Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Rosemarie was ready to be ruthless. In a few short hours we filled:
Monday, December 7, 2009
A gift of matching black floor and table lamps, IKEA drapes over the windows and some houseplants finished the room.
Monday, November 30, 2009
"O beloved Pan, and all the other deities of this place, grant that I may become beautiful in my soul within, and that all my external possessions may be in harmony with my inner self."
I have a challenge for you. Clear out possessions that are not in harmony with your inner self and send me "before" and "after" photos by tax day, April 15, 2010. I'll post your inspirational photos on this blog and the person with the most impressive possession purge wins an embroidered rePURPOSE: What to Trash, What to Treasure apron. Its pouch pockets, waist ties and adjustable neck strap make it a perfect to wear when you clean or possession purge. Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to release excess possessions? Imagine how good you'll feel when you're done.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Cleaning out the storage I had an idea. We had a window in the living room that could use a table in front of it. But the dresser was too tall; it would block the view. So, I cut it in half... length-wise. The formerly four-drawer dresser was now a two-drawer side table…and a perfect perch for out cat!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The first step was to evaluate the storages unit’s contents, which was mostly my husband’s art supplies, camping gear & CDs and various family items I inherited and couldn’t bear to part with.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
We began by reviewing the plan for furniture rearrangement she created with room design software on her computer. I explained a few of the how to’s for organizing and design, made suggestions for improving her layout. She had many bookshelves scattered around the room. I suggested she group them into a single wall unit. We decided she could live without the return L portion of her desk which would free up a lot of room and give her more flexibility in where she could place her desk. We switched a few chairs with another church office so that hers all had complementary upholstery and planned for them to be grouped in a comfortable conversation area. And then we dug in and began the massive job of sorting and reducing her paperwork and library so that she could get to the fun part - moving the furniture.
Luckily, the church was having a yard sale that very day so we had a convenient and instant place to recycle books and possessions she no longer needed. I suggested ways she could free her office from years worth of thank you tokens from her congregation and still keep the sentiment of those special gifts. We started by removing the inscribed flyleaf from a book - a book she would never read again – and putting the sweet note in a scrapbook. Then the book went into a box of things to pass on.
I gave her permission to let go of other gifts she had been given. A gift is given to you. It is yours. You can do what you want with it. Even though the green movement has made re-gifting acceptable, there are things that are still hard to part with. To remember them she could take photo of it before she passed the item on, or use it in a different room or for a different purpose than it was intended.
She also had a plan of what to do next and the momentum to it:
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009