of the only rooms we have painted since moving in and my father (Mr. Handy) helped turn the closet into a huge built-in shelving unit!  Alas, 7 years after this project and several piles of paper, a wedding and tons of junk mail and our office was officially out of control.

I have started to tackle the clutter in the room and will save all the crazy “before” and amazing “after” photos for my REVOLUTION post. However, I did want to share one of the smaller organization improvements I made.  Wrapping paper – I LOVE wrapping paper and I have way too much of it laying around.  It desperately needed a “place” in the office and I turned to that lovely built in shelving unit to fins a spot.  I had been laying each of those rolls on top of two storage bins that I have on the bottom of the closet.  it seemed out of the way and easy to hide, but when I wanted to get inside one of those bins (one of which is home to all my crafting supplies) I would inevitably end up with 15 rolls of wrapping paper on the floor of the room.  Yikes! Read more…

Day 12 & 13 – Organize, Organize, Organize

December 30, 2012

It’s time to pull back out that List I keep mentioning.  We are going to go room by room in this old house and I will document all the mini makeovers for each of you to see.  Most will include some pretty sad and embarrassing “before” pictures.  Just trying to keep it real here!

The great part of the new year is that it is RESOLUTION time!  #1 on my list of resolutions (probably tied for #1 if you consider my weight management resolution every January) is to ORGANIZE this house, organize me and organize our life.  What better way to do this than to start with a challenge 🙂

The ladies over at A Bowl Full of Lemons, I’m an Organizing Junkie and six other top Organizing bloggers have announced a REVOLUTION for the New Year.  Ladies and gentlemen, I will be joining in on the FUN!

I started a few boards on Pinterest with ideas I have for each of the spaces.  Check out my boards and join in on the Revolution!


Day 10 & 11 – Merry Christmas!!

December 24, 2012

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney bookcase with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…

We had a very relaxing Christmas Eve.  Took the family (Hubby, me and the dogs) to see Christmas lights in what is becoming a Christmas Eve tradition for our new family.  It was a blast.  We rolled down the windows for some luke warm Houston December weather (65 tonight!) and wished Merry Christmas to all the passing cars of kids.  The pups had a great time showing off for all the families. Read more…

Day 9 – Christmas Card Display

December 23, 2012
Christmas Card Board

I have been diving in head first into the wonderful world of blogging.  There are so many amazing ideas out there and lovely people who are sharing their craftiness, organizational tips, recipes and everything else that a rookie like me can fall in love with!  Today, I was struggling to find a way to display our Christmas Cards that we have gotten in the mail.  Thought a nifty little ribbon would work wonders, but I just couldn’t find the right place to hang it without it looking lonely.

Then I stumbled on Momtastic’s Christmas Card Holder and BAM! I was inspired :)… Read more…

Day 8 – What I Learned Painting

December 23, 2012
Top 10 Painting Tips & Tricks

It has been a while since I painted a room.  There were quite a few things that I did wrong in the Laundry Room makeover that made it take a bit longer than expected :).  I wanted to share quite a few links, tips & tricks that I found on my quest to better painting! Read more…