October 26, 2014

Rugs, Rugs, and More Rugs! I Need Help!

So we are finally down to making rug decisions!  That's a HUGE deal if you know that we started in almost every room (except Bailey's) from scratch!  We have transformed, redone, repurposed, repositioned, replaced almost every piece of furniture and decor in our whole home (and all done on a strict budget!).  At this point, I'm ready to start deciding on some rugs for the breakfast area, living room, and dining room because the cold cool ok semi cool winter of Houston, TX is coming...at least I hope!

So today I got a steal using a coupon and some discounts at World Market on the 3'x5' Basketweave Jute rug for the entry.  I'm almost ready for a new reveal in that area too!  Just need to replace the ceiling fan with a new light fixture and find some new seating for our bench-chest...which I think I figured out both this weekend!  Sorry for all the exclamation marks by the way, I truly am that excited about all the accomplishments we've made in our home.

Now here's where you come in.  I need HELP! While I love the texture of the jute rugs after talking with my amazing design mentor (my Meme), she has made me realize that it isn't easy to slide a chair across those when at a dining table (or breakfast table...well both in our case).  So now I don't know what to do.

Here are the options including my original plan along with the sizing:

Breakfast Area (square table, 4 chairs, square room)

Dining Room (rectangle farm table that extends to seat 8-10 but usually at 6 chairs)

Here is the 6x9 Basketweave Jute Rug from World Market I thought I was set on.

Now I'm stumped!  I don't know what else to do!  I'd love to hear from you on any choices you love in eating areas.  Take note, the above pictures of the dining room and breakfast area are pre paint and decor :)  The style is a lot like our living room though...very light and bright farmhouse feel.

I can't wait to hear from y'all, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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October 21, 2014

Days 15- to Instagram:ABFOL 31 Day Purge

Already half way through this month long purge!  Are you hanging in there too?  Make sure you're following along A Bowl Full of Lemon's posts to find out what's coming next!

Day 15: Purge your tupperware.
We really did this a lot before we moved into this house.  We have never been ones to hold onto random tupperware, but somehow we did have a few that have just gathered from different places.  We keep all our plastic containers in a deep drawer in our kitchen because they just fit so nicely.  We keep our glass containers on the shelf above our baking dishes.  I'm not in love with them being there but we don't have that many and it works for now.  Eventually I will want to revisit the actual organization of these guys though and find something that is a little more visually appealing.

Day 16: Purge your purses.
Once again, this doesn't really pertain to me because I'm not a purse hoarder.  I usually use one purse until it starts to get old and then get a new one.  I do have a one purse I have held on to and a few cute clutches.  All of these live on top of my shoes shelves and my clutches are organized in a letter sorter I got at a garage sale.

***These pictures were terrible and the lighting made the walls look a horrendous peach color :/  I'll be doing an updating dressing room tour in the near future if we can ever make a trip up to Ikea.

Day 17: Purge your bedding. 
As you probably could tell from my last post where I showed you our medicine organization with the medicine purge, I am not happy with the organization of that hall closet.  It has been pretty high on my to do list, and I know what I want to do to organize it, but I have a few other things that need to get done first.  I also just tossed out 2 sheet sets with our garage sale last weekend.

Here's the before of our whole linen closet pre-organization:

Day 18: Purge your newspapers. 
I went ahead and added this one on here because once again it didn't apply to us.  I only buy a newspaper every once in a while and when we do we recycle it as soon as we're done.

As I am obviously FAR behind on these purging days I will finish the rest over on Instagram.  I have seen what's coming up and like the last few I don't have much or anything to purge so I'll just show what's working in those areas for organization for me as of now.

I hope you enjoyed this round of purges, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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Days 12-14: ABFOL 31 Day Purge

Here's the next round of A Bowl Full of Lemons' 31 Day Purge!  Our post for today is following the tips and tricks for Days 12-14.

Day 12: Purge your medications.
While I absolutely LOVE our organization for our medicine cabinet which was one of the first projects I ever created from Pinterest, I am bad about going through often enough and checking expiration dates.

Here's how we organize.  The containers are from Walmart and I just wrote on labels for the main categories that made sense to me which were Pain/Fever, Eyes/Ear/Nose/Throat, Stomach, Bailey's (children's), and then a larger box of the same set for general vitamins and antiseptics and the dog's medicines.  Then we have a small 3 drawer container that holds band-aids, ointments, and droppers/syringes (this is from when Bailey was much younger).
Please don't mind the mess on the other shelves...that's a to do for another day :/

Here's what was expired and needed to be tossed.  By the way, I did this before we moved into this house a year ago...

Day 13: Purge your game boards. 
Luckily this didn't apply to us.  We are still gathering up games as Bailey gets older.

Day 14: Purge your books.
Sadly this time, again it doesn't apply to us.  Bailey is the only one out of the 3 of us who really has a collection of books.  Adam has a couple in his nightstand and with his keepsakes, but we will be keeping those.  I have a couple that I want to read just haven't gotten around to it.

I hope you are still enjoying your purge, and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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October 20, 2014

Days 8-11: ABFOL 31 Day Purge

So sorry it's been so long since I have made a post, but life has really been getting in the way lately. :)  So I'm back today to do the next set (that I have ready) of the A Bowl of Lemons 31 Day Purge.  Here's where we are for Days 8-11!

Day 8: Purging your vehicle.
Well sadly, I don't have anything to update for this one which is why it's been holding me up.  Finding some new organization to my Suburban to help keep it clean and tidy has been high up on my to do list.  However, it's not the top and it's going to take me a little while to get it where I want it so instead of spending a little time half doing it now, I'm making the decision to wait and do this one later.  However, once I do have this done I'll definitely update y'all on how I organize our "mommy-mobile".

Day 9: Purging your bathroom cabinets.
This is something we actually did about a month ago!  We have 2 full baths and one half bath so I'm going to show you 2 out of the 3 because one is still in the works for a full reveal...our guest bath!

In our downstairs half bathroom vanity cabinet, we keep extra large bottles of cleaner, extra paper towels, extra hand soap, and extra air freshener.  This is really just for well extras. :)
In our master bathroom, we have 2 vanities.  One is "my" area and one is "Adam's" area.  Here's what I've got in "mine".  In the left side drawers, I keep my weekly beauty products or more often needed products and my hair tools that I use most often.

In the middle cabinet part, I keep my larger "weekly/often" need beauty products like fingernail polish remover and self tanner on one side.  On the other side, I keep a cleaning caddy I got at Walmart for around $5 with our bathroom cleaners.  This has been so handy to keep our bathrooms clean.  I tend to want to clean them when a cleaning bug bites me (almost always at a totally random time) so I like having those cleaners upstairs and altogether so I'm not running around trying to grab everything.
In the right side drawers, we have our teeth products like extra toothpaste, floss, and whitener and our bathroom accessories we aren't hanging until we redo the bathroom.

In the vanity Adam uses, we haven't organized because we will soon (hopefully) be taking it out when we redo our master bath.  It just keeps random dog stuff, his extras, and apparently another FULL bottle of toilet cleaner...  Thanks to the purge I found it!

Day 10: Purging your bills.
This is one we are trying to be good about, but sometimes we let the papers pile up.  I have opted to have a lot of our bills electronic notification and e-statements only to save paper and it's one less thing for me to recycle.  Did you know a lot of companies are actually charging small fees to mail paper statements now??

We organize bills we need to keep though in our filing cabinet next to our desk.  As of right now, I have had all our bills cleaned out so we don't have a picture of anything needing to be purged.
I'll also be posting our command center soon...hopefully!

Day 11: Purging your freezer.
This is something I'm so bad about keeping organized because when we bought our house, we adopted the oversize french door, bottom extra deep freezer with it.  Our old fridge was a regular sized side by side and I had used plastic containers from Walmart to organize the shelves.  So this purge made me finally get to finding a way to organize our new freezer!

Before:

Here's my inspiration:
Source A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
After:

We still don't have any containers in the bottom but I have organized the top by smoothie stuff and ice cream and the bottom by open bags of non-meat items on the left and meat items on the right.  We are blessed to have our side by side out in the garage which is where we keep our unopened veggies, extras of different items, and meat we aren't going to use right away.

PS If you haven't seen my refrigerator organization post check that out {here} for supplies and {here} for tips!

I hope you enjoyed this round of purging (make sure to follow ABFOL on Instagram and tag your purge photos with her hashtage!), and as always, thanks for stopping by!
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