Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Our homes ought to be places that are visually calm, livable and beautiful to the people who live within its walls. That philosophy looks different for each person under the sun. Therefore, I suggest you consider surrounding yourself with what matters most and with the things you absolutely love.
What is required to complete the task? A shift in thinking (You CAN do this!) and a weekend or possibly a month of weekends to practice the art of editing.
One of the hardest things to do, when the goal is to re-imagine a room, is the editing. For those who know they need to do it yet are overwhelmed by the task, you are not alone. Many people get bogged down at this phase. So, how do you declutter and create breathing room and space for real-life-living?
The key to the art of 'the Edit' is scaling back
to the things that are your absolute, undeniable favorites,
the things you cannot live without.
And that is the bottom line. Surround yourself with the things that are functional and stir your heart to joy. Practically speaking you'll need a few guidelines.
Over the next year, if you will wear it, use it, play it, display it and love it then keep it. Let go of the rest.
Once you establish what stays in a room, then the furnishings or accessories removed can find new homes. If they are in good working condition, you have a few options:
It could be the item(s) find a new home in another room of your house, perhaps? Or consider donating your item(s) to someone else by passing them along to a family member, a friend, a neighbor? How about donating your item(s) to the Disabled Veterans of America or a Women's shelter or other charity?
Try selling your item(s) on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or Ebay. Better yet, how about letting someone else sell them for you? There are plenty of tech-savvy young people that would help you for a 50/50 share of the profits.
Items that cannot be sold or given away because they are broken, tattered or have seen better days can be recycled or tossed in the trash.
Give it a go. If you feel bogged down, you can always drop me a line. It would be my honor to come alongside and help you thoughtfully edit your spaces.
I'm cheering for you!