Need a little inspiration to get organized? Try reading Japanese author, Marie Kondo's, book...The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which tries to get readers to focus on keeping belongings that inspire joy and pitching everything else. I've read many organizing books and magazines over the years and I even follow a few organizing blogs (I guess I enjoy living vicariously through others because all of the advice I've read has never translated into an organized home for me) but there was something about this book that got me jump started. It's a New York Times best seller and has been getting a lot of buzz in the press and it's a quick read. Not that you can expect to visit my house and see perfectly tidy spaces yet...but I'm actually having fun tackling the mess! Oh, and I did have to make one adjustment to her criteria for what belongings you can keep. Her only criteria is to keep only the things that bring you joy but I had to add "or things you use on a daily basis" because I just couldn't find the joy in my toothbrush and I haven't yet discovered a brand of underwear that "bring me joy".
Friday, February 15, 2013
I will share my chalk paint thoughts later but I wanted to get the pictures posted before I forget. Now I wish I could find the before pictures! Had I known I wouldn't be able to find them, I would have snapped a few before I went to town.
The hutch is now destined for the upstairs hallway to help out with linen closet overflow and to brighten the windowless space with a punch of white.
Monday, February 4, 2013
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
I preface this post by saying...I'm not proud. My neighbor was gracious enough to make me feel hip and resourceful when I called to ask if I could have the vintage wood storm door that was lying in a heap in her front yard. With some sanding, a new coat of paint, and a new screen panel, it adds some character and spunk to our cookie cutter, late 60's, builder-grade colonial.
I was going for bright and spunky with the color - what do you think? .... mission accomplished? The crystal knob makes me very happy. And that color is going to sing in the dull winter season!
To my lovely neighbor who meant no harm by her comment...NO, IT'S NOT PRIMER!. That's actually the color I picked! LOL. And, for those who dare to come close enough to the sun without fear of getting scorched, the aqua blue ceiling will cool you down a little.