to-dos and house decorating

Wednesday I felt the most productive I have in a long time. I had a list of “to-dos” building up because of course, when I actually had the time to do them, I would rather laze around and watch TV/nap/anything else. I had a short work day, so I told myself I would get.these.things.done. After work I did my laundry, went grocery shopping, emptied my car of the mountain of junk that was piling up, got my oil changed and car washed, cooked The Pioneer Woman’s chicken tortilla soup (which took a substantial amount of time for some reason), and finally, yes finally, forced myself to go to the gym. It had been far too long since I had been (much longer than I’d like to admit). I jogged there, worked out, and jogged back. Maybe none of these things matter to you, but I am so proud of myself for forcing myself to do these mundane, but very necessary, tasks. That’s the thing about life…you have to force yourself to do a lot of things “you don’t feel like doing” if you ever really want to accomplish something. Discipline discipline discipline.

On a different note, we have been steadily decorating and getting the house together (though I still have unpacked boxes hiding in the extra room), and I am becoming very pleased with even the smallest of additions.

I love how flowers brighten up and add a bit of charm to a room, but they are expensive, and as we all know, don’t last very long. So while I was home for the holiday, I made a trip to Michael’s and bought some (fake) sunflowers and an adorable mason jar to place them in. I love sunflowers, but Whitney doesn’t want me to plant some real ones, as he thinks they are too difficult to manage. At least now I’ll have a pretty splash of color on my end table year round that will never wilt or die.

I have been searching for other means of inspiration and have come across a lot of chalkboard painted items. I didn’t want to go through the expense and mess of that (though it’d be fun), so I grabbed a couple of mini chalkboards as well to place throughout the house. I’m thinking of using a cute quote on them that signifies each room they are placed in.

My mother also brought me up some shelves I had in my old bedroom at home. As I was running mad trying to get things done on Wednesday, Whitney took the time to hang these up in the bedroom. And I love it! It gives the walls dimension and makes the room feel much more homey/not so empty.

While we were in Florida I wanted to buy one item to signify my time there, but I didn’t want something too cheesy/touristy/expensive. I settled on this unique clock that we hung in our eating area. I am very pleased with my purchase!

We also found this new duvet for the bed a few weeks back. I didn’t want to make an impulsive buy, so I went home…and returned the next day. It was too adorable to pass up (and I had a 20% off coupon)!

Baby steps. I only wish we had a permanent home, so that our decorations could stay in place. Here’s to hoping we won’t have to move in another year!

Do you have any inexpensive tips and fun ideas for decorating?

-wonderland sam

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