DIY Tips and Tricks: prepping for painting 


I recently painted our living room walls. It’s a big room and painting it was no easy task. 

In fact, prepping to paint it was no easy task. There were old nails sticking out everywhere from the previous owners, scuff marks, holes…you name it, we had it.

I was in a big hurry to get those walls painted, but I also knew I had some prep work to do first.

1. Fill any holes, dents or cracks with spackle. Allow it to dry for about a day, then sand it and make sure you clean away the dust.

2. Take off the electrical outlet covers and light switch plates.

3. Don’t shake the paint! Stir it with a stir stick or stir it by rolling the can.

4. De-fuzz your roller with a lint roller or tape.

5. Cut in around your ceilings, baseboards and trim first, and then paint the walls before it dries. This will prevent what’s known as “hatbanding.”

I hope you have enjoyed DIY Tips and Tricks this week.

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Make it Monday: Free printable home maintenance checklist 


We have certain regular tasks we do to keep our home looking nice inside and out.

Because there are so many of these tasks, we need a checklist so we remember them all. …and we need to remember whether we’ve already done them. 

I simply print two copies- one for the fridge and a 5×7 copy that I attach to my planner. 

I have attached a free printable checklist for you so you can see how we keep up with our regular household chores. To print, simply right click, and save to your device.


Have a wonderful week!

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Sprucing up the outdoors, the “before” post

We definitely have a long term “outdoor to do list,” but currently, we have a short term list, too.

We’ve been wanting to spruce up the outside of our home, but it has rained almost daily for a week and a half. This weekend, we hope to take some time to clean up the outside of our house. I’ve been wanting some pretty fall flowers but haven’t been able to get them yet. If it doesn’t rain this weekend, I’d like to get some things done. Here is my “to-do list.”

1. Pull those weeds! 
This summer, before I got too far along, I spent several hours weeding all of the flower beds. Then, I got further along and school started back, and now weeds are taking over the flower beds again. Unfortunately, I can’t really get down to pull weeds anymore, but I can do some things. I would love to replace some flowers that didn’t survive the heat of summer in our “flag flower bed.”

Since we’re transitioning to fall, flower pots are currently on sale and there are some pretty ones available. Even if you find some flower planters you like, but don’t like the color, you can likely paint them. I found this guy for $5 at Wal-Mart. It’s since been marked down to $3.47. I ended up buying two of them.

10" Colonnade Planter, Clay I 
My plans are to paint it gray to make it look like stone, and maybe affix a smaller flower pot to the bottom to give it some height. 
2. Replace those dead plants with pretty, living plants that are fall appropriate

In the backyard, I had intended to replace our summer flowers with some more hardy fall flowers, but our red geraniums and purple vincas were still looking good, so I didn’t want to waste them. Our coleus and polka dot plant were looking a little worse for wear, so I decided to pitch and replace them. I’ve purchased some pretty orange mums to replace them. I think they’ll look good with the red geraniums.

3. Clean up that back porch
Our back porch is also looking pretty bad- we’ve been letting some junk pile up back there, and I decided it needed a boost. This weekend, I want to throw away the trash and dead plants, put away the clutter, and add some fall color. I am still shopping Craigslist for a baker’s rack to use back here as a plant shelf. 
On Monday, I hope to show you the “after,” but this depends on what the weather does. Stay tuned!

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Thursday- Fall house maintenance

Each year, there are things we do around the house. Some of these maintenance items are completed once yearly, some twice yearly, and some every two years. Some are just done on an as-needed basis. Either way, there are things we try to make sure we budget for and get done to keep our house in tip-top shape. Each year, we go through our binder and write what month we want to do these things. That helps us know when to budget for them too.

Here is a list I created and slipped into our home management binder to help us keep track of these things each year:

Twice yearly maintenance:
*pressure wash fencing
*pressure wash house
*clean porch furniture
*clean out closets (done in conjunction with seasons changing)

Once yearly maintenance:
*New pine straw
*Prune shrubs
*Separate bulbed plants
*Clean porches
*clean out flower beds, raised beds, and container gardens

Every other year maintenance:
*paint porch railing
*paint shutters
*paint front door

I currently have this on notebook paper in our binder. I am working on a checklist document that I’ll share with you all as soon as I’m done with it.

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