January Cure 2016 – Assignment 18

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Create a Landing Strip and Start Using It

You’ll want a door mat and hooks or proper, usable space in a coat closet to hang your outerwear and bags. Set up a spot or hook for your keys, a bowl or container for change and your wallet on a surface (like a small side table) to sort the mail and other items (newspapers, books, magazines, purchases) as they come in. Two other super helpful and nice components to add to your landing strip area are a small wastebasket/recycling bin to hold your discarded incoming mail and a mirror.

I had actually just pulled all our “landing strip” equipment out of my closet for Mr. T to hang back up! We took it all down when we were painting the walls. Yeah, that was a…few…months ago. What? The good news I was already working on this one!! I did switch it up some from what it looked like last year. We’ve got a contractor coming out next Friday to take a look at the stairwell, so we can get a quote on getting that painted. Then I want to put some cubby shelves over there, and hang hooks on the wall. Anyway, the point is I was totally doing this before you told me to, Apartment Therapy. ;)

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January Cure 2016 – Assignment 13

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Lighten Up the Living Room

The idea here is to lose the extraneous things that might have started to clutter up the surfaces in the room that you perhaps just aren’t noticing anymore. Please note that I’m not just talking about actual clutter (although certainly that is part of this too!). This exercise is also about cycling out some perfectly good decorative things, temporarily. Pretend you are putting your home on the market for sale and have been asked to strip out anything super personal or “lived in” looking. Depending on your level of natural maximalism, I’d say to aim for removing 3-15 things from the space. Move them to a temporary storage spot from which you can easily retrieve them later, after giving them a bit of a break. Now, you are going to just live with it for a bit, as is. Let yourself really “see” the space for awhile in this simplified version of itself. Before the end of the Cure, we’ll revisit this, but for now, your job is just to be tough and pull the stuff.

Heh. So back when we did the floors, we cleared our living room out. That was what…two months ago? We still haven’t brought everything back in. We’ve been in living room limbo, because I wanted to buy a sectional from IKEA and build out a bunch of shelves along one wall. There’s no point in pulling everything back out when all of that will theoretically be happening in the next few months. We did rearrange the living room a smidge Monday night, though! We kind of pulled everything in to cozy up the “living room” area, which also opened up a pretty good work space for me to bring in my desk that’s been sitting in the garage for 3+ years. I can finally finish sanding/refinishing it and use it again!! I’m going to turn it into my mini crafting area in the bedroom. Most importantly, it will hold my sewing machine that I have to learn how to use, so I can start making stuff for the nursery!!!

By Tuesday we’d kind of admitted that the IKEA sectional is a bit of a dream that may not come true before LBW arrives, so we should probably look into cheaper alternatives. And then I bought a couple of covers from Zulily. Which may be outrageously bright and gaudy. We’ll have to wait and see. Considering how long it takes Zulily to ship…LBW may be here by then. ;) Oh, and I bought this adorable desk:

January Cure 2016 - Assignment 13 | The Wilson BuzzSo now I have two desks that need to be sanded and refinished! Woo! Good thing we rearranged the living room, eh?

Anyway, it wasn’t until Wednesday evening that I’d gotten the room clean enough to want to photograph it. So here we are.

January Cure 2016 - Assignment 13 | The Wilson BuzzGood enough.

Living Room Upgrades

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So it hit me. The Nesting. I declared that it was time to start preparing our home for a baby, and it was so. We ripped up all the carpet downstairs, got rid of the fireplace (don’t worry – it’s staying in the house, just moving to the garage to become a part of Mr. T’s man cave), and painted the living room. It was glorious. I really hate uploading pictures to this blog, so you’re going to get like…two. Maybe. I have a public album on Facebook if you want to see them all.

Living Room Upgrades | The Wilson Buzzgray walls, white floor, no fireplace

flooring-112215-2sexy floor painting courtesy of Mr. T

I didn’t really take any before pictures, but the walls were brown and the carpet was brown. And very, very stained. A couple of paint stains actually made it all the way through the carpet and foam onto the concrete. I was impressed by its resolve.

The walls/floor brighten the room up so. much. Seriously. You wouldn’t even believe it. I LOVE IT. The only negative is that we’re going to have to buy a giant honking rug to cover up Mr. T’s paint job, because concrete floors are cold, and it’s November. lol! The next step is pulling up all the carpet upstairs and replacing it with “hardwood” – which will totally not be actual hardwood. Too many animals for that, I assure you.

We’re still working on the floors. Mr. T’s painted the bedroom, but it hasn’t been sealed. And the hallway hasn’t even been touched. He wants to do the kitchen, too. We’ll see… lol! It’s just such a hassle, keeping the animals off of it while it dries. And then the sealant smells so very very bad and I can’t really be around any of it because of the baby… It’s annoying. We’re hoping to seal everything next weekend, so it can dry out while we’re gone to my parents’ for Thanksgiving.

Which reminds me…I have to figure out what we’re going to do with the dogs next weekend. I don’t think my parents really want them there. :\ Ain’t nothing easy.

DIY Macrame Curtain

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I’m doing it. I’m so confident that I’m going to DO THIS tonight that I’m starting my blog post early!! I’m committing. No going back! Going to finish!! I can’t even tell you how long ago I started this stupid project… Ages and ages and AGES ago. But I’m doing it!

DIY Macrame Curtain | A Beautiful Mess

The first time I started it, I was trying to tie the knots without having the bar up high enough (when have I ever set the bar high??). I asked Mr. T to hang the bar so I could try again, and it took him months and months to do it. To be fair, I wasn’t trying too hard to convince him…I’d already run out of steam on this project. But heHE – finally got tired of the supplies laying around, so he hung the bar. Aaaaand…that was months ago. >.< But today is the day! THE DAY!! I’m leaving work right meow, and I’m going to do this when I get home. Say a prayer for me…and the dogs. And Mr. T, just for good measure. Like I said, I was in a foul mood yesterday.

Update: It’s been like 2 weeks since I first started this post…and what a disaster it turned out to be. I really did get started on the curtain!! But the PVC isn’t strong enough to support the rope. I’m talking major saggage. So we’re back at Square 1. We need to get some wooden rods, I guess. There are also issues with the way the studs are in the wall. Mr. T couldn’t put the hooks right at the edges. I’m thinking we should get a 2×4 or some other chunk o’ wood – screw THAT into the studs, and then put the hooks on the edges of the 2×4. Do you think that would work?

DIY Macrame Curtain | The Wilson BuzzIt’s kind of hard to tell from this angle, but the left side is about .5″ lower than the right side. It IS obvious that the hooks are weirdly-placed. *womp womp*

I’ll finish this project eventually!! I wonder, too, if we should paint the walls before we do this? Oh God… Hello, wormhole of which I am about to fall into.

AT January Cure #16: The Final Stretch Begins

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Show Your Living Room a Little Love

Deep clean your living room.

This is the “big clean” of your most public room. Give it a good once over and you’ll be ready for your upcoming gathering or, at the very least, a more inviting spot to settle in to watch a movie come Sunday night.

  • Pick up and put away all loose belongings
  • Declutter surfaces
  • Use those attachments and give your upholstered pieces a good vacuuming
  • Wipe down and clean all wooden or other non-upholstered furniture
  • Clean the baseboards
  • Thoroughly dust all surfaces – move things, dust, return items
  • Wipe down light switches, lamps and ceiling fan
  • Clean frames, artwork, mirrors and windows
  • Vacuum and/or sweep and mop the floors
  • Kick back, relax a bit and admire your clean room – you’ve earned it!

Flowers? Yes.

You know the drill :) Go get ’em and enjoy!

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I used my UfYH app again for this assignment. And rocked out to some VSQ. Sorry for all the dogs in the pictures. It’s more effort than it’s worth to get pet-less shots in this house. Don’t forget Sputnik is up for adoption!! Please, someone adopt him…

I didn’t get out to buy flowers tonight…I may get some when I’m on my way home tomorrow. I need to stop and get groceries, anyway. There is still a pile o’ junk in front of the fireplace, but it’s Mr. T’s stuff and I don’t know what to do with it. Does it go upstairs? Does it go to the gallery? I don’t know! So I pile it up. 8} A lot of the crazy that was happening in here was from getting Two-Tone set up. And it finally is!! Me so happy. And I know Mr. T is, too.