16 Apr

So, I’ve been so inspired by tons of decorating blogs (namely Making it Lovely, Young House Love and The Shabby Nest among many others) and in fact, have been going through the entire archives of Young House Love right now….

Which is good, because our house seriously has needed it.  We moved in last July.  It was about double the size of our tiny duplex and we almost didn’t know what to do with ourselves.  We were able to take things out of storage and have a place for them!  Things from our wedding we got as gifts almost five years ago that had never been opened.  It was wonderful.  But we got a little crazy.  We were so excited to see our things again that we didn’t really do anything with them.  As such, our house is incomplete.

Mr. Soup and I have finally gotten down to brass tax and have been tackling it.  The first step has been de-cluttering.  I’ve got a confession.  We are both messy people.


I know.  I admitted it out in the open.  This is why there will not be any before pictures.

We are pilers.  Piles of clean clothes, piles of clean dishes (dirty ones do get cleaned…and then not put away), piles of papers.

I’m brave enough to admit it, but no pictures for you.

We’ve accepted that we will have to work at it and are getting there.  Our bedroom got completely rearranged and settled in.  We are using our closet!  Our shoes have pairs and we have two huge boxes to take to Goodwill of clothes and randomness.

Baby Soup’s room has been the next step.  We’ve actually finished up with putting her too-small clothes away.  We keep a paper box next to the changing table/dresser so that when we discover an item of clothes that is too small (darn girl keeps growing!) we can just fold it up and toss it in there.  Then, when it’s full, we label it with the size and (theoretically) can store it in the outbuilding.  But we had yet to actually take anything out to the storage building so they just sat in the corner, along with the next stage of clothing in a box.  So we had too small and almost fitting clothes just hanging out.

Finally got the clothing into their spots and tore down the twin trundle bed that was in the other corner.  Our big plan was to move the twin captain’s bed that was in our living room into the bedroom, since it had huge drawers and we could keep all of her toys in one place.

I measured everything to make sure it would fit in the room where I wanted it to go.  We had room for everything!  I was so excited!  Mr. Soup dumped out the drawers (because of course they don’t detach and the thing is heavy enough on it’s own) and started pushing it from the front of the house to the back.  That was when we discovered the problem.

Turns out, there is absolutely NO WAY that the huge bed will make the corner into Baby Soup’s room.  No way at all.  Not only will it not make the corner, but there was a huge chance that the thing wouldn’t even fit through the door even if we did have the room to maneuver.  Poor Mr. Soup.

Our new plan is set though, involving not as big items going into the corner and rearranging other items.  I’ll definitely be sharing images when things are closer to being complete and decorating is done.

This weekend, my plan is to tackle some thrift stores!  I can’t wait to share what I find!

What about you?  Are you attempting spring cleaning or decluttering?  What about decorating or organizing?

Or better yet, where do you go for interior decorating inspiration?  I can always use some new blogs to stalk….

And just because I can’t leave any post without an image of some kind, Baby Soup and her Grandpa right after discovering that chairs are hard:

Mean Grandpa

and about ten minutes later, after discovering that getting hurt means Grandpa gives you an Oreo:

Cookie Monster

(Please note, no children were purposefully injured in the making of this blog post.

6 Responses to “Redecorating”

  1. Trinity April 16, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Thank you for being brave enough to admit your weakness…I never have been brave enough. Usually, we scoop all the clutter into our room when we have company, so we can “put on a good face”, so to speak.
    When are you coming up here to help clean and organize my house?! 🙂
    Baby Soup sure is lucky to have a wonderful Grandpa to give her an Oreo after somebody purposefully injured her just for a picture!
    (Ethan is helping me with the mouse, and just when I want to click on something, he moves the mouse all around the screen. It makes it very difficult.)

    • Mrs. Soup April 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

      It is so scary. Especially as society sits out there and tries to make it like everyone is perfect and if you aren’t perfect too, then you are worthless. Everyone has some spots of failure. That is just the way life is. And until you can accept it, you can’t ever get to the point where you can get past that.


  2. kbreints April 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    I love to spring clean– gives me a fresh new start– but right now I have to keep my house PERFECT all the time and it is driving me crazy!

    • Mrs. Soup April 19, 2010 at 7:55 am #

      Yes, it’s recharging and invigorating. Why do you have to keep it perfect?!

  3. Brittany April 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    Those pictures are so funny!!
    That face, who could say no!!

    • Mrs. Soup April 19, 2010 at 8:00 am #

      Thank you! And I agree…it’s very difficult to say no!

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