31 Days Blog to Biz / day 24 – love your mess

I finally finished my deadline weekend project photo shoot and gave out a big sigh. I really left the house in complete wreck mode, so once again, I donned the shovel and started chucking clutter out the window onto the neighbour’s lawn.

(I kid, but that’s not half bad…)

The house got picked up spic and span and I was PROUD. A new project inside a cleanย tidy house!

And then I glanced at the mantel. It didn’t go with my newly finished project. So you know what I did next. I dismantled the works and hauled a bunch of new stuff upstairs again.

In other words, my house looked nice for about 20 seconds.

I’ve come to the conclusion a stager’s house is never done, clean, nor safe from change. It’s not in the cards. If you want to stage for a living, your house IS your portfolio, and the faster you switch it around, the more ‘stock’ you have to show for it.

You need a place to store your overflow, switch things around often, and try new things constantly so you can avoid spending $ each time you need a new look. You need to be flexible, ok with mess and half done projects for when real life takes over.

Basically put, if you’re a stickler for not wanting to move ‘that mirror’ to a new location and you need completion in your life, you may have a hard time with this gig.

The beauty of my kind of eclectic decorating is, anything really can go anywhere. It’s just a matter of making it work. So that offers me lots of flexibility when I change things out for the sake of a pretty shot.

I will never ever have a clean house again because I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing this. So I hereby declare, from this day forward, I vow to love my mess and all that comes with it and be downright proud that I even HAVE all these opportunities to decorate.

And you guessed it… I was playing with leaves, a gate and barbed wire today. Sorry it got too dark for a reveal… let’s just blame it on the moon. My own version of funky fall will be revealed in due time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you thought about what comes with your own chosen passion?

How will you handle it?

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26 thoughts on “31 Days Blog to Biz / day 24 – love your mess

  1. I can totally relate to this Post… and I don’t even Stage for a Living! *LOL* But I do enjoy making Vignettes and re-arranging & now that I Blog I Love Photographing virtually EVERYTHING *smiles*… and I’m OCD about Collecting Beautiful things that catch my eye. My Mantra is that the best time to buy something you Love is when you see it… I worry about where on earth I’m going to PUT IT later… *Winks* So I have a sort of organized chaos going on around here… at least that’s what I tell the Family it is, and that’s my story so I’m sticking to it.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

  2. I don’t stage for a living…but as you know selling antiques requires some flexibility in storing things before they go to the booth! ..Like dressers in the hall, too many chairs around the place, and like tonight linens draped over anything!!
    Also getting things ready takes some planning and storing…so when i woke up @ this way to early time…instead of tossing and turning…I decided to do some prep work for tomorrow to make it go a bit smoother. So while I soak some new treasures in hot soapy water I am reading one of my favorite blogs!
    Seems we are destined to have ..everything not so perfect…but I am perfectly happy with that!

  3. First of all: thank you thank you for sharing all this, it really inspired me…

    What you said about mess, well, I always dream of a clean and tidy house, but I love my mess already and the dream will never come true, I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Greats from germany,


    (sorry for my english ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  4. I can’t remember the last time we actually parked a car in our garage. Although my garage makes me crazy, that is where I store all the bits, pieces, and interesting items that inspire my creations. I’m constantly rotating things in and out of the house. I enjoy change, and have no choice but to embrase my mess.

  5. I am constantly crafting, and sometime I keep what I make and it gets rearranged, mostly this time of year. My house is always in a disarray, and I don’t do much staging really.

    Just so you know, we’re OK with YOUR mess. ;^)

  6. I can’t wait until I get to a point where I can stage in any room of the house and not just my office! Because its the closest room to being “done”. LOL! If there’s any such thing when you’re bitten by this blogging bug. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great post, Donna! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Yep, messes definitely go with staging, designing, selling, collecting, repurposing, and all the things we junkers do!! I also dream of a perfectly staged home…and I’ve come to realize that it will always be a dream.

  8. I’m one of those people who can work in the smallest of cleaned off spaces, for crafting, sewing, etc…with everything else in chaos. My husband thinks it’s crazy. But, I know exactly where everything is, even if it looks like all is lost.

    I love changing the rest of the house for each season. It just feels right…something new and fresh.

    Loving this series. Keep up the good work.

  9. I have come to the same conclusion about my workshop. If it’s tidy, then no work is being done in it. I usually have a few projects on the go, plus parts for others laying around. I do try and neaten it up every once in a while, but when I’m drawing and sawing and sanding and staining there is no way to keep it clean.

  10. Love your kitty! Soooo….if I start taking some creative shots, I can quit feeling guilty about the mess the house is in. I don’t think that’s quite what you meant, but I might just have to use it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your blog, as usual!

  11. I stage 24/7 for myself!!! I love to change things around and make vignette’s with all of
    my collectibles,antiques and junk. My hubby
    says if he ever goes blind he will kill his
    fool self coming into the house because I don’t ever leave things alone. LOL. Staging is fun
    if you like decorating. I love your “kitty
    table”, I must look for one of those.

  12. Oh thank goodness – I’m not the only one. I feel like I have permission now to carry on the way I have been. Thank goodness I have a very easy-going husband who just accepts these projects of mine and the mess that comes with it. It’s really never going to be “finished” is it? Thanks for the stamp of approval Donna and not making us feel like all your beautiful pictures don’t really have a mess hidden behind you when you take them!

  13. I’m in such a re-evaluation period right now. And, some clutter that “lives” in certain areas comes with what I’ve been doing. We’ll see. If I decide to go in a different direction, the clutter will go, too.

    And, since the clutter bothers me so much, I think it’s telling me something about my lack of commitment to the project.

    I don’t know if that made ANY sense at all ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. The house is sort of straight…it’s the sewing room in the basement that constantly changes…with all the new bags I’m sewing…things do get out of order down there…and I’ve got 3 more shows to do…lol…hang on…I’m going down there to throw fabric and make something new…lol…Mel’s Designs from the Cabin

  15. Love your posts Donna! I also thrive in organized chaos :)Love moving things around…beats moving house (heaven knows I’ve done enough of that!)Thanks for all your input, ideas and inspiration x

  16. I decided years ago you can’t be creative and have a neat house and I’m sticking to it. Hmmmmm….. I do like the idea of shoveling the mess out into the neighbors yard….See you later.

  17. Houses always look so perfect on blogs! This is not the way I live… After tidying the house, it just doesn’t llok like a my home anymore… I need to have books on my coffee table (and not necessarily beautiful books, ones that I actually read!) and the teapot never stays more than an hour in its perfect place in the china cabinet!

  18. I agree, some days I think there must be far more creative things to do than clean. Then again, some days, I love to clean; and usually move everything around…switch everything up a bit.


  19. Finally! sweet validation! I just don’t have that “extra” space to store so it all goes somewhere else, but only on a temporary basis ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s just say I need to always turn on the light when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, or bruises will surely abound!

  20. I came across this post via a Google Alert for the term “Love Your Mess” — which happens to be the name of my book. Very cool advice and I enjoyed reading the post and all the comments!

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