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Friday, January 21, 2011

The Great Purge of 2011-progress

When you are done reading this post, please read the one below. I'm trying to raise some money for Cystic Fibrosis Research, and response has been less than encouraging. So chances to win the necklace are high right now.

As you may remember, I have been more than encouraged to purge my collections a "bit" by Mr Roboto. After much denial and a fit or two, I've realized that he might just have been right. GULP!!!! Shhh, don't tell him.

I do love my things, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
So with his "encouragement" I began the Purge in earnest. Below you can see my Dining Hutch area before,

And after the purge. As you can see there is a lot less stuff. This area probably saw the most decrease. It can still look a bit stark to me, but it is nice to walk into the room and be a bit less overwhelmed. I didn't even realize how much I had before.

My office was much of the same. See before above my desk.

I would not say this area is finished. Mr Roboto even thinks it needs a bit more, but he likes the framed sign. I'll probably do some B&W prints framed in black with white mattes, on each side. Not real sure yet.

On the opposite wall in my office, is my telephone nitch.
Before fully decked out above and below.

After a little editing, a cleaner less cluttered look

And part of my Greyhound Collection

I've used this book and Amy at Whisperwood Cottage's house as inspiration.
I love how she has been able to give her home a flea market look but not have it over cluttered. Now if I could just get her to sell me that Wonderful Greyhound Sign of hers :)

Another area that has gotten a major purge is my creative room. Wow I didn't know I had so much stuff in that space. And I'm still taking stuff out of there. Sorry no pics yet.

My strategy is to look at an area and remove several item, then a few more, maybe everything. Then add back just a bit, if it looks too empty. But as Mr. Roboto said, "It's gonna look empty because of how "dense" it's been".
He's lucky I love him, that's all I gotta say about that.

I still have more to do, but have slowed down a bit. If you take a look at my Etsy store you'll see lots of the things I've removed showing up in the weeks to come.


NuminosityBeads said...

That's a great purge and a nice presentation of your favorite pieces inyour home. Your shop is awesome as well but I had to resist because buying anything is at odds with my resolve to pare down. Lots of temptation there. Thanks for the book recommendation.

xoxo Kim

Anonymous said...

Margo, you're doing great! I like that you took out the clutter but left the warmth and the pretty. :)

JunqueMagnet said...

Sometimes I find that I fail to really "see" what all I have.I get so used to having things a certain way I fail to notice that I could do some editing.A couple of times a year my husband gets the urge to purge and we go through the house room by room.Every time I'm amazed by how much can go and how great everything still looks.Of course it does refill with yard sale and thrift store stuff over time...An unending process for sure.

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

AS a person who does need to purge, too, I have to admit, it looks good! Your eyes can now focus on the cool stuff you have. Good job!

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

As a person who does need to purge, too, I have to admit, it looks good! Your eyes can now focus on the cool stuff you have. Good job!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Margo, I think it's looking great! I think you'll also find that it feels more relaxing. I love Amy's home and love her look too. Less is sometime more. It's just hard getting there :)

Olivia said...

Did Mr Roboto patch all the holes in the wall after the purging?

Olivia said...

Did Mr Roboto patch all the holes left in the walls from the purging.

slommler said...

Love your before and after pics!! Looks great! I have been purging too...adding and taking away. Love the process!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I'm flattered, Margo! And totally digging your greyhound collection!! Love how you've edited everything down. I think I need to check out that book!

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