Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fall Cleaning

I don't know what inspired me, but I've spent the last couple of days in a major clean-up, purge, overhaul on the insides of our house. Perhaps it's feathering the nest, getting ready for the winter. Perhaps it's in recognition of our one-year anniversary in our house. Perhaps it's just because I get restless and can't sit down and RELAX. Whatever the reason, I had a burst of inspiration and so I'm redecorating using mostly my own stuff. Move this dresser down here, switch that side table with this one, move the screen over here, hang these pictures here....and there it is...a whole new look. The only new piece is a rug from Cost Plus (purchased on sale!!). I have to say, this new look is a lot less cluttered. Ahhhhh.

The biggest part of the project by far is the dining room. When we moved, I didn't have a clue as to what type of buffet or shelves or bookcases or cabinets I wanted. So everything has just been hanging out in boxes. Last week, it struck me that I could use furniture that I already have, and save a bunch of money, time, and hassle. I love those lightbulb moments. As I was sorting and purging today, getting ready for the furniture to be moved into place, I found things that I didn't know I had. I noticed I have an excess of certain scrapbooking supplies, no doubt because I hadn't unpacked all the way. I even have a brand new album, waiting to be filled. I didn't even know it was there. Hmm. And I have waaaaayyyy more paper than I need, so I'm putting together a package for my nieces to play with when they visit.

Now, I just need to take some trips to Goodwill with some of the excess stuff, and we'll be all set. Just in time for the Holiday season, too! By the way, I'm not posting pictures till it's done. The before mess, especially in the dining room, has been a thorn in my side since the move and I don't want to have this permanent record of it. You'll just have to wait to see the after.

1 comment:

African Kelli said...

Oh man, that is so great. I love it when you figure out how to use what you have! Woo hoo!