Day # 209 – CLEAN HOUSE

room redo

You may look at this post and wonder why I bother.  Really is there that much difference between the photo above and the photo below?  To me, YES!

I am not sure if there are other people like me out there, but I go batty living in the same environment within a month or two. It’s like my eyes hit that saturation point where they just don’t notice details anymore. Like a pretty picture, a cool looking vase, a fabulously patterned pillow.  Nada. My eyes turn off.

After this happens, my moods get affected.  I feel claustrophobic, bored, and irritable.  I start having thoughts like I am ready to move again or ready to invest in new furniture…I get antsy.

I figured out that people like me, do really well with switcheroos.

Here were the photos of my living room this morning.

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They are fine.  Nothing wrong with this picture, but I simply CRAVE change.

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So I stripped the room of its curtains, pillows and accessories and started with a clean slate.  Over the years I have slowly figured out that white walls allow me to change everything else so easily.  If my walls were purple, I’d be locked in to fewer options.

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Next I go shopping in my basement.  I put back what I’m not using and find some new props.  Being “creative” lends itself to being a collector of many things.  I rummage thrift shops, yard sales and my family members basements for things with character.  Then I store them all and switch them in and out throughout the year.

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Then I decorate.

 I definitely know people who stress about decorating, they find it a mind-boggling chore.

Not me. I love it.  

As soon as I’m finished, I could pull everything out of the room and start all over again!  It’s that much fun for me.

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Here is a cute touch.  I took all my kids little itty-bitty toys and I compartmentalized them into trays and cups.  I have actually found they play more with toys when they are out than when they’re tucked away in baskets and boxes.

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Here is another treasure.  I grabbed a white pillow case at Ikea for $2 bucks.  For my birthday I asked my kids and niece and nephew to decorate it for me.  Just sharpies.  I love it.  It’s happy and personal.


To finish off the afternoon, I cut flowers and put them in different rooms.  I have to say, since I started this 365, I rarely get around to creative small touches.  In fact, my gardens are a mess!

With that in mind, today was a special treat to myself.  My house is clean, my eyes are re-stimulated, and my spirit has been re-lifted.

It’s the simple pleasures for me.

Sweet and simple.

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