It turns out that our small house can actually live a lot larger than it’s marketable square footage suggests. In an effort to find some more space for the kids to play, I transformed an area of our basement that was previously cluttered with junk and depressingly dark and ugly. Read my latest feature in the Kitsap Sun for more details on how I organized the space. We now have a bright art studio and small play area as well, giving us room to breathe and grow, for a few more years, anyway. You can make the most of the space you have too, with a little creative thinking and DIY ingenuity.
Here are some photos of the new area, before and after the changes.
BEFORE: This area was a cluttered dumping ground.
AFTER: Now it is a cheerful art area for the kids.
BEFORE: Unloved, cluttered space.
AFTER: A little extra play space for the growing kids.
This month for the Kitsap Sun, I wrote about the importance of taking time to be crafty with your kids and of slowing down to appreciate time with family and friends. Making a mason jar snow globe with your munchkins is so simple and creates lasting fun. Decorating the table for a holiday meal can be both easy and elegant, while enhancing your enjoyment of spending time with loved ones! Have a lovely, cozy holiday.
If you are like me, you avoid dealing with your paper clutter until it reaches a critical point. In my November feature for the Kitsap Sun, I walk you through the process of purging and provide some tips for moving forward with a little less paper in your life. It may not be a pretty project, but it is definitely worth it!
Read about how I gave this mid century dresser a much needed face lift and also a quick how-to, for easy and gorgeous pumpkin centerpieces. If you aren’t a Kitsap Sun subscriber, here are a few photos of both projects to enjoy and perhaps, inspire you!