Author: Elsie Larson,Goal Setting,Home Decor,Organization,

Elsie's living room : A Beautiful MessOver the weekend we had a couple sunny days and Jeremy and I got in the mood for a little spring cleaning. It was one of those things where it started off small. He suggested a laundry day, and I reluctantly agreed. Next thing I knew we were at the store looking at power washers and weed eaters for our yard. We got so much done in just one afternoon. It felt amazing, and now I can't turn off the mental list of more and more home improvements that I want to complete this coming weekend! 

With all that said, I thought it would be fun to share my spring cleaning goals with you here on the blog. Beware, these are not just goals about actual cleaning, but rather goals for my home in general... stuff that would make our space feel more like a home! If you are in the same mood as me, blog yours too and leave us a link in the comments so we can read them!Ready for frames1. Frame + hang art. This is my pile of art (and one tiny photo) that needs to be framed. I don't like to spend money on custom frames, so what I usually do is purchase over sized frames (hello, Hobby Lobby %40 off sales) and have a mat cut there for my art/frame size. Saving pennies is always good, especially when the rest of my decor wishlist seems to be overflowing!Making plans for those bare wallsThe other day I walked around the whole house and took cell phone photos of all the bare walls I want to fill. One is pretty giant, needing a gallery type installment, but the rest are similar to this one. I don't know if any of you feel this way. But with so many things on my "to do" list, keeping photos of our decor progress on my phone is literally the only way I can remember what's next. I am constantly taking photos of our unfinished spaces just so I can look back when I'm out shopping and see what each spot needs. 

2. Curtains and rugs. 

If there is one thing I've learned this last year it's that I'm a rug person. I LOVE shopping for rugs. Curtains, not so much. I hate them. Because I hate shopping for curtains and I love natural light, I opted for mostly sheer lace curtains throughout the entire house. At first I worried that they were a little granny looking, but now I could never go back to heavy drapes. I love simple, delicate patterns like this one. One of my goals is to finish ordering curtains for every last window. I have a few awkward sized windows that will need custom (DIY!) curtains too. I'm also hunting for a good outdoor rug for our front porch. I love porches, and I want to create a super cozy space so that Jeremy and I have a place to enjoy the nice weather.Spring cleaning3. Get creative with storage. So, it's no secret that I love organizing my closet. Unfortunately there are other areas of the home that need the efforts far more. We need a new system for storing pots and pans, a smart solution for small appliances (I almost killed myself trying to get the juicer down this morning!) and a WAY prettier set up in the laundry room. These would all make great weekend projects. Time to get creative and figure out the best ways to make these space more functional—and hopefully better looking too. 

4. Donate MORE. 

Last year I made a goal to donate half my clothing. I was surprised how much I enjoyed that challenge. It was AMAZING. I find that I am much happier with less stuff and more able to enjoy what I do have. We donated a lot before our last move. But now that we are settled in, I think it's time for another round. Each time I move, I find there are "misfit" items I am no longer using, but I have some kind of mental block about getting rid of. De-cluttering takes a LOT of concentration and effort. I am determined this season to donate the rest of what we have that isn't being used or enjoyed. Less stuff means more space—yay! 

Those are my simple goals for the next month. I love making our house feel more like a home. It's a hobby I love and really adds to our overall quality of life. So who wants to get clean, organized and decorated with me?? 

xo. ElsiePUGS!ps. just because... we really love our pugs. :)) photo by Arrow & Apple


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