Friday, January 29, 2010

Movin’, Movin’, Movin’….

Tuesday evening, after Louie went to pool leagues, I decided IT was THE NIGHT for me to do something with my living room. I have wanted to rearrange, but because of the amount of STUFF I have, and the odd shape of the room (13’ x 23’), my options are limited. Also, the fact that I have a couch and a love seat (which I won’t part with) makes it even more difficult. The fact that all my other rooms also have so much STUFF in them, gives me limited options of where I can move things. This is kind of what it looked like before I started, except the chair by the fireplace was on the other side of the room in front of the library table, and the big maroon chair you will see later was where the green chair is in this photo.Living room 003                     So after I moved everything and had a total MESS, 3 1/2 hours later, I FINALLY came up with this. 

Here we are starting at the front door, and moving right, all around the room. In these pictures, the coffee table and rug are missing and have been adopted, and the treadle base (also adopted), with the board on top, and table topper thrown on top, is also missing. I moved the library table (desk) to the other side of the room, and the Edison Diamond Disk Phonograph has been sold, so that is gone too. Yay!!!

rearrange 002 rearrange 003 rearrange 004 rearrange 011 rearrange 007 rearrange 008 rearrange 009 rearrange 010 And now the big picture. I like it, and it seems so much bigger to me.rearrange 001

Thursday, I took a vacation day to do more de-cluttering. I worked at cleaning out my bedroom closet of ‘stuff’ and my office closet, but I also emptied out the bottom of the entertainment center and passed on several vhs and dvd movies. There were lots of ‘foo-foos’ that I had stored there. I had no idea how much I had. I also went through the drawers of my oak secretary (shown in the last vertical photo) and passed on several things too. The living room is now officially (I think) sorted through and I can move on to the next room.

I hate having a bit of OCD, but it’s probably a good thing I do, or you wouldn’t be able to walk through! The good thing about my de-cluttering, is, Wednesday evening, before I even started the ‘de-cluttering and throwing out party’ on Thursday, I was made aware of someone who had a need, and was starting over again, so it all went to help someone, and made it MUCH easier to ‘let go’. I hope she has the same likes as me!  I’m not done yet, by a long shot, but I need to work up more energy before I begin again.

Add_Bear_Essentials_Loving_Care_thumb                              Be blessed,


Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10


Amelia said...

It does look like you have more room...I like the new arrangement...did Louie like it? I need to start a clearing campaign too...not that I need to get rid of a lot of stuff - but more organization in kitchen cabinets.

Take care.

Hazel said...

I like your new arrangement ,it does give the room the look of more space .We have also been cleaning out stuff .A lot of the things went to free cycle and I can actually see my walls I had forgotten we have baseboards LOL .Don't you feel so much better now that it's done .

Valerie said...

It does look so much bigger. Oh I want 2 recliners so bad. That is my plans for one of my rooms is recliners and another flat screen! One day when I save some money! You could come and visit me with all that energy!!!

Julie said...

Oh Michelle, bless your heart I bet you were worn out!! I just love your home..both before and after. Your home is so homey!! I can tell you put a lot of love into it!! I love the bears!! I would love to see a close up of what is in that curio cabinet under the Old Bears sign. I think you have a lovely home. It looks GREAT!! If you ever have a yard sale. I am coming to Iowa!! lol
Love ya! Relax this weekend!!

Life is good! said...

your room looks like a showpiece! very lovely! enjoy

StitchinByTheLake said...

I've been trying so hard to simplify my life and one way I'm working on it is to clean out closets and drawers and get rid of stuff. It's hard. I admit it - it's hard. but I feel so much better when i'm done! I love the rearrange. I'm a furniture mover from way back - my husband says he dare not walk into a room in the dark after he's been away a while. He's afraid of what I've moved! blessings, marlene

Kristie said...

Wow! It looks very nice! Just like looking at a magazine! I love seeing photos of your house!

Have a wonderful day!

Cindy said...

I just love the new arrangement it makes the room look so much larger. It's so hard to get rid of things and that's why I have a livingroom stuffed with furniture myself.

Karly said...

Your room looks wonderful! So much bigger too. You have such a lovely home, Michelle. :) I bet you were tired after you were finished. I like you I am a bit ocd when it comes to my home. I love cleaning out and organization. I am looking forward to spring cleaning and digging in! :)

Libby said...

Your room does look bigger! It is so pretty, it looks like a magazine picture! It also looks very inviting!

You done good!

Gina said...

Love how your room looks. I looks huge. Our room is roughly the same dimensuins as yours and it's so easy for it to look cluttered.
I'm glad you were able to help with your donations to the person who was starting over.

Love and hugs Gina xxx


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