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Sadly, the super tidy “after” living and dining room didn’t last very long!

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Real life happened. Or should I say I happened.

I always have good intentions when it comes to cleaning up clutter, but often, more important things just get in the way. I’m trying to start a daily habit to tidy up clutter though. I’ll let you know how that one goes…

Here is a another angle from the other day when it was all tidy looking. Boy, that didn’t last long.

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See the staircase to the basement? The basement is rented out to someone else and we don’t have any access (there is a fireproof door locked from both sides). It would be nice if we had it for storage, but I think we’ll be ok since we got rid of so many things before the move.

The hallway:

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When we were staging our house before we put it on the market, we put long mirrors in hallways to make them look bright and big. It’s a fun trick that we carried over into this place. 

By the way, if any of you are interested in a post on staging please let me know. We picked up several great tips from a stager that our realtor brought in. I also have lots of pictures (after staging) from the old house. If there is interest I will write a post on it, so please let me know!

Here’s peek at our old house’s entry way after staging:

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The entry way was previously empty (and I mean empty!), so we added the sofa table, big mirror, faux flowers, rug, plant, and small accessories on the shelves. It made a huge difference.

Ok, back to the new place.

If you walk down the same hallway, you’ll come to a small powder room:

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It needs some sprucing up…I might even paint it if it drives me crazy enough. Anyone have a good colour for a small bathroom?

At the bottom of the stairs you’ll find our cute little giraffes to greet you.

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Now, we’ll go upstairs for a peek!

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This is the view looking to the right from the top of the stairs:

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We put another piece of art up and another mirror in this hallway.

The door to the right of the mirror is our bedroom and the door to the left is the bathroom.

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The bathroom is quite modern looking and flooded with light. It’s definitely one of my favourite rooms.

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This pic was from before we moved in. We have plans to put up art and pictures in there, so I will show you those when it’s finished. It also needs a bright pop of colour!

If you turn right out of the bathroom, you’ll come to the laundry:

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I guess it’s more common these days for homes to have the laundry on the second floor and I must say it’s GENIUS. I’ve never had laundry on the second level and I’m loving the convenience. No more lugging baskets of dirty clothing down the stairs.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the doors…

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One of the hardest things I parted with in the old house was our new front loading whirlpool washer and dryer. I cry at night for them. Ok, not really, but man do I miss them!

Eric had a vision for this laundry space.

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Last weekend, he installed a shelf and he’s also putting a small one on the far left side a bit lower down.

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It took us over an hour to pick the shelving, figure out the parts, and then find someone to cut the wire. Remind me again why I let him talk me into going to Home Depot on a Saturday? If it weren’t for those energy bites, a meltdown may have occurred.

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We plan on putting our cleaning supplies, laundry soaps, toilet paper, paper towel, etc up there. The shelf is just low enough for me to reach on my tippy toes.

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It also doubles as a clothes drying rack…which is why he put the shelf a bit higher up!

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I originally wanted to purchase one of those free-standing clothing racks (the big clunky ones), but I like Eric’s idea much better. It’s a 2-in-1 laundry “room” now and takes up no extra space in the house. He’s a keeper.

Across from the laundry is a linen closet:

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Something you may not know about me (but may not surprise you): I simply have no patience for folding. Don’t even get me started on those fitted elastic bed sheets! I know how to fold properly, I just don’t like spending time on folding and could care less what my linen closet looks like. That’s also why I hang up 95% of my clothing.

Immediately next to the laundry and linen closet is the 2nd bedroom, which we’ve turned into a shared office. Well, we will be turning into a shared office.

Right now, it’s a scary, scary place.

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Oh and you know how I said I loved the central vac? Well, after using it for 2 weeks, I now have mixed feelings about lugging around the hose and having it take up all the closet space. I think someone needs to invent a retractable hose for a central vac…one that retracts right into the wall. Do they make those? That would be pretty fun, but only if the hose came out of the wall easily and it was on each level. Probably not the most practical idea.

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Our desks are due to arrive in another week or so. Right now, we’re trying to do our personal and business taxes among this mess and it’s not working out so well, especially because we put one of our files in storage by mistake.

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Our bedroom is also not finished, so those pics will have to wait for another time too.

By the way, I forgot to mention in my Kitchen before and after post that I’m challenging myself to stop using a microwave. Our microwave in the last house is staying with the new owners, so I took this opportunity not to buy a new one. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now, so I figure now is the time. I’ve missed it a few times already (mainly for reheating leftovers and melting chocolate), but it is nice having the extra counter space too. I’m sure I will get used to it after a while!

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Lara January 10, 2013

:D that just left me with a big smile. A few years ago, my bestestest friend and I dreamed of opening a boutique together when we were adults. We decided to hang up all the clothing we would sell because both of us hate folding so much! ;)

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Georgia July 1, 2012

I would LOVE to hear about staging!!!

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Jaime April 10, 2012

For the little powder room I would definitely go for a bright color because dark colors make spaces seem smaller. Nice blog, thanks for sharing!

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Violet April 7, 2012

I think defrosting has to be done the old fashioned way. In a pinch I have put stuff into a ziploc bag (tightly sealed) in a sink-full of cool water. It still takes time though. I guess one has to be more organized and pre-plan!

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Violet April 6, 2012

We downsized into a small condo from a family home 6 months ago. Had to get rid of two thirds of our stuff, but it was very good feeling. We had a microwave that was only a few months old but there was NO room in the new kitchen, so it had to go. I missed it at first, but now rarely do. I have “waterless” cookware and I find it works really well for reheating leftovers. I heat the pot with a tiny bit of water in the bottom (leftovers are drier) and then I add the food and cover with the tight lid. Just another version of steaming. I am pleased that I am now microwave free!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 7, 2012

That is such a great tip. Others mentioned reheating this way too. I’ll have to try it out! HOw would you defrost? By steaming perhaps? I ran into this issue yesterday and just ended up letting them thaw on the counter (frozen samosas). If you have any tips Id love to hear them!

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Julia Kent April 5, 2012

Hi Angela,

I would DEFINITELY like to see a post on staging. My family is desperately trying to sell a beautiful home and it’s just not working! I would find this really helpful and my mom would too!

Love the blog. Look forward to your posts every day in my Google Reader! Hope you’re settling into the new place :)

Thanks,

Julia

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 5, 2012

Thanks Julia, I think based on the interest I will try to put one together. Just need to find all my pictures…gulp

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Savs April 3, 2012

My parents’ guest bathroom is a nice lemon yellow– I think it’s such a nice 1/2 bath color, especially with white floors and fixtures!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 4, 2012

I like that colour too :)

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Nd April 2, 2012

A post on staging a home for sale would be great. We are just stepping into the real estate selling market and need all the tips we can get.

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katie April 2, 2012

I love your bathroom! SO elegant! The tub is awesome :)

I like the mirror idea, will have to do that!

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Katie April 2, 2012

Hi Angela! Congrats on the new place. I am moving soon so I have really been liking your posts lately. And I am REALLY intrigued by your lack of microwave, and other people’s comments about not having a microwave. It never occurred to me before.

We have a toaster oven and no toaster, and are moving to NYC (read:tiny apt) in the next few months so I am considering getting rid of the toaster oven. Especially since we are like 95% gluten free there never seems to be much to toast.

Speaking of moving and getting rid of stuff– Angela, I would love if you could share some tips on your experience with throwing stuff out when you moved. I know you mentioned before you donated a lot of items before moving. Do you have any advice on how to decide what to get rid of? Or at least some inspiration / kick in the butt?! I get really excited about cleaning and throwing things out but then when I start doing it, my inner hoarder comes out :/

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 2, 2012

haha I know what you mean, it’s always hard to part with things!

What worked the best for me was to go through things in rounds. The first round is always the most difficult- if you’re like me, you don’t want to get rid of much! Only get rid of things you know you don’t want or need. The things you are on the fence about- put them in another pile and come back later. The second round- done at least a week or two later- things start to become more clear what you want to keep. That pile of “on the fence” things is easier to part with, but maybe you will end up keeping a few things and thats ok too.

Round three, was sometimes a full month or two later, I really discovered which items could really go for good. By then, I barely had a hard time giving away by the 3rd round! I just wanted the junk gone!

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Misty April 2, 2012

It looks great Angie!
I’d love to hear about staging tips! One of my fav websites with home decor tips is younghouselove.com. They do some really awesome things!! And the trick to fitted sheets is fold it and the regular sheet any ‘ol way and stick the sheets in one of the pillow cases…then store. The mess is all hidden away in the pillow case :)

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Sonia the Mexigarian April 2, 2012

Would love to see a staging post as well :) My Eric has a nickname for me and my messiness. Hurrican Sonia (of course), because I am such a clutterbug. I hope with the new house I can de clutter.

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Kathryn April 2, 2012

Unpacking is a bear! Once you get one room done another one gets trashed, it all gets worse before it gets better huh! It’s fun to see how you are decorating and making the most of the space since I’m doing the same thing right now too!

I didn’t have a microwave for the better part of of my life growing up. Ours broke and my parents just never bought one again. We have a built in one which is nice because it doesn’t take up counter space, but I try not to use it if possible. I do, however, use the timer on it all the time and would miss that dearly. The only time I have to use a microwave is to heat food up at work, but now I’m walking distance from home so I don’t even have to do that anymore!

We have a puzzle of your giraffe painting here at work (we like to do them during breaks – super fun) – IT IS SO HARD!

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Ruth April 2, 2012

I’d love to hear about staging. I had a heck of time doing so with a house we sold last year, and I’m not looking forward to doing it again (which I will probably be doing in the next year or two). I have no gene for decorating. From what I hear, though, a “staged” house is a pretty good way to keep a house day in and day out because…it looks nice!

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Kat April 2, 2012

I haven’t looked at the website for awhile because we just moved like you guys. My hubby also had a 3.5 hour commute to and from work everyday so we had to move! And our new place has wood floors and a second floor laundry room like your place. :)

Please post more pictures and tips on staging!! I love looking at all of your house pictures.

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) April 1, 2012

Nice place!!! Very spacious!

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Leah @ DeLeahLicious April 1, 2012

I am loving the new house! It makes me excited to get one of my own! :)

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Char April 1, 2012

I love love love your new home. I really hope someday that I can decorate my home like this. For now, it’s particle board and mismatched furniture for me!

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LizAshlee April 1, 2012

I love your new space..so much natural light!!

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Alex April 1, 2012

I LOVE your giraffe painting it is absolutely adorable and works so well with your house.

P.S you should get an electric vacuum. You just plug them in to charge ’em up and then you can whip them around the house, completely CORDLESS!

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Alyne Tamir March 31, 2012

Hey Angela!

I am speaking on behalf of myself, Rachel Davidson, her new husbandy Steve-kins, and Cameron Manwaring. We are all vegetarian/vegan-ish AND have made about 500,000 of your recipes :D nomnom.

anyways, we just made a raw cashew based cheese cake and now we are (literally) lying on the floor in food baby comas, because it was soooo heavy! So we just wanted to suggest, if you have time/inclination, that you make a not crazy heavy vegan cheesecake-ish type thing?

ALSO Rachel and Steve have been wanting you to make a curry :D so just some suggestions for le FUTURE!

you are a gem <333
xoxoxoalyne rachel steve and cam

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Angela (Oh She Glows) April 1, 2012

Hey Alyne! I didn’t know I had a vegan cheesecake recipe! Are you sure you aren’t confusing me with another blog? Or maybe I am just getting senile after 3.5 years.

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