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When we added a schoolroom to our house a couple of years ago, we added a pretty large chalk board (my board is about 2’x3′). In my head I imagined it would be used as a teaching tool, something the girls would work math problems on, but it ended up being something VERY different. One day I decided to doodle on it and before I knew it I was hooked. I had a serious case of chalk-art fever and making new creations every week became something I looked forward to.
After the first year I slowed way down and doodled less frequently, but it is still something that I love to do and something that brings me so much joy. Today I want to recap some of the chalkboard designs I have doodled so far in 2017!
After only a week of being “on the market” I have definitely learned that keeping our home show ready is a lot of hard work. I used to be an amazing housekeeper. I would clean our home top to bottom at least once a week. Then we had a kid… then we had another kid… then we moved into a much bigger home… Whomp, whomp, whomp 😳 . My house keeping skills have definitely been on the decline for the past few years and I knew I had to do something to help fix that.
Over the past few weeks there has been one thing weighing heavy on our minds, selling our home. We have been talking about it, worrying about it, wondering about it, and dreading the process. But most importantly, we have been preparing. Work, work, work, work, work… my life feels like a Rhianna song. As we wrap our last few tasks, we are hoping and praying that all of the planning and preparing we have done will give us an edge on the competition.
Today I wanted to share with you a few of the things we have been doing to get our home market ready.
When spring cleaning meets a house that needs to be “market ready” you learn a thing or two about how to spring clean and purge the right way, like a boss. I have been working on our home for just over a month now and today I wanted to share with you a few tips that I have learned from the process.
#1 Clean & Purge vs Clean then purge
Knowing the order on this can be tricky, but I found a simple method that worked great for me. If I was purging the inside of a cabinet I did both at the same time. But any other kind of cleaning (base boards, door frames, touching up paint) I saved til our purging was complete. Rooms take less time to deep clean if they have been decluttered.
#2 Start fresh
If you’re purging your Tupperware drawer, empty the entire drawer. If you’re sorting through your closet, take everything out. Not only will this help you to clean more thoroughly, but you will look at things differently if you physically have to put them back instead of just sorting through the clutter.
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With warm weather on the way there are two things that are guaranteed to happen in the Newman house. Number one, we will be on the go more frequently. With the construction process on a new home starting and two little girls who are ready to get out and explore, we will be going, going, going all spring and summer. Which brings me to item number two, staying hydrated. Keeping my family hydrated while we’re on the go is more important now than ever.
I received this plant from ProFlowers to help inspire this post, all opinions are my own.
There are countless ways to say I love you this Valentine’s Day. From grand gestures to the littlest details, it is a day meant for celebrating love and showing others how much we care. Today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to say I love you.