Office and Living Room Cleanup

This week off from work I spent cleaning, de-cluttering, organizing, painting, and decorating my home.  We started at 6am on Monday and ended around 7pm on Friday and hit my office, living room, hallway, kitchen, and family room.  I am beat (and broke!) but it was all worth it!


First up was the mess on my office window.  I am definitely a hoarder and tend to throw things behind me, thinking I’ll come to it later.


Excuse the different format, took this pic with my phone because one of my kids ran off with my camera!  It was easy moving or throwing out the bigger items.  But once we got towards the bottom, I struggled staying on task.  I don’t know what psychologically is wrong with me that I struggle to finish things.  I will even leave forks in the sink after washing a bunch of dishes! A habit I am working on breaking!


Next was my living room.  I honestly don’t remember what came first, the wall color or the sofa… either way it just didn’t work.  Plus we never put any effort into adding decor and making our house feel like a home.


Please excuse our tilted painting, we had just came home from our weeks vacation and the house was in a disarray.  The painting was made by my oldest daughter (our resident artist) and my only real attempt at trying to put something meaninful on the wall. Even then I messed up because the frame is too big for the painting… did I mention I’m not good at decorating?


These pictures were taken literally the day after we came home from vacation so we still hadn’t unpacked… OK, so that only accounts for the two bags at the bottom of the floor. Everything else is just our mess and no excuse.


After perusing on Pinterest (because my decorating skills are non-existent), I decided on a “Desert Theme” because I love the simplicity of the colors, plants, and just the overall vibe (for lack of a better word).  I was once OBSESSED with the Native American culture and how they lived out in the dry lands (when I was a kid I would spend hours by myself at the Museum of Natural History just learning about it – I was born a nerd).img_0310

I read that you had to frame the wall so when you paint, you don’t get it on the ceiling or floor. I didn’t realize that they meant just drawing a straight line across the top and bottom.  By the time I was done “framing”, I was half way done and my arms were exhausted!


My supervisor.  Bo is meant to be a construction dog.  Moving chairs, banging paint cans, and flying dust did not deter this dog from hanging out in the living room. He was underfoot the whole time watching me and rooting me on!


After all the painting was done, we hightailed it (ha! get it, Bo’s tail in the pic? High tail? Moving on…) to Hobby Lobby and racked up on anything with a cactus or succulent on it. My lamps (which came with the sofa set) aren’t really desert theme, but I like the contrast.  Who wants everything to match perfectly?!


My daughter didn’t want to be in the picture, but she also didn’t want to get off the sofa. So this is the result.  The tapestry in the middle is actually from an amazing organization called Trades of Hope (please go visit and support women in poverty create an income for themselves).

That’s it for now!  I’ll share more before/after pictures over the next few weeks.  Hope you enjoyed!





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