I Shouldn’t Have Touched the Front Porch

I knew I shouldn’t have tried to work on the front porch tonight.  My plan of working on it Saturday night hadn’t worked out so I should have left it for next weekend.  Instead, I decided to go ahead and start on it.  I only got a little bit done and now my entire living room is full of porch clutter.

Here’s what the porch looks like now.  The first picture is after I moved everything into my living room.  The second picture is the before pic.  It’s hard to tell that it’s the same corner but you can tell that it is if you look at the red bridle bag hanging by the window.  And yes, those saddles were under all that stuff.  You can see the horn on the western saddle sticking out a little bit. The porch is stacked almost 4 feet high with everything under the sun like that sledding tube, a hose, a cereal holder and lots more.

I think these are some of the most embarrassing pictures that I’ve posted so far. You can really see the hoarding in these pictures.  It’s just piles of STUFF.  Why is there never any organization?  It’s going to take a few more months before this porch really gets cleared out but the more that I get rid of, the easier it gets.

Here’s a few pics of the other corner on that side of the front porch.  You can see the glider chair now!!  There’s still a lot of things on it but at least you can see it.  Before it was completely buried.  If there were shelves or a cabinet or something like that in there, things could finally get organized.

The stuff on the chair is all ready to be gotten rid of. I just can’t get myself to take it to St. Vinny’s or Goodwill.  There’s a lot of brand new stuff in there.  Selling it is a huge hassle too so I think I want to go with the free table method of giving it away.  Unfortunately, it’ll have to wait until the weekend.  It will just have to stay piled up until then.

This is only one side of the front porch and there’s still a lot of stuff that I haven’t cleaned up yet.  The other side is stacked at least 3 or 4 feet high too.  I’ll do a little bit everyday.  I can’t wait to see the end result.  I’m hoping to make some nice improvements by Sunday.

Update:  It’s been a few months and the front porch is still a disaster.  I still haven’t found a way to organize anything and it’s still the catch all place for everything that comes in or out of the house.

Feeling Free after Decluttering

I’ve been working hard on decluttering in the “storage room”.  It’s been one of the most difficult rooms in the house for me.  I’ve worked on it for a little bit every day for the past ten days or so and today is the first time that I felt like I was making a teeny tiny dent.

I took these two pictures and every time I get stuck, I take a look at them.  First, I look at the one with all the bags of stuff.  There’s some good stuff in those bags.  Some junk but some really nice stuff like brand new clothes with the tags still on them and shoes that have only been worn once or twice.  I’ve even gotten rid of some things that I was attached to by memories like a little book that one of the kids made in school.  When I start feeling bad about it, I look at these two pictures and decluttering becomes easier!

Here’s the before picture.  It’s the pile of stuff that’s ready to be donated.  Look at all the space it takes up.  It’s space that could be filled with family and friends instead of stuff that’s demanding my constant attention and all of my time.

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I’m so happy to see all this stuff getting donated.

Here’s the after picture.  It’s all gone!  I love looking at this picture.  It makes me want to work hard to make the whole house look like this – Clutter Free.  It’s so warm and inviting and it doesn’t fill my brain with chaos.

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It’s so nice to see the couch and the floor with all that stuff gone!

This room has been the hardest one because I’ve thrown so much stuff in there.  Whenever a holiday would come along, I would shove everything in there.  It wasn’t necessarily stuff that I wanted to store, it was just stuff that I wanted to hide.

I have kept a lot of the toys.  I think I know why I do that but it doesn’t really make sense.  When I was a little kid, we had a little attic room in our tiny apartment.  We rarely went in there, maybe once a year.  My mom put a lot of our toys in there so when we would pull everything out, we would find all this stuff that we had forgotten about.  I loved that feeling of seeing those things after so long.  It made me happy and I get the same feeling when going through buckets today.

 

Almost done with the entry way!

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All of these stained pieces of wood will be put together tomorrow to make a new entry way.

It’s been such a bad week with my horse Flash that I didn’t think we would ever finish the entry way.  I wanted to finish all the staining last week but didn’t.  Today, since I was looking for a way to keep my mind off everything that’s been going on, I was happy to do the staining and, thankfully, it took all day!  There was a lot of wood.

When I first got to the shop where I was working on it, I finished up the boards that were already stained.  They just needed polyurethane put on them.  I wasn’t sure if I should  do one coat or two.  I ended up doing two coats and I’m glad I did!  They look beautiful!

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I put the polyurethane on these boards tonight and they look great now!

After I finished that part, I stained the rest of the boards.  They all had to be sanded first and then wiped down before I could put the stain on.  Since it was cheaper wood than what I used for the coat rack, there were a lot of pits and they soaked up the stain way too fast.  I wasn’t in a hurry though so I just kept working at it and got them all covered.

It’s definitely not a perfect job but it will be in a corner that’s rather dark so I don’t think you will see the imperfections. I had the boards for the coat rack part sitting there all week and they looked good.

I left all of the boards at the shop tonight to dry so they’ll be ready to be put together first thing in the morning.  I can’t wait!!!

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Isn’t it pretty?