KristyDi, what are you using to store your bread? Fabric Bread bags are really useful and help keep mine fresh longer. I just wrap it and leave it out on the counter.
I had been leaving it on the cutting board cut side down as suggested by the book. With further experimentation I've found that putting it in a zip top bag at the end of the 1st day woks ok. You lose that crisp crust, but it stays tasty and good for sandwiches.
I didn't like the Soft American White bread recipe all that much. I like the taste of the original much better.