Monday, April 19, 2010

Yes, Maybe I Have a Problem (or two) but I'm Breaking Free

Over the last 6 weeks I have been studying Beth Moore's Breaking Free. It's a 10-week study and I LOVE it! So, I've been working on breaking free!

First on my agenda is breaking free from clutter. By no means am I a hoarder, but I accumulate a lot of STUFF! I'm not a knick-knack sort of girl. In fact, I'm very simplistic in decor. However, my closets are a different story! :)

Last weekend I finally found time to clean out my closet. Our house has many great attributes, big yard, big bedrooms, etc. However, since it's an older house, the closets are SMALL, basically non-existent (apparently people in the early 80's didn't need big closets, HA). So, when the seasons change I have to switch wardrobes and I began this process last week. My biggest feat was shoes and bags. Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE shoes and bags!

First I went through ALL of my shoes and filled an entire garbage bag to donate. (I'm talking the big black yard garbage bags). No human needs so many shoes! So, I narrowed it down and kept ONLY the ones that I actually wear.

Winter Shoes to be put away until later this year:
Summer shoes that I put in the closet (Can I just say that my toes are so glad it's warm again....I LOVE flip-flops)
A few weeks ago while in Atlanta, Rob and I visited The Container Store. Another "problem" I have is an addiction to organizers. I LOVE the idea of being organized but really struggle with the follow-through! While there, I found this gem
That's right, a flip flop holder! I bought it and put it to great use in my closet.
I also will be donating quite a few bags and purses too. I found a basket in our garage and am using it in the bottom of my closet to hold purses.
I'm not going to lie though. This is not all of my purses or bags. The rest are in our guest room closet and I haven't decided what to do with them.
I still have to go through the rest of my spring/summer clothes and add them to my closet so this task is still a ways from being completed. BUT, this is a start! :)

This is the first of a few posts of my "breaking free" tasks!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Weekend in Atlanta

If you know me, then you know how BAD I've been wanting to experience IKEA. Well this past weekend, Rob and I spent the weekend in Atlanta and I FINALLY got to experience what IS IKEA!

I was completely overwhelmed with "stuff" but didn't go too crazy! I kept myself in check! :)

The Loews Hotel- Atlanta opened last week so they had great room rates that we were fortunate enough to get. We were the FIRST people to stay in Room 1505. ;) The Loews is absolutely beautiful and right in the heart of Midtown!

Our view of Atlanta - look closely and you may see the Georgia Dome

On Saturday we headed to Buford, Georgia to the Mall of Georgia and did some sightseeing. We also ate lunch at

We left out Sunday morning and headed to Oneonta for Easter lunch with the family. My camera had died so we have NO pics from the family time! :( It was such a great and relaxing weekend and I can't wait until we have another weekend like that! :)

Happy Birthday Stephanie!

I know, I know....I've not been the best blogger lately. Let me just say we are having MAJOR computer issues at the Akins' house these days. Rather ridiculous considering we have 2 laptops and 1 PC but hopefully our problems will be resolved SOON!!

LAST weekend we celebrated our friend Stephanie's birthday. We all had dinner at Surin with YUMMY sushi and then had scrumptious red velvet cake and ice cream afterwards.

As always we had a blast with this group! Whether we are together for five minutes or five hours, it is constant laughing!!!

Happy Birthday Steph! :)