Monday, December 15, 2008

My Newest Project: Mind Alteration

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind." 
-William James

Lately, I've been working on altering my attitude towards my home.  So I was very happy to come across this quote.  For now, I've decided it's fine.  (Deep down it is driving me CRAZY, but...)  Each day I tell myself that it's fine.  My home can wait.  I will have plenty of time in the future (hopefully, the NEAR future) to "renew my home", but not plenty of time to be with my young children and enjoy life with them.  Until I have more time, I am working on altering my mind.  It's fine, right?  It's just fine.  Mind altered.  For now!  

Monday, October 20, 2008

Isn't It Ironic...

It's amazing that I was almost done with my Home Renewal Challenge. Every wall was washed, every piece of trim was wiped clean, the blinds were soaked and my house was dust free. It felt wonderful and then this happened...

The timing of everything is so ironic. Dontcha think?!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tim's Office

Tim's office only took two weeks to build, but for one of those weeks he was already working from home. It was a challenge. Refer to the picture with the Lifetime table setup with his computer. He was doing everything he could to get his work done. It seemed like the longest two weeks of my life! Tim is happy to have an office of his own where he can actually get some work done now!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Storage Room

This is my favorite room in the house now. It's so beautiful I almost don't want to put anything on the shelves. There is nothing more gorgeous than limitless amounts of storage space with so much potential for organization, which is why I've done nothing with this space yet. I'm working on it. That is the next phase of my new "Home Renewal Challenge." It should be called, "Operation Clean Up Contractor's Mess." Those guys sure do know how to kick up some dust!


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Unexpected Change of Plans...

My Home Renewal Challenge is not going as I had planned, but how many things in life actually go as planned?! I have been derailed from my "original" Home Renewal Challenge plan. We unexpectedly and very suddenly found out that we needed to finish a room in our basement. Tim accepted a new job and will now be working from home. We currently have a home office, but it's next to the children's playroom. It works great for me, but would not work well for Tim. So, we are having someone finish a room in our basement for Tim's office. AND, the best part is that we are finishing our storage room (which is next to the office) at the same time. I'm very excited about this unexpected adventure in our lives. Tim needs his office done by next week (yeah right?!) I'll keep you posted with pictures and details about our new home project!

Our two rooms are now framed and insulated. We did the insulation ourselves and it was soooo easy! We'd love the rooms to be done by the end of this week, but that would be nearly impossible. Although, as you know, I LOVE a challenge!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Kitchen/Family Room Update

I took a week off from my Home Renewal Challenge. I was working on updates in the Kitchen & Family Room, but did not "complete" my kitchen and family room areas. Who cares? I was so excited to get a few little minor details updated that I could care less if the rooms were even clean. (Can you tell that I'm burned out on this HRC...what was I thinking?) I rearranged some of my decorations, updated some pictures and bought some new floral stems, which are making me sooo happy! Also, we have a ton of wild sunflowers that grow in our neighborhood (unfinished lots). I went and picked some of these flowers so that I could have them in my vases.

Often times it's the simplest things that can change our homes so much.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Gift Closet

I have a gift closet to I use this closet to also store anything relating to gifts such as; wrapping supplies, ribbons, bags, etc.  I love having this closet so that I can buy things as I find them year round or when I see a great deal.  I was happy to go through this closet and reorganize everything.  It was getting so disorganized that I didn't know what I had anymore.  My gift closet is back in working order now!