Decking the Halls

How do you deck your halls?

We drive by countless houses and enjoy the bright lights and outside displays; there are even shows dedicated to finding the most elaborate Christmas lights.  But what about the inside?  Personally, I put much more effort into the Christmas decorations inside my house.  As selfish as it may sound, I do this because I want to enjoy my decorations to the fullest and I don’t often spend time standing outside my house.  Also, sometimes we don’t get to share our Christmas decorations with as many friends and family members as we may like, especially if traveling for the Holidays.  I love getting to see the varied decorations of friends & family whenever possible… Real tree or artificial?  White lights or multi-color?  Specific character or theme?  Everyone’s traditions and interpretations are equally unique and festive.

So I am taking this opportunity to share my Christmas decorations and I am inviting you to do the same…How do you deck your halls?

Warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!

Quick Fix: Laundry Room

Not all worthwhile home updates require a great deal of planning or a large budget.  We have been in our new house for almost a year now and one of the rooms I left neglected until recently was the laundry room.  I realize it isn’t exactly the most exciting room to makeover, but it started to bug me that I hadn’t done anything to make our laundry room more organized and less boring.  I finally decided to spend a little time and money to spruce it up a bit, and I am glad I did.  I would say in total I spent a few hours searching for good deals on items to use, and ended up spending less than $50.  It was by no means a drastic transformation, but enough to make me happier every time I open the door.

Before & After

How I did it:

  • Searched for items in soft greens, blues & natural tones
  • Utilized miscellaneous bins/baskets I already had in the house to organize things on top shelf including: cleaning supplies, paper towel, light bulbs, etc.
  • Put Command hooks on the wall to get brooms/mops off the floor
  • Added a brown woven fabric hamper & plaid rug to make it feel a little warmer and less sterile
  • Found a cute LAUNDRY sign and a fabric plastic bag dispenser, both from Etsy  (see my previous blog post entirely dedicated to Etsy)
  • Used a wire rack made for closet organizer system to keep dryer sheets & stain remover handy at all times
  • Purchased a small galvanized bucket small enough to sit on top of the dryer to empty the lint trap instead of having to carry to the trash every time, added the word “LINT” with a chalk marker.

Nearly a year after moving in and it feels good to finally have this checked off of my to-do list!  On to the next project…