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Room Refresh – Clean, Purge, Repurpose, and Decorate

I think you can safely say nesting has commenced. I’ve been cleaning a room at a time in my house…deep cleaning.  I’ve joked that I should have a new baby every few years to make sure my house gets the deep cleaning it needs. {Only joking for those concerned family members reading!}.  I’ve got a few tips for you to turn a room into “BLAH” to “Oo La La.”  Little to no spending required.

Before the Refresh Collage from WholesomeMommy.com

I decided to tackle my living room this week.  It was looking cluttered and there were a few trouble spots I needed to take care of.  Honestly, I was ready to dump it and start over – including my couch – but that wasn’t an option for my budget and honestly that would have been dumb since everything was perfectly fine.  You know what I mean though – you just get tired of the same ol’ same ol’.

Computer Area Before and After from WholesomeMommy.com

The first trouble spot was my computer area. I like having my computer in the living room. I can work with my kids in the room, and my kids can play games here while I monitor what is going on.  Later my little kiddos will likely do school work here too. But, it was getting cluttered. Papers, office supplies, reciepts, and books were laying around everywhere. Not to mention the grime and dust {ahem}.  There was so much that it was beginning to take over the bottom of the lowest book shelves too. {Take a look at the before picture where there is junk on the lower shelf.  So the first step was:

:: Sort and Put Away :: 

Here’s what I did:

  • Sort papers. File the stuff you need to keep, trash what you don’t.
  • Put office supplies away. Put like things together and keep them contained.
  • Make a box for the yard sale or for giving away.  I actually made two boxes – one to take to our local book swap place with all my books I didn’t need and one for other household stuff.
  • Clean counters and computers.

Shelving Before and After from WholesomeMommy.com

Here’s the second trouble spot, my shelves. Our “collections” of DVDs and books were getting out of hand. There were lots of things stacked in weird ways  {because there wasn’t any more room}. My Young Living essential oils collection and supplies had also grown, taking over my counter space.  There were too many decorations since our collections had grown there wasn’t a need for as many “knick knacks” and there was a pile of books and papers taking up space where I was working on home school lesson plans. So, the second step was:

:: Clean off Shelves and Wash Decorations ::

Here’s what I did:

  • Sort the books and movies. Add unwanted items to the yard sale boxes mentioned earlier.
  • Decide on “homes” for items. Many of the items laying around where laying around because they didn’t really have a home of their own. I decided where logical places were to keep them.
  • Wash the shelves.
  • Take down decorations and frames and give them a wash too.
  • Only put back decorations you love and get rid of the extra by placing in the yard sale box.

Storage Solutions for Room Refresh from wholesomeMommy.com

The third trouble spot for us was kids’ toys and books and my magazines and books. The kids stuff had gotten to be more than would fit in their baskets and it was laying all over the mantle.  Most of the kids’ stuff is in their own rooms but we keep each of them a basket with coloring books, crayons, and markers in the living room to use.  We also have a basket for magazines and our Bible devotional books that we use at bedtime.  We bought these baskets at Walmart a while back. I really love the Canopy media basket that we use for magazines and books. So, our next step was:

:: Clean up Toys and Sort Magazines ::

  • Put kids stuff away and only keep as much as will fit in the baskets.  {Each of our kids have a basket like this}
  • Sort magazines – be realistic and only keep what you’re going to read!

Making the Room Sylish from WholesomeMommy.com

Here’s the fun part!  I repurposed a few things I already had and bought a couple of new things to give the room a bit of a refresh.  Look around your house and consider things you already have first! Like this TV tray, I already had it. It just needed a good wash!  I added a small vase of flowers, some paper and pen for notes, and the TV remote.  Here’s what else I did:

:: Decorate – Repurpose Things You Have First ::

Decorate with purpose – things should bring beauty but also function.

After Room Refresh #1 from WholesomeMommy.com

I’m thrilled with the way it turned out. In fact, after the kids went to bed I just spent some time looking around and enjoying my freshly cleaned room. :)  And, after a few days I think the kids are enjoying it too! I can always tell when they like something because they take better care to keep it that way…and the room has stayed suprisingly clean!

After Room Refresh #2 From WholesomeMommy.com

Need some inspiration for making your space more beautiful? Check out these ideas!

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