It's official! I have decided now is the time to truly start decluttering my life. Seriously! I'm not just talking about the small stuff like cleaning up this space here, although this is a great place to start. Let me try and put it all into perspective for you.
Sitting on this table is one of three umbrellas I've been carrying around in my car. This one is somewhat broken but my favorite color of the three. I think it's time to say goodbye to this green umbrella. Surely, I do not need three umbrellas do I, especially one that is broken? The library book will need to be returned, it's overdue! The candle is one of a whole cabinet full of unburned scented candles. They will be hard to part with but I am sick of all this unused and accumulated stuff. The bag below this table is full of clothes from my closet that I cleaned out a few weeks ago. It's still sitting on the floor here waiting to go out of the door.
I was so tired of seeing clutter that I eliminated some items from my fall display here in order to make it more appealing to me. It still seems a bit junky, but did you notice the magazines below? Two baskets and a bottom shelf under the table full of them! Why? How long will I live with it looking this way?
This stack of magazines in my bedroom I have had for well over 6 or 8, maybe 10 years. No kidding! I am sure I brought this from our old house. I am being brutally honest here because ladies, I am just tired of it all. I have decided it's not only time to get rid of the magazines but the magazine racks too.
Now if you think that's bad just take a look at my dresser. Yes, I have so much schtuff here it's crazy. And what do you think is in that JC Penney bag? I'll give you a hint...it goes very well with the rest of the schtuff on this dresser. Why? What made me think I needed more jewelry just because it was on sale? I am going to have to put a habit into practice that a very dear old customer from my old store taught me. She said to always get rid of something when you bring something new into the house. Now doesn't that make great sense? I think so. Only, I am way overdo and have so much junk to get rid of.
Take this set up here above my toilet into account. These little chotzkies are cute but they really do not do anything for me as far as decor design goes. I am so over this. Why do I want something to look "kinda" cute and have no valuable use in my bathroom sitting around collecting dust? I don't. They will have to go.
Do you remember me posting about wanting to put the plates I bought on the wall in a pattern above my sofa? Well, I was thinking it may be a bit too much so I ended up moving these sconces from bedroom. I love the palm trees in here but am thinking it's a bit too cluttered looking. What do you think?
I even had already bought another new pair of sconces (like I needed a hole in the head) then decided those were too large and maybe too goth looking for my taste.
So here they sit under the overly loaded foyer table. I was thinking of putting them up beside the mirror in here...now I am thinking yard sale, maybe!
The dining room is so cluttered and full of junk I've been purchasing to put around but have failed to find the time to do it. When I get home from work the last thing I feel like doing lately is decorating. My days off have been spent resting because I am so tired. Or I spend my time off dreaming of what I need to make my space more appealing. But I am tired of shopping for the right look lately too. I feel like I already have the look I really want. I think it's just hidden under all this crap I have accumulated over the last several years. I feel like my home is starting to look more like an attractive consignment booth then my own space.
I made great strides with decluttering the porch this summer but left one little corner full of stuff I wasn't ready to get rid of. Now, I'm ready to yank a few things off of this corner now too.
Do you ever feel this way too?
I'm not sure what's going on but I really do want to streamline things ALOT lately. I would love nothing more then one day to have a small little cottage home on the lake that we love so much. It seems we will never get there. We always say what would we do with all this stuff? When we see a home that I like, the Mr. reminds me; "You won't have room for all your stuff. " Well ladies, I don't want stuff to get in the way of my dreams any longer. I don't want anyone to have to deal with these things when I'm gone either, but honestly I don't know exactly where to start. So many things hold memories but again do I really need so many chotzkie style memories? I don't think so.
Have any of you ever really dealt with this? How did you decide what to get rid of and what to keep? If any of you out there are still reading my blog I would love your advice. I do believe I am more ready then I have ever been to begin eliminating the junk and the excess and making room for true comfort and style.
It's time for a real life
What do you say?