Welcome to the 14th and final week of the Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge! We have made it to the end. Can you believe it? Woot, woot!!!
My aim was to organize every room in my home in 14 weeks or less. In a separate post I'll recap for you how I did overall.
But for now, let's head outdoors where I've started to #spring clean my tiny, and rather hideous front porch.
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Let me just say that I am NOT- at all the type of person who enjoys doing yard work. My husband lives for it. Me? Naaah. But I must confess that I have been looking forward to this small challenge for quite a while.
You see, we live in an older condo community. While other condominiums around us have rebuilt and made drastic improvements to their curb appeal, ours has not. At least not yet. We were told to wait. That was about 4-5 years ago.
While we wait, we have to contend with the awful brown siding and yellow-beige trim that you see you see in the photo below.
See what I mean? This is just aggressively ugly. And isn't the green algae on the sidewalk just lovely?
I've been ignoring this unsightly scene, out of fear that if I made it look too nice, then our Condo Board would put our requests for updates further back on the burner. But I simply can't take it anymore. So here we go...
STEP 2: Clean, Clean, Clean
STEP 3: Refresh and Renew
A little bit of paint, and a few bags of mulch go a long way my friends. I painted the trim around the door as well as the small white crate on my front porch.
During the icy winter months we use the crate below to store our bucket of rock salt. But when given a quick paint job, and flipped upside down, it becomes a remarkably sturdy seat. Like I always say, double-duty is king in small spaces.
STEP 4: Add Warmth and Ambience
Flowers, textiles and candles can take the edge off of a hard space. Try adding a curtain, making sure to waterproof it. Lay down a new doormat, and invest in self watering planters.
I found the planter in the photo above here at Sam's Club. These were the tallest at 27", and the least expensive for their size. They're are not cheap, but neither are plants. If you want a vessel that will keep your flowers blossoming spring, summer and into late fall, with the least amount of effort, self-watering planters are the way to go.
It has been my absolute pleasure to be able to share my 14-week Whole House Organization Challenge with you. I have gotten to know many of you through your comments. Thank you, thank you , thank you to EVERYONE who supported and encouraged me along the way. Hugs and kisses to my loving husband, who is happier than anyone that this challenge is over. Ha, ha, ha!
In an upcoming post I'll do a recap of all of the areas covered. But for now, please tell me in the comments below:
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Please make yourself comfortable, and let's get to know one another better.
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