A couple of days ago, after taking down all of my Christmas decorations, I got the serious itch to start all over with all of my bookshelves, entertainment center, couch/entry table, and piano top. I mean, I had already removed almost everything from them already to decorate for Christmas, so why not just take everything else off, too, and start fresh? Rather than go out and buy more stuff, I just pulled down the boxes of randomness from the attic, and raked every single thing from aforementioned surfaces, creating massive piles all over my living room floor from which to "shop."
|Off to Wyatt's room with this mess. No more kid storage in the living room...he's seven now, it's time for his stuff to be in his room.|
|I've got a lot of "smalls," as Mike and Frank would say (The American Pickers).|
|I'll read them all...someday. I buy a lot of books at thrift stores and garage sales...|
Once done with the built-in, I moved to the couch/entry table. The front half of my house is one huge gaping room. If I'm honest, I kinda hate that. I personally love the old Victorian and craftsman homes which have many smaller rooms that each have a distinct identity and purpose. The hubby and I are considering having a contractor out to slap up a few walls to remedy the situation. Anyhoo...back to what we were talking about: the couch/entry table that greets everyone. It was a total blank slate after removing my Christmas decor, so I just kept it super simple and as unclutterered as I could manage. A couple of my favorite pics, our daily scripture flipcard, and some crazy eucalyptus...which I don't particularly like, and may replace with willow branches soon.
|You can barely see it here, but one of my favorite things around our house are the little soap dishes...this one is a pheasant...that hold tiny little rocks, shells, or acorns that Wyatt discovers.|
|Oy. This is the ultimate catch-all shelf. All of my photography office stuff gets shoved here, along with any new trinkets or books. Don't know why I do that. It cleaned up nice, though!|
|Didn't change much. But it's been dusted now, which is a small victory. Now, to convince the Mister to throw away the sea of papers (read: trash) on the top that I'm not allowed to touch (because I throw away "important" stuff, apparently).|
|I need to order an updated family portrait for the frame..this was last year's.|
Well, I hope that didn't bore you to tears! I just wanted to show how rearranging elements you already own, along with tidying up a bit, can really change things up! I keep adding to my collection of odds and ends, so I have to do this periodically (at least once a year) as new things are acquired. I've also opted for a much more minimal approach at times, storing a huge percentage of stuff in my attic long enough to forget about it, which is really great because it's like getting all new stuff! Without spending a dime!