Over the last 6+ months our home has gone through some serious change... mostly all wonderful and good. Simplification has been the name of the game.
Our motto has been easy. If it doesn't directly support and contribute to our family, our beliefs or our goals then it's nixed or tweaked until it does.
It's one of the main reasons we decided to homeschool Ethan and then Lorali. It's the biggest reason we decided to get rid of Doug's BMW and swap it out for a more afffordable truck (cut the payment in 1/2). It is a major contributing factor to setting our schedules and planning our lives. We have less playdates with friends but way more family time. We have less TV and less arguing. We have less dates as a couple but, we actually have a stronger relationship. We had to cancel things to make room for church callings and activites. We strengthen eachother a support everyones individual identities and intrests as long as it doesn't take away from the family.
While parts of it have been harder then others, overall it's been THE BEST CHANGE EVER for us. We're all happier, less stressed and more confident. Everyting that we do we try to make the most out of our time and efforts. No cutting corners just evalutating if we are spinning our wheels for a reason or just to move....
In the process of simplifying we've revamped our home to reflect that as well. We've organized so that theres a place for everything and (theortically) everything is (should be) in it's place.
In Janurary, we realized that we were in desperate need of a defined library/homeschool space. In February, Husbandface built us these sexy things...
I mean seriously, I told you it'd be a thing of beauty but even I had no idea how wonderful they would turn out! I love the wallpaper back, I love the lights, I love that it gets my kids reading more, I love the storage space it provides, I love the decorators dream niches it give me, I love having all the kids school stuff close at hand and I LOVED unpacking 5 boxes from the old house onto it!! The best part?! It was a super simple, easy, AFFORDABLE project that totally transformed our space. I was worried it would make the room feel smaller but I have loved being VERY wrong! Thank you, Husbandface for another amazing creative home project!
Want to know the secret? IKEA, baby! or more accurately... IKEA ,Billy! The main idea came from the amazing, creative Chris over at Just a Girl. She's brilliant. For ours since our room was wider, we got to include 5 billy bookcases and extentions and since our ceiling height is SUPER TALL we decided on library lights instead of more shelves. It's the perfect touch and Doug even wired it up to turn on with a light switch. (he's kinda amazing) A quick trip to Ikea for the shelves/extenders/lights, a stop off at Lowe's for some trim/wallpaper/l-brackets and we were set! I swear the hardest part was lining up the pattern on the wallpaper! It was such an awesome project that was crazy affordable.
Billy Bookcase in White (5 @$60/each) $300.
Height Extention Units (5 @ $20/each) $100.
Lighting (5 @ $20/each) $100.
Baseboards/Trim (we had already) Free
Crown Moulding/Wallpaper Glue $25.
Wallpaper (2 rolls @ $45/each) $90.
Total Project cost $615.00
*and since my parents gave us money for Christmas, we had it to spend so really it was basically free!* THANKS GRANDMA AND GRANDPA FOR AN AWESOME CHRISTMAS GIFT!!! WE LOVE IT AND USE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!!!!
Thanks for catching up with us!!