How Decluttering Can Earn You Cash


Happy Thursday! Hope you all had a great week we are one day away from the weekend. For the past couple of weekends, I have been in major declutter mode. The kind where your husband starts asking if he is next to be sold off? In all seriousness, I am a keeper of things. I have always been that way. If it is something I ‘could’ be using in the future, I keep it because I find it a waste to rebuy it later. However, I took a good look around my house and realized so many things were being unused and had to go. Do you have a house project you would like to help pay for? Maybe a family vacation? Or what about your savings for Christmas gifts?

One of my goals (some call them resolutions) at the beginning of the year was to live more minimally.  That would include decluttering the tons of stuff that is just not being used around my house. Instead of letting it overwhelm you, I found it best to take it space or room by room. For example: your closet, your make up/beauty products, your linen closet, your living room, your craft area, your play area, the garage, etc. Take it one by one and choose one of four things; keep, sell, donate or throw away.

Of course some items are just straight to the garbage. Some items can be saved from a landfill and can be sold or donated. Think of a win-win scenario–someone out there is looking to buy the item and they buy it from you gently used. It would save another one of that item going through the cycle and sending to a landfill. 🙂 Plus you made a little cash. When deciding whether to donate or sell, think ‘is it something you could sell quickly?’ If so, use the many resell streams available; FB marketplace, Let it Go, Poshmark, etc. I have noticed electronics, household goods and furniture seem to go well on FB marketplace in my area. Clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories tend to go well on Poshmark. (and the buyer pays for shipping)

What areas of your house need the most decluttering? Ask yourself, when is the last time you used or wore the item? Then ask, ‘Can I get something, rather than nothing for this item?’

After you have decluttered your first space, you can now organize your keep items in that space and move to the next area. Once you have finished, do not forget to take all your donations and be sure to list/sell all ‘sell’ items for cash. Don’t think of it as your only getting $20 bucks think of it as it will all add up if you sell most or all the items in your sell pile! You will be shocked at the hundreds of dollars, if not more you can bring in.

Happy decluttering


DIY Farmhouse Table

The summer is always a great time to finish up those home projects you have kind of put off for sometime. I know we all do it.  Today, I will share with you our DIY farmhouse table that, yes we started last year and it got put aside with all the busy schedules of work and opening a boutique. Please excuse my lack of other decor and table scape at the moment.

I will say, I am in love and you are going to need to build one asap if you have not already. If you are like me, you have fallen in love with the restoration hardware table but not the price tag. I just do not have thousands to spend on a dining room table so I went with the build it option. I love DIY’s so it was a no brainer that we could make this table for around $100 and we did! After purchasing all the materials, my handy builder, my husband got to work with the building of the table. Keep in mind all of the tools and major things we already had on hand.  Halfway through the project, we took months, yes months off and came back to it this month. He was the builder, I was the supervisor and I stained the table.  We did not use an exact template as we changed somethings about the look but I would recommend going to DIYer Ana White for a great step-by-step tutorial. You can  paint it or stain it whichever you prefer. We made it a seating for six but you can make it for four or you could make the table longer to accommodate more than six guests. Our dining area is only so big so we went with around a six foot table. My dining area is so transformed with this table and chairs. The chairs are from Target, I bought them online late last year. I also did not want things to be match, so I am okay with my chairs not being the same exact stain color as the table. I think they work well together and the overall look of the set up went beyond what I had expected. I am so happy how everything turned out and now we can have more guests for dinner. You can also find my DIY on these placemats here.

Table: DIY (materials Home Depot)
Chairs: Target (online)
Rug, plants, planters: Ikea
Placemats: DIY (here)


DIY Stair Makeover

I love a good DIY project!!

Yes, it has been a month since my last post, but this is going to be a good one. Grab a cup of coffee, it is going to be a long one. 🙂 I recently finish one of my favorite house projects to date, our staircase.  These stairs were covered in boring, old carpet that needed some love.  A while back, I started researching and talking myself into staining our staircase treads. Ok, no talking myself into anything…I was obsessing and really wanting to do this project. New carpet was always an option but just not what I truly wanted on our stairs.  I peeled back our carpet on the top step corner to see if and what was hidden under that awful carpet.  The stair treads just needed some sanding to prep for the staining of the treads. After a little research, I was onboard and ready to get to work on the stair renovation.

*if you have plywood or need treads/risers as yours are not manageable, your project cost would go up significantly. You would also do things differently than how I tackled my project. I do however suggest taking a peek, you never know what is lurking under that carpet. 🙂

DIY Stair Makeover

My husband had to go out of town for two weeks for work, so it was the perfect time to get started on the stair renovation.  We headed to Home Depot to pick up the needed supplies and I was ready to tackle the DIY stair makeover while he was away. These are our only set of stairs that go up to our bedroom, so it was a lengthy process as I had to use them daily.  When it came to staining treads, skipping every other tread and waiting on them to dry 24 hours was my method before moving to the others. This project was not difficult rather it was time consuming.  It was however cheaper than replacing the carpet and carpet pad! If you have ever thought of doing this, test out what is under your carpet to see how you should proceed. I got the lucky and easiest route with not having to buy new treads or risers. My project cost around $50!

*Treads are the part of the stair that you place your foot on.  Risers are the flat piece you see when looking at the staircase. (that you do not step on)

Your project supply list:

  1. hand sander (lots of sandpaper) I used an electric sander
  2. one large plastic tarp (minimize the dust)
  3. crowbar
  4. old sock and extra rags
  5. wood filler
  6. angled paint brush
  7. Minwax stain (pick the shade you desire)
  8. Minwax Polyurethane
  9. white semi gloss paint
  10. painters tape

Our stairway with the old and boring carpet.


DIY stair makeover DIY Stair Makeover








**Before you start, stain a scrap piece of wood using your Minwax stain to see if it is the shade you are wanting for your stairs.


  1. Demo the stairs! The first step would be to tear up the carpet, carpet pad and tack strips that are  on your stairs.  Safety first, use goggles!( those nails were flying everywhere) Be careful of the staples holding the carpet down, they are sharp.  The tack strips will require you to use some muscle and your crowbar. Be sure to use needle nose pliers to get ALL the staples and nails out of the wood. (both treads and risers)

DIY Stair Makeover

2. Once you have cleared the carpet, carpet pad, tack strips and nails, you are set to fill in the holes.  Use your wood filler to fill in all holes on the treads and risers.  Let this dry.

3.Next comes the sanding.  I had tons of sanding to do since there was a lot of paint overspray on the treads.  (you do not have to get the overspray paint off the risers, they are getting painted white) You have to sand the treads clear of ALL  paint and rough surfaces. This will be a lengthy process to make it very smooth and the right surface. Also make sure to sand the wood filler areas as well.

DIY Stair Makeover

4.Use a shop vacuum and wet rag to clear your stairs of all dirt and dust.  You need a completely clean staircase in order to start staining the stair treads.

5.Now comes the staining and time consuming part.  Since I had to use my stairs during this project, I stained every other tread still making them accessible. I used a sock on my hand to apply the stain and wipe it off the stair. Each coat I put on, I allowed 24 hours of drying. (This took days as I did multiple coats in the every other step) I did a total of 3 coats on all steps.

DIY Stair Makeover


DIY Stair Makeover


DIY Stair Makeover

6. You will then need to use the polyurethane to seal your steps.  Put as many coats as you desire. The more coats, the more glossy they will look. It is your finishing layer. I applied 3 coats to my stairs.

7. Lastly, tape off the treads with your painters tape so the paint does not get on your stained treads. Then, use your angled paint brush and while paint to apply paint your risers and side trim. This completes the project and may take a few coats. I painted 2-3 coats of this to finish the project.

DIY Stair Makeover

DIY Stair Makeover

And that is how you make your stairs over from boring old carpet to gorgeous wood stairs.  Again, the only downfall or issue would be it is a timely project, but very much worth it.  I sometimes find myself standing and staring at them. 🙂  It is also a DIY project I completed all by myself!! Hope you enjoyed this DIY project and you can do it! If you have questions, concerns or want to share your DIY stair makeover, please do.

DIY Stair Makeover


Have a great week!