Home Organization

Entryway update: New door and light!

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Uncategorized | September 9, 2020

The Plan

The entryway project is well underway with a new door, light, and hardware. I knew when designing this renovation that I wanted to bring more light into the room. A new door seemed to be the perfect solution to this problem. The old door only had a small window at the top of the door letting in a small amount of light. I imagined a door with solid window panes to allow as much light in as possible.

The door and hardware

I found this door at a barn sale for $20 and got super lucky that it was exactly the right size to fit the doorway. I did have to buy a new handle because the old one didn’t come with a key. A new doorknob kit runs around $50.

Quick change up

The original plan was to paint the door black to contrast that dark color with the white shiplap on the opposite walls. With the new door up it’s obvious now that the design plans need to change. The main goal was to allow more light to shine in and painting it black will only take away from this goal. So the new plan is to paint it all white. I’ll still go with the black tile and black metal railing on the staircase for contrast.

Another change of plans is to add wainscoting to the wall underneath the wallpaper. I think It will add so much more character to a pretty bland wall while adding a bit of sophistication as well. Plus it’s pretty inexpensive to do! You’ll have to tune in next week to see how that tuned out!

Watch the video below to see the process

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Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

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Bissell CrossWave MAX – is it worth the splurge?! An honest review.

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Cleaning and Home Hacks | August 24, 2020

Go big or go home?

Is that anybody’s motto? That’s generally mine. I want to make whatever it is that I’m doing is worth it. For instance, if we’re going to Niagra falls then we should be sure to stay on the Canada side and catch a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Or, if we are going to make Ice cream sundaes, I make sure to pick up all the toppings including all the essentials for a banana split. My husband on the other hand… not so much. Just going to Niagra falls is enough… and just ice cream and chocolate syrup is just fine. So you can see how in life we can bump heads quite a bit, especially when deciding to splurge on an expensive mop like the Bissell CrossWave! (See this baby in action at the bottom.)

woman vacuuming a living room

Time-saving

I’ll be totally honest, my husband and I are a perfect match for each other. I help him have a little bit more fun, and he reels me in a little bit. But there are perfectly good times to splurge in life… it’s just figuring out when to do so. Surprisingly, it took little to no convincing for my very budget-conscious husband to get on board with the Bissell CrossWave. The functions speak for themselves: duo vacuuming and mopping at the same time, it’s cordless for easy maneuvering, and my favorite feature: two tanks, one for cleaning solution and the other for the dirty water. At the end of the day, we are both working from home and thrive in an organized and clean environment. Our time is limited and we don’t pay for house cleaning services, so any device that is going to save us time overall is a definite win in our book.

red farmhouse boho living room with vacuum

How well does the CrossWave work on hardwood floors?

When I asked around about the CrossWave I happened to read a few reviews that said it left dirty streaks on the floor. In my experience, I did not come to that same conclusion. The roller brush is plush and has built-in grips to clean your carpets, but it has enough girth to wipe up all the dirty stuff without leaving streaks. I will say that if the roller gets too oversaturated with water it can leave streaks, but the key is to let go of the trigger and roll over that area to pick up the excess water.  Maybe the other CrossWaves don’t have the sam roller brush, but the Max roller brush is awesome! Plus my box came with a second brush for backup. It’s great to alternate the two between cleaning because they do need to be rinsed with hot water between uses.

 

Does it really work on Carpet and how big of a mess does it clean up?

Yes! It works amazingly on carpet! Not only does it vacuum everything up but it refreshed my carpets making them smell fantastic. It leaves your carpets slightly damp so they dry quickly. I will say, this does not replace a carpet shampooer. This isn’t deep cleaning your carpets, but it gives them a nice refresh. That doesn’t mean it isn’t cleaning it – just not DEEP cleaning. The water tank was pretty dirty after cleaning my area rugs so I know it did its job, but the main function on this mop is for hard surfaces. Refreshing carpets is just a fabulous bonus.

The Bissel CrossWave does an outstanding job picking up messes on floors. For instance, it will even pick up items as large as cereal and small legos. I mean, don’t make it a habit to pick up legos… which in my house is inevitable, but it’s good to know it can!

Woman vacuuming red rug

How long does the battery last?

So this is something that I was nervous about. My house is just about 4,000 sq ft and I didn’t know how many rooms I could get done before the battery died. With a full charge, the battery should last for 30 minutes. So essentially it comes down to how fast you can work. I can get abut 2,000 sq ft done in about 30 minutes, so about half my house. I just split my upstairs and downstairs into two parts.

Best feature? The self-cleaning cycle!!

To make sure this vacuum functions the right way every time, cleaning it out is essential. The Cordless Max has a self-cleaning cycle to make that process so easy!! To use this feature all you have to do is make sure there is enough solution in the tank – if not fill up the tank with warm water to the self-cleaning line. Then, place the vacuum on the docking station and press the self-cleaning icon. This will run for about 40 seconds and shut off when it’s done. The dirty water tank icon will flash to remind you to empty the tank. At this point, I pop out the roller and windshield attachment to make sure everything is wiped out and cleaned before retiring my vacuum for the day. Seriously, this is my favorite feature!

back of the vacuum showing the self cleaning icon

Wifi compatible!

You can easily hook your Bissell CrossWave up to wifi and connect on an app for maintenance, support, cleaning tips, and a usage dashboard. I don’t know how often I’ll use this, but I suppose I will at some point if I start running into error codes.

Do you have to use the solution they recommend?

No, you definitely don’t have to only use the Bissel CorssWaves solution for your vacuum. I used the solution it came with until it ran out and then I used my castile soap solution.To add the solution to the tank all you have to do is first add warm water to the waterline and then add your solution to the solution line. So you see, any solution in its place will work just fine.

water tank on vacuum

Any downsides?

I’ll be honest, there aren’t many. This baby has saved me so much time it’s incredible! My floors have never been cleaner! Although I will say that it’s tough to get edges and baseboards. The website does say that they have improved this feature, but it’s still not ideal for those areas because there are no attachments. So If I wanted to wash down my furniture I actually have to lift up my vacuum and place it on my furniture and work it back and forth. Which is ok – but not ideal and a little awkward.

To me – The advantages outweigh the inconvenience of not having attachments to get my corners closely and my baseboards. I should say it does an ok job with corners, but not as well as it would do with a hose.

Pricey – but oh so worth it!

Boy does Bissell have a good product on their hands… and they know it too! This vacuum does not run cheap at just under $400! I would say this is an investment piece that is totally worth saving up your pennies for. Hands down… I would 100% recommend this vacuum and I can say without a doubt it has saved me time and that my floors have never been cleaner!

This vacuum is available at a lot of shops, I would definitely say shop around… But I got mine at Amazon because I love fast and free shipping. You can click the image below to check it out.

 

Thanks so much for reading along, pals!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

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Creating a dreamy fire pit area

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Home Organization | August 11, 2020

A place to connect!

I’ve been thinking a lot about creating a dreamy fire pit area for quite some time now. Well, Like most of the projects in our home, I bought the supplies and told my husband that I had a really fun day planned for us both. Generally, he’s a good sport about it but gets a little nervous when mysterious packages start coming in the mail. He never knows what to expect. Well, I’m happy to report that this project has both of us super excited for the end result.

When my husband and I were just friends many moons ago, we used to hang out a ton over campfires. Of course, there were a lot of other friends there too. We realized we had a lot in common and really started to connect over campfires. To this day we still find time a few times a week during the campfire season to connect over one.

We bought all the tools needed to create our dream campfire area including twinkle lights, potted flowers, and of course wooden Adirondack chairs. My friends here know that this is something I have been on the hunt for a while. Throw in a few pillows and throw blankets and I’ve got the making of the dreamiest firepit area ever!

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1. Staining and sealing

To start we laid out all the pieces to the Adirondack chairs, boards, and posts. We laid a thin layer of Early American Stain on them with a paintbrush. Dry time was quick, only about an hour. By the time all the staining was done I was able to immediately start sealing the wood with the weatherproof sealant. I allowed about 24 hours to dry because my boards were not pressure treated.

wood stain really American

2. Building the Adirondack chairs

This part was way easier than I though. My husband was the one building them but said it was just very repetitive. The instructions were very informative. One chair took about 30 minutes to build. Since we bought 6, assembling took about 3 hours. It is very important to stain and seal the chairs before you put the chairs together. This is because you want that sealant to be in the joints to protect them from the weather. This way they’ll last. Every year we’ll put a new coat on our chairs to protect them from the weather.

Adirondack chairs

3. Assembling the posts

We used four large planters around the fire pit with a concrete block inside to hold the post in place. Then we filled the pot with dirt and flowers to look nice and to act as extra support. We then added thin boards along the top of all four posts to connect and add support to the posts. To give the structure even more support we added corner joints. This way our structure will stay strong and secure.

beam

4. Hanging the patio lights

Lastly, we used hooks on all four posts to string our patio lights around the structure. We did several loops to make it look flowy and the hooks just make sure to keep everything in place. The patio lights we used had clips next to each bulb making it easier to secure our loops stay in place. It just makes our campfire that much more dreamy!

patio lights

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fire pit area day

fire pit area night

Thanks so much for reading along, pals!

Much Love, Kori~ from the farmhouse life

pink pillows on white bedding and doll stuffed animal

Kids bedroom storage solutions – Week two: refresh!

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Uncategorized | August 4, 2020

 

A much-needed refresh!

It’s finally Week Two with kids storage solutions, and today we’re attacking the toy issues in my daughter’s room. Her room is not that big, so we need to come up with a few tricks to utilize the space we have. She also has a lot of toys, so finding appropriate storage is a big must to help her stay organized.

Storage solutions

The girl has a lot of doll accessories, so I’m afraid of bringing in too many things to organize because I don’t want to overcrowd her room and leave the room feeling cramped. I want her to have room to play in addition to convenient storage. I’ll use a few large baskets for starters, and then some bins that go under her bed to store dolls and their accessories.

The point of it all

I think sometimes I forget that the point of her room is to keep all of the things organized AND for her to play! It’s easy to get caught up in the design without looking at things through a practical lense. I want her to be able to easily access her belongings while happily playing in her space.

My biggest goal whenever trying to organize an area for my children is that I want them to be set up for future success. Their belongings should be easy to find when they need them, but more importantly, I want to teach them how important it is to take care of the stuff that they have. Learning to care for your room as a child is so important because you’re basically learning to strengthen that “responsibility” habit muscle. The more you do it the more of a habit it becomes. And not only does it translate into them learning to tidy up but teaches them to do the things that they don’t want to do… Like, writing that term paper when they’re older, studying for a big test, or completing a work project on time. Any Charles Duhigg fans? Love his book The Power of Habit: Why we do What we do in Life and in Business. Seriously, a life changing read!

To start…

To start this project I gave her room a thorough cleaning… with her help of course! We cleaned under the bed (which seems to be a universal hiding spot by the way) and in her closet. We packed up everything on her shelf and in her closet so we could give everything a fresh coat of paint and separate her belongings into more organized piles. This way we could get rid of the things she has either grown out of or no longer plays with.

After we had everything cleaned out, we gave the furniture that needed it a fresh coat of paint and let everything dry before putting all her belongings back.

Total side note… We absolutely love her Beddys bedding! It’s the simplest concept of bedding where you essentially just zip it up every morning to a perfectly made bed! It’s amazing! I have a blog post about it here. Plus if you use THEFARMHOUSELIFE15 at check out you can get 15% off!

The result! (Video of before and after at the bottom)

pink pillows on white bedding and doll stuffed animal

white bed with pink pillows and pink wall. white tall dresser

white bookshelf with white bed and blanket ladder

white bookshelf with books and blanket ladder

white desk shelf with plant and pink globe

large art work you are fearfully and wonderfully made

mosquito next with pink ribbons

Watch the video below of the before and after!

 

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As always, thanks for reading along pals!

Much Love,

Kori ~From The Farmhouse Life!

 

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Kids bedroom storage solutions – Week one: Wall mounted book shelf

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Home Organization | July 23, 2020

Coming up with kids’ bedroom storage is probably a universal problem everywhere, am I right? It really doesn’t matter the size of the room, if kids don’t have a spot to put things they’ll end up scattered all over the floor.

 

large bookshelf with colored books

In my boy’s room particularly, we had a very serious book storage issue. There were books everywhere and just not enough storage space on their bookshelf to store them all. We did have quite a large wall to display them all. So we decided to get some industrial brackets and some 2-inch boards (which we had in our barn) to create rustic shelves that were large enough for all of their books.

man in blue drilling a bracket into the wall

We started with measuring, cutting, and planing our boards. Once they were ready, we took them upstairs and held them up on the wall to get an idea on how to space them. Since we had 4 boards, we measured the distance between the top board and the bottom board and then cut that distance in half twice to get 4 evenly spaced shelves. We had 3 brackets for each shelf to make sure they were adequately supported.

brackets with wood selves on wall

4 shelves on wall

Once the brackets were on the wall, we placed the boards on top and I used a light coat of Early American stain to give the shelves a more rustic vibe. I ended up only giving them one coat because the stain did a great job covering the boards. I didn’t want the shelves too dark because I wanted to match the boy’s furniture. Here’s a quick video of the process.

Styling the boy’s shelves was fairly simple because the objective was to get all the books off the floor. After that was accomplished I was able to work in a few fun decor pieces. Instead of standing all the books up on end, I decided to stack them and stand them up to add a little more visual interest. This way all the titles are still showing and the really tall books don’t stick out like a sore thumb compared to the smaller chapter books.

two boys laying under and bookshelf reading

Now that the project is done my boys absolutely love their new space and want to take care of it. I find them reading more up in their room and carefully putting things back. That right there makes the project completely worth it!

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Much love,

Kori ~ from The Farmhouse Life

 

green chair with bamboo blinds and woven light fixture on wall

One Room Challenge Week 5: Home office reveal!

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Uncategorized | July 16, 2020

 

Office reveal!

 

Ok – I know I’m so late on the One room challenge stuff. I’m going to blame it on COVID. Working, homeschooling my kids, and managing a home renovation all were a bit too much at times and it put me way behind schedule. But as I always say, better late than never! I’m so excited to finally share our completed home office!

blue sledding barn door. office with bull skeleton

My favorite feature of our new home office has got to be the sliding barn door (Tutorial coming soon!) I also love the fact that we salvaged the desk from the barn… who knows how long it had been sitting in there! If you’ve been hanging out here for long you know that I love salvaged or thrifted items. They add such a sophisticated “lived in” vibe that only antiques can provide.

green office chair and black book cases with brown baskets

The bookshelves in our office are from Ikea. (ps – everything is linked at the bottom. Scroll down if you want to check it out.) After styling them, my husband was a little confused as to why there weren’t any “real” books on the bookshelf. As you can see, the books on the bookshelf are all antiques and are more for decor purposes. You see – we have boxes and boxes of our “real” books in the attic that we’ve both been dying to bring down. I told him not to worry and that I have a plan for all those books in our next project! We’re building a library nook! I wanted the shelves in the office to be available for office storage supplies. With such a small space I wanted to make sure there was plenty of storage without feeling too cramped. So I went with lots of baskets on the shelves.

great armchair with white throw and brown ottoman. black tall lamp with map on wall.

I also wanted a cozy spot in the office to sit and read. The large armchair and leather pouf provide a great area to grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and read a great book – or work on your laptop. You’ll also notice a few spots around the office that are meant for inspiration and organization. I put up a pinboard as a visual for our up and coming projects and a whiteboard for day to day tasks.

green chair with bamboo blinds and woven light fixture on wall

Lastly, the wallpaper I chose has a creamy texture. It creates a nice backdrop to the fun statements on the wall like the bull skull and woven light!

letter board that says I have too many tabs open

wallpaper on wall with black beaches with bull skull and woven light fixture over desk

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That’s it, pals! Thanks so much for following along!

Much Love,

Kori ~ from the farmhouse life

woman hanging up wooden light fixture. with wallpaper on wall

One Room Challenge Week 4: 3 helpful tips on how to apply peel and stick wallpaper

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House and Home | June 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

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In week 4 of the One Room Challenge I installed peel and stick wallpaper from RoomMates. I love RoomMates because they have such a beautiful variety of peel and stick wallpaper and wall decals. They even have stick tiles if you’re looking to add instant eye candy in your kitchen as a backsplash! I decided to go with a creamy neutral botanical wallpaper that would fit right in with my neutral palette and help to add in a little more texture to the room.

I put wallpaper on only one wall, and am using it as an accent wall instead of wallpapering the whole room. I feel like it adds a little bit of interest to the space without feeling too overwhelming.

I love peel-and-stick wallpaper because it’s literally as easy as peeling off the backing and applying it to your wall. No need for pastes or paintbrushes. Although, you do need a few tools to make the process a little bit easier.

1~A box cutter to cut excess paper

2~A putty knife to tuck paper behind a heater or around window trim

3~A damp cloth to smooth out all the wrinkles

Here’s a quick video and rundown of the process:

 

3 tips that I’ve found that make the process of hanging peel and stick wallpaper much easier are:

  1. Having the right tools – A box cutter to cut excess paper -A putty knife to tuck paper behind a heater or around window trim – A damp cloth to smooth out all the wrinkles. I prefer a wet cloth over using a putty knife to smooth everything out because it’s gentle on the paper and smooths everything out better!
  2. Cut your strips of wallpaper to size allowing a few extra inches on the top and the bottom. This will give you a little wiggle room and give you a nice clean line when you trim with your box cutter. It will also make it much easier to line up your wallpaper without the added weight of the roll.
  3. Only peel about 6 inches of the backing off at a time and smooth as you go. This will make sure the paper doesn’t curl in and stick to itself. This process is the easiest because you can smooth as you go without having to peel it completely off and start from scratch.

woman hanging up wooden light fixture. with wallpaper on wall

Wallpaper source: https://roommatesdecor.comLight

Light fixture source: wooden light fixture

 

Thanks so much for reading along!

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ From the farmhouse life

One Room Challenge Week 3: Installing soundproof boards! A must for any office space!

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House and Home | May 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

one room challenge

Alright, week three here with the #oneroomchallenge. This week our biggest concern was tackling the noise issue. The problem is the office’s location and the construction of the room itself. The office is centrally located near our bedrooms in the upstairs of our home; and the walls are paper-thin. For those of you that don’t know, our home was built in the 1700s and some of the original walls are still up; particularly in our office. The walls are made of vertically placed pine boards that are only an inch thick. So you can actually see through them in some spots into the other room. And while this is a cool piece of history, when it comes to practical use – it falls a little short.

So we had to figure out how we could make this space the most user friendly. We actually plan on using our office to work – go figure! Both of us are currently working from home and need a quiet place to work. My husband thought the best solution would be installing soundproofing boards right over the existing wall paneling. They can be on the pricier side – but a total must for soundproofing any office space.

electrical wires and soundproof board

Basically, soundproofing board is a rigid panel made from non-toxic material and natural wood fibers that are wax-infused. The wax resists water perforation and the density of the board provides excellent noise control properties. We picked up ours at Home Depot. We were able to order right online and do curbside pickup. I’ve been so amazed at how these companies are working so diligently to keep us all safe.

Since our office space is approximately 8′ x 12′, we didn’t need very many sheets of the sound deadening board. We measured and cut the sheets nearly identical to the way you would handle drywall. However, read the installation instructions specs carefully, as this paneling is a bit different than drywall. Some might find it easier to cut this product with a multipurpose cutter rather than a utility knife. We used common drywall screws to hang it, and are preparing the surface for painting by mudding over the screw heads and seams.

boards on wall

sound proof boards

Ok  – So next week we’re mudding and painting.. and Installing some beautiful wallpaper!

 

As always, thanks For reading pals!

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ from The Farmhouse Life

 

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

New couch covers from Comfort works – an honest review

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House and Home | May 20, 2020

When Comfort Works emailed me about a potential collab I jumped all over it! I love my slipcover Ikea Ektorp sectional sofa. It’s the perfect size for my large family. Everything is washable which is amazing, but let’s be honest; after so many years of washing those covers, the age was starting to show. There were stains that never came out, the fabric was starting to tear in places that were noticeable. As seasons change, so do styles – and I was ready for something lighter and brighter! (Especially now that I was out of the toddler stage with my kiddos).

gray ikea sectionalComfort Works is a company that makes slipcovers/couch covers…

for our favorite sofas like Ikea, Pottery Barn, and Muji. They also make custom covers. They have so many beautiful fabric choices. Honestly, that was the hardest part for me. They have heavy-duty fabric in so many colors, pure linens, everyday tweed, claw-proof Velvet in the most vibrant color choices, mixed blends, linen blends, velvet blends, bycast & synthetic leathers, pure cottons, and English stripes. At the end of the day, I went with pure linens. After getting the swatch in the mail I fell in love with the natural linen. It was incredibly soft and I loved the natural texture of the soft beige/tan. It was light and creamy.. without being too light. It was the exact color I wanted to incorporate into our family room to help tie in the color of my exposed beams. Plus, it feels very Scandinavian-farmhouse house which is totally a vibe that I dig!

fabric swatches inn tan linen, and faux brown leather

The process was like a dream…

from start to finish with Comfort Works. The fabric samples came in such a timely manner (they even threw in some extra ones too). The ordering process was so easy and the customer service was spot on – answering any and all of my questions. My slipcovers even came earlier than when they said they would!

When my covers came in the mail, I immediately pulled everything out of the box. Each cover was labeled to make putting them on super easy. Each cover fits like a dream! They have a little bit of wiggle room which I’m glad for. The linen is so super soft and luxurious! After seeing it for the first time I knew I made the right choice. Like most linen material, it came wrinkled. I wasn’t worried though because after a few days of setting it all up most of the wrinkles had already fallen out.

slip cover fabric on sofa

What a transformation!

It is absolutely incredible what updating your slipcover will do for your space! Honestly, If you’re like me and Love your sofa but want a whole new look – I’d give Comfort Works a go! You’ll get a completely new sofa look, but with the old sofa comfort. And I would totally recommend Comfort Works. They are an awesome company to work with and their products are of the highest quality! I seriously feel like I have a high-end sofa! I’m so happy With Comfort Works – and I’ll definitely be working with them again in the future! I have other Ikea chairs that could use new covers🤔. The only hard part is figuring out what fabric to choose 🤦🏻‍♀️ 

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

white couch, green pillow, and green ottoman

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

white couch, wood ceiling, and green ottoman

As always pals~ thanks for reading along!

Much Love,

Korilyn ~ From The Farmhouselife

rainbow colors organized in office

One Room Challenge Week 2: The Clean out!

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House and Home | May 18, 2020

Here we go – Week two! I hope you’re ready! For me, this was the hardest part. We have used this room for storage for the past 4 years… It was so full you couldn’t even access the room. It was filled to the brim with stuff! Cleaning it all out was the BIGGEST chore – Ever! Ok, I may be exaggerating but it was a challenge to find new places to put everything.

Some of the stuff in there has been there since we moved into this house! That was almost 5 years ago! Can you tell I’ve been avoiding this area of our home?  I knew we had some serious organizing to do and so in order to get myself going, I had to 5-4-3-2-1 it! If you’re a Mel Robbins fan, you’ll know what I’m talking about – If you’re not and you’re like why did this woman just count down? Do yourself a favor and read the book The 5 Second Rule! It changed my life and I have a feeling it can help you too.

Ok – off-topic. Sorry! We started by getting all of the “keep” items out and making a trash and donate pile with the rest. Then, little by little we worked on organizing and putting things away. Once everything was pulled out of the office, I admit I was a little more motivated. The office is right off of the landing so that’s where everything got put. It was totally in the way and hard to maneuver around. I made a goal to work on it every day for an hour until it was done.

If you want to feel really satisfied… watch this time-lapse video of the actual cleanout. What is it about time-lapse videos that are just so satisfying to watch?!

Be sure to check back here Thursday for the next One Room Challenge post. It’ll be on Installing sound-proof walls! A total must for any office space!

As always Pals,

Thanks for reading along!

Much love,

Korilyn ~ From the Farmhouse Life

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