Thursday, November 7, 2013

outfit of the day(bird): shame cleaning




 shirt ~ Marshalls
pants, necklace ~ F21
boots ~ vintage, thrifted
hat ~ thrifted, diy

i want to start off with an excuse as to why my basement is a hot, hot mess. like close the door and hope no one ever sees it sort of mess. you see, for the last year and a half, it was the storage space for all of our wedding stuff. and for those who have seen pictures, take note that everything seen in these pictures, save the food trucks and hay bales, and i do mean everything, was stored in our basement. and then some because i didn't use everything i bought. (and if you haven't see pictures of our wedding, feel free to check them out here and here, it was a pretty amazing wedding if i do say so myself.)

anyhow, i digress...our basement became a depository for everything...wedding stuff, stuff we didn't know what to do with, stuff, stuff, and more stuff. and then we got married. and then i had to do something with all that stuff. so i started, but it was such a big task, i stopped. and there the basement sat, silently judging me for being such a slob.

until last weekend. nora and her family came over, and my niece had a little accident on our bathroom rug. and before i knew it, my brother-in-law was in our basement, throwing said rug into the washing machine. i saw him come from the basement, and i can only imagine that my face turned first ash white from fear and shame, and then bright red from embarrassment. not that they judge, i know they don't...but i was judging myself.

so i eagerly tried to explain why it was so messy, stuttering from embarrassment, and then i mortifyingly thought about it the rest of the night.

and then on sunday, i woke up, said screw it, and went down there and cleaned. i cleaned for hours, and kind of made a dent. there is still work to do, but at least now i'm at the point where i don't want to run away and hide when someone walks down there.

there's nothing like someone seeing your disaster to make it a reality. shame: it's a good motivator.

xo,
megan bird  

31 comments:

  1. Oh my loving those thrifted boots!!! Your DIY thrifted hat is fab as well! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  2. Shame always works, ha ha! I am sure you are not the only one with a cluttered basement. My breezeway is filled with stuff, maybe I need someone to shame me.

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  3. Shame is the best motivator ever. Ever have family come to visit? It is a one week extravaganza of cleaning before my Mom arrives.

    I LOVE the boots. I've been looking for some like that while thrifting forever. What size are your feet? ; P

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. Haha! Don't feel bad...I still have plenty of stuff from my wedding around the house in boxes (and I got married 2 and half years ago!). I don't want to throw it out for sentimental reasons but it does take up a lot of room!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  5. I have room like that. I need to get around to cleaning it up. Before Christmas

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  6. You look SO cute - love that top! And cleaning feels so good sometimes doesn't it? Sucks to do it...but after...so much better :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  7. That's actually the reason my house is always so clean. I host a women's group here every Thursday, and I clean it to prevent the shame I know will come if I didn't. Otherwise we'd be a hot mess around here. ;)

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  8. So true! Suzanne, my husband gets so nuts when I do the "my mom is coming" cleaning! Shame is a good motivator.

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  9. Our basement is a hot mess right now too, everything that was in the soon to be baby's room kind of ended up down there! I am sure I'll be shamed into cleaning it eventually too!

    I have to tell you I love that top! Pretty color and peplum, can't beat it!

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  10. i always find a big cleaning project to be therapeutic --hopefully you felt a little bit of that. and... i would wear that outfit every single day if it were in my closet. my look exactly :)

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  11. Gorgeous! I love the combination of colors! You look great! :)

    Feel free to visit my blog as well if you wish! <3

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
    New Blog Post: 10 Habits That Will Help You Succeed

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  12. Basements are like that I fear sometimes. We have yet to unpack our basement yet--whoops. I love your boots!

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  13. Our basement is sort of the same, the place where we throw all our junk that I'm hoarding and can't part with. Luckily I'm well into my nesting stage and just spent the past few weeks cleaning out everything!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  14. I know that feeling. I just pray no one comes over until I get my house cleaned.

    ~Cheryl
    http://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com/

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  15. Love this teal top! And haha, I feel like we all have to have that one place where things are a mess... right now it is my closet... I throw things in there I don't know what to do with and don't want people to see! I would be embarrassed for someone to open those doors though!

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  16. My bedroom floor is like that. I got out our winter clothes out and haven't put the summer clothes up yet and needless to say everything is in the floor. I'm gonna get it together tomorrow!
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  17. Cute outfit! Makes me want to wear my boots with leggings...which I haven't been brave enough to do yet.
    I do my best (and fastest) cleaning if I know someone is coming over. Good way to get something done.....haha!

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  18. I bought an Avanti New York suede winter coat at a thrift store for $10. Have you ever heard of Avanti New York? I'm curious about it?

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  19. First of all, you look amazing! Second, awesome job on the basement! Dude, ours is the SAME WAY. I feel terrible whenever my Dad has to come over and pick up Liam, my basement can be seen from the side door. I guess I know what I will be doing the next weekend I have off.

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  20. Haha, yeah, if nothing else works, shame usually gets me motivated to change something!
    Love the hat and this lovely turquoise top you're rocking

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  21. looking good megan bird! the beanie turned out great. i hear ya. you did all that hard freaking work of your wedding. it was beautiful. of course you wanted to distance yourself from cleaning up after it. be proud you made a huge dent. i don't even want to think about all the things i need to reorganize and get rid of/ go through. ;p

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  22. Oh Megan I can relate. I have a room in my rambler (no basement or attic) that is the 'junk room' It is pretty scarey but I know certain things are in there and that's ok, lol

    Thank you for your sweet concerns for Baby Z.

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  23. Ugh, our basement is filled with so much crap as well.... But I'm glad you got started on it!
    I lurv that color top with those fun boots!

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  24. our basement is a diaster! full of baby things, thing to take to good will, it's my husband's office and all that in a small space! we need to do some work down there!! love your shoes!

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  25. great look on you....
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com/

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  26. i agree--there's still a closet i want to tackle that embarrasses me! no one will ever see it.

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  27. great color on this top and i like the lose peplum look
    good luck on finishing the basement
    brett

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  28. LIving in my tiny condo, luckily I can't accumulate too much stuff since there's no room! I'm trying to sell a bunch of our wedding stuff on Craigslist now and it's a pain in the butt! I love your DIY hat!

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  29. I never want people to go in our basement. Its where we dump eveything! And I mean EVERY.THING.

    I keep avoiding the cleaning that needs to happen down there...oy!

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  30. love that top and the hat and boots. it's a great outfit. i have a room like that. sadly it's the baby boys and i'm always horrified when people go into his room and see the stacked boxes!

    http://spinning-threads.blogspot.com

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