And before you say, “Boy, your photography staging is slipping…”
This post will not be pretty. But it will be real.
When I returned home from my Christmas vacation, the first thing I noticed upon walking into my home was ‘dust’.
I couldn’t see it, but I sure could smell it. Or taste it. Or inhale it.
It was everywhere, but the worst was my own bedroom. So I knew, the next day I’d have to gut the room and clean it from floor to ceiling. It just bothered me THAT much.
I had no idea my home was like that. But when you are use to breathing in fresh, ocean blown trade winds vs. forced indoor heat, there is no competition.
Therefore, I am officially moving to Hawaii!
End of post.
My bedroom was super cluttered. With too many things to dust, out they went.
The cats were in no danger though, only the cat hair was. I washed every bit of bedding, hauled all the clutter to the centre of the room, unearthed the RV tv that was crammed against one wall, cracked the windows open wide, and just started vacuuming and washing.
But I did not bother staging it back to pretty right after. Just barely functional. As you see above.
It was here, that I noticed all the things I’ve over looked. Board and batten boards letting go. Walls that needed touching up. The horse gate bedroom headboard long overdue for an upscale change. The ladder side table that could use an update.
You get the idea.
But it needed to be clean first, before I saw the tired.
These two are tired just thinking about it all…
Some of you have been asking about my boy’s room update.
The changes are very minimal. A trip and Christmas took priority.
But I’m glad I delayed decking it ALL out right away. I’m studying how my boy likes to use his room.
And how he (un) makes his bed.
Interesting. Roll it up!
BTW, for those asking previously, he loved the changes. So much!
And he was so happy I did them for him.
So, the first thing he did was move his bed against the wall. Again. Arg, but, whatever.
I had picked up a carpet on sale from Ikea, which helped to cozy up the sitting part of the room, which is a son requirement. (the tape is to help it unroll)
My point in showing you his room? It wasn’t even tidy. But due to the lack of stuff in it, it kinda was. Without even really trying. It’s been a breeze to keep up with it!
So very unlike my own room.
I want a bare room like THIS!
Which takes me back to the rental properties. They had JUST enough stuff to do the job. Nothing more. Pretty, and functional. The end.
We could all learn something from that.
All I know is, I want in.
I want, no dust interiors with little stuff. Nearly bare! But still functional with attractive junk, of course.
And a palm tree, with beach out back would not hurt one little bit.
So I’ve decided to kick the cleaning thing into high gear again, for at least the month of January. Maybe longer if interest is still there. One post a week!
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If you wish to share your own cleaning progress, feel free to join my Crap To Clean closed Facebook group HERE.
Bloggers, if you wish to blog about a mini before and after, join the above Facebook group to sign up, and we can link to each other on event day!
Or, just sit back, and watch for the posts as they roll in.
Just maybe… the dust free, minimalist bug will hit you too!