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Spring Cleaning – Week 1

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Spring has sprung. Trees and flowers are blooming, the grass is beginning to green, and my allergies are driving me nuts! I seriously feel a sneeze coming on as I type these words. Yes, Spring has definitely arrived.

When the weather starts to change, and it’s nice outside, we love to throw open our back patio door… aaannd maybe open some windows. And just feel the breeze float through the house. It freshens everything up, and the dogs love the fact that they can bounce from inside to outside without anything stopping them. I love it. But there is one thing that I’m not a big fan of… the dust! Oy, you would think we lived in Oklahoma or something. Those breezes that pass through the house are dirty and definitely leave their mark throughout the house. I really don’t mind, but this exact routine always makes me think about cleaning. Deep cleaning. Spring cleaning.

And hence my list! As you may have read from my last post, I was a list makin’ fool this weekend. Among many of my To-Do’s was “Spring Cleaning.” Instead of listing everything that pertained to “Spring Cleaning,” I decided I would just take it as I went (ya know, I didn’t want to overwhelm myself). So logically thinking, I figured if I did a little here and a little there over the next few weeks, I will have completed every possible entity of “Spring Cleaning” and maybe ever without getting overwhelmed. Because let’s face it. Spring Cleaning can be prettyyyy daunting. Especially when you have a million other things on your To-Do list. Ladies and Gentleman… prepare yourself for BEAST MODE. Duhn duhn duuuuhhhhhnnnnnnnnn!

Spring Cleaning Week 1

Okay, so here’s the plan. I  am going to clean little by little…focusing only on my weekly goal each week.  For this week, my Spring Cleaning goal is bedrooms.  This may be easier for me than many, as we do not own a McMansion.  Or half of a McMansion.  Or a quarter McMansion.  This makes my goal much, much, much more doable.  We have three bedrooms – our master bedroom plus two others.  See, very realistic.  So here’s the plan.  I am going to deep clean each of these babies.  Here’s my game plan:

Tackle the time-consuming cleaning projects on the weekend, and try to keep the momentum during week-nights after I get home from work.

Seems simple, doesn’t? Well, we will see.

Now insert the wonderful world of Pinteret and all the super cool people out there who blog about Home Improvement and daunting cleaning tasks.  I found a TON of information from bloggers out there.  Some cleaning tutorials made me squirm.  Some cleaning tutorials made me gag.  But they all encouraged me to hop onto the cleaning train. Um, choo choo?

Anyways, here is a list I have compiled for this week’s scrub down.  Most tasks are clickable, and will take you to a super cool, super informative blog that gives you the low down.  For this weekend I tackled the time-consuming projects like freshening the mattresses, washing sheets, and washing allllllllllll of our pillows (this literally takes like a million years, but soooo worth it!).  Of course, since my bed was going to be oh-so-clean I HAD to clean that dusty ole ceiling fan hanging over it… I mean I was not going to go to all of that trouble cleaning the mattress, sheets and duvet just to wipe a bunch of dust on it later on in the week.  Just didn’t seem right, does it?  So I got that out-of-the-way as soon as I stripped my bed.  Aaaaaaaand, since we have two windows on each side of the bed, I figured I should dust those blinds while I was at it.  So I knocked that out as well.  See where I’m going with this?  I basically started right in the middle of the bedroom and worked my way out in various ways.  Strip bed, wash sheets and duvet cover, dust ceiling fan and blinds on windows, dust light fixtures/lamps/night stands, freshen bed and then start the pillows.

People, please freshen your mattress and wash your pillows (you’re supposed to do that 3 times a year…did you know that?)…. I slept like a little baby last night.

Okay, Okay, Okay. THE LIST:

Spring Cleaning – Week 1 (Bedrooms)

Oh. My.  That was exhausting.  Yikes, if typing the list took that much energy…how am I going to finish what I have already started?  Oh yeah, BEAST MODE.  Bring it on, dust bunnies.

 

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Nice Drawers…

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Soooooo, how are everyone’s drawers lookin? Ya know, one thing I have learned with our house is that no two drawers are made equal. Which is rather annoying to me…I mean really? Is it THAT hard to make two drawers the same dimension? Oy.

Currently, our spices have completely taken over an entire cabinet. Granted, we usually cook A LOT… And various recipes usually call for various assortments of spices. And because of this we have grown quite the collection. And they are seemingly taking over!! I mean a whole kitchen cabinet dedicated to spices? I. Don’t. Think. So.

We have a tiny galley kitchen, and new to utilize every space as efficiently as possible… So we decide (in the middle of kitchen re-facing) that spices needed to be contained in a smaller space…. They were just simply taking over too much space in the cabinet. So after researching Pinterest and all of the “spices organization” pins… This is what I came down to:

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These are all really great ideas, but none that I feel I could make work in our home. Instead I have just decided to dedicate in entire drawer to spices… This is what we have so far:

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Now, I have noticed my organizing doesn’t look as clean as the other sources… BUT I do have some improvements up my sleeve. For instance I plan on ordering around 20 empty glass bottles from Penzey’s… I will be able to sort them vertically rather than horizontally and they will take up much less space that way. Those bottles also come with labels, so I can label the lids and won’t have to lay them horizontally (as I have) to see the labels. Eh, it’s another project in the making… But once it’s finished I think it will be fabulous!

Hope everyone had a safe Labor Day… Wahoo for a four day work week (though only two for me!) 🙂

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Picture Wall

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It seems like I have been very distracted lately… I’m not going to lie, blogging is not my number one priority (gasp!). BUT I am going to try to put out a little more effort towards this little guy, and apologize (once again) for my negligence.

With all of the projects we’ve got goin’ in our hizz-ouse… It’s fun to take a break from one big project to do something a little more fun. For me, this means stop with the moulding, trim and painting and move on to something a little more joyful….decorating!

I have been going back a forth on whether or not I want a picture wall in our house. Is it too modern? Will it put our traditional tendendicies over the top? Eh, I don’t know… But I still really want one, so what the hay? I mean it is OUR house after all, we can do with it what we want. Sucka.

With that said – I want a picture wall.

And really there is only one wall for this picture wall… Ya know with the addition of our bookcases and everything on the fireplace wall… So now the questions are: how many pictures? Matching frames or all different? Symmetrical or asymmetric? Abstract, people, places or textures? Color or black and white?

Oy.

Is it this hard for you guys to make decisions, or is it just me?

Well…. I have a few ideas in mind of what I want, I just need to figure out how to make it happen. But want to know my inspiration? Pinterest of course! Here are a few of my inspirations:

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What do you think? I’m trying to narrow down my decisions on how I want our picture wall to turn out… But until then, I’ll just have to keep ya posted. 🙂 goodnight!

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Our Built-In Bookcases

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Since I’ve started this little blog thing, I’ve realized that I’m going to have to play catch up on some projects we’ve already tackled around the house.  How about starting off with when we knocked two holes in the wall for two built-in bookcases on both sides of the fireplace?  Sound like a good starting point?  I think so too.

Before construction…or destruction….you pick 🙂

Pictured above you see a nice plain-Jane fireplace.  B-O-R-I-N-G! Well, that’s what we thought anyways…so we (by we I mean mostly me, though Boyfriend was up for my challenge), decided we needed something on both sides of the fireplace.  We had a few options…I could find some schnazzy to hang on both sides, ya know maybe some sconces or iron decor.  But for some reason it seemed like we would be settling.  Ya know what I mean?  Plus Boyfriend wanted our TV mounted on this wall, as he thinks that the fireplace should be the center focal point of the living room.  The problems I had with this, was the cords that would be EVERYWHERE for the TV, Internet, Surround Sound…you get the picture.

So we thought we could get a couple of bookcases to mask the cords and all of the clutter.  Now, take ANOTHER look at that picture and notice the floor vent to the left of the fireplace.  Can’t put a bookcase over a vent, right?  So there goes that idea.

Exceeeeeeppppppttttttt. Hmmmmmm…My mind started working.  Overtime.  Boyfriend couldn’t run fast enough.  I had A VISION.

Can’t deny my visions.

Never deny me of my visions.

So here was the game plan:  We knock holes in the wall on both sides of the fireplace, frame it out, and put in some built-in bookcases/bookshelves.  What a glorious solution.  Well done, me. Now for the execution….check out this mess:

Wowza.  See that dreadful mess?  I would almost be embarrassed, if the end result didn’t turn out so darn good.  Anyways, as you may be able to tell is that the spaces on both sides of the fireplace were actually closets…a coat closet on the left, and a bedroom closet on the left.  The good news is when it was all said and done, we only lost about 4 inches of depth in the coat closet so it remains a fully functional coat closet.  As for the other side, we made the bottom deeper so our subwoofer, internet box, dvd player, yatta yatta yatta.  But we had plenty of room to spare as the closet is pretty huge and now/soon-to-be “custom,” but more on that later.

If you’re still having problems seeing my vision, maybe I should just show you the end result… Or better yet, what about a before after?

What do you think? 🙂

Hello world!

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Welcome to Ever So Thrifty!! A blog I developed for myself, as well as others, to compare notes on our various forms of “thriftiness.”

I’d like to believe that I’m a nice, young girl living in Oklahoma.  I love God, my boyfriend, my family, my friends, my dogs, our HOME and ALL projects! Really…all projects – crafts, home projects, decorating, cooking, crocheting, sewing, gardening and most of all, the art of saving.  See, I tend to be a tad on the frugal side. Okay, slash that… I’m EXTREMELY frugal.  But I blame it on the economy, my penny-pinching dad, my income, my boyfriend’s income… okay screw it. I’m frugal because I’m frugal.  I hate spending money on an item when I know I could have either made it for less, or used a coupon which would have made it cheaper.  It bugs me. REALLY bugs me.  I could have a problem.  But it’s MY problem…and I kind of like it. I can stretch a dollar like no one’s bizz-nazz.

So a little about myself, I’m a 20-something year old and I graduated from THE University of Oklahoma a little over two years ago with a degree that I loved.  At the time.  After graduated I was immediately offered an office job, which I took (and still have), which gave me a sense of financial security.

This financial-security-feeling sort of drugged me and I did the most reasonable next step in life…  If you are, at all, thinking “get married,” then you clearly do not know me.  At all. Nope, I bought a house.  A house that blinded both me and my handy-dandy boyfriend because it offered a very promising vision.  A house we believed (and still believe!) could someday be more than a house, but our HOME.

Our house is the same age as us.  Really. The year it was born, so were we.  Though we are all the same age, Boyfriend and I treat this house as if it were our baby.  Our dogs are treated the same.  So it’s okay if you consider us to be parents… we kind of are.  Emphasis on kind of.

Yep, the dogs are in bed. Under the covers. MY covers.

Long story short is that we started this house project with a whole lot of enthusiasm and what we thought was knowledge and skill.  Little did we know.  Really.  The last year has really been an adventure for us, but we learn new things and start new projects ALL THE TIME.  This blog is sort of our journey.  Our ways of pinching pennies, decorating and designing our home, and figuring out how to make it our own.  There will be a WHOLE lot of DIY obsession, and little tid bits about our lives along the way.

I promise not to filter…you will see it all including the GOOD, the BAD, and even the UGLY.  You will see our adventures and our misadventures throughout these projects.  So please feel free to give us advice, words of encouragement or money.  Haha, not really. But really.  We’d love to know what you think!

Let’s be friends! (Don’t worry we don’t have to be Facebook official…yet) 🙂