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Our house renovation tour (and what I’ve learned about decorating and organizing)!

on May 2, 2019 by Jami Balmet 0 comments

I am excited to give you a full house tour of our renovation but I also wanted to make sure you saw an amazing resource that is on sale this week! 

If you are interested in getting your house simplified, cozy, and organized then you have to check out the 2019 homemaking bundle. It’s packed full of incredible resources to help you in your homemaking. The bundle has 104 amazing homemaking resources all for just $29.97! 

But hurry! The bundle ends SOON on May 6th: 

Get your 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle here


We listed our house for sale this past week! It’s been a fun and exciting month as we prepared our house to sell but it was also exhausting! 

We worked for 4 weeks straight and did a pretty big renovation to our house…and we did all the work ourselves! Jason and I know NOTHING about house projects and so we were very proud of ourselves for how much we did. 

Here’s a quick list of some of the projects we worked on: 

  • We scrapped the popcorn ceiling off of every ceiling
  • We retextured and painted the ceilings
  • The scraping and retexturing destroys the walls so we repainted every wall in the house
  • We also painted every baseboard and door in the house
  • We took the carpet out of the living room and extended the tile into the living room (laying tile is no joke!)
  • We removed the carpet from the rest of the house and put in laminate 
  • We updated some light fixtures and a few other things like that along way
  • I also went through the house and decluttered about 80% of the stuff we own ? 

We were exhausted from all the work but we saved so much money in the process and our house looks amazing! We’ve been on the market for a week and are hopeful that we will get an offer soon.

Our House Renovation Tour 

The Living Room: 

The living room feels so open and fresh with the tile throughout. 

The Hallway: 

The hallway turned out beautifully! The hallway leads right from the main kitchen/living room area so I love how pretty it looks now leading to the bedrooms…especially with the new floors ?It looks so much better than the carpet! 

Master bedroom/boys room:

The master bedroom looks awesome! This used to be our room before we moved into the big back room (see below). Now all 4 boys share it and it works great. 


The school room has been a huge headache for me. It ends up being the dumping ground for everything extra which means I can’t use it for what I really need: Organizing our homeschool resources so I can easily get to them. I have some thoughts on this down below…

Our bedroom: 

This is my favorite part of our house! The owners before use converted it from the garage into this huge room. It’s been difficult at times not having very much storage with no garage, but the space inside well makes up for it! 

For some of these I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get a real “before” shot. Several of these are “during” shots when we had the house pulled apart. But you get the idea 😉 This is inside our bedroom. This is mine and Jason’s desks and work spaces. 

And to the left of our desks is our bed. 

And in front of our bed is my favorite part – our little seating area. We sit and read here many evenings together! ?

Random areas: 

I didn’t get a before pictures of a couple of areas! The image on the left is our closet area we made in our bedroom and it turned out so good! And the image on the right is Magnolia’s bedroom. 

What I learned doing our house renovation: 

I would not call myself a minimalist. I like books way too much to be a real minimalist 😉 But in order to have our house truly show ready, I paired down our stuff by a good 60-80% and it shows! 

More Open

The house feels so much more open! It’s amazing how a room can suddenly feel twice as big when you take out half the stuff! Every single room in our house feels bigger now. 

Easier to Maintain

This has been the single biggest benefit! We have to keep our house show ready right now with 5 little kids…and that’s hard! But with the house so decluttered and simplified…it’s been incredibly easy to keep the house show ready. I wish I had done this simplifying years ago! 


Plus…the house just feels simpler! There are less toys to play with…so of course the kids play more with the toys that we do have. It’s much easier to pick out clothes for church on Sunday when there are only a few choices. The kitchen is easier to keep organized when every single thing has a place to go. 

It’s been a good lesson for me to keep the house this simplified and it’s definitely one that I will be taking with us into the next adventure and into our next house. 

If you have been wanting some help in getting your house decluttered, organized, and all set up then you will want to check out this year’s 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. Not only does it contain a few fabulous decluttering items but it also has an entire category dedicated to creativity and decor. 


And when you purchase the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through Monday May 6th by 11:59pm you get all 10 of those resources shown above plus a ton of other amazing homemaking resources. 

You can see all the bundle contains here and grab your own! 

I’m really excited about the bundle this year! You can check out my full and honest review post from yesterday here if you want to see more about what this bundle is and what’s inside. AND I have a really incredible bonus for you when you purchase the bundle this week. In addition to the full homemaking bundle which is PACKED with amazing resources you will also get a free ticket to my brand new 1 day conference: 

My super special bonus just for you! 

Here’s why I am SO excited for the bundle this year! I have the most amazing free bonus for you!! Everyone who purchase the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my links here will get my brand new one day conference for FREE!! 

Join me on May 31st for an amazing brand new mini conference: Refresh Your Routines 1 Day Conference presented by the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference! 

This amazing brand new 1 day mini conference will be like a smaller version of our epic big fall conference! So for those of you wishing we had two conferences a year (which we get requests for all the time), this is your chance to hang out together and learn about effective (but simple) routines. 

It’s going to be an amazing 1 day event! You can register for the conference separately if you want for $19. Or if you purchase the 2019 Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for just $29.97 you will get all the amazing resources included in this year’s bundle AND you will get free access to my brand new 1 day conference!! 

Once you get your ticket, just forward me your receipt to Jami@youngwifesguide.com and I will get you all registered for the one day conference for FREE (worth $19)! 

Get instant free access to my Finding Joy in Your Home video course.

  • Do you want to discover more joy, peace, & tranquility within your home?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed and like your house is out of control?
  • Join my free course and learn the essential habits for Christian homemakers

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