It’s been forever since I’ve blogged about my own house. Mainly because it’s a embarrassing, hideous, mess. For awhile the excuse was that we worked and received deliveries there. And truthfully, I spent the summer more focused on my city condo. But it’s accountability time: we moved our offices back to Bala in November and the condo has be booked straight on AirBnb for months. Yet my living room still looks like this.
Fabrics and Boxes sprawled about, An Unfinished Painting on the wall… welcome to my Life.
I RRREALLY fought the urge to tidy up before taking these pictures. But honestly, I just felt like I was starving for real talk about how we live in our homes. I’m fessing up that I am a slob. If my things don’t have an exact place to go then they tend to sprawl. And then multiply.
Can we talk about the shame corner behind my vintage armchair? A foam roller, tupperware containers of household items, two pillow fills and package from Morocco THAT I HAVEN’T EVEN BOTHERED TO OPEN YET. What is wrong with me?
We are in the midst of a massive Spring Cleaning. I’m evaluating, inventorying and putting a ton of stuff in storage. I just feel this strong desire to simplify and only live with the things I love. So that’s why there is the box full of art in the living room and bins galore all around.
But what is my excuse for this situation? I actually love this wingback chair, but I never sit in it because it is always covered in crap!!
Bailey says, Love Me, Pet Me, Feed Me.
My Mail and coat system really isn’t adequate in this house. Since we don’t have an entry/foyer and this chair is right by the front door, it ends up being a dumping ground. Plus I just like to collect fabulous furry cheetah fabrics.
The ottoman/coffee table is one of the three drop zones for mail, cash, apparently business cards, and fabric samples. I need a better place for this stuff! Just one spot, instead of all over.
The deep windowsills have become a place where more crap gets dumped.
And then there is the other side of the living room. UGG.
The hooks by a door are a joke. We can only hang 4 max coats there and they always look like a mess. I’ve cleared off the shelves by the fireplace in hopes I can use this area more efficiently. It can’t be a closet, but could it be a mail drop?
The brick fireplace surround desperately needs to be painted and the mantel styling is a bunch of random afterthoughts.
For my last bit of shame, I give you the TV wall. I have NEVER gotten this wall right. In theory art around a TV is a great idea, but I’ve always struggled with the scale and composition of the pieces I own. It’s challenging with the TV so close to the fireplace that it always feels off to me. At this point, there is so many holes in this wall its like swiss cheese. I’ve hung pieces up, but left them on existing nails, so the placement is just silly.
MY ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION
- There is TOO MUCH Clutter. Too many accessories, too many magazines, too many chairs.
- The lack of entry/foyer creates a real problem in the living room as there is no good place to put coats, bags, mail, etc.
- I do not have enough smart dedicated storage.
- There is a lack of disregard of the space. I’ve stopped really looking at it. Instead I rush in, I rush out, I abuse it and yet I get mad that it’s not pretty and perfect.
MY SPRING GOALS
- Improvements to aesthetics and function
- I’d like to remove about half of the stuff in the room.
- I want to create an entry area with-in my living room that is both cute and functional
- Give the fireplace wall a little pizzaz
- Do something better with the TV Wall. Maybe just no art is the way to go here.
- Do a little pillow/textile refresh
- Smarter storage. Magazines should go in one place instead of seven. I need a dedicated drawer for mittens and dog stuff.
- Window sills need purpose. Maybe just a singular plant on each instead of various items. May have to hit up Pinterest for this one.
I’m putting this out there to hold myself accountable. No more home shame. No more “deal with it later” when I “have time” (HA!) or “have more money.” This is my sanctuary and I want to reclaim it.
Are you feeling the Spring itch? Do you have any plans to re-fresh or improve function in your space? Are you totally horrified by my mess? (Don’t answer that last one.)