Today is officially DAY 1 of the 31 Days to a Fabulous Room Makeover Series!
Hopefully you’re feeling excited and ready to turn your boring, bland, or cluttered mess-of-a-room into the oasis you’ve been fantasizing about!
But let’s get real.
This isn’t an easy thing to do.
First of all, LIFE will get in the way.
Something will come up that tries to force a derailment.
Just stay the course as best as you can.
And if you get thrown off that horse, saddle back up, and keep trotting to that finish line, my friend! Because at the end of this series, if you challenge yourself the way I know you can, you’ll be so darn proud of that new, beautiful space in your house!
Where It All Began
Before we jump in here on Day 1, let me explain the importance of this challenge and how it all started.
I was driving to work one morning (before I lost my job and became a full-time blogger), and I felt all this pent-up frustration at how I never seemed to focus on completing anything in my house!
I’d work on one project….move to another room in the house….switch to a totally different room again…. and–yeah.
You can imagine how well that strategy played out.
Then I remembered a couple years past and how I worked hard for 30 days on my master bathroom makeover while my husband was on a trip to Ghana for a month.
And honey… you wouldn’t believe how hard I worked my butt off to turn that room around before he got back!
Then it hit me:
We need a 30 day deadline!
I immediately put out a call to action out to my blog readers (from the parking garage after I pulled into work!) and we ended up kicking off The 30-Day June Room Makeover Challenge.
And this was my room of focus for that challenge.
This, my friends, was my laundry room, in all its full glory.
Don’t think I picked up one article of clothing for this “BEFORE” picture.
I needed to give it to you raw.
That was what my laundry room looked like on an average day.
And I was sick of it and ready to do something about it.
Picking a Winner
So you probably already have an idea in your head about which room you’ll want to work on.
But be realistic.
Don’t pick a room where you have to demo walls and and build kitchen cabinets from scratch with your own bare hands. HAHA. Seriously, you’d be setting yourself up for failure with that one in 31 days!
Instead, pick a room that you can knock out with some decluttering, throw pillows, paint, and wall hangings.
That is do-able in 31 days.
Take Your BEFORE Pictures
You’re going to be tempted to skip this part.
And don’t try to tidy up first.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Grab your cell phone or your DSLR.
- Make sure there’s enough light so your pics aren’t blurry or dark.
- Don’t touch a THING!!!
- Take pics from each side or angle of the room.
- Upload to your computer and keep them in a special folder.
The more authentic your BEFORE pictures, the more amazing your AFTER results will surprise you, your family, and friends.
Don’t Believe Me??
As you’ve seen, this is one of my laundry room BEFORE shots.
And that same exact angle….
It makes a world of difference to leave your BEFORE room pics unfiltered and REAL!
Don’t be shy. We all have messed and unpretty places in our house.
Tomorrow for Day 2 we’ll talk about getting started with planning your room makeover and asking yourself 9 questions before you get started.
And if you’re new to this series, START HERE.