It’s never fun to get a call saying that you have to tear down something that you just SPENT AN ENTIRE WEEKEND CONSTRUCTING, but that’s exactly what happened with our beach house bunk beds. So this week we’re sharing what went down behind the scenes, and what we did to get around it. Plus, we’re talking to Matt Paxton who’s one of the extreme cleaning experts from the A&E show Hoarders, and he sheds a ton of light on why people hoard, how you can help someone who does, and what tricks he has picked up for keeping his own home in order. Sherry’s also diving deeper into the woo-woo waters, I’m loving a certain non-power tool, and our whole family is cracking up over a recent game-related discovery.
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- That’s not the new window in the photo above (although the new window looks pretty much identical to this one with the blinds down), but this old photo at least gives you a sense of the window we’re talking about. It’s not one of those obviously tiny ones, which is why it got by everyone until the very end.
- If you’re looking for more details about how we built the bunk beds themselves, we wrote up a whole post about them a couple of weeks ago.
- And if you want more details about our other hurdles with the historic review board and the duplex, we covered that in this post, as well as an update in podcast Episode #83.
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Matt Paxton, Extreme Cleaning Expert from Hoarders
- You can learn more about Matt and his current services of helping everyday families clean out homes at or by checking out his book .
- Below I’m also including a “highlights” reel of Matt’s time on if you want a refresher on some of the extreme situations he has encountered during his time on the show.
- And as Matt mentioned, hoarding is a serious condition that takes more than just “cleaning” to resolve. If you or someone you know needs help, A&E (the network where Hoarders airs) has on its website.
- Lastly, if you want more cleaning and organizing tips in podcast form, check out these past episodes:
- Episode #60: Game-Changing Organization Tips From The Pros (featuring The Home Edit)
- Episode #48: The Not-So-Peachy Parts Of Our Beach House Renovation (featuring Clean Mama)
- Episode #39: How To Make Cleaning Suck A Little Less (featuring Melissa Maker of Clean My Space)
- Those are my bar clamps in action (during this DIY floating shelf project). They also made several appearances in our bunk bed project.
- Mine are (the four-pack is about $22) which seem to be one of the better deals out there.
- I also have , but I use them less often.
- And if you want a peek at why we love so much, here’s a “trailer” that gives you a sense of what it’s like:
If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes.
And lastly, a big thank you to West Elm for sponsoring this episode. They’re celebrating International Women’s Day this Thursday, March 8th with in-store events across the country and a special IWD bag that donates $5 to Girl Up, an international United Nations charity that promotes gender equality. every day and look up your closest store to for this Thursday’s celebration.
Thanks for listening, guys!
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