Owning your own home is a mixed bag. It provides a wonderful sense of permanance and security - something I've never really felt before, but also it is a cause of constant work. In a previous post which I deleted, due to a combination of depression and bitchiness, I mentioned that I just can't get my home sorted out. It's always a mess and even after four years here it still feels unfinished.
I never seem to have the money or the time to devote to getting it looking the way I want. I have too much stuff, but not enough of the things the place needs to feel the way I want it to.
I long for that organised clutter vintage look (not shabby chic, noooo, never shabby chic)
and instead I feel like I'm living in an episode of Hoarders
|a glimpse into my future|
|I'm not quite this bad, yet.|
So today I started operation clean up. I've spent 4 hours going through the cupboards preparing throw away piles and charity shop piles and eBay piles, and putting all my summer dresses into storage. I even sorted my yarn stash (must knit through this huge pile of yarn I've amassed) and sorted my bedlinen following this amazingly simple tip from the ever wonderful A Thrifty Mrs.
While I've gained about 30% extra wardrobe space my flat now looks messier than ever, with piles of stuff to sell, donate and throw littering the hallway.
I still need to get rid of more. It's so hard though, so very hard. So far today I have considered selling but kept:
- Several 50s outfits that aren't my style anymore but which I love.
- My 30s tea set which takes up a whole cupboard.
- The 30s picnic set that has china plates and is too heavy to carry even to the nearby park.
Anyway. It is still progress, right?
I've also made a short list of things I need to help make my flat more homely.
Aside from painting the living room, a task I have been putting off forever, I want the following items:
I'm rather in love with this bathroom accessory set from Next - should help me keep my sink tidier though the cats would probably smash it in seconds:
|£35 of elegance - but out of my price range right now.|
|Too granny? Is there such a thing as too granny?|
This knit throw should hide my tatty sofa:
|£7.49! I love sales.|
Happy trails everyone.